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With all of her captivating attributes, The Mother City dishes up wondrous little gems everywhere you turn. Allowing nature to govern, she subserviently kneels at the foot of the mountain, shaping herself into little clusters of communities. Each one differing from the other, in their own unique ways, they collectively form the charisma of Cape Town. Leaning against the rump of the city’s notorious Lion, looking up to its Head, the charming suburb of Tamboerskloof sits. Steep, leafy roads wind their way up into the hills, where terraced Victorian builds hover amongst the trees, looking out to the city, the harbour, and up to the mountain. Down one of these little streets, where the frangipani branches meet the lemon’s leaves, Rosenblatt bears its fruit to all passing by. Just like any true custodian of its community, would.

Behind a wrought iron gate, and up some steps, this Victorian hideaway opens its front door and takes you on a three-storey jewel of a journey. Oregon pine floors greet you at the entrance, as the long corridor leading to the kitchen and its garden, branches off into the dining and living area. Restored, original fireplaces, Victorian high press ceilings, and tall bay windows all reveal the owner’s commitment in keeping with the era of the build. With the odd, small statement being made by crystal chandeliers and the owner’s Danish paddle hanging above the adjoining door frame – a subtle acknowledgment of his sporting days as a Springbok canoer. Brown leather sofas and white linen armchairs border animal skin rugs and antique collectables, all tying in with the safari theme. The slick modern kitchen, with its smart Smeg appliances and fancy countertops is the only necessary new in this home.

As we continue our journey upstairs, into the library and study area, where collectors comics, books about travel, antique atlas’, dictionaries and novels sit on shelves that echo their age. Out onto the balcony where early mornings can be spent watching the sunrise over the city in time with the neighbouring church bells. Evenings are also magical from this viewpoint as the sun sets behind signal hill, transforming the colours in the sky in sync with the glittering city lights. After an eventful day, exploring the other gems of The Mother City, there are three spacious bedrooms to retire to – the master being all the way up in the loft with views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain from the ensuite bathroom. Their heavenly linens and neutral, minimalist furnishings make for a perfect resting space as the city life winds down with you, in preparation for all the exploring still to come. It’s Cape Town, after all. The food, café, culture, design, nature, nightlife capital of Africa.

What we love!

  • There’s no better way to experience Cape Town’s community-dwelling quarters than staying within the heart and soul of the city. Tamboerskloof is only 5 minutes from the city centre, next door to the colourful houses of Bo Kaap, 10 minutes from the beach, and a hop away from some of the best restaurants, bars, boutiques, butchers, bakers, coffee-makers.
  • Pets are welcome! There are a handful of doggie parks dotted around the area that are great sociable, gathering grounds for those early morning or evening walks with the hounds.
  • Although the property is situated right in the thick of it, there is a sense of serenity and seclusion from the crowds. It’s the signature of the old Victorian soul.
  • For the most amazing home-baked pies, quiches, cakes and croissants visit The Power & The Glory Café on the corner of Kloof Nek Rd – a minute’s walk away from Rosenblatt.

What you need to know…

  • During those hot, still summer nights, there’s inbuilt Air-conditioning. And for those chilly, wintry ones you can switch the dial to Heat.
  • Everything you need is within walking distance from the property. Supermarkets, pharmacies, doctors and dentists, bars and restaurants. While it is perfectly safe for you to wander the streets by day, it is safer to either drive or uber by night.
  • If you fancy an extra bit of exercise – when the hiking, surfing and cycling has been ticked off the list – the Tamboerskloof Tennis Club is only a few streets away, and open to non-members every day of the week.
  • Take a stroll around the charming neighbourhood, admiring the beautiful homes and spectacular views, and stop off at The Blue Café for some coffee and cake. You’ll get to meet the quirkiest, chirpiest people in the hood.

 

Reviewed by Colleen Ogilvie

Facilities

  • 1 x Bedroom (double)
  • 2 x Bedrooms (queen)
  • Fireplace (wood)
  • No TV
  • No Wifi

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