TUCKED SECURELY BEHIND THE GATES OF Johannesburg's esteemed Waterfall Equestrian Estate community, one family's dream home tells the story of a love of travel, artistry and entertaining. The product of a working chemistry and close friendship forged between the family and architect over the two years it took to build, the resulting residence is a wondrous display of expansive glass walls and steel that defies all expectation to provide a setting of natural tranquility. The idea was to create a modern day farmhouse that fostered a sense of bucolic living with easy access to the advantages of the city, though the family will tell you that the exact architectural style is open to one's interpretation. Once through the gates, one passes a windmill and dam filled by a spring beneath the home, supplying water to irrigate the gardens daily, and an indicator of the rural motif that permeates through the residence. Across the grounds, nearly 200 trees have been carefully planted to emphasize a natural landscape that holds both a tennis court, sunken so as not to detract from the aesthetic, and an outdoor amphitheater for hosting live entertainment. The interior is a culmination of the owners' life experiences. Frequently conducting business throughout the Middle East and East Asia, the husband's extensive travels played a noticeable influence on the design, including a bar area with custom made lights from Dubai and a restaurant-quality Japanese Teppanyaki bar (the first ever to be installed in a private home in South Africa) overlooking a pond. Similarly, as an artist and sculptor, the wife's eye for texture and spatial relations is evidenced in the vibrant materials and dramatic, open layout. Massive glass walls framed by steel and wood beams create an ever-changing environment both out and inside, with the intention being to give the home itself a sense of life. A separate entrance, sheltered beneath one of three porte-cocheres, leads to the wife's studio space, where peaceful views over the property offer creative inspiration. While its visual appeal is most readily apparent, the true genius of the design is that it accommodates every aspect of the owners' lifestyle. From the wine cellar, capable of hosting tastings for up to 10, to the three en suite bedrooms for their children with studies and a living area with mini-kitchen and game room, every aspect of family life was taken into consideration. The pool area, perfect for lazing about or entertaining, enjoys a double outdoor shower and easy access to a nearby changing room, which also connects to the soundproof home theater. Additionally, hidden from view is a subterranean parking area that can house a collection of up to eight vehicles. Across the home, each thoughtfully chosen detail bears a certain significance, such as the limestone tiles used throughout. Hunting arduously for just the right look, the husband and architect flew to the largest limestone quarry in the world, located in Portugal, to select four different finishes that were shipped back to South Africa. Fossils contained within the massive slabs, which date back over 3 million years, further evoke a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world. The sheer totality of the estate, comprised of every desirable amenity, including a full spa and gym, as well as staff quarters with four en suite bedrooms, perhaps best exemplifies the comprehensive lifestyle that it caters to. Whether seeking a vacation residence from which to explore the exciting surroundings or a primary home to raise a family, one will find unsurpassed quality and creativity at this luxurious modern farmhouse. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EXQUISITE SOUTH AFRICAN ESTATE, visit luxuryportfolio.com and search Web ID: MXBC88
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