ONE OF Port Elizabeth’s most outstanding homes, an award-winning light-brick masterpiece with sweeping valley and bay views, has just been listed by Pam Golding Properties in Port Elizabeth for R7.5-million.
Designed by renowned architect Ron Hicks, the 1000m² Walmer home is a symphony of modern elegance, space and luxury, offering an extraordinary lifestyle designed to meet the desires of the most exacting buyer, says listing agent Debbie Pughe-Parry.
Beautifully constructed to maximise the views of the Baakens Valley and the ocean, and to minimise maintenance, the house enchants on arrival.
It rises from a beautifully landscaped, water-wise garden, welcoming family and friends through solid, double wooden doors to a terracotta tiled hall. To the left are two guest bathrooms, to the right the guest suite with sumptuous en suite bathroom, its own entrance and spectacular views; ahead lies a vast, double volume space, its living areas demarcated by elegant columns.
Beyond the hall lies the music room, large enough for a full size grand piano. Featuring a designer stained glass window, it is overlooked by a gallery ideal for guest and media seating during musical soirees. Recessed lighting, plush carpeting and a double sliding door to a patio that spans the entire front of the house, allow for the most up-market of functions.
As one would expect of a home of this calibre, the kitchen is a cordon bleu chef’s delight, with top branded appliances including a double undercover oven and Gaggenau hob. Both scullery and laundry are discreetly separated from the main kitchen area, which, with its spacious bar counter, is the perfect gathering point for breakfasts or conversation with the hosts.
Carpeted and large enough for sizeable gatherings, the dining room also opens out on to the view and entertainment patio, as does the spacious lounge with its sprung wooden floor and feature fireplace. Fittings throughout the living area include cherry wood cupboards and plentiful, well lit wall space – ideal for the display of artworks. Opposite the living area is a built-in bar with serving hatch and close by, a walk-in, temperature controlled wine cellar.
At the end of the wide passage are two more delights: a stunning, double-volume indoor pool area overlooked by a glass bridge. Designed to align with the sun equinox in September, it’s a sheltered, light- filled haven with stack-away doors to the patio and its splendid views.
The pool is both heated and equipped with an exercise pump for those wanting a healthy workout. Footlights along the staircase illuminate the pool at night and ensure a safe passage to the solar panels, weir and pool heaters upstairs. The top of the graduated staircase opens out on to a study and gallery as well as three luxurious en suite bedrooms. Features include beech wood flooring, wood and steel girder and stainless steel railings, as well as a sun window that runs the full length of the passage to the main bedroom.
In the main bedroom, you’ll find his and hers walk-in closets, an air conditioner and a luxury en suite bathroom complete with a porcelain oval bath, double shower and double basins.
Among a host of additional features are three car garaging and paved parking for six more vehicles. There’s also a workshop and a storage room, concealed within in a garden courtyard leading directly to the kitchen.
The home also offers a walk-in safe, security system with beams and staff ablutions.