*** Update: This house is no longer available for rent. ***
I’m not usually in the business of playing realtor (or estate agent, as they are called in South Africa) and advertising homes for rent, but I’m making an exception for this particular one. It’s in the Beverley subdivision in Lonehill, a place I know fairly well as I took Sunshine to numerous playdates in the same neighborhood during our Johannesburg years.
I’m not telling you about it because it’s beautiful, although it clearly is. I’m also not telling you about it because it comes with a full-time 5-day housekeeper, although, hello!
The reason I’m telling you about it is because I was asked to post something on my Facebook page by a woman (a single mother, in fact) who can use the help. I don’t want to go into details as I’m not sure she’d be comfortable with them paraded online, but it has to do with personal loss of a loved one, sorrow, and, as a result of medical bills, money. Instead of a quick-forgotten post on my Facebook page, I decided to make it a full-fledged blog post instead.
What are you waiting for? If you’re an expat planning a move to South Africa and the greater Johannesburg area, you should definitely take a look. It’s immediately available, comes fully furnished, and has some nice amenities (including the aforementioned domestic help – a real bonus if you think about the work involved in hiring domestic help). It’s about 2 minutes away from the Dainfern area, meaning you’ll be close to an excellent South African prep school (pre-K to 12) and not too far from the American International School, and live in an area very popular among expats. It’s right next to the Lonehill Koppies, a nature reserve which, I’ve been told, offers some of the best bird watching in Johannesburg. The home has been rented out to expats for the last three years, and the owner is looking for another corporate rental.
I’ll now let you browse some more beautiful pictures and look at all the details of the home as given to me by the owner, with her contact details at the bottom. I so hope that in the end I can help two people – the landlady looking for a tenant, and an expat wanting to get “find home” checked off their really long moving checklist!
785 Castello River EstatesMulbarton Road
Truly beautiful and inspiring. Executive, immaculate, modern, fully furnished 5 bedroom home. The ultimate in stylish living and entertainment.
- Entrance hall
- Entertainer’s patio
- Formal lounge
- Gourmet’s chef kitchen
- Family room
- 3 automated garages
- Gas fireplace
- Dining room x 2
- Staff suite
- Wine cellar
- 5 bedrooms all en suite
- Guest cloakroom
- 5 bathrooms
- House size: +- 530sq mts
- Stand size : +- 752sq mts
- All bedrooms are air conditioned (hot and cold)
- Landscaped garden
- Under floor heating in the whole house
- Automated irrigation
- TV in every bedroom
- Full alarm systemInclusive in Rental:
- Garden & pool service
- Live in house keeper (5 days a week)
- Fully alarmed and paramedic response
- Full bouquet of DSTV
- Levy [note by editor: this is your monthly/annual fee to the estate for security, landscaping etc.].Amenities in the surrounding area (within 2 kms):
1. Lonehill shopping centre
2. Leaping Frog shopping centre
3. Pineslopes shopping centre
4. Fourways Crossing shopping centre
5. Doctors, dentists, hairdressers, Veterinary, beauticians, health clinic and much more.
6. Builders Warehouse
7. Fire brigade
8. Lonehill parks
9. Crawford College – Primary and secondary
10. Dainfern College
11. St Peters school
12. Churches – Various denomination
The Beverley area falls within the greater Lonehill security system as set up by the Residents Association which maintains the highest standard of security, maintenance of pavements, parks and gardens. The security system is responsible for employing a full time security company which patrols the whole greater area of Lonehill and Beverley area 24hours a day, by foot patrol, motorcycles, and patrol cars. The Lonehill community centre is an integral part of the suburb as many events and functions are held there. A church is situated in this centre. The Lonehill Kopje is set within a nature reserve which opens in summer for residents to enjoy and climb. Just outside the Reserve is the Lonehill park and lake which is a source of great joy for joggers, walkers (and their children and dogs). There is also a safely fenced children’s park with slides, swing and climbing frames. Although this home is positioned in the most quiet and peaceful environment, with beautiful bird life, it is also close by, to all shopping centres, schools, and entertainment facilities.
Property rental per month: R. 45,000
Directions: From William Nicol off ramp coming from Rivonia turn right into William Nicol road, drive past the Monte Casino towards the Indaba hotel. At Leaping frog shopping centre, turn right in Mulbarton road, continue to circle and yield left. Drive to the end of the road, at dead end, the complex on the right side, named “43 Castello River Estates.”Contact:Martine Rambert Wood+27 83 452 7906