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Unique co-living/co-working development in Cape Town’s thriving east city precinct

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The Harri offers 39 stunning studio and two-storey penthouse apartments, blended with thoughtfully designed co-working and co-living areas.

Perfectly in pace with Cape Town’s booming co-working office market, The Harri, a 39-unit studio/penthouse apartment development, will go up on Harrington Street in the thriving East City Precinct between the CBD and District Six.

A first of its kind for this previously gritty industrial-commercial area, The Harri combines residential living under one roof with co-working offices to create “co-living” space.

“The East City Precinct and surrounds are undergoing a miraculous revival, and interest by investors and potential owners in the development so far has been unprecedented,” says Jeff Kleu, co-developer with Steven Lampert, both of property-development company Sepia and Silk.

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Last year, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) identified the area as having the highest overall occupancy rate (97%) of all four of its city precincts. A R75-million hotel opened there earlier this year, following three other commercial and retail developments in 2017. Two further residential mixed-use developments are planned for 2020.

“Because of our proximity to a fashionable entertainment and retail scene, as well as how we’ve merged micro-apartment living with pristine co-working office spaces to create a co-living environment, The Harri is very appealing to many professionals working for established creative, technology and design firms in the area, as well as visitors wanting a different inner-city tourism experience,” says Kleu.

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Scheduled for completion in October 2020, the 32 studio apartments vary in size from 24 to 49 m² (furnished or unfurnished), with prices starting from R999 995 including VAT.

All come with SMEG kitchen appliances, an en-suite bathroom and a loft for storage. The crown jewels of The Harri are the seven two-storey penthouse apartments, varying in size from 87 to 117 m² (furnished or unfurnished), with a starting price of R3 849 995 including VAT. All have a rooftop terrace and offer uninterrupted views of Table Bay and Table Mountain.

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Paul Luck of Lightspace Architects, the principle lead on the development, was responsible for The Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore, Bombay Brasseries Restaurant at The Taj Cape Town, and The Everard Read Gallery at the V&A Waterfront.

Dawn Dickerson, Carmel Naude, Juliet Eidelman and Martin Firer of Hot Cocoa Interiors and Design, who were responsible for the interiors and furnishing, have similarly handled a number of high-end projects for key clients, including Sir Richard Branson’s hotel and manor house in Franschhoek, Spier Hotel near Stellenbosch and the Marine Hotel in Hermanus. 

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The Harri’s onsite amenities include wifi, a concierge, a housekeeping service, a laundry room, 24-hour access-controlled security, innovative storage units, vehicle and bicycle parking, and a restaurant on the ground floor.

The co-living and co-working spaces, opposite the residential side of the building, include fireplace lounges, TV rooms with large smart TVs and access to Netflix, open-plan kitchenette/dining areas, a rooftop terrace with a gas braai and mini-bar, and slick and contemporary co-working offices. 

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Gardens Shopping Centre, Virgin Active Wembley Square and the MyCiti bus stop on Roeland Street are all within a few minutes’ walk of The Harri. “Our residents, whether they’re owner-occupiers or visitors, will naturally want to step out and enjoy the bars, artisanal bakeries and beautiful galleries in the East City Precinct,” says Kleu. 

One of these is Charly’s Bakery, a family-run business with a huge following that has been a fixture in the area for thirty years. Owner Jacqui Beiss says, “People love this area, and love discovering new places in it. Tourists love coming here. And such lekker things are happening here, like unique little businesses as opposed to big corporates. I love it here.”

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Other notable eateries, shops, galleries and theatres in the area include New York Bagels, Haas Collective, Harrington Bootlegger Coffee shop, JC Brasserie, Lekker Vegan Harrington, Nude Foods, The Electric, The Raptor Room, The Fugard Theatre and the world-famous District Six Museum.

The Harri development has been pre-approved by bond originator Ooba for 90% homeloan finance, and apartments can be secured with a non-refundable security deposit of R10 000, with seven days to pay the balance.

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