Designed by award-winning architect Luis Ferreira da Silva, every line, shape, and angle of this Kommetjie beachfront home has been thoughtfully structured to showcase uninterrupted vistas. Stunning panoramas of Long Beach, the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Hout Bay, the Sentinel, and Chapman’s Peak are enjoyed throughout. From the soaring, triple-volume entrance hall—lined with obelisk-like palm tree sculptures—the commanding view creates a jaw-dropping first impression that resonates through the manmade glory evident in every detail of this unique house.
Ferreira da Silva, renowned for his design of the Polana Hotel in Maputo, has successfully translated his vision for this fantasy home. Set on grounds of 1,105 square meters, or more than one-quarter acre, the living space comprises 625 square meters, or approximately 6,727 square feet, and includes four reception areas, a wine cellar, and two kitchenettes in addition to a state-of-the-art entertainer’s kitchen.
The vast first-floor master suite runs the full length of the house and features two large but separate Balau view decks looking out to the ocean. A sitting room with a fireplace and a kitchenette also grace this owner's retreat. A huge sandstone-flagged en-suite bathroom with his and hers basins houses a double sea-view shower and a large freestanding oval bath, carved from stone like a glorious half of a dinosaur egg.
Earthy, rough finishes and sandstone flagstones are complemented by textured, burnt orange plastered walls and dark latticework. The oversized organic timber front entrance gate, under a massive lintel, was created by Plettenberg Bay sculptor M. Solomon, and is studded with bronze starfish and adorned by a bronze sea-horse door knocker crafted with extraordinary detail—typical of the styling that runs throughout this unforgettable property.
A separate two-bedroom guest suite with its own lounge, huge dining room, sitting room with gas-powered fireplace, and spacious TV room and study makes up a section of the ground floor.
Beyond the rim-flow pool, which is set in an impressive and spacious seaview entertaining deck, lies a bank of reeds and marine succulents growing alongside a tidal pool. Beyond this is nothing but the beach and the crashing waves. At the bottom of the garden, a private path descends to the sandy beach—home to families of seals and otters that frolick or doze in the sunshine.
State-of-the-art CCTV and a 360-degree perimeter-beam security system are connected to a local armed response company, and can also be remotely monitored by the owners themselves from anywhere in the world.
With its unbeatable beachfront position alongside a river and a seasonal lagoon, along with its extraordinary architecture and finishes, this home offers the unique opportunity to own a jewel that many would covet but only a handful will ever aspire to.
"There has never been anything like this for sale in the area," says Anne Rattle of Greeff Properties, which has been awarded the sole mandate. Rattle expects the property to fetch a record price. "Previously the top sale in the Kommetjie area was a home owned by Sheila Boardman in Klein Slangkop Estate, which fetched R12,000,000—that was in 2000. I believe this four-bedroom home is about to make history," says Rattle.
Kommetjie (‘small basin’ in Afrikaans) gets its name from the city's early beginnings, when settlers apparently used the natural basin as a convenient fish trap. Today the suburb’s main attraction is its wide, long, beautiful beach, which extends for more than eight kilometers to Noordhoek. Its length and flatness makes Kommetjie a popular dog-walking and horse-riding venue. About three kilometers down the beach is the historic wreck of the legendary SS Kakapo, which ran aground in 1900.
Kommetjie is also a premier site for observing seabirds and forms part of the fynbos biome, as it is home to some rare and highly sought-after species of plants. Together with nearby Noordhoek Valley and the wetland between, the area offers a varied habitat to more than 150 different bird species.
Kommetjie is also less than 20 minutes away from picturesque Clovelly and Steenberg golf courses, the Constantia Wine Route, and numerous characterful and delicious restaurants from Noordhoek to Kalk Bay and Simonstown. Table Mountain, World of Birds, Kirstenbosch Gardens, and the Waterfront are just a little further. It is also world-famous for surfing events, but this rural and well-preserved village near Cape Town always retains its peaceful atmosphere—even in peak holiday season—and is renowned for its long, gentle summer evenings.