Simply the best
This house was originally built as a gracious Victorian home with generously proportioned rooms designed for Natal coastal living. Situated in the prime area of Essenwood, one enters this family home past a classically styled water feature and wrap around veranda. The stained glass front door welcomes you into a grand entrance hall dominated by a hand carved wood staircase. Extra high decorative pressed panel ceilings (3,5 meters) add to the elegance of this family home. The top quality fixtures and fittings and meticulous attention to detail lavished upon this sympathetically restored, renovated and modernised home need to be seen to be fully appreciated. An formal dining room opens up off the entrance hall and features wooden floors, large sash windows and direct access to veranda on the side of the home. Large doors allow the separation of the lounge and dining areas when required. The formal lounge similarly has large sash windows and independent access to the side veranda and features an original fireplace. A tastefully renovated guest toilet featuring a solid granite slab floor is located off the entrance hall. A modern addition to the home is the expansive kitchen and family room. The casual dining area has wooden stack back doors that open out onto the water feature, while the family lounge area similarly features doors which open onto a sheltered undercover patio area overlooking the swimming pool and garden. There are additional French doors that open up on the side of the home where an outside cooking / braai area has been established. The kitchen is fully fitted with bespoke, soft closing, built in cupboards and a freestanding centre island, all with Caesar stone counter tops. A Smeg stove with double oven (900 mm and 600mm) and seven gas cookers has been fitted and additional cupboarding accommodates two freestanding fridges. There is a completely independent scullery which is plumbed for a dishwasher and features two full size single sinks as opposed to the usual single double sink. The sheltered under cover patio off the family lounge, features exposed wooden beams and roll-up blinds to keep out the weather. It overlooks the garden with a built in irrigation system and an attractive water feature. The outside area is complimented by a self contained entertainment annex with wooden stack back doors that open onto the garden and swimming pool. The entertainment area has its own guest toilet. An outside shower, adjacent to the swimming pool area, has been plumbed for hot water. There is a single garage, with an electric door, directly off Currie Road with an adjacent pedestrian entrance for staff leading to two staff rooms with a communal bathroom and kitchen area. There is a separate self contained laundry adjacent to the staff quarters. Additional garaging, in the form of an exceptionally long tandem garage that can house up to three or four cars, can be found at the top of the driveway just inside the main gates. There is additional parking for four cars at the bottom of the driveway. The wooden staircase leads to the upstairs landing featuring wooden floors, and a sunny lounge area opening up to a balcony that offers wonderful views of the city and sea. The main bedroom features a lounge area, an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room with built in cupboards. The en-suite bathroom features a large shower, double basins and a bath. A main en-suite toilet and basin are completely separate from the bathroom. The second bedroom was originally two bedrooms which have been converted to one very large room. It has a feature balcony offering views of the stadium and the Berea. It includes wooden built in cupboards and offers a modern en-suite bathroom featuring a bath, shower, basin and toilet. The third bedroom is a single room with modern built in cupboards and is adjacent to the family bathroom. The family bathroom features the original cast iron bath and also benefits from a contemporary shower and toilet. The three bedrooms all have split level airconditioning units as well as ceiling fans. The fourth bedroom is a new addition to the home. It has a large en-suite bathroom and is fitted out to standards in keeping with the ultra high quality and character of the rest of the home. Simply put, this unmatched home is simply the best!