Historic mansion for sale in Saxonwold

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Villa d’Este, a national monument in the heart of the leafy suburb of Saxonwold, has been put on the market.

Situated on the corner of Jan Smuts Ave and Cotswold Drive, the 1500 square metre property has been a suburban landmark for over 60 years. Villa d'Este is being sold for R9.9 million. 

Villa dÉste is set in surroundings and features Italian-style architecture characterised by fountains, columns and Romanesque frescoes.

“The property is a true sanctuary in the heart of the city. It presents a unique opportunity for Corporates, Embassies, Lawyers, Restaurants, Function Venues, Spas or Boutique Hotels due to its ideal location on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue, offering premium exposure to passing traffic. It can be easily rezoned,” comments Adrienne Hersch Properties Agent Maria Grieve.

“Villa d’Este’s location on the doorstep of the Rosebank CBD further adds to its appeal. It is also centrally situated a stone’s throw away from the Zoo Lake, close to Rosebank, Hyde Park and Dunkeld Shopping Centres, the M1 Highway, top schools and Wits University.”

Until recently, the property was used by the Camelot Group as an award-winning Day Spa for 10 years.

Built in 1923 to the design of South African architect Gordon Leith, it is said to derive its name from translation of the first owner’s name – Mr East.

In 1957, ownership passed to architect David Morrison who changed the character of the house radically, transforming it according to an Italian theme.

In 1992 John Crawley purchased the property and relocated his interior decorating business. In residence with him was an architect and jeweller. The dining room on the ground floor was used to host haute cuisine private luncheons and dinners.

“We have had significant interest in this property due to its rich history, size and beautiful architecture.  It is a rare opportunity for an organization to own a piece of Johannesburg’s heritage.”

For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Maria Grieve on Tel: 072 436 7666 or Email: Visit to view other properties for Sale or Rent by Adrienne Hersch Properties.

Author: Adrienne Hersch Media Team

Submitted 08 Mar 18 / Views 1814