South Africa’s priciest mansion for sale

Andrew BattNovember 29, 2014

With a price tag of €25 million, it’s said that Enigma Mansion is the most expensive property to be marketed in South Africa.

Completed in 2011, the ostentatious trophy home has hosted royalty, celebrities, and commercial, film and television shoots,  and is now ready for a new owner.

Glynn Evans, Managing Director of selling agent Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty, said: “We’re already marketing a six-bedroom €6 million country hideaway in Ibiza on behalf of the same German billionaire owner, and he’s recently added Enigma Mansion to our sales portfolio.

“While the two homes share superlative qualities and styling, and target a similar would-be buyer, it’s the South African home that is notorious for its unapologetic opulent exhibitionist styling and the roll call of VIPs its hosted.

“Given the prime coastal location and the money that’s been spent on technology, interior décor and landscaping, the €25 million valuation could almost be higher.”

With an address in wind-free The Glen, a sheltered wealthy enclave on Cape Town’s sought-after Atlantic seaboard popular with European homeowners, Enigma Mansion actually refers to the main three-storey 1,586 sqm residence while a separate 264 sqm two-bedroom guest house and one-bedroom-suite cottage, nestled into the grounds.

Built in the style of a grand residence from a bygone era, offering nostalgia and elegance, it is only comparable to a handful of properties found in perhaps the South of France or on Long Island’s Gold Coast.

Outside, the 7,500 sqm plot offers a mixture of rambling meadow, waterways and ponds alongside showy accoutrements such as an Indonesian massage temple, an afternoon tea temple and a palatial Olympic-size Versace swimming pool billed as “the most glamorous and sexy pool in the western hemisphere”.

Unobstructed views of the Atlantic, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Twelve Apostles mountain range add further to Enigma Mansion’s appeal, while Table Mountain Natural Park is right on the doorstep at just 50 metres.

The cafes and restaurants of Camps Bay and Clifton Beaches are within three minutes. Professional private security are stationed in guardhouses just 50 and 150 metres from the property.

South Africa Mansion

Andrew Batt, International Group Editor of PropertyGuru Group, wrote this story. To contact him about this or other stories email

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