The cream of the South African Property crop

From Sandton to the Atlantic Seaboard, from the winelands to Wilderness, there is no doubt that South Africa has a good selection of world-class, luxurious properties that offer bespoke designs crafted to maximise the natural advantages of their location. Linda Erasmus, CEO of Fine & County Sub-Saharan Africa, points out that Fine & Country sells more homes in the upper quartile of the South African market than any other estate agency in the country, and has developed specialist knowledge of the local property market. “It is this specialist knowledge that makes all the difference when it comes to the marketing and selling of South Africa’s top-end homes,” she says. Fine & Country South Africa takes a look around the country at some of the cream of the South African property crop.

Bantry Bay – Asking price R45 million

Well known as one of the suburbs along the Atlantic Seaboard that has prime, luxury property on offer, Bantry Bay is ideally positioned on the slopes of the distinctive Lion’s Head, with wonderful views of a rocky section of the Atlantic coastline. The suburb is well protected from the worst of Cape Town’s wind on days when it’s really blowing. Christopher Hajec, Licensee of Fine & Country Atlantic Seaboard, says this Bantry Bay home showcases some of the best features the area has to offer.

“This substantial three bedroom penthouse is located on Bantry Bay’s Ocean View Drive, one of Cape Town’s new Millionaire’s Rows. This immaculately presented home features approximately 300m2 of living space, surrounded by a beautifully designed wooden deck, complete with pool and sunken conversation pit. The multi-level penthouse with a formal entrance offers three substantial en-suite bedrooms, four opulent bathrooms, three open-plan reception rooms and a designer kitchen with a scullery.

The downstairs open living space is bright and spacious with a flow from the kitchen through the large dining area and lounge. A wine cellar with glass doors fits closely to the open areas of living space, allowing a view of the collection of fine wines. The garage accommodates two cars from where a lift whisks you up to the private entrance of the home which is only accessible through the lift and passage from below; allowing for exceptional security.”

The magnificent entertainment and observation deck offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Seaboard due to the property’s high elevation. The property is owned by Richard Williams of BL Williams Construction, one of Cape Town’s premier builders and developers, who purchased the property several years ago and added his own mark with a substantial renovation and expansion of the existing property. For him it has been a labour of love. When asked why he would ever leave this enviable location, he replied: “I can be restless! New challenges in life are what excite me, and as a builder, I would like to see my passion enjoyed by someone as enthusiastic as myself about this magnificent property while I step up to the next project life has in store for me.”

From the exterior the property exhibits classical elements of a nouveau Georgian façade but with exemplary modern, urban chic decor, which, although a flawless example of contemporary design, does not exclude strong accents of comfortable warmth.

Why is this a top home? “The views that take your breath away are unlike any on the Atlantic Seaboard. In addition to the exclusivity that comes with being in perhaps one of the most desirable of Cape Town addresses, no expense has been spared on the contemporary finishes inside and out to create a world-class designer home comparable with the finest any city in the world has to offer.”

What kind of buyers does this property suit? This property is for the most discerning of tastes and style for either a domestic or foreign high net worth individual or company seeking spectacular natural beauty, privacy and exclusivity without compromise for business and/or pleasure.

Franschhoek – Asking price R19.95 million

From its quaint high street shops to its world-renowned gourmet restaurants, the Franschhoek Valley is not only a highly desirable place to visit but is also home to a thriving and cosmopolitan community of residents who are proud to call the village their home.

With property options ranging from charming village residences and secure estate homes to lifestyle smallholdings and farms, Franschhoek meets the needs of both local South African buyers as well as the discerning foreign investor. Terry-Lee George, a Fine & Country property consultant and proud Franschhoek resident, is currently marketing a spectacular 600sqm family home set on the slopes of the Fransche Hoek Agricultural Estate.

