The SpaceMy mid-century inspired house has wooden floors throughout, with nice thick woollen rugs for comfort here and there. Your bedroom is in the front of the house, and the entrance hall leads on to the dining room (with a six-seater dining room table and library), followed by the living room with 42" flatscreen television, a second library and comfortable chairs plus large couch. The living room has a ceramic fireplace for cold winter nights, and a music system that will connect to your smart device over WiFi.
Outside there is an upstairs deck overlooking our small back garden, with an outdoor dining area and braai (BBQ). There are potted plants everywhere, trees out front and back, so no lack of greenery. The 1970's kitchen is fully equipped, and since we love cooking we have good quality cookware, cutlery and crockery. There is a second 1970's style bathroom with a bathtub and shower in the back of the house too, as well as a private outdoor hot shower in the back garden.
We don't wear shoes in the house, which keeps it nice and clean, and there is a neat little seat and shoe-shelf in the entrance hall where you can kick off your shoes and store them.
Your room has an en suite bathroom with a big window overlooking the little front garden, and you can see Table Mountain from the bathroom and through the glass double-doors leading onto a deck outside your room. There is a double bed with nice soft white linen and thick towels provided. Your room also has a modernist leather couch, and in the cupboard you will find extra blankets and towels for the beach. Guest AccessAlso, at home…
There is an indoor fireplace and outdoor braai (BBQ), with lots of wood available.
I have relatively fast Internet over WiFi (Apple Airport).
Apple TV (you can log in with your own iTunes account) and sound system.
I have a very nice lady called Bolekwa that comes in every Monday (except over Xmas time) to clean the house, and she'll be happy to assist you with your washing etc. (you don't need to pay her, but a tip would be nice...).
I have a fairly nice library of novels and art/reference books.
You'll have access to the shower and toilet in your room, a second complete bathroom with shower and bathtub in the rear of the house, and a hot outdoor shower.
Downstairs there is a washing machine, with both outdoor and roofed washing lines.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove and oven, brand new fridge with freezer, microwave, and a selection of Bialetti moka pots, Le Creuset kitchenware, vintage crockery plus good cutlery and kitchen knives, and other high-quality cookware. And of course there is a dishwasher to take care of the dirty dishes...
There is a small herb garden on a second small balcony leading off the studio in the back, and you are welcome to use whatever you like.
The back garden is equipped with an irrigation system, so you'll hear it activate close to midnight for 5 minutes every night...
The house is fully secured, with an alarm linked to a security firm, and an electric fence around the perimeter. Not a necessity, but great for peace-of-mind. The NeighborhoodAnd, in the area…
The MyCiti bus route goes literally past my house (I will provide two cards for your use while you visit Cape Town) and you'll have easy access to the city centre, the Waterfront, the beaches, and even the the Metrorail train service for day trips out of the city to the winelands or the cool Kalk Bay area etc.
There are a number of restaurants, deli's and cafés around the house, notably the fantastic new Pesce Azzurro Restaurant which is almost next door, Woodstock Lounge and Bar, and Chandani's Indian Restaurant. Milk, bread and other essentials can be bought from Salisbury's Deli just down the road, or the old Parker shop across from them. Then there is also a Muslim-run coffee shop, a Jamaican eatery, and a burger bar, all around the corner.
There is also laundromat around the corner (if you don't feel like doing your washing at home), and a nice park down the street.
While Woodstock is traditionally a multicultural semi-industrial residential area, it's become an emerging creative hub, with lots of galleries, markets, cool locally-produced retail shops and trendy bicycle shops etc. opening all over the place. The Saturday Neighbourgoods Market and The Test Kitchen Restaurant (considered one of the best in the world) at the now-famous Old Biscuit Mill is a must visit. Then there is also the new Woodstock Exchange, with the popular Superette Eatery, and a host of little shops selling everything from leather-and-canvas bags to handmade shoes, all locally produced. Pop into Honest Chocolate while you're there - the best chocolate you can imagine. Visit the prestigious Stevenson Gallery and the quirky The Kitchen Sandwich Deli (where Michelle Obama famously had lunch on a recent visit to Cape Town) across the street.
A few blocks down on the busy Main Road you can find anything from Portuguese fresh fish vendors to North African restaurants/cellphone repair shops to Somalian Internet cafés and fruiterers that looks like they've been there for 100 years - it's a cool-crazy-fun place to explore.
Woodstock is a great developing neighbourhood with a modern outlook, but still harking back to the more positive aspects of it's past. It's authentic and vibrant, filled with real people from all ages and all walks of life. You'll love it.