10 of the most expensive properties in South Africa

Private Property South Africa
Jackie Gray-Parker

Take a look at ten of the most eye-wateringly expensive properties in South Africa, according to Private Property.

According to a recent report released by AfrAsia Bank and New World Health, Johannesburg plays host to the majority of Africa’s dollar millionaires.

The numbers are up on previous reports. In June it was estimated that there were around 163 000 millionaires living in Africa, up from 66 000 in 2000. Collectively, these high net worth individuals hold a combined wealth of $670bn.

South Africa is reportedly currently home to 46 800 millionaires or 30 percent of Africa’s top earners. Of that, 23 000 millionaires call Johannesburg home. It’s anticipated that this number will grow to 32 000 over the next ten years. Cape Town came in at number four while Durban and Pretoria were ranked 7th and 8th respectively.

The incredible uptick in earnings has been attributed to Africa’s growth as a strong emerging economic player which has yielded opportunities aplenty for savvy investors and developers across various segments.

Of course with such wealth comes the urge to spend and what better way to splurge than on a super-exclusive home? South Africa has no shortage of just such homes as evidenced by Private Property’s top 10 current most expensive properties. Only the super-wealthy need apply!

Number 1: Fresnaye: R200 000 000

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Yup, you read it correctly. R200 000 000. That’s a lot of zeroes. At R200 000 000, this property tops Private Property’s list. This four bedroom house has its own olive grove, a large rim flow pool, a media room, a private formal lounge, a butler’s kitchen, a home theatre and restaurant (yes, restaurant) a bar and steam room, amongst other features. So, if you can afford a monthly repayment of just R1, 6m and rates of R10 000pm, this house could be yours!

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Number 2: Clifton: R139 000 000

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At just R139 000 000, this property is positively a bargain! Designed by Stefan Antoni, this “palatial” home comprises seven – yes - seven floors. Features include, amongst others, six bedrooms and bathrooms, two dining areas (one with a mountain view, the other with an ocean view, of course) three lounges, a library, a kitchen, a nine seater cinema, a wine cellar, an office, a gym, a private steam room and an infinity pool.

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Number 3: Fresnaye: R110 000 000

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Fresnaye cracks the top spots again with this “rare gem.” State of the art facilities come standard with this “modernist masterpiece” which features five bedrooms spread out over three levels. Additional ‘wow’ features include, amongst others, three fireplaces, a lounge, a custom bar and gourmet kitchen, a cinema, a gym and lift. Oh and bragging rights. The house comes with bragging rights.

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Number 4: Bishopscourt: R88 500 000

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This gentleman’s estate in Bishopscourt falls into the ‘under R100 000 000’ bracket. It may not be the most modern home but what it lacks in mod cons, it makes up in genteel country living, landscaped gardens and “unsurpassed mountain views”.

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Number 5: Clifton: R85 000 000

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Those seeking a statement address should look no further. This “exquisite” architecturally designed Clifton property is the stuff of dreams. Nestled along the slopes of the Lion’s Head, this spectacular, all-white property offers gorgeous views of the Twelve Apostles, the Atlantic Ocean and the famous white beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay. Luxury features include a wine cellar, a walk-in laundry, an elevator, air-conditioning, underfloor heating, gas fireplaces, a back-up generator and a beautiful internal courtyard. Even the bathrooms have chandeliers!

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Number 6: Constantia: R85 000 000

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If the minimalist, industrial look is your thing, this property in Constantia will be right up your alley – for a hefty price of course. The property sits astride a whopping 8804sqm’s over which four bedrooms, five bathrooms, two garages, two lounges, a pool and staff quarters are spread out. Wall to floor glass windows and doors frame the stunning views.

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Number 7: Hoedspruit: R80 000 000

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An upmarket game breeding farm comes in at number seven. The residential portion of the property features three camps which collectively comprise 18 bedrooms, 18 bathrooms, five dining areas, a flatlet, five lounges, a pool and staff quarters. The asking price includes the game which is estimated to be worth in excess of R30m. All the farms, lodges, related equipment, vehicles, furniture, fittings and bedding is also included in the sale.

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Number 8: Knysna Central: R78 000 000

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Knysna cracks the top 10 list with this “grand dame”. In addition to a show-stopping reception area, this property offers a number of stand-out features including a billiards room, a wine cellar, “dining areas to accommodate all moods”, an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, a gym, private boat access and scope for your own private vineyard. House wine anyone?

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Number 9: Clifton: R75 000 000

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This is a statement home if ever there was one. In addition to the usual bedroom and bathroom complement, this outstanding, bespoke property features a wine cellar, a pizza oven, a heated pool, automated blinds, fireplaces and an integrated sound system. The finishes are to die for and with bond repayments set at just R629 189pm, it’s positively affordable!

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Number 10: Sandhurst: R68 400 000

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This grand, sprawling estate offers upmarket living at its finest. Stand-out features include garaging for six cars with a showroom floor (of course) guest parking for 20 cars, five en-suite bedrooms, a Samsung PABX system, a bar and cigar bar with smoke extractors, a large outdoor patio with gas barbecue, chef’s kitchens (plural), a summerhouse gazebo, a restaurant, a pizza oven, a wine cellar…you get the picture.

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