Top 5 most exclusive estates for South Africa’s ultra-rich

 ·6 Oct 2015

The most exclusive estates in South Africa are located in the most sought after areas in the country, and come with signature golf courses, polo fields, and mansion sized homes.

Hurst & Wills and New World Wealth have compiled a list of the top five most exclusive estates in the country, based on their appeal purely to the super-rich.

“The top things that wealthy people look for when buying an estate property are: space, exclusivity, security, view, nature and scenery. Locality and lifestyle offerings are also critical,” said SA estate property specialist Basil Weinrich.

1. Zimbali

Zimbali home

Zimbali Estate home

Zimbali is the most exclusive estate in SA for 2015.

This 700 hectare estate is located next to Balito, 45kms north of Durban.

Along with Umhlanga and La Lucia, it has become the premier luxury area on the east coast of South Africa. Zimbali features a world class golf course, hotel and spa. It also has access to the beach.

The above 4 bedroom home was on sale for R29.5 million. It comes with a monthly Levy of R2,748, and monthly rates of R4,120.

2. The Gentleman’s Estate at Val die Vie


This unique estate within an estate is currently under construction at Val die Vie in Stellenbosch.

It will offer individual residents their own private stables, garden and vineyard. Properties range from 3 to 6 hectares each. Residents will also be able to access the rest of what Val die Vie has to offer, including the polo fields, trails and equestrian facilities.

Priced from R7.5 million to R9.95 million, the Gentleman’s Estates will range from 1.2ha to 3.53ha, while the River Reserves, classed as eco-estates will vary from 2.56ha to 5.83ha, and are priced at R12.5 million.

3. Pezula Private Estate


Pezula Estate

Pezula Private Estate is located next to Pezula Golf Estate in Knysna.

It is one of the lowest density estates in South Africa – the estate has 255 plots on 176 hectares. It is a relatively new estate and much of it is still undeveloped.

Pam Golding has 15 listings at Pezula ranginf from a 3 bed home for R7.2 million, to a 6 bedroom house for R36 million.

4. Fancourt


Fancourt Estate

This estate is located next to George on the Garden route.

There are several distinctive residential areas on the estate including: Links Ridge, Links Avenue, Cape Dutch Village, Oakland’s Village and Montagu Ridge.

Fancourt is South Africa’s premier golfing destination for the super-rich, with three highly rated courses on one estate.

A 4 bedroom Cape Dutch home can set you back R10.5 million in Fancourt.

5. Pearl Valley

Pearl Valley

Pearl Valley Estate

Pearl Valley is located in Stellenbosch, next to Val die Vie.

Highlights of the estate include: a highly rated golf course, natural fynbos scenery, mountain backdrops, several lakes and over 120 species of birds, including the iconic African Fish Eagle and Malachite Kingfisher.

A 3 bedroom apartment in Pearl Valley Golf Estate can cost as little as R3.2 million, while a 4 bedroom home will set you back between R10-12.5 million.

Globally, Yellowstone Club, in Sky, Montana, USA is viewed as the most exclusive estate worldwide for 2015. This private residential estate features a world class golf course, ski slopes and hiking trails.

The houses on the estate start from a base price of US$16 million, making it only for the super-rich.

The estate in set on 13,600 acres with easy access into the wilderness areas that surround it. There are two large rivers that flow through the property.

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