About this listing
Brand new. Secure. Stylish. Corner unit Massive Loft (102 sqm) in the heart of Johannesburg this apartment enjoys spectacular views (from the 5th floor) of the city's skyline. On the bus route (with easy airport access).Restaurants/Food Markets/Art Galleries/Movie Theatre/Clothes Shopping/Rugby/Soccer/Concert events).
Total apartment size 102 square meters
Modern style and furnishings
The kitchen is modern and includes all the necessary tools you would need to in order to prepare meals (including all pots/pans/baking trays etc etc). There is a microwave, gas stove, oven, fridge, washing machine etc. The living room is equipped with a TV and DVD-player.
Beautifully decorated and modernly furnished; everything open plan..
Sweeping views of downtown Johannesburg from 11 huge loft windows. Picture waking up to these from your bedroom.
Towels and linens provided
The entire apartment is yours, you will not be sharing the apartment with other roommates or other travelers or us.
Open plan bedroom with new furnishings
Exclusive use of your own bathroom and bath
Luxury building with amenities including a security guard, elevator (takes you up to the 5th floor) and a swimming pool downstairs.
Close to Witwatersrand University and University of Johannesburg
A block away from small grocery stores, laundry, etc.
Transport (train, buses, taxi), retail, restaurants, entertainment venues (including clubs), hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces in an urban landscape. Your car can be parked safely within proximity of a security guard. There is a security guard 24 hours in/outside the building..
Interaction with Guests
Depends. The apartment is yours to use. We wont bother you as we want to respect your privacy. If you'd like an introduction to the city, please do ask by all means. Myself and Tarryn will happily show you around!
Guided tours of the city (Johannesburg and Pretoria) and of the Apartheid Museum, Lesedi Cultural Village, Sun City, Gold Reef City, Carnivore Restaurant can be arranged through the nearby backpackers (Curiocity) or via Themba Day Tours ((SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) them), which will arrange transport to pick you up from the apartment.
Maboneng, meaning ‘Place of Light', is an urban neighbourhood on the east side of Johannesburg CBD. Maboneng is home to independent retail, restaurants and entertainment venues as well as loft apartments, offices, hotel, a museum and creative factory spaces in an urban landscape.
I live in a diverse neighborhood (racially diverse, with a mix of students, professionals, artists and blue collar workers, etc.) Please note that diversity does not equal unsafe. It is safe, though you should exercise the same caution as you would in any city neighborhood.
To get to the apartment from OR Thambo International Airport (Johannesburg) to the apartment - you have 4 options.
Option 1 - UBER Taxi or Regular Taxi
all the way from the airport. Uber (application or program used on a smartphone which allows you to order taxis) costs between R200 to R300 ($20 to $30 USD) to get from the Airport to the Apartment (and vice versa). Uber is fantastic, many guests have used it in the past and have said that the drivers were very professional and the prices were great (you use your credit card to pay). If you decide to use the Gautrain, then catch an Uber taxi from park station which costs approximately R50 ($5USD) per trip. I would recommend you use Uber for getting around in general. Regular Cab - make sure you use an "ACSA" approved taxi (e.g. Safe Cabs, Orange Cabs, Maxi Taxi, Rose Boys taxi) and you can easily find them outside the arrival terminal A or B (cost is around R280-R400 or $27-$40USD, one way).
Option 2- Gautrain
Airport to Sandton takes 20 minutes using the Gautrain (cost is $13USD or R135 or €9.3, one way, trains come every 12 minutes) then swap trains at the station to get to Park Station (at no additional cost, should take 10 minutes or so, trains come every 12 minutes). The cab ride from Park Station to the apartment should also take 8 minutes (cost is $5 or R50 or €3.5). Please note that a Gautrain Gold Card costs R12 to purchase, this is a non-refundable cost of the card but can be used during your stay in South Africa.
Option 3 - Shuttle
You can also book the Mabo'go shuttle, which will transfer direct from the airport to 12 Decades & Maboneng. To book the shuttle, please ask me for the email address.
Rent a car- from around R200 per day ($20 US) from Avis, Eurocar - all can be arranged at the airport. Your car can be parked safely outside the building, at no additional charge. This is how we all park. There is a security guard 24 hours in and outside the building.
Other Things to Note
The room itself has 2 full double beds and a closet and sufficient space for your luggage.
Internet wifi (please find "Artisan's Wifi) can be accessed by purchasing vouchers (paypal or credit card).
I am proud and excited to offer you a tremendous value for your stay in Johannesburg. Look forward to hosting you!!!
You are welcome to come and go as you please. Wifi is called "Artisans Wifi" and because we are a bit backwards in South Africa - you need to buy data on the system (like a hotel).