With recent reports in the Mail&Guardian pegging President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead upgrade at R270 million, it would rank amongst some of the most expensive properties in South Africa.
But where else in the country can you find a home worth as much as our honoured president’s?
When it comes to choosing a family home, most South Africans are content with covering the basics they need to get by – but for the select and privileged few, a world of opulence awaits.
When looking at the property listings on Property24.com, by far the most expensive stand-alone homes up for sale on the site are found in the Western Cape region.
Properties listed on the site can go beyond the prices of some of those listed here, but these fall into the category of lodges, private game farms or even lodges and resorts, and were disqualified.
These are stand-alone properties that, for the right price, could be the perfect homes for the right families of fortune.
The Enigma Mansion – Camps Bay – R300 million
Titled as “South Africa’s most expensive property”, the Enigma Mansion, located in Camps Bay, is said to offer the most opulent housing solution to anyone who has recently won several national lotteries.
The 700 square metre Atlantic Seaboard property offers 6 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, along with garage space for 6 cars. The property also nests a guest house and a studio.
Furthermore, the entire property (in terms of technology and security) is controlled by a personalised iPad – and there’s a private 3D cinema.
While the property has been accused of being listed at such an exhorbitant price as part of a marketing ploy, in 2012, two offers were put in for the mansion, according to MoneyWeb. One of the offers for R235 million, from a Swiss national; and another was in the region of R180 million also from a foreigner.
Fresnaye home – R110 million
Situated nearby the Enigma Mansion, in Fresnaye, the second most expensive home available for sale on Property24 is going for a cool R110 million.
At R110 million, th 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom luxury home covers 1000 square metres on a 1798 square metre property.
While on paper the home’s features sound rather plain – a kitchen, a study, a family room, bar and lounge – looking at the house’s design and quality and location could explain its high price point.
Pentagon – Clifton – R105 million
Around the corner from Fresnaye, and R5 million cheaper, the “Pentagon” in Clifton is up for sale to anyone who has R105 million to spare.
With 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, the 940 square metre property is the smallest listed. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in quality.
The sea-facing home features a modern design, and packs in everything you would need in a home – like a cinema, two lounges, a gym and a rim flow pool.
There’s also a control room and elevator access to all floors
Cielo nel Capo – Constantia – R87 million
This 5-level villa can be found against the mountainside, overlooking Cape Town and False Bay, in Constantia.
For R87 million, you could have the 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom property all to yourself, along with the gourmet kitchen, in-door heated pool and two apartments.
There’s also a jacuzzi and tennis court, which should sweeten the deal.
Bryanston Mansion – R55 million
Moving away from the Western Cape, Gauteng also features some extravagent homes that come with a high asking price – mostly situated in the greater Sandton area.
The most expensive home in Gauteng is on Mount Street in Bryanston and is listed for R55 million.
The mansion features 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and everything you would ever need to throw a party for high-profile guests: cocktail bars, its own cinema, rim pool and patios, and that’s not even counting the self-contained second dwelling and 7-car garage.