A stoep with a view makes all the renovation hiccups worthwhile

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Photographs Greg Cox l Production Marian van Wyk

If you buy a house by the sea, it better have an ocean view.So said one of Chris Willemse’s friends, more or less nipping his decade-long dream in the bud. “I had been looking at properties in and around St. James and Kalk Bay on the False Bay coast for a long time but none of them had a view. Those that did were simply too expensive; moreover, they were few and far between on the housing market.

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