Huge City-Centre Luxury Penthouse

Huge City-Centre Luxury Penthouse

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 8
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Set in the top three floors of the former headquarters building of Barclay’s bank, this huge (2,600sqft), newly renovated penthouse, with a private decked roof-terrace, outdoor Jacuzzi and access to a rooftop swimming pool, is in the heart of Jo’burg’s trendy CBD.

The apartment is minutes away from the Gautrain station, giving direct access to Rosebank, Sandton, Pretoria and the airport. The CBD is a major hub for Uber (www.uber.com), making this is the perfect spot from which to explore all that Johannesburg has to offer.

My apartment is available for rental or points bookings.

It's spread over the 9th, 10th and 11th floor of the heritage (listed), former Barclays Bank HQ, building on the oldest street in Johannesburg.

It's about 30 minutes from Johannesburg airport, where most international visitors land before taking another flight to South Africa's coastal cities or other countries in Southern Africa.

The layout of the apartment was designed so that the communal living spaces would all benefited from outdoor space and the amazing city views.

On the entrance floor of the apartment there is a Master bedroom suite which incorporates a large en-suite bathroom, walk-in-wardrobe and extra length queen sized bed; a second bedroom which also has an extra length queen bed, cupboard and a desk; a third bedroom with two extra length single beds; and another bathroom.

The middle floor of the apartment has an open plan living area (with a woodburning stove), dining area (with a six-seater dining table) and kitchen, with a wrap around balcony that gives some of the best views of Johannesburg’s historic old city centre, available.

An iron spiral staircase leads up from the living area, to the top floor deck room, with access to the roof deck which has ample seating around a fire pit, plus a built in bbq and Jacuzzi.

The apartment also has a Sonos wifi sound system in the lounge and Master bedroom, so if you have downloaded the Sonos app (www.sonos.com) you can play music from your phone, PC or tablet wirelessly, in any of those rooms.

The CBD, it's the oldest part of Johannesburg with a 9 or 10 block area that was originally modeled on neoclassical city centers. Thus it has a very old New York/City of London feel. It's thriving during the week and very quiet at the weekends. It has become the 'new trendy' part of Johannesburg. Whilst the cafes and art galleries have always been around, the growth of the weekend farmers/flea markets, in the surrounding suburbs, over the past five years, makes it a great base for weekend excursions. Neighbourgoods market (Braamfontein), Arts on Main (Maboneng) and The Sheds@1fox (Fox street) are all 5-10 minutes away.

2015 is the year that Johannesburg finally emerged from the shadows of its prettier, but less hip and friendly, sister city of Cape Town.

It ranks as #1 in The Rough Guides (www.roughguide.com) 2015 List of the Top Ten Cities, #37 on Travel and Leisure's (www.travelandleisure.com) list of the Best Places to Travel in 2015, is listed on BBC (www.bbc.com) Travel List of the Hottest Cities, as well as in The Times (www.thetimes.co.uk) as "The latest hip city break"

Uber works extreamly well and is very affordable, in Johannesburg. Thus pretty much all that Johannesburg has to offer is within 30 minutes, either by car or the Gautrain.

But if you really want to see Johannesburg, I’d recommend a day pass on the hop-on hop off Citysightseeing (www.http:/www.citysightseeing.co.za) tour bus, that has a stop 3 minutes from the front door. Tripadvisor also has one of the best ‘3-days in Johannesburg’ Travel Guides that I’ve seen (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g312578-k379-Johannesburg_Greater_Johannesburg_Gauteng.html ), that pretty much hits the spot re things to do, with all the recommended places to visit on day one, being less than 1.5km from the apartment.

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  1. I'm a single guy and work in electronic payments technology and have relocated to West Africa with my job.

  2. I bought this apartment as an open shell and did a full renovation, installing all the walls, plumbing and electrical

  3. I've been bitten by the renovation bug and see this as a great way to 'pay for my habit', whilst still being able to enjoy the fruits of my labour every once in a while.

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Where is it?

