Luxury Bay home offers the best of both worlds

LIVING and working from the same house is a dream come true for many. You save on petrol, you can pop into the kitchen to put the kettle on and you can take time out to help the kids with their homework.

Imagine then such a lifestyle combined with instant access to facilities like a steam room, a bubbling jacuzzi and ultra safe tanning beds. Even better, if you do want to get out of the house, the beach is merely minutes away.

Surprisingly such a lifestyle does exist in the established suburb of Summerstand where Irmela Döhrer has been running a very successful business for over 15 years, successfully combining a work/leisure lifestyle in her Summerstrand home.

The first part of the business is a completely separate state-of-the-art tanning salon which opened in 1998 and is still in immaculate condition.

The tanning beds, which include a self-contained tanning shower complete with changing cubicle, were imported from Germany and have proved to be incredibly popular with local residents.

“People still want the healthy appearance of a tan without the dangers of exposing their skin to the sun’s rays,” said Irmela.

“If you follow our advice to the T, building up a tan slowly over one to two weeks, there is absolutely no danger of burning – and the added advantage of our system is a healthy dose of Vitamin D which is good for the bones.”

Once the tanning session has ended – and lotions applied if desired – a door to the rear of the studio opens onto the home’s large swimming pool (fed by rainwater) where clients can cool off.

But that’s not where the pampering ends at this unusual home: there’s also a cosmetics/treatment room, a jacuzzi and a steam room with its own shower and changing room.

Business areas aside, this is a versatile home which could be adapted at will to accommodate business requirements or an extended family, with a light and airy atrium being the central point of the flowing accommodation.

The tiled entrance hall leads into a large living area with a central fireplace dividing it from a TV room, while the L-shaped kitchen with breakfast bar flows into both the dining area and an enclosed laundry area.

Several of the rooms in the house are currently being used as offices which could easily be converted into bedrooms should the need arise.

There’s also an upstairs bedroom with a balcony and separate bathroom with shower, modern glass sink and toilet.

Downstairs the master suite has a massive jet bath topped by a glass dome and set in the finest granite which, again, was imported from Germany.

Completing the accommodation is a large sunroom, a study/den sited close to the front entrance, a domestic’s room with shower, toilet and basin and a triple garage on remote with enough space for a boat or caravan.

This is certainly a home with a difference, offering both business opportunities with an established client base and spacious family accommodation, with access to luxuries such as the steam room and jacuzzi.

The house is on the market with Mariette Roussow and the asking price is R4.45-million. – Helen Crooks

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