In the 70’s the Grahamstown Municipality (as it was known at the time) commissioned Professor Denis Radford, an architect, to survey and categorize all the historical buildings in Grahamstown. Our city was broken up into sections with the central section around the Cathedral of St Michael & St George being the “Preservation Area” and the rest of the city being broken down into “blocks”.
25 Henry street falls into block 5 and is property 5.46, which means it has been specifically identified for its architectural merit. In fact, identified buildings were broken into 3 categories and 25 Henry falls into the general description of buildings that make a contribution to the cities fabric and are of some architectural quality. It was built in about 1900 and is described as a villa by Professor Radford.
More specifically, Professor Radford describes the property as “Single storey four bay symmetrical double pile H-plan. Inset verandah. Roofs corrugated iron and walls brick plastered and stone plinth. Large pane sash windows. French doors and original front door. Concrete columns to verandah.”
This is a “Grande Dame” of Oatlands and comes with olde worlde large rooms with high ceilings and wooden floors that gleam in the sunshine and were designed for bare feet to pitter patter on them. For those winter evenings, there are fireplaces that give off warmth and atmosphere and stifle any thoughts of going out into the cold night air.
So, the question is “Do you want to live in a very special home?” that has ample room for a family and has a flat for visitors or a lodger?
It is situated in the pristine suburb of Oatlands and is convenient for all the private schools and Graeme College. And if your family is young enough, Oatlands School is just down the road.
Well-positioned, spacious and in excellent condition, this property is priced to go.
Give me a call and I’ll show you the new love of your life!