Green Home Renovation

home-renovationA case study for those contemplating a ‘green’ home make over!

The trend for green homes is gathering momentum on South Africa. With green materials and technologies become more available and affordable, one man has decided to take the ‘green journey’ approach to a home renovation in Lakeside. LLoyd Macfarlene has attempted to lower the footprint and increase the performance of his family home.

LLoyd was familiar with green building practices and worked in the broader sector of sustainability for almost 10 years. He decided to put his knowledge and patience to the test by embarking in a self-build green renovation of a 1960’s house that was in need of renovation but perfectly positioned in Lakeside Mountain Range.

After the home was purchased, the family moved in for a few months before the renovation began so that they could design through a living experience.

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Lakeside Living

Aerial View of Lakeside

Lakeside is situated between the suburbs of West Lake and Muizenberg with fantastic mountain views of the Hottentots Holland mountains with the Steenberg Stone Mountain the backdrop and the Zandvlei wetlands in the front.

Lakeside is a highly sought after area which caters to both the upper, lower and middle level income earners. It’s an area that people don’t seem to move from, raising their families and only selling once the children leave the house. It’s an area where everyone lives together peacefully with lots of parks for the children and dogs within the neighbourhoods. Lakeside as an area offers excellent value for money with houses set in a quiet, friendly neighbourhood that is in close proximity to everything.
This area is also popular to running, cycling and golf at the Westlake and Steenberg Golf Courses. It is abundant with restaurants, coffee shops, strip malls as well as service stations and medical doctors.
Lakeside properties have close proximity to schools such as Reddam House, Wynberg Boys/Girls, Zwaanswyk, Begvliet High, Constantia Waldorf and the American School.
The area of Lakeside offers excellent value for money in terms of residential property and is the perfect area to raise your children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Make a Difference this MOVEmber

ChasEverittMovember is all about raising awareness about men’s health!

As an individual agent Winnie Sass is offering a R2500 donation towards The Movember Foundation on all her listings taken in the month of November no matter when the property is sold.  
Chas Everitt is prepared to support Winnie in this fund raiser and has agreed to contribute equally to her donation, so together make a donation of R5000 towards this worthy cause for every ‘Movember’ listing!
The Movember Foundation is a global charity committed to men living happier, healthier, longer lives. Since 2003, millions have joined the men’s health movement, raising R5.7 billion and funding over 1,000 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity.

Winnie Sass will make the donation in your name, no matter when she sells your property.

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Contact Chas Everitt agent Winnie Sass on 083 274 6614 or email to make a difference today!

Dual Living Property in Demand

IMG_7143c(1)Dual living properties are shinning through as one of the leading choices for property investment in Lakeside, Cape Town. Families are looking for houses that offer dual occupancy for extended family, older children that want a bit of freedom or to let out a separate entrance for extra income.

With the cost of living at an all time high, housing prices for entry into the property market are very high. Incomes are still not matching up and as a great way to solve this problem families are look for ways to save money on housing costs.

Situated above the main road ‘in the heart of Lakeside’ this three bedroom home offers dual living accommodation. Read more about this sold Lakeside property.

Contact Chas Everitt agent Winnie Sass on 021 712 5029 or 083 274 6614 for further queries.

State of the Nation – Win 2 tickets to this event!

state of the nationIf you are confused as to where we stand and where we are going; you cannot afford to miss the most eagerly anticipated morning session of the year.
Political expert, Justice Malala and economic scenario planner, Clem Sunter will divine the future for us, under the informed control of award winning radio journalist, Stephen Grootes.
The best way to “future-proof” your life and your business is by having access to superior information.
Our experts will help to get a better handle on the future of South Africa and its place in the world.
For more information click here or call Decision Makers 011 880 4808 or Book Now

To be entered to win two tickets to this event subscribe to this Lakeside Property blog.

Draw will take place on the 15th October, at 12:00.

15 of the Very Best Braai Side Dishes

The Lakeside blog and Chas Everitt wish all our Lakeside residents a very happy Heritage Day.
Heritage Day
We have rounded up 15 of our favourite braai side dishes for you this Heritage Day! Enjoy!

1. Creamiest potato au gratin

2. Grilled sweetcorn

3. Creamy mushroom potato bake

4. Buttery, cheesy garlic bread

5. Creamy potato bake with caramelised onion

6. Butternut and onion gratin

7. Mielie bake

8. Biltong, feta and mushroom pap tert

9. Cauliflower with bacon and onion sauce

10. Baked bacon and spinach stuffed blooming onions

11. Bacon-wrapped mushroom

12. Potato salad with a twist

13. Creamy bacon potato salad

14. Braaied potato halves

15. Caramelised onion, potato and feta bake

Lekker braai” * Sourced from Food24

OK Lakeside… Let the Games Begin!

Rugby-World-CupThe Lakeside blog and Chas Everitt bring you the key information for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, including dates and kick-off times for every fixture in England!
The 2015 Rugby World Cup is scheduled to be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament will be hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October 2015. Twickenham Stadium in London will host the final.

Increased shark activity with the arrival of spring

Shark WarningThe City appeals to all beach and ocean users to be aware of the expected increase in in-shore shark activity over the spring and summer months. Typically, shark sightings start in late August, and continue through to April, with most sightings being reported in mid-summer.

‘White sharks are present in our waters all year round and beach users should be aware that there is always a small possibility of encountering one of these animals. However, surfers are asked to be especially vigilant in the stretch between Sunrise and Macassar Beaches during the spring and summer months, as research has shown that the shark presence in these waters increases at this time of year.

‘Please always remain alert while enjoying the ocean. I thank our City staff and our partner, the Shark Spotters, for all of the hard work that is currently underway to ensure that our residents can enjoy a safer beach experience,’ says the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

The Shark Spotters Information Centre at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner is open to the public from 08:00 to 18:00 seven days a week. The centre provides up-to-date information on sharks and marine ecology, basic first-aid, general public assistance and emergencies, storage of valuables and lost property.

In addition, the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net will again be deployed for the annual Fish Hoek Spring Splash on 6 September 2015.

The exclusion net has proven to be an effective shark safety measure, by creating a physical barrier that prevents sharks from entering the bathing area. It will be in full operation during the 2015/2016 summer season.

On days that the exclusion net is deployed, the operating hours will be from 09:00 to17:00 and may occasionally be extended to allow for lifesaving training or events. The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed about the deployment of the net via Twitter and Facebook, and signage is displayed when the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research, please visit or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters) and Facebook (

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