Christine Sonnekus

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Name: Christine
Surname: Sonnekus
Location: Mossel Bay
Entry Date: June 4, 2024
Category: Innovation
Project: Entire House

About the Project:

I am thrilled (and slightly terrified) to submit my entry for the Innovation Competition. My journey started with a simple question for an office space to run my brokerage, Efficient Wealth. Little did I know, it would turn into a full-scale renovation project and a lesson in entrepreneurship, all rolled into one. Here’s how it…

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I am thrilled (and slightly terrified) to submit my entry for the Innovation Competition. My journey started with a simple question for an office space to run my brokerage, Efficient Wealth. Little did I know, it would turn into a full-scale renovation project and a lesson in entrepreneurship, all rolled into one. Here’s how it all unfolded…

Picture this: I’m on the hunt for the perfect office, and instead of finding a modest little space, I stumble upon a sprawling house that could put Downton Abbey to shame. It had potential written all over it, but also a glaring “Needs Major Renovation” sign that only an optimist (or a madman) could see as a challenge.

Being the 2023 optimist, I envisioned this space not just as a place to manage portfolios, but as a dual-purpose gem. Why not transform it into a guesthouse too? After all, who wouldn’t want to stay somewhere they could enjoy a beautiful sea view and have their own private haven?

In just five months – armed with determination, a talented team ruled by my husband, and probably too much caffeine – we revamped the entire property. The result? Five luxurious, self-contained guest units, each offering the privacy and scenic views that vacationers dream of. And, of course, a sleek office space for Efficient Wealth, where deals are made with a backdrop of ocean waves.

This project wasn’t just about real estate; it was about blending business with hospitality, all while proving that with enough vision (and a bit of insanity), you can turn a fixer-upper into a profitable masterpiece.

So here I am, presenting this innovative venture – a space where business meets leisure, where guests can enjoy top-notch accommodation and I can continue to grow my brokerage. It’s been a wild ride, but one that’s been incredibly rewarding.

Thank you for considering my entry. I look forward to sharing more about how this project came to life and the creative (and sometimes comical) hurdles we overcame.

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