Tired of the same old view? Well here’s a house for you.
One of the country’s most written about houses is up for sale – famous, that is, for its ability to revolve at the touch of a button.
The sale price, through agents Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty, is a mere R25 million.
At first glance, it appears to be one of many in the area which stare out in a south-westerly direction over False Bay, towards the distant Cape Point lighthouse.
But should one tire of these visual delights, the owners simply activate an electronically-driven chain-drive. Touch a button and the top floor will begin rotating – clockwise or anticlockwise, the choice is yours.
The top floor measures 275m2 and weighs around 850 tons, which rests atop 60cm-high roller bearings – making the movement seamless, driven by a German-made Bauer motor boasting sufficient power to swivel the house a full 348 degrees.
So choose to swivel clockwise, and the view begins incorporating a distant Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain, Table Bay, Robben Island and the start of the West Coast, and then the Tygerberg Hills, sweeping north into the Cape Winelands towns of Paarl and then Stellenbosch.
The house was built in 2001 and was designed by architect Raymond Alexander of Cape Town.
This article first appeared on IOL.co.za
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