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The 10 most expensive homes in South Africa for sale

by Mfonobong Nsehe

South Africa, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and vibrant cities, is also home to an exclusive real estate market that captures the essence of luxury living. From lavish mansions nestled amidst sprawling vineyards to extravagant penthouses overlooking pristine coastal vistas, the South African property landscape offers an array of opulent residences catering to the most discerning tastes.

In this Billionaires.Africa feature, we embark on a captivating journey through South Africa’s most exclusive enclaves to uncover the creme de la creme of its real estate offerings. Here, we showcase a selection of the most expensive properties presently available for sale, each reflecting the country’s unique blend of natural beauty, architectural marvels, and unparalleled elegance.

These are the 10 most expensive homes for sale in South Africa today. 

1. $16 million – Six-Bedroom Home in Fresnaye 

Nestled in an enviable location with sweeping panoramic views over the Atlantic Seaboard, this extraordinary estate exudes opulence at every turn, boasting six spacious bedrooms and eight meticulously designed bathrooms.

The true essence of this estate is captured in its perfect fusion of luxury, style, class, and comfort. Its impressive features include a sprawling outdoor beach club, a custom bar, a jacuzzi, an inviting swimming pool, and an inviting firepit — an idyllic setting for unforgettable gatherings and unparalleled relaxation. Its amenities include two studies, a fully equipped gym featuring a sauna, an ice bath, a hairdressing basin, two kitchens —including a fully functional chef’s kitchen — and a well-appointed wine cellar. Additional features of this palatial estate include a formal dining area, an inviting outdoor dining space, a laundry room equipped with Miele professional appliances, a separate full flat with a private entrance, staff quarters accommodating up to four people, two double garages, ten parking spaces for guests, two lifts for seamless accessibility, a security guard house, and a full-capacity generator for uninterrupted peace of mind. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 300 million. 

2. $10.4 million – Five-Bedroom House in Clifton 

Situated on the seaside of the coveted Nettleton Road, this unique architectural marvel is a testament to contemporary design and extraordinary craftsmanship. With its sleek glass façade, the residence exudes a sense of simplicity and refined aesthetics while offering breathtaking sea views. Five generously appointed bedroom suites, all strategically positioned to face the ocean, boast oversized seamless glass windows that serve as captivating frames for the extraordinary vistas that lie beyond. Each suite provides a sanctuary of serenity where luxury and nature harmoniously coexist. The expansive open-plan living room, adorned with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, invites abundant natural light to illuminate the space while framing the awe-inspiring vistas that stretch beyond the horizon. The glazing, meticulously imported from Germany, and the slider system, sourced from Switzerland, seamlessly merge to ensure a harmonious living experience.

Designed for seamless indoor-outdoor living, the sun terrace and the 20-meter lap pool beckon you to unwind while gazing upon the majestic scenery of Clifton and the Twelve Apostles. A Valcucine kitchen, renowned for its elegance and functionality, is the perfect culinary haven, seamlessly integrating with the living room to facilitate seamless entertaining. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 195 million. 

3. $8.5 million – Five-Bedroom House in Clifton, Cape Town 

This house, named “The Pentagon,” is situated on Nettleton Road, the most expensive road on the African continent, making The Pentagon the ultimate of affluent living. Clifton’s most fashionable architect, Stefan Antoni of the world-renowned architecture firm SAOTA, designed the building. The Pentagon, perched high above the town, offers unrivaled views of Clifton’s four famed beaches and the Atlantic Ocean. This vast property has five stories, each with its private glass elevator. The home’s automated garage on the ground level can accommodate four large cars or a small boat. The villa has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two lounge areas, a private fully equipped gym, a 10-seater home cinema with upholstered walls, fully automated curtains & blinds, an automated lighting system, two self-contained staff quarters, a cutting-edge security system with CCTV surveillance, and integrated air-conditioning and heating throughout. A double-volume entertaining area on the upper level opens onto a mountain garden and a huge patio. This lovely open-plan area is surrounded by breathtaking vistas, from the ocean on one side to the mountains on the other. The luxurious master bedroom above the entertainment level has a spacious ocean-facing bathtub and a dressing area. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 160-million. 

4. $8 million – Seven-Bedroom House in Sandhurst  

Designed by renowned architect Ian Gandini, this beautiful 22,500-square-meter estate in Sandhurst’s heart allows you to enjoy isolated tranquility. From the tree-lined driveway to the stately double doors and inviting entrance, every detail of this remarkable property exudes sumptuous elegance and a lifestyle designed for lavish entertaining and comfortable family living. Grand proportions and baronial spaces define every room, from the numerous reception areas, including a formal lounge, dining room, and informal lounge leading to a sprawling entertainer’s patio with vaulted ceilings to the rolling green lawns and gardens offering panoramic views of Sandton’s skyline. Each reception area features bespoke gas fireplaces, adding warmth and elegance. Additional highlights include a fully fitted library/study, a luxurious guest suite with its lounge and entrance, and a basement designed to satisfy the most discerning wine connoisseur, boasting a temperature-controlled wine cellar with separate rooms and a wine-tasting area. On the second level, a family room provides a cozy space for intimate gatherings, while the luxurious main bedroom suite, with its own private balcony, his-and-hers dressing rooms, and a stunning bathroom, offers a retreat of opulence. This level has five more spacious bedroom suites, a gym with a steam shower, and ample storage. The estate also features a pool room with a pub, change room facilities, staff accommodation with five-bedroom suites, a guest cottage, a tennis court, two boreholes, an automated irrigation system, and a gorgeous feature lake. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 150 million. 

