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“Dating back to the 1940s, the existing structure has ‘good bones’ with thick walls, spacious layouts and suspended solid wood floors,” says architect, Robert Silke.“The wooden floors and the shell of the existing building will be retained, while the interiors will undergo a total reconstruction to feature top-end finishes and fixtures such as Grohe sanitary ware, Smeg kitchen appliances and quartz carpeting in the bathrooms.” He says natural stone surfaces will be used for kitchen countertops.Silke has specified bulkheads as a feature in all apartments, with the idea of housing recessed lighting.

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He says space is another advantage in Phase 1 of The Chelsea, with above-average ceiling height due to the 40s origins of the existing building, as well as generously-proportioned rooms.

“Thoughtful design in the form of en suite bathrooms and sliding doors for built-in cupboards will help save space, while the installation of floor-to-ceiling mirrors on these doors will offer the perception of a double-sized room,” he says.

Phase 1 offers one bedroom, one bathroom and two bedroom, one bathroom apartments.

This is according to Mike Greeff, CEO of Greeff Properties, Christie’s International Real Estate, who says they are launching The Chelsea here, located on Aliwal Road.

“The project will encompass a redevelopment of an existing building, formerly Aliwal Court, as well as the construction of an entirely new structure,” says Greeff.

“This is a rare opportunity to develop something new in Wynberg, particularly in the Chelsea vicinity,” says Warren Adler of BRIC Developments.Adler, in partnership with Peter Blyth, will be developing this site.“The bulkhead also creates the illusion of a ceiling with endless space,” says Silke.“A six-seater dining room table can be accommodated, along with a lounge suite - thanks to a linear kitchen, which is spot on with the global trend and current architectural best practice,” says Silke.In Phase 1, he says there are four apartments per floor - so each occupies a corner, featuring windows on two sides.“This is a rare luxury in apartment design,” says Silke.