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Dec 6, 2019 | Investment

The Harri, in one of Cape Town’s most up and coming districts offers convenient living and working

Cape Town’s growing East City Precinct has seen major development along residential and lifestyle avenues over recent years. The latest addition to this burgeoning region – a hub of commercial and investment opportunity – is The Harri. The residential development offers 39 studio and two-storey penthouse apartments, combined with cleverly designed co-working and communal areas.

Located on Harrington Street, it’s a first of its kind for this previously more industrial area. “The East City Precinct and surrounds are undergoing a miraculous revival, and interest by investors and potential owners in the development so far has been unprecedented,” says Jeff Kleu, co-developer with Steven Lampert, both of property-development company Sepia and Silk. Last year, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) identified this area as having the highest overall occupancy rate (97%) of all four of its city precincts and this development follows on the footsteps of a R75-million hotel (which opened earlier this year) and three other commercial and retail developments in 2017. Additionally, two further residential mixed-use developments are planned for 2020.

“Because of our proximity to a fashionable entertainment and retail scene, as well as how we’ve merged micro-apartment living with pristine co-working office spaces to create a co-living environment, The Harri is very appealing to many professionals working for established creative, technology and design firms in the area, as well as visitors wanting a different inner-city tourism experience,” says Kleu.

The 32 studio apartments vary in size from 24 to 49 sqm (and are available furnished or unfurnished), with prices starting from R999 995. All come with SMEG kitchen appliances, an en-suite bathroom and a loft for storage. The pieces de resistances of the project – seven two-storey penthouse apartments – vary in size from 87 to 117 sqm (furnished or unfurnished), with a starting price of R3 849 995. All have a rooftop terrace and offer views of Table Bay and Table Mountain.

The creative aspects of the project have been masterminded by Paul Luck of Lightspace Architects (the principle lead on the development), and Dawn Dickerson, Carmel Naude, Juliet Eidelman and Martin Firer of Hot Cocoa Interiors and Design, who were responsible for the interiors and furnishing.

Onsite amenities will include wifi, a concierge, a housekeeping service, a laundry room, 24-hour access-controlled security, innovative storage units, vehicle and bicycle parking, and a restaurant on the ground floor. The co-living and co-working spaces, opposite the residential side of the building, include fireplace lounges, TV rooms with large smart TVs and access to Netflix, open-plan kitchenette/dining areas, a rooftop terrace with a gas braai and mini-bar, and slick and contemporary co-working offices.

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