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Buzzy restaurants
Il Giardino, 44 Stanley, Milpark; Tasha's, Melrose Arch; Neighbourgoods Market, Braamfontein; Wombles, 7th Avenue; Doppio Zero, the Firs, Rosebank; Service Station, Melville; Grand Central, Melrose Arch; The Grill House, The Firs, Park Hyatt Rosebank; Sophia Town, Newtown;
Cool bars
The Sheds@1fox, CBD; Kospotong, Newtown; Maboneng Precinct, Maboneng; The Orbit Jazz bar, Braamfontein; The Foundry, Parktown; Southern Sun hotel roof deck, Hyde Park; How about a guided city centre pub crawl with www.mainstreetwalks.co.za
Cozy cafés
Mug & Bean, Main Street; Little Addis Cafe, Maboneng; The Living Room Eco Café (5 mins. drive), an awesome rooftop café in the Maboneng precinct that feels like you’re sitting in a nursery.
Retail therapy
Amatuli Artifacts, 6 Desmond Street, Kramerville; Melrose Arch; Sandton City Mall; Rosebank Mall; Neighbourgoods Market (Saturday's until 3pm); Arts on Main Market (Sunday's); Rosebank Market (Sunday mornings);
Bit of culture
The Orbit Jazz bar, Braamfontein; Constitution Hill; Johannesburg Zoo; Market Theatre, Newtown; Civic Theatre; Museum Africa, Newtown; Wits Art Museum (5 mins drive) for Modern South African paintings and sculptures, and an unrivalled collection of sub-equatorial art; The Shadow Boxer outdoor museum. This incredible, well-thought out outdoor museum is housed in the windows of original attorney’s offices of Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo (which they opened in 1952), where a time-line has been laid out explaining the story of Apartheid accompanied with photographs and interesting facts. Opposite, is an impressive six-metre tall statue of Mandela in his iconic boxing attire by Marco Cianfanelli; The Johannesburg Planetarium (Wits universtity, 5 mins drive), runsregular shows, which are incredible and informative and help you appreciate the huge world above so much more. With the aid of a projector that has been in use since 1930, they show the current night sky;
Walks in the park
An alternative to a walk in the park, Mainstreetwalks (www.mainstreetwalks.co.za) is concept that encourages the best way to explore Johannesburg city centre, like any other city in the world, i.e. by foot. The guided tours, which start from the Maboneng Precinct, approx 1.5km from the apartment, navigate a way within and around the City. Giving direct access to the people and happenings of the community; Visit the incredible bird gardens at Montecasino (25 mins drive). There are beautiful walkways past countless exotic birds, an impressive cycad garden, a frog room and the longest snake in the world, plus other unusual mammals like the sloth and lemurs. TIP: If you want to save cash, join the Montecasino Rewards Programme. You just sign up for a card in the casino section and use it for the cinema too because then movies are just R35. ; Founded in 1982 the nature reserve at Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens (30 mins drive) is a perfect picnic spot. One of South Africa’s eight botanical gardens, you can snack on sarmies beneath the waterfall, watching the Verreaux’s Eagles perched at the top with binocs, walk through the succulent rocket and fern garden or look down on the sprawling lawns from the top of the waterfall; Past Experiences (www.pastexperiances.co.za) run a variety of themed tours – from shopping to graffiti to a spicy Fordsburg tour. The Ka’Ching Tour is very close to home and focusses on the birth of Johannesburg as a mining and wealth-oriented town. Its led by an incredibly knowledgeable guide and friend of mine, Jo Buitendach
Spot of exercise
Old Eds Gym, Houghton; Visit Zoo lake swimming pool (15 mins drive) it’s beautifully maintained and kept looking fresh
Day tripping
Joburg citysightseeing hop on hop off, red bus; Nelson Mandel's house on Vilikazi Street, Soweto; Lion Park; 3-day trip on Tripadvisor http://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g312578-k379-Johannesburg_Greater_Johannesburg_Gauteng.html . Bird Gardens at Monetcasino (30 mins drive)

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