23 Wrapped in Red, finds itself nestled between the lush green Willow trees and green open space lawns a stone’s throw from Serengeti Lifestyle Estates. You have escaped Jo’burg and found yourself in the country life but just near enough to the bustling city less than 10 minutes’ drive. All within half an hour of Sandton and the business districts of Johannesburg.
Positioned on the highest part of the property, this Dunbalne Equestrian Estate home offers lush green rolling lawns down to your own private dam with an untouched island for the bird life to laze the days away.
This is a 900 m2 Swedish style farm house and guest cottage are set on top of a 7500m2 expanse of property. Expertly designed by renowned Architect, the late Paulo Guerreiro Esteves, this home combines the clean traditional Scandinavian lines with a host of modern amenities and top quality fine handpicked finishing’s throughout.
The front double glass doors framed by a set of manicured garden beds, opens into a statement entrance passage tiled with locally hand-crafted tiles and a breath-taking view into the central courtyard garden. An ideal space to pull of your coat and kick off your shoes before diving into the rest of the home.
The Main house offers four North facing double bedrooms each equipped with spacious en-suite travertine marble tiled bathrooms and build in Geberit toilets with fine finishes of Hans Grohe taps and Duravit basins. The bedrooms are all fitted with masses of storage space. Each room has a private bay type window box, with hand crafted fitted wooden benches, to cosy up and enjoy a good book, all while enjoying the sunlight streaming in.
Each room has extra height ceilings allowing in light, 360 degree breath taking views and a cool air breeze to rustle through the house while you have your feet up absorbing the views over the dam. Throughout the house Solid fully lockable wooden doors interlead from space to space, finished with hand crafted solid wooden architraves.
Oggie solid oak wood floors have been laid beautifully in all the homely living areas of the house to offer that warm cosy feel while you stroll through the house bare foot. The Danish white finish presents a neutral canvas for any home furnishings to fit in perfectly.
The Guest Cottage offers an additional two bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchenette and dining area, Marble tiled throughout, with fittings akin to those in the main house. The Cottage bedrooms and Dining area all open out onto its own a private courtyard and separate entrance. This Part of the home was designed to offer additional sleeping quarters for guests, staff or even to be used as a home office space.
Two more guest bathrooms are conveniently located throughout the living areas of the main house, one with toilet and wash basin the other with toilet, wash basin and men’s urinal.
The master bedroom boasts walk in closet storage with floor to ceiling shelving and drawers. Two wooden louver doors seclude the walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom where both a bath and extra large 2 person shower as well as a double basin are spaciously on offer. The shower has two different showerheads, for the more focussed or more relaxed shower preference. As with all of the bathrooms this too is tiled with travertine natural marble tiles and neatly fitted with Hans Grohe taps and Duravit ceramics to compliment.
A wide Oak floor passage runs the full length of the sleeping quarters of the house, connecting the rooms. The Passage has built in Laundry Cupboard and an enclave set aside midway up the passage as a secondary desk area to work at, with shelving and additional storage. This desk area is fitted with Network and electrical power points and boasts a view of the central courtyard Garden.
Tucked away in this incredible home you will find a future proof 65 kw PV (Solar) facility neatly worked into the façade of the North facing Garage roof, offering day time running and a battery back up system for the darker days.
Understanding the rising cost of energy and heating, thermally insulating building materials were used throughout the construction of this home.
Prately Minerals thermal insulation mix, Pratlipearl was incorporated into the plaster of all outward facing walls to reduce heat loss during winter and to keep the house cool during summer.
Heat gain and loss in residential homes takes place largely through the roof structure, the Living areas of this home have been fitted with sleek looking, ISOBoard ceiling boards, keeping in the heat generated in Winter and keeping out the heat in Summer.
The Bedrooms, passage and other areas of the home where enclosed ceilings, with warm downlights and shadow-line skirtings are found, have been professionally fitted with recycled cellulose-fibre thermal ceiling insulation assisting in reducing the energy required for heating & cooling.
For the cold winter days the house has German engineered Rehau PVC windows with Double glazed Low E glass throughout, offering temperate climates throughout the year and the added benefits of sound reduction and additional safety.
All municipal water supplied into the home is managed through a fresh water UV light filtration system, ensuring that all water used in the house is crystal clear and healthy to drink.
Instant hot water on demand, is a reality made possible via a reticulation feed. A fully programable system, with time and temperature settings, comprising of Two 15kW Thermowise feeder pumps push hot water constantly throughout the house, providing substantial financial and energy savings as nearly nothing is wasted waiting for hot water to arrive. This is supported by a 1000 litre Solar heated water tank, with electrical back up.
Underfloor heating throughout the living areas of the home. Danfoss Wireless underfloor heating system.
The roof of each of the living areas were constructed to collect rain water through the pitch run off and a cleverly designed concrete sloot running the full length of this space, this feeds two 5000l Jojo tanks tucked neatly away in the utilities courtyard. This water feeds the fully comprehensive rain bird garden irrigation system. This Irrigation runs to the far reaches of the spacious Garden.