5. $6.9 million – Six-Bedroom House in Sandhurst

Sitting behind private gates on approximately 5,000 square feet is this high-tech, double-volume ceiling mansion boasting unparalleled amenities and scale, along with magnificent views of the city right in the heart of Sandhurst, Johannesburg. Well located in a prime suburb near the U.S. embassy, the smart home comes replete with extensive camera and security systems and 24-hour security, heating, A/C, lighting, and TVs that can be controlled anywhere in the world. The home is off the grid and solar-powered. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 130 million. 

6. $6.4 million – Five-Bedroom House in Bantry Bay, Cape Town 

This sumptuous five-bedroom en-suite contemporary villa spans five levels. It is located in the exclusive Bantry Bay area of Cape Town, South Africa. It offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean from the marble pool deck. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar, space for a dishwasher, and an ice maker. An elevator makes it easy to access all levels of the villa and entertain your guests in style with the state-of-the-art cinema-styled media room, private jacuzzi, and gym. Outside, the heated infinity swimming pool is perfect for a refreshing dip, and the terrace is ideal for lounging in the sun. The villa has double garage parking with extra space in front for more parking. It is also located close to and within walking distance of Saunders Rock’s Beach, Clifton 2nd Beach, and Queens Beach. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 120 million. 

7. $6.4 million – Nine-Bedroom House in Fresnaye 

Renowned architect Marvin Farr designed this sensational luxurious villa in Fresnaye and will impress you endlessly. The property features nine bedrooms, 9.5 bathrooms, multiple formal and informal living areas, a dramatic dine-in wine cellar for 20 people, a gym, a sauna, and an expansive outside entertainment area with a lush garden, a large pool, bar area, and a private tennis court. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 120 million. 

8. $6.34 million – Three-Bedroom Apartment in Clifton

This fantastic duplex condo located in San Michele on First Beach is a unique find that seldom comes on the market and is considered by many to be the best coastal position in Clifton. A stunning grand entryway and world-class design welcome you to what feels like heaven. There are open-plan living areas, a vast dining room, and an entertainer’s kitchen with an eat-in area. The interior is decorated in cool white and cream tones, with imported tiles and American security shutters. All of these areas lead to an expansive terrace with a rim-flow pool with views of the Atlantic Ocean, beaches, and waves lapping only meters away, making it ideal for outside dining and entertainment. There is also a separate laundry, utility room with two washing machines, two dryers, an extra fridge, and an inverter for backup power. A staff room with a private bathroom and kitchenette is in the same building. Underfloor heating is installed throughout the flat for enhanced comfort. In a neighborhood where parking is scarce, this apartment has five parking spaces: three hidden and two rooftops. There is additional storage space in the basement parking area. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 119 million. 

9. $6.1 million – Four-Bedroom House in Clifton 

With majestic views of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Lions Head, and all four of Clifton’s beaches, this villa offers the buyer a world-class experience of ultimate luxury and elegance. The double-storey 635-square-meter-villa garden villa featuring open plan designs allows natural light to flow through big glass windows. The property has four luxurious bedrooms, all en suite. It has a magnificent chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-range German appliances and a separate scullery. The spacious living areas, lounge, dining, and TV lounge flow seamlessly onto an expansive outdoor terrace and large garden with a sparkling pool and a water feature. An opulent undercover parking garage offers four bays for each villa and penthouse with direct elevator access. The house is within walking distance of all four Clifton beaches, Camps Bay beaches, and restaurants. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 115 million. 

10. $6.1 million – Three-Bedroom Apartment in Clifton

This penthouse is an off-plan residential showpiece in a coveted Clifton location. It has double-volume living areas with a stunning inverted glass ceiling and a huge terrace with a rim-flow pool that overlooks Clifton and Camps Bay beaches, The Twelve Apostles Mountain range, and the Atlantic Ocean. The penthouse has three magnificent bedrooms, all of which are en suite, and a total internal size of 504 square meters. A luxurious undercover parking garage with direct elevator access for both the penthouse and the villa. Cutting-edge, completely integrated security. The penthouse is offered for purchase under the sectional title and is part of Clifton’s most prestigious forthcoming development. The asking price in South African currency is ZAR 115 million. 

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