Erf size: 983 m²
House size: 350 m²
Key features: Sleek and modular, a hybrid of vernacular and post-industrial architecture
Kenrock is a country estate in Hout Bay, edged by a curtsy of three mountain ranges and with a 180-degree view over Hout Bay. It is arguably one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape Peninsula.
Kenrock is on a genius location –a wedge shaped piece of land that runs west of the Suikerbossie (sugar bush) ravine, on the back of Table Mountain, right down to Valley Road and sheltered by the Constantiaberg Mountain range to the East. It is a small principality on its own, well secured and for those lucky enough to live here, it
is a private paradise.
With its forests (once Hout Bay was all heavily wooded with yellowwood trees and the main source of timber for the building and repairs of ships in the Cape Town harbour) natural occurring Fynbos, and man made lakes and dams. One is saturated by the feeling of freedom, beauty and security.
But what makes Kenrock exhilarating, is the different styles of architecture used in the 94 houses, ranging from Italianate to Post Modern to Brutalist to High Tech to Cottagy, they all form a composite mosaic with a truly professional uniformity.
If, as an architect colleague insists, you can judge a house by its doors and windows, No 2 Falcon Lane, Kenrock is supreme with views through plate glass of such greenery that it casts a celadon glow throughout the house.
The house itself is sleek and modular, a hybrid of vernacular and post-industrial architecture with special emphasis on ergonomy and sustainability. The building envelope is simple, providing a feeling of space and a curvilinear that brings Corbusier to mind.
Kenrock’s eclectic mix has its own gestalt that is homogenous and works well. Easy living is the key and this house has been carefully planned for prime comfort by the owners who are interior decorators. With svelte bathroom and kitchen spaces, lush and comfy sitting areas and four bedrooms with bathrooms en suite, plus a lap pool, it is super easy to live in.
The house has been carefully planned as a light catcher with double-volume ceilings, all round fenestration, off set by imaginative use of wood that provides an organic feel and Balau decking for outside entertaining. If you want to live well, you want to live here.
• Erf size: 983 m²
• Floor Size: 350 m²
• Four bedrooms en suite
• Four bathrooms
• Large open plan kitchen with separate laundry
• Fitted bar
• Built in braai
• Solar heated pool with sheltered seating area
• Double carport