Cape Town Contemporary with Ocean Views from Every Room by Antoni Associates

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On the Atlantic coast of Cape Town, this contemporary home is positioned so that no room of the house lacks an ocean view — and that’s only the beginning of its luxury. St Leon 10, by Antoni Associates, is described by the designers as being “… cantilevered over the Atlantic seaboard,” with “a neutral palette of natural finishes … geared to casual living and lavish entertainment.” The Twelve Apostle Mountains, Clifton beaches, and Robben Island are all visible through panels of unframed glass that wrap corners, or from seating on the deck next to the pool. In this splendid dwelling, the public area of the house includes two lounges and a kitchen in an open, flowing plan, making intimate suppers or parties for a crowd equally easy.

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On this public level, a spa and infinity pool seem to end right in the Atlantic; a spectacular backlit onyx bar and a sunken seating area encourage lingering over a glass from the wine cellar. For non-water workouts, tucked beneath the terrace is a gym — and a guest room for taking it easy after exercise time is over. Proceed up indirectly-lighted stairs that seem to float to the next level and you’ll find cozy bedrooms; gentle pastels predominate here — spring green and pale blue-gray, complemented with dark, elegant wood paneling and blind-covered windows for privacy. Accent walls contain lighted “rock gardens” that bring elements of outdoors inside — but this house embraces the panorama and scent of sea, sky, and rugged landscape in all its forms, day or night.

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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