Monthly Bond Repayment R26,246.21
Calculated over 20 years at 8.75% with no deposit.
Web Ref No 3540289
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Yes, THE TITLE DEED to a piece of South African History. This historic home was bought in 1975 by a family who became the proud owners of this historic property. The home was built in 1849, on the highest natural point on the Berea. A home that has stood the test of time , with certain areas of the home that have lovingly been restored by the current owners. It’s hard to comprehend or even imagine that the woodwork, joinery, glass panes, slate roof and fittings were shipped all the way from England in November 1845 and arrived in Durban February 1846. The home was declared a National Monument in 1978, and is fondly known as the “Elephant House”.
As you enter this historic home through the aged Victorian Wrought Iron Gates, a feeling of nostalgia takes over. You are then greeted by a beaded Elephant head and plaque which are both mounted on the right hand side of the wall, adjacent to the original solid wooden front door. To the left is the plaque declaring the “Elephant House” a National Monument. You are transported back in time, when life was simple and people would arrive at your doorstep uninvited. The current owners till this day carry out that tradition of hospitality, and are truly exceptional people, absolute amazing hosts who will proudly give you a guided tour of their historic home, at the drop of a hat.
Every home is special in some way; however this home is somewhat unique, with a story behind every door. The new owner would need to step up to the plate and be the so called “gatekeeper and protector” for many years to come. This home boasts four bedrooms, two family bathrooms, a huge kitchen, open plan lounge and dining area, a garden cottage, a huge garden teaming with bird life, a carport, two single garages, plus additional parking for at least another three vehicles. Not forgetting the outdoor laundry area and living quarters. The rooms all have solid wooden flooring, built in cupboards, curtain rails and French doors with solid wooden shutters. The French doors open inward and allow access onto the wrap around verandah, fondly known as the “stoep”,painted in the famous red stoep paint. At the entrance is a passage that splits the home into two sections. On the left side of the entrance is the fourth bedroom and family bathroom, and the large family kitchen. To the right of the passage is the main bedroom and third bedroom which is currently a multipurpose room and the forth bedroom used as a study.
Each room in this home has its very own story to tell, this can be identified by the many paintings, photographs, artefacts, framed newspaper articles, carpets, light fixtures and collectibles. Wooden floors, doors, window panes and shutters add to the warm nostalgic feeling. The two bathrooms have baths which show of their Victorian grace. The entrances, lounge, dining area, outside patio, garden cottage and luscious garden each have a piece of history to share. One very important reminder of years gone by is the three pounder cannon, which is strategically located on the back verandah. The cannon was fired each New Year’s Eve, now isn’t that something. Let’s not forget the pair of wagon wheels, which are found on the front verandah. The garden cottage has had hundreds of visitors over the years, who have come to just experience a stay in this historic home, and also showoff to family and friends, that they had stayed in the famous "Elephant House". A visitor’s book is proudly is displayed which has the name, country and comments of those that have visited. Picture a hot summer’s day lazing on the back porch reading a book, sipping homemade lemonade and taking in the beautiful sunset, or on a cold winter’s day sitting next to a log fire, with a typically South African braai on the go.
The owners are looking for someone special that would appreciate the history and treasured memories of this iconic and historic Durban home. They have advised that items like the Cannon, the wagon wheels and a few other items which form part of the history of this home, will be left behind.
Never to be repeated, a once in a lifetime opportunity to own your very own piece of History! Seeing is believing, so don’t delay!
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