Cape Town is the jewel city of South Africa, it’s natural beauty attracts beautiful people, and along with them, art and design. The way that people live in Cape Town is almost wholly centred around beauty. Homes are designed to make the most of the mountain or sea views, and indoors, the owners collect and showcase the best design and art that South Africa and the world has to offer. I lived here for 7 years, and living beautifully was part of life.
Starting off in Hout Bay, we visited a gorgeous 4 bedroom family home set high above the bay. The views were incredible and the house itself, a perfect family retreat in the suburbs. It’s currently on sale (do click through and see all the images) for ZAR9.5mil which is roughly £550k, your money goes a lot further here in South Africa.
The next property was situated in Clifton, the most glamorous of the suburbs in Cape Town. Clifton is a hotspot for international buyers who acquire the often architecturally masterpieces that are dotted around this little suburb. Almost all the properties here face the sea, and it’s home to South Africa’s most expensive property.
Richard Hardie introduced me to Sue Bond. Sue is an interior designer and art collector and very kindly opened up both her homes for me to explore. I loved chatting to Sue about her interior design work and I’m hoping that she accepts my offer of a full interview for this site.
Her property, Clifton Shores was recently featured in the SA House & Garden magazine. The monochrome palette was visually appealing against the stunning large windows that opened out onto the pool, garden and blue sky beyond that. But Sue is an avid art collector, and spread through her homes are multiple pieces from her very well edited collection. You could see work by Lionel Smit, Abe Opperman, Heike Allerton-Davies, Simon Birch, William Kentridge, Deborah Bell, Picasso and so many more! It’s truly inspiring to see a personal collection of this quality.
Image credit for above images: Greg Cox House & Garden.
We ended our tour in the city, high up above the ground a penthouse that’s been designed to entertain. The views are incredible and every aspect of this home is about showing off and having a good time. From the open plan living space to the magnificent outdoor space complete with swimming pool and bar area. There are 3 bedrooms in this property, but it’s the views that you’re paying for here. Uninterrupted views of the iconic Table Mountain. For this you’ll pay ZAR29mil, which is about £1.6mil.
Every time I come back to South Africa I get to see more and more incredible design. This time around it was the architecture and art that has really inspired me, so much so, that I’ve gone and acquired a piece of art from one of the artists that Sue Bond collects for my own personal collection.
If you’re ever looking at exploring buying a home in Cape Town, I can’t recommend Richard Hardie enough. Taking a day out of his time to show me around was very generous and I’d like to say a very big thank you to both Richard and Sue.