This home, located on the exclusive Pearl Valley Golf Estate near Paarl, Cape Town, South Africa, exemplifies what Antoni Associates calls “barefoot luxury living” for its occupants. It’s designed around a central landscaped courtyard and, as the designers explain, “focuses on family entertainment with an emphasis on the use of natural materials.” The family entertainment part is easy: an effortless indoor/outdoor meld and flow segues the living room — with its large plasma TV and entertainment center — into the outdoors, courtesy of the sun-drenched courtyard. Have a casual drink at the modern bar, with its high white stools, and you get a bonus: a shining indoor “pond” water feature at your immediate left leads directly through floor-to-ceiling glass doors to a deck that looks out on pristine, manicured golf greens.
Serve lunch at the bench-like table and seating just past the courtyard — or a more formal meal at a modern driftwood-look dining table with contemporary “chain” art backlit as if by magic. Up a few steps from the living area is an all-white kitchen with breakfast bar — and cabinet doors that can camouflage appliances for an uncluttered look. A cozy fireplace nestles into a marble surround with white walls and stone accents above it; a still-life graces the walls above the stairwell. Finally, for a pampering experience upstairs, a deep soaking tub, towel warming rack, and other creature comforts make the bath “tucked under the eaves” a retreat worth taking. The house at Pearl Valley 334 has it all: fresh air, sunshine, and a casual, contemporary setting where happy guests can gather.