Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)
  • Graceland, a grand mansion nestled between the lush hillside beneath Boyes Drive and the False Bay coast, is on sale for R57 million.
  • It's one of the earliest examples of Cape Mediterranean architecture, combining Spanish and Italian features.
  • Renowned architect William Grant built the house specifically for John Garlick.
  • Garlick opened his first department store in Cape Town in 1875 and, in so doing, created a chain which would go on to enjoy more than a century of popularity in South Africa.
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A grand mansion built on Cape Town's False Bay coastline in 1914 is now on the market for R57 million.

The stretch of coastal road between Muizenberg and St James is dotted with historic structures. From the Edwardian railway station completed in 1913 to the white walled Posthuys, which is claimed to be one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town, and the quirky Japanese-styled Yokohama home built in 1906.

Nestled among these old Cape artefacts, between the lush hillside beneath Boyes Drive and the False Bay coast, is Graceland. This historic home is an early example of Cape Mediterranean architecture, incorporating Spanish and Italian features like pergolas on columns, arched verandas, spiralled chimneys, and clay tile roofs.

Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)
Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)

It's also the early work of architect William Grant, who would go on to play a major role in Cape Town's architectural trajectory. The old Barclays Bank building in Salt River – now The Royal Albert – and Market House in the city centre are just two examples of Grant's iconic work.

And it was the meeting of two local icons which ultimately birthed Graceland, or Watergate as it was first known, more than a century ago.

Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)
Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)

The home at 250/252 Main Road in St James was built for John Garlick, who opened his first department store in Cape Town in 1875. The Garlicks building in Adderley Street, built in 1892, featured lifts and electric lights. It was also the tallest building in the Cape at the time.

Garlicks continued to expand and achieve major success throughout South Africa long after the chain's founder died in 1931. The last store shut its doors in 1993.

Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)
Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)

Garlicks' stately St James homes recently entered the market and is on sale through Pam Golding Properties for R57 million.

The four-bedroom mansion sits on a 10,900m² erf, with 774m² under roof. It features a main house, lodge house, staff quarters, and garage.

Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)
Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)

High ceilings and perfectly maintained wooden floors, doors and sash windows, are a feature throughout the home. A large hallway links the formal lounge and wood-panelled dining room, which both overlook the front garden and shoreline.

Graceland South Africa mansion
Graceland home (Image: Pam Golding Properties)

"Mindfully curated to invite luxurious, contemporary living, this exceptional property of significant size and stature will appeal to a discerning buyer for use as a very private residence, a stately home, or it could become a boutique hotel or corporate headquarters for an international or local company," says Shelly Keys, a Western Cape area manager for Pam Golding Properties.

(Compiled by Luke Daniel)

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