A truly distinctive home within a breathtaking landscape balances the need for comfortable family living with a designer’s flair. No expense has been spared in both the build quality and the finishes, presenting a cosy mix of natural timber, stone and thatch combined with glass features to capture the north-facing views of the lush fynbos garden and mountain vistas. One of only 14 homes along Riverside Lane on the Fransche Hoek Estate, this property also benefits from state-of-the-art security amongst indigenous fynbos, vineyards and olive groves on the slopes of the Drakenstein Mountains.

This home is characterised by generous living areas both inside and out with a focus on year-round comfort whether you are fireside, poolside or just relaxing on the deep covered terrace. Accommodation is well planned with four luxurious en-suite bedrooms, each uniquely finished to add interest and texture. 

The home includes a double-volume lounge and dining room; separate winter lounge; breakfast room; open-plan, solid timber kitchen with top-of-the-range fixtures and fittings; a large covered terrace with glass stacking doors out to the garden as well as a fireplace and built-in braai; a library overlooking the double-volume living room; two en-suite bedrooms downstairs including the main bedroom with his-and-hers dressing room; two en-suite bedrooms upstairs; upstairs TV lounge, guest toilet, outside staff toilet, double garage, large storage loft, north-facing landscaped garden with private borehole, swimming pool and poolside terrace. The home is generously fitted throughout with fireplaces and air-conditioning for year-round comfort. 

Cape Dutch architecture with thatch roof, exposed timber beams, solid wood floors and stone features juxtaposed with contemporary features that bring this unique home right up to date.

Why is this a top home? “The secure location, the views and the exceptionally high standard of finishes all come together to make this a truly unique offering in one of the Top 10 Estates in South Africa.”

What kind of buyers does this property suit? This home is for the affluent, discerning and well-travelled family who value quality, exclusivity and lifestyle.

Bryanston – Aksing Price R16.5 million

The Sandton suburb of Bryanston has long been linked to top-end homes, and as its property market has fared well in recent years, it is regarded as a reliable barometer of Johannesburg’s property market in general. The area is home to a range of residential property types from apartments and cluster homes to large, grand mansions. Bryanston properties have typically held their value during times of economic downturn. Erich Erasmus, property consultant at Fine & Country Sandton which operates in the affluent northern suburbs of Johannesburg and the Sandton metropolitan precinct, is currently marketing an exceptional family home in Bryanston

This expansive, modern family home set in on a 3415sqm stand and surrounded by a beautifully manicured garden offers approximately 1200sqm of luxurious space under roof. It boasts a modern kitchen with pantry and scullery, five spacious bedrooms and four bathrooms plus a guest toilet. There is also double staff accommodation and an additional private ground floor flatlet. Its special features include a full irrigation system with a borehole, five geysers, music conduits for a sound system, live CCTV cameras, air-conditioning, a children’s play area with a bicycle track and jungle gym, a sparkling swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, as well as a bar area, wine cellar, two braai areas and a triple garage.

This home is in a league of its own. There is not a cent to be spent and it is in pristine condition.

This home is double volume with floor-to-ceiling glass allowing for light to cascade throughout. Its style is contemporary and its floor plan allows for entertaining on a grand scale, especially with the inclusion of a bar and wine cellar. As the bedrooms are situated upstairs, it affords the residents privacy when desired. The garden has been carefully cultivated to provide children with endless hours of outdoor fun while still retaining an English country garden’s charm, complete with creepers and roses.

Why is this a top home? “This home has absolutely everything the modern family would want, need or desire from a home. Its owners have gone above and beyond to ensure that it is a home of unparalleled quality, both inside and out. It is the epitome of ‘location, location, location,’ positioned close to numerous top private schools, the Bryanston Country Club, shops, gyms and amenities and has easy access to all the main roads and highways in the area.”

What kind of buyers does this property suit? This home is perfect for an up-market family that aspires to the great, opulent and luxurious things in life. Its asking price puts it in the category of the LSM 10+ group of individuals who have arrived in life and a need a home that reflects their achiever status while taking into consideration the comfort and security of their family.

“There is no shortage of exclusively designed, elegant residential property masterpieces across the country that cill provide the perfect investment option for the right discerning buyer,” Erasmus concludes.

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