REPLENISH THE SOUL – A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A LUXURY ST JAMES VILLA
By Ally Lewis
Wednesday 16th of January 2019
More than just a home, Villa Hoeberg on Boyes’ Drive is an oasis of tranquility and serenity; a place to pause and replenish the soul.
With its craggy backdrop, and panoramic view across the Indian Ocean, stretching from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town, and sweeping out across False Bay towards the Helderberg Mountains, this heritage home provides ample opportunities to take in the beauty of the coastline, just a short walk away from the Main Road and the vibrant seaside villages of St James and Kalk Bay.
The three-tiered home is sheltered from the coastal wind often experienced along the coast, as well as the din of passing traffic. One can see the iconic, colourful historical beach huts and the tidal pool that are synonymous with St James, from all vantage points on the property.
Built in the late 1960s, the house was once owned by a well-known family in the horse-breeding and racing fraternity. One of the award-winning horses was in fact named after the house, and Hoeberg was South Africa’s champion three-year-old filly in 2001.
“This property, listed for R28 million, is in a premium location in a sought-after suburb of the Southern Peninsula. While the views are unrivalled, the home is also within walking distance of St James and Kalk Bay, with their quirky art galleries, antique shops, book stores and eating spots,” says Laura Alan, Pam Golding Properties agent for the area.
The lower level is completely independent from the other two parts of the house, and provides ideal guest accommodation. Three newly renovated guestrooms, all en suite, enjoy the same magnificent sea views as the rest of the house. The rooms lead out to the expansive pool area and deck, with its charming pool house equipped with essential kitchen facilities. There is also a mini-gym room overlooking the ocean. This entire area has its own entrance, separate from the main villa.
An open-plan living/dining area creates a seamless flow throughout the middle level, culminating in the airy, modern kitchen that also overlooks the ocean. Large windows and a sliding door, leading out to a balcony, ensure that this seascape can be enjoyed unhindered. With its contemporary finishes, and superlative view, the kitchen is a focal point on this level. There is a protected courtyard on the mountain side of the property, with a braai and fountain feature, that offers additional entertainment space.
The upper level offers more accommodation, with a main bedroom and three additional bedrooms, as well as a large study or TV room. One of the bedrooms is currently used as a Zen yoga room which, like the gym room below, enjoys spectacular sea views. There is also an outside guest suite, separate from the house, with an open-plan lounge/kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom.
Additional features include an outdoor shower, wireless security beams, a separate pedestrian entrance on the Sandhurst steps – ideal for guests living downstairs, and wood flooring throughout the main house, except in the bathrooms and kitchen.
St James boasts a rich history, and was once the holiday playground of the rich and famous who flocked there in the 1800s. Today, the charming village is still a sought-after holiday destination, and is loved by families and those seeking sheltered swimming, pristine beaches, and eclectic restaurants and shops.
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