‘The house that Stanley built’

IMAGINE waking up every morning to the sounds and smell of the ocean, to gulls crying as they glide and soar, taking advantage of the thermals to give them a bird’s eye view of a tranquil little village.

Imagine also waking up every morning to views of the ocean which are unspoilt by roads – there’s just grass gently sloping towards pristine beaches and abundant rock pools, perfect for exploring with a fishing net or camera.

It might be hard to imagine that such a lifestyle exists within easy driving distance of the Port Elizabeth city centre, but it does – at the pretty little village of Kini Bay, a mere 20 minutes’ drive from the city and bordering Seaview with its shops and restaurant/bar.

It would also be hard to imagine settling into such a lifestyle with reluctance, but that was the case for Lorraine Greeff who was horrified when her husband, Stanley, wanted to move off the family small-holding and build a house on a plot of land right next to the ocean.

That, though, was 25 years ago and now the house is full of happy memories of children and then grandchildren enjoying exploring the beaches knowing that their safety would not be compromised.

That security is still present today, but a concession to modern living comes with the fact that the village recently installed 24-hour CCTV monitors. There’s also the peace of mind that a security company is on hand in the unlikely event of an untoward incident.

The home that Stanley built and designed for his family 25 years ago, is still a solid, well-maintained house which has withstood the ravages of seaside living in style.

Brick walls surround the rear of the property, with lots of paving leading to the three garages which also include a handy workshop area.

The house itself is accessed via a covered porch leading to a spacious entrance hall from where visitors get their first, commanding view of the sea.

There’s a large, beautifully tiled lounge, separate dining room and a snug sunroom which, like the lounge, leads out onto a covered patio and lawns which slope gently down to the beach.

The kitchen area has also been well thought out – there’s the kitchen itself with double oven, hob and extractor, a separate scullery and a completely separate laundry concealing a spacious pantry.

Leading off the kitchen is a protected area for drying clothes and a maid’s room with separate bathroom – something that is missing from many modern homes.

At the end of the bedroom wing, there’s an attractive guest loo, and all of the three bedrooms have sliding doors which open onto the garden leading to the sea.

There’s a large family bathroom while the master bedroom has an abundance of built-in cupboards and a spacious en-suite bathroom.

Guest aren’t overlooked either – to the side of the entrance to the property there’s a self-contained cottage with lounge, small kitchen and bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

With such amazing views, to say nothing of the spacious accommodation, it is hard to imagine why Lorraine would want to leave the house which has become very much her home. But, as she remarks, this is a house that cries out to once again become a family home, giving another family the chance to enjoy a lifestyle which has become extinct in so many other areas.

The house, 71 Seaway Drive, is on the market with Pam Golding Properties and the asking price is R3.275-million. – Helen Crooks

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