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Set in the top three floors of the former headquarters building of Barclay’s bank, this huge (2,600sqft), newly renovated penthouse, with a private decked roof-terrace, outdoor Jacuzzi and access to a rooftop swimming pool, is in the heart of Jo’burg’s trendy CBD.
The apartment is minutes away from the Gautrain station, giving direct access to Rosebank, Sandton, Pretoria and the airport. The CBD is a major hub for Uber (www.uber.com), making this is the perfect spot from which to explore all that Johannesburg has to offer.
The apartment is spread over the 9th, 10th and 11th floor of the heritage (listed), former Barclays Bank HQ, building on the oldest street in Johannesburg.
It's about 30 minutes from Johannesburg airport, where most international visitors land before taking another flight to South Africa's coastal cities or other countries in Southern Africa.
The layout of the apartment was designed so that the communal living spaces would all benefit from outdoor space and the amazing city views.
On the entrance floor of the apartment there is a Master bedroom suite which incorporates a large en-suite bathroom, walk-in-wardrobe and extra length queen sized bed; a second bedroom which also has an extra length queen bed, cupboard and a desk; a third bedroom with two extra length single beds; and another bathroom.
The middle floor of the apartment has an open plan living area (with a woodburning stove), dining area (with a six-seater dining table) and kitchen, with a wrap around balcony that gives some of the best views of Johannesburg’s historic old city centre, available.
An iron spiral staircase leads up from the living area, to the top floor deck room, with access to the roof deck which has ample seating around a fire pit, plus a built in bbq and Jacuzzi.
The apartment also has a Sonos wifi sound system in the lounge and Master bedroom, so if you have downloaded the Sonos app (www.sonos.com) you can play music from your phone, PC or tablet wirelessly, in any of those rooms.
The CBD, it's the oldest part of Johannesburg with a 9 or 10 block area that was originally modeled on neoclassical city centers. Thus it has a very old New York/City of London feel. It's thriving during the week and very quiet at the weekends. It has become the 'new trendy' part of Johannesburg. Whilst the cafes and art galleries have always been around, the growth of the weekend farmers/flea markets, in the surrounding suburbs, over the past five years, makes it a great base for weekend excursions. Neighbourgoods market (Braamfontein), Arts on Main (Maboneng) and The Sheds@1fox (Fox street) are all 5-10 minutes away.
2015 is the year that Johannesburg finally emerged from the shadows of its prettier, but less hip and friendly, sister city of Cape Town.
It ranks as #1 in The Rough Guides (www.roughguide.com) 2015 List of the Top Ten Cities, #37 on Travel and Leisure's (www.travelandleisure.com) list of the Best Places to Travel in 2015, is listed on BBC (www.bbc.com) Travel List of the Hottest Cities, as well as in The Times (www.thetimes.co.uk) as "The latest hip city break"
Uber works extremely well and is very affordable, in Johannesburg. Thus pretty much all that Johannesburg has to offer is within 30 minutes, either by car or the Gautrain.
But if you really want to see Johannesburg, I’d recommend a day pass on the hop-on hop off Citysightseeing (www.http:/www.citysightseeing.co.za) tour bus, that has a stop 3 minutes from the front door. Tripadvisor also has one of the best ‘3-days in Johannesburg’ Travel Guides that I’ve seen (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g312578-k379-Johannesburg_Greater_Johannesburg_Gauteng.html ), that pretty much hits the spot re things to do, with all the recommended places to visit on day one, being less than 1.5km from the apartment.
I'm a single guy and work in electronic payments technology and have relocated to West Africa with my job.
I bought this apartment as an open shell (effectively a single 140sqm room) and did a full renovation, installing all the walls, plumbing and electrical
I've been bitten by the renovation bug (currently finishing off a penthouse renovation) and see this as a great way to 'pay for my habit', whilst still being able to enjoy the fruits of my labour every once in a while.
Ade’s home was perfectly beautiful, accurate and his attention to detail and consideration was evident at every turn. Ade is the most kind, friendly and warmest host we could have asked for. He became flexible to our plans and allowed us to crash at his place for a few hours as we were awaiting our flight from Cape Town and home at the tail end of our trip. He was out of town when we arrived, however he was always a phone call or text message away if we needed something. He sent us ample recommendations of how to spend our time in Jozi and kept us in touch with the building manager who was living on site (and who also helped us carry our baggage up the stairs when the lift gave out!). His apartment is truly in the center of Johannesburg, which is very busy by day and less so in the evening. We had an easy time finding groceries in walking distance, hoping on the double decker tour bus to explore Jozi, and taking Ubers/cabs at night. His place is on the 9th floor and was absolutely beautifully decorated, reflecting his own personal travels and taste with the rooftop overlooking sprawling Johannesburg. His kitchen is stocked with all you could need to make your stay as personal as you need it to be. We felt very safe with the security at his apartment and were able to walk out and around whenever we wanted. I would definitely recommend staying at Ade’s home if you want to be in the city centre. Ade is also well traveled, so he knows a lot about other South African cities in addition to offering insight into excursions to do while in Jozi. Over all I highly recommend Ade’s place for a group. I would definitely stay here next time I travel to Jozi! Thank you Ade for making our time in South Africa memorable. ”
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
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Il Giardino, 44 Stanley, Milpark; Tasha's, Melrose Arch; Neighbourgoods Market, Braamfontein; Wombles, 7th Avenue; Doppio Zero, the Firs, Rosebank; Service Station, Melville; Grand Central, Melrose Arch; The Grill House, The Firs, Park Hyatt Rosebank; Sophia Town, Newtown;
The Sheds@1fox, CBD; Kospotong, Newtown; The Orbit Jazz bar, Braamfontein; The Foundry, Parktown; Southern Sun hotel roof deck, Hyde Park; How about a guided city centre pub crawl with www.mainstreetwalks.co.za;
Mug & Bean, Main Street; Little Addis Cafe, Maboneng;
Amatuli Artifacts, 6 Desmond Street, Kramerville; Melrose Arch; Sandton City Mall; Rosebank Mall; Neighbourgoods Market (Saturday's until 3pm); Arts on Main Market (Sunday's); Rosebank Market (Sunday mornings);
Bit of culture:
The Orbit Jazz bar, Braamfontein; Constitution Hill; Johannesburg Zoo; Market Theatre, Newtown; Civic Theatre; Museum Africa, Newtown;
Walks in the park:
An alternative to a walk in the park, Mainstreetwalks (www.mainstreetwalks.co.za) is concept that encourages the best way to explore Johannesburg city centre, like any other city in the world, i.e. by foot. The guided tours, which start from the Maboneng Precinct, approx 1.5km from the apartment, navigate a way within and around the City. Giving direct access to the people and happenings of the community.
Spot of exercise:
Old Eds Gym, Houghton
Joburg citysightseeing hop on hop off, red bus; Nelson Mandel's house on Vilikazi Street, Soweto; Lion Park;