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Saxonwold
R6,800,000
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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 4 bathrooms
  • Hardwood
  • Security System
  • Indoor
  • Wood Burning
  • Mixed
  • Security System
  • 5 + Car Garage
  • 1 Fireplace
  • Suburban
  • QC Approved Listing
  • Terrace
  • Carport
Property description
Your Dream Project - A Cape Dutch Homestead with an Avant-garde Wing, set on ±4000sqm.If retro mid-century architecture gives you a buzz, or if a traditional Cape Dutch gable tugs at your heartstrings...
If you're tired of trying to find your dream home and have a vision you would rather create...
If you're an architect, or developer looking for a new project...
If you're an investor looking for an opportunity to subdivide...
Look no further, and call us today!

In her heyday, these iconic home-hosted soirees and dinner parties were a firm favourite with high society, artists, musicians, thinkers, and influencers.

Invitations were sought after, and events eagerly anticipated.
The original double-storey family part of the home, comprising five bedrooms, three bathrooms, and kitchen with its mid-century American-style diner banquette, nestles behind a beautiful 1920's Cape Dutch gable.

In the 1950s, flamboyant raconteur Dr. Koos van der Wat and his wife, artist Hannatjie van der Wat, made leafy Lystanwold Road their home.

As more space was needed for the family, in the 1960s, architect Sidney Abramowich was commissioned to design an extension. Renowned for his collaboration on iconic buildings, including the Apartheid Museum, in true Modernist style Abramowich created a striking double-storey wing that connects to the original home via a wide, beautifully curved passage that looks out across the pool.
Here, the glamorous Who's Who of the art world and theatre, together with liberal thinkers of the time, regularly gathered in the conversation pit, and animated dinner parties stretched late into the night.

Over the years, this gorgeous living space and artist’s studio have featured in every notable design, décor, and lifestyle magazine.

In the December 2019 edition of Visi, we read: (This) wing channels modernism by way of a daring, linear structure... generously glazed along the north and east by floor-to-ceiling sliding doors.
The article continues "While (this) home bears so many of the markers of the time... quarry tiles, paneled ceilings, and sunken lounge – it is in keeping with modern homes of today."
Today, this home, set on one of the last remaining original Saxonwold stands, is yearning for a new collaboration, and a new lease on life.

https://www.sothebysrealty.com/id/gymlvd
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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