When it comes to coastal living in the metropolis, the Atlantic Seaboard’s suburb of Sea Point is a smorgasbord of residential and commercial architectural diversity – so much so, if it weren’t for the stamp of the mountain as a backdrop, you’d likely be settled in any Provençal village, overlooking the ocean, listening to the seagulls squawking as church bells echo the town square where clusters of cafés, eateries and souvenir stores line the walkways that all lead down to the sea.
There is something undeniably European about Sea Point that perhaps has something to do with its eclectic mix of residents, and the influence they’ve had over the decades, of developing its communities. Its main streets are packed to the brim with convenience stores, shiny shopping malls, design, retail and lifestyle boutiques, doggy grooming parlours and fitness centres, old libraries and hardware stores, market places and gardening nurseries, fine-dining restaurants and a burgeoning café culture where craft coffees, homemade bakes and freshly squeezed age-defying matcha-delicious nutritional juices become your daily escort down to the promenade. Something delicious to fuel the 11-kilometre stretch of sandy beaches, playgrounds and tidal pools. The crisp ocean air, vastness of ever-changing skies and penetrating light invigorates all year round, season to season, from sunrise to sunset.
Cushioned into the slopes of Signal Hill, high up on one of the last streets before the rugged cliff pathways of the Lion’s hump, this supremely stylish Sea Point hideaway settles itself above the hustle and bustle, and looks out over the speckled rooftops to an eternal canvas of blue. Two spacious ensuite bedrooms dart off from the main living, dining and entertaining space, where Oggie hardwood floors meet Piet Boon concrete wallpapered walls and glass sliding doors that open out onto a long, dreamy terrace with its built-in braai.
The finishes of the apartment are refined and generous with the joinery being discreet and unobtrusive – making ample storage space and extra free-flowing living space. Though there are eight other apartments in the contemporary block, the property is completely private, secluded and secure, standing harmoniously alongside its neighbours with spectacular views of the ocean and its sailing boats, the mountain and its paragliders – with a soothing stillness that comes with the calm and tranquility of its location.
A sophisticated pied-à-terre – if you will – this hideaway induces an element of all-year-round holiday living. Where your morning brew on the terrace – barefoot and fancy free, with Ella Fitzgerald’s husky tones in the background, greeting the gulls as they glide with the golden rays – will be the perfect start to a new and exciting day, no matter what’s on the agenda. It’s a hop, skip and a jump down to all the energy and the action of the main strip where you’ll join the colloquial chaos of the community – you’re at your leisure to dip in and out, as you so wish. For when you return to your own hideaway up the hill, everything resumes to its perfect equilibrium of sophistication and repose.
The terrace or the long dining table awaits your company, with your tipple of choice, as your favourite tracks are on shuffle and the bouillabaisse is on the go. Thanks to the baker down the road, a hot baguette’s already buttered and half eaten with the olives from the adjacent delicatessen. The sliding doors are wide open and the ocean is still glistening as the waves continue to curl over the breaks. Whatever the weather – this hideaway speaks of lazy European summer days and cosy wintry African ways, all in one season.
Also opportunity to purchase furnishings as an addition