The Owens Corning shingle style roof tile has been used throughout the pitch roof areas. These bitumen impregnated fiberglass core shingles are colour fast and completely maintenance free, creating a thermal break offering insulation from both sound and weather conditions. This spotted grey green shade was selected to blend seamlessly with the abundant organic surroundings of the home.
A four car extra length garage all under one roof, fitted with rubber flooring tiles, offers ample space for cars, bikes and all of the outdoor extras and necessities. Adjoining with a plant and utilities room housing the distribution boards, battery back-up, solar system and AV Server.
Geared for entertaining, folding storefront doors open out from the Living areas on to an extremely spacious patio and braai area, where both covered and open roofing sections allow for hosting in all weather conditions. The patio has built in sideboards for storage and space for outdoor appliances such as drinks fridges and television so even the Braaimaster doesn’t have to miss out on the game. Electrical and water points are also strategically located allowing for indoor amenities to be easily used outdoors. The Braai is built into a beautifully crafted local stone clad chimney column, creating a statement feature in this area that blends so well with the surrounding façade.
Indoor and outdoor living spaces, Kitchen, Bedrooms and Garage are all fitted with surround sound speaker, TV and network LAN ethernet connections, along with AV plug points strategically placed to ensure web connectivity throughout. All of which are able to be centrally controlled via an online intelligent living system. Set for the future, back up plug points can be found in each room and area of the home.
A spacious wooden sun downers deck is located upstairs, directly above the outdoor patio, with outdoor sound equipment installed, you can enjoy romantic and relaxed sunsets dropping down behind the willows trees across the dam, while sipping at your afternoon tipple.
The square spiral staircase and balustrades were custom designed, built and installed by expert steel craftsman Yves La Garrigue of Steel Scheme CC. Carefully combining clean lines and rustic materials to create a functional and structural masterpiece.
Completely locally sourced, the garden design originally Silver Birch landscapes, encompasses a journey built to compliment the beautiful structure of the home at every turn. Every window of this home, looks out onto carefully curated flower beds, manicured courtyards and carefully selected indigenous trees, planted lovingly to create privacy and atmosphere for this outdoor space. The concrete driveway path weaves through the landscape instead of choosing a path of least resistance, it takes you through the entrance hedges and past the green expanses, with pops of roses, rockery and manicured trees. Two beautiful water features can be found flanked by scents of Lavender and Rose, through enchanting walkways and spaces you could very well get lost in the open air.
Living areas of this home are large and open plan designed, surrounded by windows that pour light into these breath-taking spaces. High ceilings with exposed white wooden beams and loft windows create an air of infinite space.
This modern Kitchen has been fitted with white high gloss built in cupboards and drawers, topped with custom moulded concrete slabs encompassing beautiful electric and plumbed appliances. Wall mounted cupboards boast cosy under counter lighting. A 6-plate white SMEG 90cm Gas and Electric oven with stainless steel extractor awaits your culinary skill. Complimented by a a built in Siemens fully programable Microwave.
Central focus is all on the 3.5 meter long island, with hidden electrical pop up points, 4 stool breakfast bar counter, under counter wine fridge, hygienic Kick-to-open full size dustbin, bottle and cookbook shelving and additional storage, as well as a Franke fragranite white butler sink with retractable Hans Grohe tap. Complete with a connecting lockable pantry room, fitted with floor to ceiling shelving for all of your dry consumables.
The kitchen flows into a spacious Laundry with ample built in matching white high gloss storage and custom Concrete tops, as well as a second full size hygienic Kick-to-open dustbin, double sinks with retractable Hans Grohe taps. With undercounter space for three full size plumbed washing and drying appliances and convenient outside access to the utilities courtyard and clothes drying line.
The Kitchen and Dining Areas are individually crowned with beautiful modern decorative lighting clusters from LEDC4 Lighting specialists, these in combination with hidden LED ambient lights along the exposed roofing make for the setting of any mood appropriate atmosphere.
The Kitchen and Dining areas run down three wide concrete steps into two elaborate wooden floored Lounge spaces. Both enclosed by large 2.5 metre high sliding doors, that open onto a wooden deck wrapping itself conveniently around the front of the house. The south lounge offers multiple uses ranging from a well-lit art room or office with fitted desk space and shelving, complete with a guest bathroom. Both equipped with surround sound speaker, TV and network LAN ethernet connections, along with AV plug points strategically placed to ensure web connectivity throughout. These two rooms have 180 degree views of the waterfront and private Island.
A Morso wood burning fireplace is tucked away inside a natural stone chimney in the proverbial heart of the home for those evenings where you just want the fire blazing the back ground, your dogs at your feet while reading an enthralling novel. This snug spot is nestled in the open brick face, Cigar bar Lounge, where bespoke locally hand-crafted tiles, brass finishing frame a beautiful wooden floor.
The bar boasts a marble topped Built in cupboard storage area with space for two drinks fridges and built in utility sink as well as undercounter dustbin. This area is also fitted with surround sound, AV and network connections as well as back up plug points.
This house if made for long South African summer days with family and friends offering a relaxed country feel while based on the outskirt of the city. With space for family and friends to extend their visits. A real unique setting to call home that you will relish to come home to everyday.
Construction of this home was at the expert hands of Miguel and Pedro Simoes of Vestim Construction, completed in December of 2014.