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11 secrets of irene, centurion

The Irene Dairy Farm

With its eclectic design, the pattern-filled, earth-toned home of Mpho and Harald Vackier is built around easygoing family living – an ethos that perfectly suits the area in which they've chosen to reside. Here, Mpho lists her favourite things about living in Irene, Centurion. The best thing about living in Irene is the fact that we are just five minutes away from Irene Dairy Farm, which is a great place for a walk in nature amongs cows, bunnies and chickens. It's pretty chilled here, like a cool little village. I get my morning coffee fix at home or Doppio Zero. Woolies Café also makes the best coffee, and all of these options are only 10 minutes from my house or office. A fun local weekend outing for the family is the The Irene Village Market, or going to the The Big Red Barn for a cycle and breakfast on a Sunday. My family's favourite restaurant is The Publican in Southdowns. Their food is amazing and they have amazing free-range meat, an excellent ageing room and a gorgeously designed space – I love it! My go-to decor store is Golden Goose Artistry. It mostly stocks South African designer wares, and my furniture store The Urbanative is also there. The best thing is that they also sell great South African art. I look for inspiration nearby at the monthly night market in Southdowns, which is always fun and features tons of creative and inspiring ideas. There are also fantastic film festivals, salons and exhibitions that happen frequently at the Open Window College. Last year I went to the Argentinian film festival there, which was brilliant. A fun way to relax in our area is at the fantastic – and nearby – Rietvlei dam. You'll see birdlife and rhinos, so driving there or going for a braai or picnic is always fun. My favourite place to meet friends for drinks is Doppio Zero. It’s great for sundowners. If it isn't so already, Irene should be famous for being cosmopolitan. It’s a village of people from practically everywhere in the world. Something you'd be surprised to learn about this suburb is that Irene was the site of countless concentration camps during the Second Anglo-Boer War. Irene's best-kept secret is the Irene Dairy Farm.
Read more about Mpho and Harald Vackier's house in our May 2017 issue – on shelves now.