“HALFWAY between the sea and the sky” – this is a fitting description of the address of one of Port Elizabeth’s most sumptuous homes, newly listed by a top property agency for R6.995-million.
The designer penthouse- style apartment, which overlooks Pollok Beach, stretches the full length of the third floor of The Bay, a contemporary-style red brick landmark down the road from the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel.
Comprising one apartment per floor, The Bay is the brainchild of prominent local developer Russell Dakin. The seven-storey sectional title building is a unique combination of top-level security and dream coastal lock-up-and-go lifestyle, says Ian Olivier, principal of Pam Golding Properties in Port Elizabeth.
“Almost 300m² in size, the apartment offers all the spaciousness and privacy of a freestanding house – without any of the maintenance and security issues. It’s the ideal home for sociable families wanting to spend their leisure time having fun or relaxing and, owing to its proximity to the airport, it’s also perfect for people on the move.”
The third-floor apartment, which was bought and had its interior restyled by its present owners in 2007, is a mini palace where spectacular sunrises and sunsets come standard with coffee and sundowners.
Access is via an elevator straight into the entrance area which, in turn, leads into a spacious open-plan living and dining area, served by a Hollywood-style guest bathroom.
Bulkheads with recessed lighting heighten the glamour factor, as do porcelain floor tiles, footlights, under-floor heating, a piped music system and swathes of silk curtaining. Lockable uPVC windows (double-glazed in the main bedroom for absolute silence) and doors underpin its low-maintenance lifestyle promise. Stack-away doors lead on to the large patio, which runs parallel to the ocean, a living art work visible from almost every room.
Whatever the weather, the Balau decking, glass stack doors, storm blinds and built-in steel braai unit make it possible to enjoy year-round al fresco dining and entertaining.
Beyond the formal lounge is a large, modern entertainment room, complete with Caesar stone bar, built-in bar fridge, ice-maker and home theatre system. This, too, opens on to the patio which houses a six- seater Jacuzzi with views to the horizon. The designer kitchen is a feast of crisp white cabinetry topped with dark granite counters, glassed display cupboards, gas and electric hobs and a generously proportioned centre island. Tucked to one side is the scullery, complete with dishwasher and washing machine for smalls, while there is a fully equipped laundry downstairs to make light work of big wash days.
Also downstairs are staff facilities, storeroom – ideal for bicycles and beach toys – and a double garage on remote.
In a separate mini wing to the left of the entrance area lie the bedrooms, of which there are three, and bathrooms. The family bathroom is stylish and modern, with both bath and shower. The main en suite leads off the dressing room, a glamorous space characterised by white marble floors and a recessed bath that looks out on to the ocean.
“This is a home fit for a princess,” says the listing agent.