The most exclusive mansions in the country are located in Cape Town, most notably in Clifton, Bantry Bay and Fresnaye on the Atlantic Seaboard where prices have reached upwards of R275 million.
The Atlantic Seaboard is also home to the most exclusive street in the country, Nettleton Road in Clifton, where you can expect to pay upwards of R150 million for a home.
“You can also find a few mansions in the Franschhoek area, especially in some of the exclusive vineyard estates such as Fransche Hoek Estate, Domaine des Anges and Sante Winelands Estate as well as Val de Vie in Paarl,” said Samuel Seeff, chairman of the Seeff Property Group.
“Here you can expect to pay around R8 million – R38 million for a top end property.
“These generally come with large homes and big plots overlooking vineyards and with stunning scenic vistas,” he said.
Waterkloof in Pretoria East, and Sandton in Gauteng, are also among the most enviable addresses in the country, while Kwazulu Natal has the luxurious Zimbali Estate, located in Ballito.
According to Seeff, the buyer profile of these mansion properties tends to be mixed, ranging from business executives and entrepreneurs to foreign embassies and consulates in the case of Bishopscourt and Constantia Upper.
Foreign ‘swallow’ buyers are also attracted to these top end properties given the good value that they represent in dollar and euro terms, especially coastal and vineyard properties, he said.
Seef outlined 5 extraordinary mansions for sale in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg right now, and what you get for the asking price.
Constantia Upper (Cape Town) – R69 million
Mintaka Estate has its own private vineyard, and is situated on 25,000sqm of land (three title deeds with development opportunity).
It includes a large homestead, guest cottages, caretaker’s house, staff accommodation, large swimming pool and splash pool with changing rooms, storage and garages and magnificent gardens with lawns, wooded enclaves, a Zen garden, rose garden, orchard, kitchen garden, vegetable patch, cascading ponds, and its own putting green.
Zimbali (Ballito) – R70 million
This home in Zimbali offers unrestricted 180-degree sea views.
The main suite is positioned on the same level along the entire north wing of the home providing the luxury of space and unique bathroom courtyard.
The lower ground floor includes the four guest suites with a spacious lounge opening onto a private pool. Staff accommodation is provided for two staff members.
The property is packaged for sale with the neighbouring vacant and separately registered site measuring 1,634 square metres of the total 4,754 square metre plot, allowing for the development of a second home.
Fresnaye (Cape Town) – R150 million
Designed by Stefan Antoni, this home is set on a bigger than average plot of 1,479 square metres with a level garden.
It comes with four bedroom suites as well as a master suite.
Other features include a dramatic glass floating, curved staircase, a study, fitness centre with a wet bar, sauna & tub, chef kitchen with German appliances, outdoor entertainment areas and a swimming pool, full home automation, multi-car garaging and more.
Clifton (Cape Town) – R172.5 million
Another Stefan Antoni designed home, this multi-storey mansion features six bedroom suites including two luxurious master suites, a gymnasium, private cinema, full home automation, a climate control system, private lift, staff accommodation, seamless flow from living areas to outdoor entertainment and rim-flow swimming pool and multi-car garages.
Sandhurst (Johannesburg) – R180 million
This landmark property is listed for R180 million and is believed to be the highest price that has ever been asked for a residential property in Gauteng.
The property can accommodate twenty vehicles and is 2,200 square metres under roof. It has marble flooring throughout, seven bedrooms and numerous reception areas onto spacious patios with fantastic views.
Other amenities include a fully-fitted and equipped cinema room with leather chairs, a fitted bar room, an eat-in decorative wine cellar, a party/disco room with lighting and sound equipment, a bar and cloakroom, two new kitchens and a main suite with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ dressing rooms, a sauna, steam room, gym and hairdressing room.
There is an elevator and rear staircase to all three floors, plus a three-bedroom staff suite as well as a borehole and water tanks, solar heating and home automation.
The mansion is located on 8,565 square metres of land and in the grounds a floodlit tennis court, two swimming pools, two gazebos, numerous fountains and a formal, elegant garden.