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Panoramic Views And Alluring Design Meld In This Cape Town Home

Homes on Cape Town’s signal hill, overlooking the world-renowned beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, are not easy to come by. The owners purchased the property in the late 1990s after a lengthy search, then demolished the existing house, which, they explain, “Didn’t take full advantage of the views that made the property so special.” The resulting home most definitely showcases those superlative views – while also providing its own stunning visual appeal.

On arrival, the home’s intriguing facade immediately captures your attention. a boldly “patchworked” sandstone pathway leads to the front door, handle-free and clad in warm-toned cedar. above it rises an intricately patterned brise- soleil, created using slimline terracotta tiles.

Once inside, the entrance hall combines dramatic, three-story-high proportions with a sculptural staircase, poetic artwork, and a sensational feather-clad polar bear sculpture by Italian artist Paola Pivi. The lightbox artworks under the stairs and a multi-strand pendant light fixture add a playful, gallery-like feel to the space.

At the top of the staircase, the sense of boldness and theatrical atmosphere continues in an expansive, open-plan living area with a spectacular 180-degree view of ocean and sky. The rooms derive their dramatic appeal from both the view and the mix of contemporary furniture and art. What the owners have achieved – here and on the higher floors of the house – are interiors that complement as well as enhance the clean lines and view-framing simplicity of the architecture.

In the living area, sleek Antonio Citterio sofas provide comfortable seating but don’t visually interrupt the vista to the horizon. The natural interior finishes, which range from sandstone and marble to wood paneling, add a feeling of ease and luxury to the space. Artworks, including an ornate bust by South African contemporary art star Athi-Patra Ruga, are bound to be perennial conversation starters.

Throughout this multilevel home the flow of the spaces is seemingly organized to intuitively pull you through them – and inevitably, toward the panoramic views of the ocean. Signal Hill’s picturesque mountainside is suitably celebrated as well. The kitchen/dining area, for example, is perfectly situated for enjoying an alfresco breakfast, where you feel as if you are in the middle of nature rather than mere minutes from the urban bustle of nearby camps bay and sea point.

This is a house of alluring design appeal, but the loveliest element of all remains what surrounds it. As the owners say, while they appreciate and enjoy spending time in every room of their home, it remains a “Privilege to wake in the mornings to the wonderful views.”

Photography by Greg Cox.

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