The property is conveniently located next to central Sandton and is close to good private schools (e.g. Crawford Sandton, St. Stithians, St. David Marists, Redhill, etc) and major offices. It has easy access to several shopping centres – Benmore Gardens, Sandton City and Hyde Park. It is in a quiet and leafy neighbourhood that is enclosed and patrolled by a designated security vehicle 24 hours a day.
The house has a floor size of approx 340sqm, The house was fully renovated in 2015 with an aim to create a convenient, functional and comfortable living. It now has a Scandinavian contemporary and open-plan design. The house has three large bedrooms, three bathrooms (main bath with double shower), a large living room, a large open-plan dining/kitchen/living area, a spacious entrance hall, a scullery, a laundry room, a 6sqm indoor storage room, a large patio/entertaining area, and a generous study that can easily accommodate two persons. There is also a separate cottage with a bathroom and a kitchen, which has been renovated to the same standards as the house. The kitchen comes with all the appliances.
The house is prepared for DSTV and is connected to an external fibre cable. Inside it has data cables (ethernet) running to different parts of the house, which enables internet streaming directly to smart TVs.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & LOAD-SHEDDING
The house is energy efficient and climate-smart, making it comfortable to live in throughout the year without bills getting out of hand. Features include double-glazed windows, roof insulation, dimmable LED lights, an insulated German-style geyser/boiler connected to a heat pump, a Samsung heating/cooling system (9 remote operated indoor units) connected to another heat-pump, high-end ceiling fans in several rooms, programmable underfloor heating in the bathrooms, sensor-based external lights, a ring pump to reduce water wastage.
The house is not only designed to be energy efficient but also functional during load shedding (electricity blackouts). It has a 1.5 kW array of solar photovoltaic panels connected to a 4.4 kWh back-up battery bank that supplies several essential features such as security (cameras, fence, gate, alarm), lights, electrical sockets (for TV, wifi, a desk in the study, etc.), fridge and the ceiling fans. The house has a Danish-designed Morso wood-burning fireplace that can heat the large kitchen/dining/living space during winter, if necessary. In short, the house is designed to provide a secure, functional and comfortable environment regardless of external conditions.
GARDEN & PATIO AREA
The landscaped garden is large and is mainly populated with beautiful water-wise indigenous plants and flowers. There is a jungle gym, a solar-heated swimming pool, a tennis practice area, and a 3sqm structure for growing herbs. The garden is served by a programmable 8-section irrigation system. The covered patio area (60sqm) has a built-in server unit and looks out over the beautiful garden. The patio is more than large enough to furnish a dining table and a sofa set, making it perfect for entertaining friends and family. The garden has several lights that provide for nice evening lighting as well as extra security. The plot size is 2000sqm which creates a sense of seclusion and peace.
The house has a boundary wall, 9 cameras, a recently upgraded electrical fence, external beams, internal sensors, and (unobtrusive) plexiglass bars on all openable windows. The double-glazed windows are all laminated, which makes them resistant to breakage.
All security features are backed up by the battery bank and the PV solar panels, making it possible to maintain critical functions even during extended load shedding. The alarm system is connected via radio link to the security company, which typically responds to an alarm within 30 seconds by phone and 2-3 minutes in person. The neighbourhood is patrolled with a designated security vehicle 24 hours a day.