Lovely apartment in Africa's gateway, Johannesburg

Lovely apartment in Africa's gateway, Johannesburg


Nov 2014

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
2 Bathrooms

About our home

My apartment is on the 8th 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.

It is 1500sqft in size and was recently the feature property in the Sunday Times Home magazine supplement, with a double paged spread. Link to the online version of the article, below.

The Master bedroom (with extra length queen bed) has a large en-suite and walk-in-wardrobe and one wall is a sliding-folding door that opens out onto the living room. When fully opened, with the curtain drawn, this gives a 'large studio' feel to the apartment.

One of the other two bedrooms has been turned into a study, whilst the other has two single beds.

The apartment has a balcony with views of the building's courtyard.

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.

There is a taxi rank virtually outside the front door and Uber works very well and is very affordable, in Johannesburg. Thus pretty much all that Johannesburg has to offer is within 20 minutes, either by car or the Gautrain.


Ade & Prescillia's reviews

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More about us

  1. After 20 years in corporate (, I'm now able to split my time between two passion projects. Applying the knowledge gained at Visa, to improve the formal financial inclusion of low income women, through my role at Women's World Banking; Driving the regeneration of downtown Johannesburg (South Africa) through the renovation and up-cycling of some of it's oldest buildings.

  2. I'm fortunate in that my formal work is not geographically bound and I have a great team that works on the renovations., so both myself and my fiancee can work from anywhere with a stable and fast internet connection.

  3. Many of the properties that I have renovated are available for short term rental and are the vacation homes that I have listed in LHS. This makes the renovation work self-sustaining, whilst also enabling my fiancee (who is also a digital nomad) and I to experience different parts of the world.

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Where is it?


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; The Orbit Jazz bar, Braamfontein; The Foundry, Parktown; Southern Sun hotel roof deck, Hyde Park; How about a guided city centre pub crawl with;
Cozy cafés
Mug & Bean, Main Street; Little Addis Cafe, Maboneng;
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;
Walks in the park
An alternative to a walk in the park, Mainstreetwalks ( 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.
Spot of exercise
Old Eds Gym, Houghton
Day tripping
Joburg citysightseeing hop on hop off, red bus; Nelson Mandel's house on Vilikazi Street, Soweto; Lion Park;

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