Enjoy New York style living in this stunning 140sqm City Center apartment in a converted bank HQ building.
Located in of one of Joburg's oldest buildings, with a free underground parking space, lightning fast internet and close to Maboneng, Braamfontein, Newtown and 1Fox street, this apartment is perfect for families, groups of friends and business groups to access the coolest parts of urban Johannesburg.
It was also the subject of a Sunday Times home design feature.
This is one of 4 apartments that I make available, in the same building, 3 of which are penthouses. Each has its own character and is a reflection of the different architects/designers that renovated them.
You can look through all 4 apartments at www.airbnb.com/wishlists/233383175
My aim is to help you ‘cultivate an experience’ of Joburg by connecting you with some of the right drivers, tour guides, restaurants, experiences etc. to support your planning and make the most of your time in town, with my apartment as your home base.
Unlike many other lofts, all 3 bedrooms in this apartment have doors so privacy can be maintained.
Centrally located, this 140sqm (1,300sqft) apartment is less than 10 minutes walk to the closest Citysightseeing open-top hop-on-hop-off tour bus stop, about 25 minutes Uber ride from Johannesburg airport and 10 minutes away from the Gautrain station, giving direct access to Rosebank, Sandton, Pretoria and the airport.
It is also less than 10min Uber ride to Maboneng, Braamfontein, Joziburg lane and 1Fox street, making it perfectly located to experience the city's urban revival and access the coolest parts of Jo'burg, whilst not having to put up with the noise that goes with actually staying in these areas.
Reclaimed bank doors open into a lobby that leads to one of the guest bedrooms plus guest bathroom, on one side and through to the rest of the apartment, on the other.
I designed the layout to remind me of my time living in an open planned apartment.
The Master bedroom has a 'removable wall' that allows it to open up onto the living space, creating the feel of a large studio/warehouse apartment.
The main guest bedroom is at opposite the end of the apartment, further enhancing the privacy when there are multiple people staying. The study has been converted into a third bedroom.
All of the windows overlooking the main street have two sets of glazing (which is unusual in South Africa), so the street noise is drastically reduced.
My favourite part of the apartment (aside from the lighting in the bedroom) is the balcony that overlooks the internal atrium of the building. As it is north facing, this provides a really bright outdoor space, but is shielded from the noise of the city center.
Guests will have private use of the entire apartment (aside from the locked storeroom) plus a single parking bay.
I travel a lot, so unlikely to be in town during your stay, however the building manager, Dylne, lives in the building and he will be available to assist with keys handover etc. and I'm just a phone call away.
I still have a few of my things in the Master Walk-in wardrobe. I'd appreciate those being left alone.
I have though, left plenty of hanging space, shelves and drawers for your things.
I value my relationship with my neighbours, so...
• Courtesy and avoiding late night loud music, would be appreciated.
• No smoking
• No parties, no outside visitors or overnight guests without previous agreement from me.
• Do not engage in illegal activities anywhere on the property.
• If you break or damage something, please let me know so we can arrange for its replacement or repair.
• Return all keys
For security, I will replace the front door lock if any keys are not returned. Guests will be charged R750 to cover the cost.
Free Wifi available is up to 500MB per day. Usage beyond that may require a top up on the system, at a cost of R100/GB.
If you need an power adaptor, please ask Dylne to lend you one. You'll need to return it with the keys. Replacement of any that are not returned will cost R150.
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Hi, I'm Ade. Originally from the UK, I moved to South Africa in 2005 and fell in love with the place!
I've renovated a couple of spaces, in old buildings, since I arrived. I've had such a positive response from guests that have stayed in these spaces, that I'm in the midst of renovating 3 more spaces and will make them available via Airbnb.
So Airbnb asked me to list 5 things I like. Well, in no particular order...
Building and home renovation. I'm about to start my third renovation in Johannesburg city centre. Have loved creating unique spaces and learning from each project. The fact that these types of building's would be out of my reach, in any major city in Europe or America, makes it that bit more enjoyable.
Music. I have a real passion for music. More playing than making, though I am in the process of learning to play the piano, and was a fairly reasonable DJ in my younger days (does that count as making?). I'm slowly building up my Sonos system (Lego for adults), which is great for filling your home with sounds controlled from the iPad!
Football. Tottenham Hotspurs (Spurs). Yes there are one or two fans outside of Tottenham