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Dining area with views of the old cityPrivate roof deck
Vast City Center Penthouse + Rooftop P☺︎☺︎l access
Vast City Center Penthouse + Rooftop P☺︎☺︎l access
7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
2.5 baths
7 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
2.5 baths

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Relax, grill/bbq/braai, or just hang out on one of the three floors of this vast (over 1500sqft), bright and airy Penthouse, perched atop of Johannesburg's trendy CBD.

Located in a heritage building, on the oldest street in town, this large but cosy eclectic penthouse, with rooftop pool access, is ideal for holidaying with friends and family or for business groups.

Close to Newtown, Maboneng and Braamfontein, it is perfectly located to experience the coolest parts of Joburg's Urban Revival.

The space

This is one of 4 apartments that I make available, in the same building, 3 of which are penthouses. Each has its own character and is a reflection of the different architects/designers that renovated them.

You can look through all 4 apartments at

My aim is to help you ‘cultivate an experience’ of Joburg by connecting you with some of the right drivers, tour guides, restaurants, experiences etc. to support your planning and make the most of your time in town, with my apartment as your home base.

With windows on three sides, this light and airy apartment is spread over the 9th, 10th and 11th floor of the heritage (listed), former Barclays Bank HQ, building on the oldest street in Johannesburg.

It's less than 10 minutes walk to the closest Citysightseeing open-top hop-on-hop-off tour bus stop, about 25 minutes drive from Johannesburg airport and 10 minutes away from the Gautrain station, giving direct access to Rosebank, Sandton, Pretoria and the airport.

It is also less than 10min Uber ride to Maboneng, Braamfontein, Joziburg lane and 1Fox street, making it perfectly located to experience the city's urban revival and access the coolest parts of Jo'burg, whilst not having to put up with the noise that goes with actually staying in these areas.

The layout of the apartment was designed so that the main living spaces would all benefited from outdoor space and the amazing city views.

On the entrance floor of the apartment there is a Master bedroom suite which incorporates a large en-suite bathroom (with a walk in shower) extra length king sized bed; a second bedroom which has two single beds, a cupboard and a desk; and another bathroom.

The middle floor of the apartment has an open plan living area, dining area (with a six-seater dining table) and gourmet kitchen with appliances. All of which creates an amazing homely room to hang out in.

There is also a small balcony that gives some of the best views of the communal pool and Johannesburg's historic old market square, available.

An staircase leads up from the living area, to the top floor, with access to the sofa bed room, which has a sofa bed and en-suite WC. There is also the private roof top which has an outdoor shower and a bbq/braai.

Guest access

Guest will have exclusive access to the entire apartment plus wifi and the roof top. You will also have access to the communal (shared between the penthouses) roof top swimming pool.

Interaction with guests

I travel a lot, so unlikely to be in town during your stay, however my co-host, Dylne, lives in the building and he will be available to assist with keys handover etc.

Other things to note

It is one of the oldest buildings in town, there are often film shoots happening either in the building, or on the surrounding streets, at the weekend (the area looks like NY or London, but is cheaper and has better light). They're sometimes a bit of a pain as you may have to wait for a break in shooting, to get past.

There is quite a distance between the solar hot water tank, on the roof, and the bathrooms, so you need to run the taps for a couple of minutes to get the hot water.

Elevator in Building
Cable TV
Family/Kid Friendly
Wireless Internet
Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds
Bedroom 3
1 sofa bed
Common spaces
1 air mattress
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

Please remember that I live in the building and I value my relationship with my neighbours, so...

• Please be courteous and avoiding noise that can be heard from outside the apartment after 10pm.
• No outside visitors or overnight guests without previous agreement from myself.
• Do not engage in illegal activities anywhere on the property.
• If you break or damage something, please let me know so we can arrange for its replacement or repair.
• Return all keys

For security, I will replace the front door lock if any keys are not returned. Guests will be charged R1000 to cover the cost.

Free Wifi available is up to 500MB per day. Usage beyond that may require a top up on the system, at a cost of R100/GB.

If you need a power adaptor, please ask Dylne to lend you one. You'll need to return it with the keys. Replacement of any that are not returned will cost R150.

A number of people have asked about using the apartment for film or television shoots. I have a separate location agreement in place, so this is not an option for rental booked via Airbnb.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - This apartment is spread over 3 floors, with stairs between all floors
Potential for noise - This is a City Centre apartment, so City noises are to be expected.
Amenity limitations - free wi-fi is limited to 500MB per day. further usage is available but may be charged for. The third bedroom (sofabed) has no curtains.

7 Reviews

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Piers User Profile
November 2017
Amazing space- charismatic location and super well located by short Uber rides to a huge variety of great eating places. Thanks to Ade and Dylne for great communication

Ali User Profile
November 2017
Great hosts! Communication was fast and since we were road-tripping in from Kruger they were understanding of our delay in estimated arrival and made sure we could park the cars safely. House was big and accurate to the description, great for me and my friends!

Terrence User Profile
November 2017
A very smart and handsome apartment in the CBD of Johannesburg. Terrific views of the downtown area with plenty of lively action on the streets. Strong WiFi and and an enormous apartment to enjoy. Everyone was very helpful and always available. Thanks!

Basile User Profile
November 2017
Outstanding apartment located in Johannesburg’s oldest street. Great host. I can only warmly recommend Ade’s apartment. Cheers

Buyi User Profile
November 2017
This apartment was everything we had hoped for and more. We plan to book it again for our next JHB Soweto Marathon week in 2018. It was convenient, safe and very central to good restaurants.

Christopher User Profile
October 2017
You're beautiful appartement in center of jo'burg it's very safe and coconing.
Ade User Profile
Response from Ade:
Salut Chris, merci d'avoir pris le temps de laisser un commentaire. Je suis content que vous et les gars avez passé un très bon moment et j'espère que vous avez apprécié le reste de votre temps en Afrique du Sud. Ade
October 2017

Jamal User Profile
October 2017
This is a really really nice condo/flat it has great veiws from the rooftop deck. It's centralized and close to public transportation... It's has plenty of places to walk to during the day! Enjoy I know I did!
Ade User Profile
Response from Ade:
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Jamal. Thanks also for the great suggestions. All the best.
October 2017

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Ade User Profile
Hi, I'm Ade. Originally from the UK, I moved to South Africa in 2005 and fell in love with the place! I've renovated a couple of spaces, in old buildings, since I arrived. I've had such a positive response from guests that have stayed in these spaces, that I'm in the midst of …
Languages: English
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