Revitalisation of Green Point stretch reaches peak with development of 169 on Main

Revitalisation of Green Point stretch reaches peak with development of 169 on Main

An aerial view of 169 on Main, on Green Point’s Main Road.

A R200 million 51-unit luxury apartment project on a vacant lot at 169 Main Road Green Point places the capstone on the transformation of the stretch between de Waterkant and Glengariff Road.

Now, as a Cape Town A-list residential strip, it takes its place with other premium spots on the peninsula, says Laurie Wener, Pam Golding senior executive for developments in the Cape region, who has been appointed to market the project by national retail and residential developer Abacus Development Company.

On the airy, tree-lined route that links the intensity of the CBD with the much more carefree tone of the traditional Atlantic seaboard, 169 on Main is right where it needs to be, she says.

“The building has been designed to express its own specific identity but also responds to the surroundings as a harmonious feature of the existing urban wall on the east side of Main Road, Green Point. Its 51 varied apartments, including a penthouse, accommodate the needs of a diversity of residential fundamentals.

“It will serve the resident homeowners and will also provide a sound asset for investors, as owners of units will be allowed to negotiate short and long-term lets under control of a centralised agency.”

Bordered by the slopes of Signal Hill and the Green Point Urban Eco Park, as well as Cape Town Stadium, the surroundings of the new development by Abacus include the Metropolitan golf course and a premium stand-alone Virgin Active gym.

Abacus Managing Director, Gavin Blows, says that acquiring the 1 776m2 site was fortunate as it represented one of the very last opportunities in the revitalisation of the Green Point strip. Most available land has already been redeveloped to create what has now become part of the urban fabric that also includes protected heritage sites.

Work that has already started on the project includes the sinking of a borehole that will make the residents independent of the municipal water supply if necessary, and plans also include green building measures such as rainwater harvesting.

Architect Chris Bam says that 169 On Main defers to all its existing surroundings in a responsible way, while reflecting the design spirit of its own time – with elements that include aluminium panelling, copious glass, and a simplistic style.

“Every opportunity was taken to exploit the building’s position with uninterrupted north views over the park, and further out to Table Bay. And at the back, the stepped levels make the equally important view of Table Mountain accessible to more of the apartments.

“It’s a prestige building that affords its residents a higher than average number of urban living opportunities on their doorstep,’” he says.

Prices for the units range from under R4 million to R15.75m.