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Location, location, location

Pam Golding Properties are pleased to have the sole mandate for this month’s spectacular featured home situated at one of the best locations in the whole of Harare. And remember the old estate agent’s mantra – “What are the three most important factors to consider when buying a home? Location, location, location.” The home is situated along Addington Lane in Ballantyne Park – one of the most sought after and prestigious addresses in town! It’s within easy walking distance of the Ballantyne Park Shopping Centre, which has a supermarket, an excellent restaurant, a pharmacy, a service station and a host of other interesting upmarket shops.

The adjoining Ballantyne Park Conservancy has recently undergone a major facelift, making it the ideal venue for a weekend picnic, or an evening stroll with the kids and the family dogs. Both Borrowdale shops and the Central Business District are easily accessible and there are a number of financial and business complexes close by. Its a few minutes from the new medical centre on Kingsmead Lane and there are several very good schools nearby. Everything you need is in the neighbourhood and yet the home has a quiet and relaxed, almost country-living ambiance. The home is situated in a large landscaped garden of just over two and a half acres with two boreholes and several beautiful mature trees.

A high wall separates the garden from the roadside so it’s quiet, secure and peaceful. Access to the property is through an impressive pair of tall, solid, wooden electric gates which create an imposing and rather grand entrance. The tarred entry lane leads up to the front door with a circular driveway and ample parking space. There’s a large pool in a private enclosed area with lush tropical planting and ample elegant undercover entertainment areas Location, location, location suitable for either large groups or for family fun. There’s a herb garden conveniently situated near the kitchen door as well as a large established vegetable garden. There’s good accommodation for three live-in domestic staff, a laundry room and other outbuildings. It’s like a small country estate but with easy access to the best that city living has to offer.

The front entrance is through double hardwood doors leading into an ample, double volume entrance hall with beautiful teak parquet floors, which continue through most of the home. From the entrance hall a staircase with dark wood balustrades leads up to the second floor bedrooms. There’s a guest bathroom off the foyer and a short passage leads to the master suite. The main bedroom is generously proportioned and has a large en suite bathroom decorated in a classic black and white design, a dressing room and an adjoining private study or home office. The study is sunken down a short flight of steps and has its own private entrance. Although currently a study it could be repurposed as a private ‘slipper lounge’ making the master suite entirely self contained. Also on the ground floor are the spacious formal lounge and the large dining room, both of which have elegant working fireplaces.

Between the lounge and the dining room is a reading room or study which functions well as a second home office. This room has double wood and glass doors either side and it has doors out to the garden. The dining room leads out to a generous enclosed verandah area with terracotta floor tiles and drop down canvas blinds with clear plastic ‘windows’. Its currently decorated as an indoor/outdoor lounge and dining area with views over the garden. It’s perfect for informal al fresco dining and entertaining or just relaxing with a good book or an evening sundowner.

Also on the ground floor is a large well equipped kitchen with black granite counters and modern, updated, built in appliances. There’s a centre island with seating, perfect for a family breakfast or informal meals. And there’s a walk in pantry with plenty of convenient storage space to help keep all the usual kitchen clutter out of sight.

Outside the master suite a second staircase leads up to another suite comprising a bedroom with a study space, an en suite bathroom and a small private lounge area. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs, both with their en suite bathrooms and a small private lounge area in between.

This is a gracious and mature home, solidly built, with a steeply pitched tiled roof which accommodates the upstairs bedrooms. Lead paned windows, the two sweeping staircases and the generously proportioned rooms make this an ideal family home with elegant style and old world charm. This unique family home is priced at $700,000.

Contact: KAREN HENDERSON PROPERTY NEGOTIATOR PAM GOLDING PROPERTIES

Zimbabwe 9 Hurworth Road, Highlands /Harare /Zimbabwe

Office: +263 (4) 443254 – 6 Mobile: +262 712 407 184

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