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Can you believe this lovely little house is going to be torn down?

Crantock House - Cornwall

I spent a week in Cornwall and came across this lovely detached house called “Kareena”. It sits at the edge of the village of Crantock, with fantastic views overlooking the bay, and to me welcomes surfers back from the sea. My relaxing week had me dreaming of owning this little derelict gem but with the present occupiers consisting of cobwebs and spiders, something didn’t quite feel right!

Crantock House - Cornwall

 

The lady in the village post office told me that “Kareena” is built out of mundic block (a concrete mix that used waste rock from mining tin, cooper and lead) and therefore being demolished to be replaced by a new home (planning pending).
This building material was common in SW England in the first half of the twentieth century but is now recognised as unsuitable. When mundic block is penetrated by water, elements of the concrete composition turn to sulphuric acid leading the concrete to crack and crumble. There are differing levels of ‘mundic decay’ as the term is known so buyers need to be prudent when looking for romantic lifestyle properties in the SW of England. If you are purchasing with finance, your lender may insist on a mundic test as part of your survey and I would advise any cash purchaser to commission their own test with a qualified member of RICS. Further reading can be found at the Cornwall Council.

Crantock House - Cornwall

So for now, it seems that Kareena is in the hands of the planners. I just hope that her replacement will be a tasteful design and blend in with the beautiful surroundings.

 

Crantock House - Cornwall

If you had a million pounds – would you live in Wembley? (maybe if it was in Cape Town)

When I was in Hong Kong at the Smart International Property Show, I met the owner of a South African estate agent, Kapstadt International Property, based in Cape Town South Africa.

Wembley - Cape Town - South Africa

Wembley - Cape Town - South Africa

They have some absolutely beautiful properties on their books and I wanted to highlight two of them.

Wembley House – 5 bedroom house in Cape Town

A magnificent Heritage home by Mello Damstra, an extravagant Dutch architect, built for Cape Town’s legendary Timber merchants, the Stoller family in 1923. Their love of wood was expressed exquisitely throughout the house reminiscent of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. Beautiful inlaid floors, teak panelling, grand staircases and the most beautiful teak doors and windows together with the grand reception rooms and sumptuous bedrooms make this a most unique and sought after home. The 600m2 main house on 3 levels has got 5 bedrooms and a wheelchair friendly apartment. You can entertain on a large scale with the excellent indoor outdoor flow to the pool area with its fabulous pool room and indoor barbeque facilities. This extraordinary home is set in a sculpted garden with your own private art studio and a separate yoga retreat above the 4 car garage.

Asking price is R17M plus VAT (approx. £1.125M)

Or, if that’s not to your liking, how about this?

Bridle - Cape Town - South Africa

Bridle - Cape Town - South Africa

Bridle - Cape Town - South Africa

This four bedroomed home is an absolute dream surrounded by naturally preserved land providing total privacy. Described as a “seductive living sculpture”, it floats high up against Table Mountain with luminous views from every angle. The stage is set for living and entertaining on a grand scale with all interior and exterior spaces seamlessly integrated leading to the indigenous

Facilities:

  • Remote controlled double garage
  • Two large storage facilities
  • Garden storage room W
  • Water treatment plant with borehole
  • Housekeeper cottage with two beds, bathroom, kitchen and lounge dining area
  • Remote alarm and electric fencing
  • Piped entertainment throughout including IPOD docking system with touchpad activation
  • WIFI Solar underfloor heating
  • Solar geyser system

Asking price is R25M plus VAT (approx. £1.65M)

If you are thinking of buying a holiday home in sunny South Africa, these are just a taster of the types of properties which are available. If you would like further information on either of these, speak to my friend Lisa Kretschmer – lisa@kapstadtinternational.co.za.

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