Perfect poise | The Odyssey 801 penthouse
Surrounded by the natural grandeur of signal hill and the endless Atlantic Ocean, The Odyssey 801 penthouse is ideal for luxurious urban living.
Location, location, location: we are all attuned to the property industry’s mantra, which encapsulates what it is that transforms a home from great to simply spectacular. Nowhere is this better demonstrated than the rooftop penthouse of The Odyssey. There are few cities in the world that can compete with Cape Town in terms of combining unspoilt natural beauty and a slick, sophisticated urban environment. The Odyssey could not be better located: it is backed by Signal Hill and includes incredible vistas over Table Bay, Robben Island and the ever-changing moods of the Atlantic Ocean. Even better, step outside and you’re in Green Point Urban Park, with its lawns, biodiversity garden and waterways fed by Table Mountain springs and streams. The V&A Waterfront – still Africa’s most happening destination – is a few minutes away. It is no wonder, then, that when Berman Brothers asked Inhouse Brand Architects to reimagine the 600m2, three-bedroom penthouse, director Phillip Wyatt and team leader Jenine Bruce’s starting point was the rooftop’s 360-degree panorama. ‘Originally, the penthouse interior and rooftop were completely divided,’ Jenine says. ‘To make best use of the views, our starting point involved creating synergy between the different levels. We envisioned a closed structure on the rooftop to create better flow, as well as additional interior space and a lavish exterior to complement the panoramic views. We built a closed structure on the previously open rooftop to be used as an additional lounge and bar area. Stacking doors allow the space to open up and create greater movement between the interior and exterior.’
The wooden deck that now covers the entire rooftop – with built-in steps leading to a lap pool and fixed seating – offers the most spectacular views in town. ‘Not only is the deck the perfect place to spend hot summer days, dipping in the pool, but it is also the ideal spot to enjoy a sundowner, soaking up the magnificent views,’ says Jenine.
Another of her all-time favourite spaces in the newly revamped penthouse is the glass wine box below the staircase. Along with a cleverly placed wine rack, corner table and comfortable seating, this area serves as a cosy spot to savour a glass of wine. Interestingly, this part of the residence posed one of the biggest challenges in the design process. ‘We incorporated floating stairs that lead from the eighth floor to the closed rooftop structure,’ Jenine says. ‘Running upward and along the wall with a beautiful marble landing, this staircase is practical yet also serves as a feature design element. Deciding what to do with the empty space underneath the staircase was a challenge – but, as no luxurious residence in the Cape is complete without an extensive wine collection, we chose to include a wine rack crafted from matte-black steel, timber and dark marble, which ties in with the rest of the apartment’s upmarket interior.’
The eighth floor is the main living area, comprising an open-plan kitchen, main lounge and a dining area, plus bathrooms and three bedrooms. A wraparound balcony, complete with wooden flooring embedded with track lighting, links the indoor spaces with the world beyond. Glass stacking doors fully open up at will to create a single unified space.
To further enhance the idea of entertaining in this apartment, Inhouse Brand Architects decided on an open-plan kitchen layout, with white marble covering the countertops, shelving and back walls. A 10-seater dining room table runs alongside the kitchen, allowing the chef and guests to interact fully. Comfy white chairs, a black-stained timber dining table and wooden pendant lights all contribute to the relaxed yet chic atmosphere.
Now impeccably equipped to five-star standards – with amenities including underfloor heating, LED lighting throughout, 24/7 concierge services, secure parking for four vehicles and two store rooms – this penthouse apartment is truly cosmopolitan. At the same time, The Odyssey 801 embodies an essentially Capetonian lifestyle: stylish and relaxed yet always centred on the natural beauty of this special corner of the world.
With key Atlantic Seaboard developers continuing to claim their piece of Green Point, property prices are showing substantial capital growth in the area. Idyllically positioned between Signal Hill and the Atlantic Ocean, lying in close proximity to the V&A Waterfront, the world-class Cape Town Stadium and Metropolitan Golf Club, and the buzzing metropolis of Cape Town’s CBD, Green Point is the perfect balance of cosmopolitan meets laid-back Atlantic Seaboard lifestyle. This, along with its mix of outstanding residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, is what makes the area so appealing to property investors. Buyers here are mostly in-migrators from Johannesburg, second-home buyers and a small percentage of foreign investors. And while Green Point has not quite reached the price per square metre of its neighbouring residential areas, the Waterfront and Mouille Point, it is right behind, making now the ideal time to invest here.
The Odyssey 801 is on the market for R26.5 million (excluding VAT). For further information, visit bermanbrothers.co.za/the-odyssey-luxury-penthouse, phone Bianca Arnsmeyer (072 224 2777) or Rilee Palmer (072 350 8832) or email email@example.com
Text Sally Rutherford
Photographs Mark Williams