We off then, Mr Ark?
Entrance to a property on Young Avenue, which leads directly from Observatory to Upper Houghton. (Houghton is the suburb adjacent to Observatory, and is where Nelson Mandela lived after his release.
This house has a fairly interesting tale. I know a little of it. At one point it was the Iranian Embassy and then for some reason was vacated/abandoned but was still registered to the Iranian government.
A few years back, several signs appeared on what was then the front entrance stating that the property was going to be redeveloped as a townhouse complex containing around 40 units ( I stand under correction on the number).
There was much hue and cry from Houghton and Observatory residents and sometime later the signs came down and once more, all was quiet on the Western Front. The property has seen activity in recent months and has been receiving some much needed T. L. C. Who the owners are I have been unable to ascertain, although I heard a rumour it had been bought by a large insurance company. This entrance in the photograph is fairly recent. Maybe the Iranians decided to reinvest? Anyway, I’m happy the old house will remain for the foreseeable future.
Mural on the palisade fence surrounding Sacred Heart College – just up the road from our spot.
Judith Road. The gated part can be seen in the background. The pedestrian entrance is on the right.
The pandemic and subsequent restrictions/lockdowns and the ”new” work-from-home regime has seen a notable rise in home deliveries of food and other basics. Here a motorcyclist from Checkers, a national supermarket chain, takes a much needed drink on a warm morning while waiting for the owner of this house to answer the bell and take their delivery,
Bezuidenhout Road is a steep incline that runs North /South and is the official divide – according to the map – between the suburbs Observatory and Berea. I used to occasionally train on this road. In years gone by I lived in a flat in Berea next to the Berea Fire-station. In those days, suburbs such as Hillbrow, Yeoville and Berea, which all adjoin each other, were considered cosmopolitan and somewhat ‘cool places’ to live, and in some quarters maybe even a little Bohemian? I managed a salon in Hillbrow for a short period.
How times have changed.
This once dilapidated residential property eventually became a bank repo – we even contemplated buying it at one stage. We decided against the purchase as it backs onto Sacred Heart College and as much as I like kids … well, okay, tolerate them at any rate – the noise during recess of a bizillion little
brats children running around would have driven me (more) round the bend. About ten years ago it was bought and converted into a Boutique Hotel.
Informal vendor and her child enjoy some early morning sunshine.
Cops n’ Robbers? Roadblock by the school. Checking for masks?
Home …. let’s get some breakfast, Cindy.