Christies Real Estate Magazine

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On the market READY TO COOK

Contemporary genius Bishopscourt, Cape Town, South Africa ZAR 100m Greeff Properties Debbie Woods +27 82 578 4181 A vast and unique kitchen with an island breakfast bar and exposed brick walls is just one highlight of this ultramodern home, set on nearly two acres (0.8 ha) close to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The six-bedroom home has underfloor heating, a heated swimming pool, and a steam room attached to the master suite.

CULINARY CONNECTIONS Time being arguably the most precious of commodities, incorporating anything that increases efficiency, streamlines tasks, and allows more moments for enjoyment is at a premium. Kitchens are already pretty smart, but there’s much more to come. “2020’s most fashionable kitchens will be hyper-connected with well- hidden but useful technology and elevated, elegant design,” says AD Pro ’s Olson. “Samsung and Dacor are blending both high- end design and technology, and brands are incorporating apps like Home Connect into their functions, like Thermador, which offers a Pro Grand range with customized cook zones.” “The latest kitchen tech is about convenience and connectivity,” agrees Matson. “Appliances are smarter, with devices that talk to you and one another, including all the latest smart speaker connectivity.” Fridges don’t just keep an eye on stock levels but will keep produce fresh far longer using ethylene gas filters. You can even talk to your kitchen, thanks to Pedini, whose Hi Pedini app offers not just recipe guidance and inspiration, while keeping track of kitchen supplies, but will even open cabinet doors and change the lighting instantly to suit the mood. ALL-NEW ALFRESCO When the weather’s good, who wants to eat indoors? “Outdoor kitchens to host a fabulous dinner party by the pool are increasingly in demand. Outdoor entertaining is almost

Sleek finish: A hot-rolled steel worktop combines with a Taj Mahal quartzite- clad island and dark- pigmented cabinetry in this bespoke kitchen by Eggersmann Design.

necessary for today’s luxury consumers and their families,” says Coumou. Today’s versions are a world away from the simple grill, providing everything you need to create a memorable meal. And the tech comes outside, too—many grills and smokers are now wifi enabled and some have voice recognition. At the other end of the spectrum, designers are bringing the ingredients closer to hand, adding handy fresh herb planters within reach. “To me, an appealing kitchen doesn’t feel like a kitchen but a generous, inviting, and central space—and the more connected to the outdoors the better,” says Australian architect Madeleine Blanchfield. “Outdoor kitchens have gone beyond just a grill and bar, but now also include products such as dual-zone wine coolers, under-the-counter refrigerators, and pizza ovens,” says Shaun Lin, product development manager at Californian professional kitchen outfitters, Thor Kitchen. “These appliances are truly elevating the entertaining experience outdoors.” Kathryn Saville Reilly is a lifestyle journalist and author

Chef’s dream Denver, North Carolina, U.S.A $6,800,000 Ivester Jackson Distinctive Properties Lori Ivester Jackson +1 704 996 5686 This meticulously crafted custommanor exudes charm and is set on 2.5 acres (1 ha) with 180-degree views of Lake Norman. The five-bedroom home boasts an expansive gourmet kitchen with reclaimed wood beams, a lakeside great room and dining room, and an owner’s suite with a workout loft.

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