Situated in one of Sandton's most exclusive residential suburbs, minutes from the city's most sophisticated shopping and business areas, 33 Melville Road epitomizes all that is best of living in Johannesburg: a rambling mansion, subtly African in style, with sprawling gardens, elegant, comfortable spaces that beg entertaining, and discreet, intelligent staff.
Designed by Stefan Ahrends in the early 1950s, the house retains a gracious colonial feel, but it is the interiors that truly surprise and delight, augmenting the original detailing and materials in an authentic yet off-beat way. Having spent years traveling the continent's top safari destinations, the talented owner has reinvented 'Africa chic' with an eclectic mix of vintage and modern, and a novel, playful approach to predictable ethnic artefacts. Walls display a superb collection of internationally renowned South African art, yet there is the wonderful irreverence of a collection of 60s terracotta garden gnomes, just one of many delightful tongue-in-cheek highlights!
It's this charming combination of class and humour that makes 33 Melville Road such an appealing home. One that welcomes those who know that true luxury is not defined by a price tag but by a discriminating eye for the rare and unusual.
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