High up on the Auckland Park Ridge is a historic stone house. 110 years old, full of character and natural charm; yet modernized with all the amenities a professional would need to live in a harmonious environment among the sounds of wild birds.
The total hacienda has an internal area of 350 sq metres (3,750 sq ft)
The all house with Auckland VIP Room R(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Ideal for family. High up on the Auckland Park Ridge is a historic stone house. 110 years old, full of character and natural charm; yet modernized with all the amenities a professional would need to live in a harmonious environment among the sounds of wild birds in a natural indigenous garden. A stone's throw from the best of Johannesburg: easy public transport or drive to Braamfontein and the City Centre. A comfortable walk or ride to the bohemian village of Melville, full of interesting ships, bars and restaurants. Easy walking to either University of Johannesburg (UJ) or the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The hacienda is serviced once a week.
With one ample bedrooms, one baths, a sit-in kitchen and spacious living room, this is ideal for longer stays by a visiting academic or a couple. For shorter stays, a group of friends looking for a comfortable and convenient place to rest would be most welcome. This is an entire self-contained home on a property with a "main house" occupied by the owner who travels a lot. A groundsman and caretaker lives on the property in a completely separate apartment. Safe and secure. There are dogs (very good temperament) on the property with whom guests would have to become friends.
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From Guatemala, I spent my childhood in Central America before moving to the United States at the age of 18 to study engineering. Having worked as an engineer for some years, my passion for photography took me to the University of Rochester, New York, where I studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Since then I have worked as a professional photographer which has taken me all over the world.
Since my first job as a photographer, at NASA in the US, I have travelled and lived for short periods in Latin America, the Caribbean, Israel, Canada, Mozambique – but since 1994 I have called South Africa home.
I have been lucky – since arriving in southern Africa I have documented a range of events and issues in politics, arts and culture, religion and other fields. I have been privileged to cover some significant political and cultural events in southern Africa, from the first general elections in South Africa in 1994, to Mozambique’s first general elections after the country’s independence from Portugal, to living conditions of Mozambican refugees in Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa.
When I am not working, my partner Michelle and I enjoy South African music, road trips around the country, spending time uncovering the vibrancy of this region.
Michelle and I moved to our Parkview home 4 years back and find that living in a peaceful and beautiful area mean we can relax and enjoy the birds, outdoor living – as well as the restaurant and café culture of the area and surrounds. Melville, a popular night spot, is a 20 minute walk from our home.
While renovating our home we spent 3 months living in one of our cottages and through that, we worked out what was needed to make it comfortable and convenient to live in. The renovation process was what prompted us to start offering the cottages to guests – as well as the fact that we thought the peace and quiet of the place would suit others. We have two independent cottages, both of which are renovated to cater for guests’ needs.
Being an Airbnb host suits my personality - I love cooking Latin food for friends or guests, chatting to the people who stay in the cottages and telling guests about this city. Johannesburg is a great place to discover South Africa but many of its charms are hidden – meaning it is fun to give guests an insiders’ guide to the area.
Michelle is South African and grew up in Cape Town before moving to Johannesburg. She has also lived in London and Chicago. She started off as a financial journalist and then made a move to the corporate world. She now works for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where her portfolio includes investor relations and communications. She is a classically trained musician.