Breathtaking views on edge of valley

Helen Crooks

A TRIP to cities like Durban or Joburg will reveal how lucky we are to live in a city like PE where, in stark contrast to complete urbanisation and concrete jungles without relief, there are still green belts with verdant vegetation teeming with birds and wildlife.

Nowhere in the city is this green belt more in evidence than at Settlers Park, an area of breathtaking beauty that the city is very lucky to have.

Equally lucky are the people whose properties edge the park offering country living within the heart of a city, a chance to live within nature while at the same time having easy access to shops, schools and beaches.

One such property is perched above the park at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, and is a home which not only offers spectacular views of both the city and the valley but which also has enough accommodation to cater for a growing family (the house is conveniently close to Grey) and more besides.

Making this Burton Road property even more appealing is the fact that it is fully walled, with the exception of the back perimeter which borders directly onto the Baakens Valley Nature Reserve, making it a home like very few others in PE.

The property is fronted by a neat, indigenous, easy-to-care for garden with a tiled pathway which leads to the imposing front door opening onto a large, tiled entrance hall.

To the right of the entrance hall double wood-framed glass doors open onto a large carpeted lounge with built in bar and glass-fronted jetmaster for those chilly PE winter nights.

To the left there’s a completely separate guest suite with its own bathroom and double French windows which lead onto the garden.

There’s also a large, wood-fitted kitchen with double Bosch ovens and hob and a separate scullery.

A small, carpeted flight of stairs leads down to what could, in itself, be a completely self-contained unit featuring a pyjama lounge, two bedrooms or studies and a further bathroom with views over the valley.

But it’s the upstairs master bedroom that has the absolute wow factor, with stunning views over both the valley and the large pool offset by the lush garden.

The master suite has a wood-burning fireplace and Frenck stack doors to a private balcony.

A cleverly designed 16-drawer unit with marble top divides the sleeping area from the open plan bathroom which has a large sunken bath, again with valley views, shower and separate loo. There’s also a large, walk in dressing room.

Completing the accommodation is a double garage on remote with a workshop area and a maid’s room with flatlet potential.

An added bonus is that all the curtains (and who really needs curtains when you are not overlooked and you have the most perfect of views?) are included in he asking price.

The house is on the market with Solomons Crafford and the asking price is R5.6-million.

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