Real estate is how the wealthy enjoy their money, and it is an extravagance we all want to experience. A beautiful mansion, filled with exotic furniture and the right amount of detailed decoration is something everyone wants. We often see a lot of magnificent architecture from around the world, in pictures, magazines, home decoration shows, or in real estate expos and movies. It is easy to forget that the same fantastic architecture exists here, in South Africa. There exists, some of the world’s most extravagant homes and some of the most extreme mansions in South Africa. Read down below to see some of the most beautiful South African mansions.
In this article, we take a look at some of the most beautiful houses in South Africa. Keep scrolling.
Luxury homes in South Africa
If you have watched the movie, The Great Gatsby, then you have an idea of what a house would look like to be named Gatsby. Located in Houghton Estate, the prestigious neighborhood in Johannesburg, Gatsby is a large 2000 meters square mansion with eight en-suite bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, two dining areas, two lounges, and six garages. The property was most recently listed for a price of R120000000 making it one of the most expensive mansions in South Africa for sale. Gatsby is a majestic white on the outside and inside as well. Every room inside this palatial residence is decorated with dark wooden finishes that contrast the white accents quite nicely. Every piece of furniture has darker colors for maintaining the design pattern throughout the house. The soft furnishings are all brightly colored beige, white, cream or anything in between, never too dark.
The glorious view overlooking the living room is uniquely decorated with an indoor pool that brings a striking blue to the mostly white background. You also get a nice double volume space above the living room with the tall windows that give a panoramic view overlooking the serene manicured gardens below. The property has another pool outside, the training pool, which is not heated like the one inside. Other amenities on the property include a gymnasium, a wellness spa, a library, a conference room, and a private nightclub. A view of the house from the garden makes this house one of the most beautiful houses in South Africa.
2. Palazzo Steyn
Palazzo Steyn is a private property developed on the Steyn City Property estate. The house is built on what was formerly a quarry. It was designed by architect, Wynand du Plessis with two aqueducts overlooking the quarry to appear as though a huge chunk fell in the water. Above the triple volume is a dome lit up by the golden art and a chandelier from the Café Royal in London. Now, the functionality of this cast house is made easy with automatic lighting in every room when there is an occupant. The house is covered completely in intricate art and marble art. The doors and furniture are all made out of African hardwood. Each room is uniquely decorated to give each a unique feel and experience. Inside the house and next to the guest bedrooms is an indoor pool, a gymnasium and a spa. Each guest bedroom is completely different from the other to give guests a different experience each time they visit. The villa features a massive car garage that hosts the owner's many cars and is also the headquarters for 67 Blankets by Carolyn Steyn. Deuw Steyn’s seven suite villa is one of the most modern houses in South Africa and also a few meters squares shy of being the biggest house in South Africa.
Casablanca is a 3133 square meters home. It is at the height of extravagance in South Africa, featuring a grand lounge that can host close to 1000 guests. It has 8 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, an 18-seat movie theatre, a 25 meters square long swimming pool with a stunning view of the ocean. The property also features a 14-car garage that has chandeliers inside, a full-size squash court, a massage therapy room, a sauna, a kitchen with 12-seat dining, a wine cellar and whiskey bar. The property has a grand façade with large two-story pillars that give the poolside view a great feel. The property is the most expensive house in Cape Town at the moment with the selling price marked at R450 million. The steep price comes with many perks, for instance, every room has a view of the ocean, and the reception rooms are all triple volume spaces. You will be forgiven for thinking the fully equipped gymnasium at the house was used by a professional sports team. Sotheby’s International Realty designed Casablanca. The houses surrounding the property go for an average of about 40 times less than that.
4. Kloof Road House
Kloof Road House is located in Bedfordview Johannesburg. The striking architecture is sure to capture your attention. The architects, Nico van der Meulen Architects found the perfect design to fire up your imagination. According to the architects, the house was designed to look like a continuous sculpture. Essentially, the steel and glass designs are intentionally made to appear as though giant pieces are transposed against each other to make the exterior of the house feel like a continuation of its interior. Kloof Road House is a renovated house with the new design colors coming as part of changes alongside the four new garages in the house. Every room in the house is connected to the outside so that you can have a view of the north anywhere in the home. The living room, dining room, kitchen, and porch double volume spaces make for seamless integration of wide-open spaces. Glass doors separate the living room and lanai, they can be folded away to enjoy a continuous space with the concrete floors joining the two spaces giving the living room an outdoor feel. The house has heated floors so no worries about the concrete getting too cold at night. The heating system uses water that is warmed using solar panels on the roof. The four bedrooms in the house are all en-suite with two children's bedrooms, a guest room, and the master suite. There is a pajama room and a den in the house as well for family entertainment, and they overlook the open plan kitchen and living room. Outside these rooms is the balcony above the porch with a view of Sandton in the distance. Outside, next to the swimming pool is a fire pit, barbecue space, and a bar. This house is perfect for entertaining guests outside and inside.
Located in Cape Town, Western Cape, 7806 South Africa, Constantia is a $10000000 mansion with 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and 1 partial bathroom. It covers 23099 square feet. The house has an all wooden floor, including the pool deck outside. The property encompasses some of the most modern design materials using glass and metal for an edgy look and softening it all up with the wooden floors and furnishings to give it a cozy feel. The art on the walls is mostly abstract paintings in sky blue or lighter shades of blue. The living room is a double volume space with glass doors allowing an unobscured view of the Cape from above. The garden outside is a part of the 3.5-acre property, and it offers a nice view from the mansion. The lap pool outside and the gymnasium are some of the amenities on the property. Constantia is arguably one of the best houses in South Africa at the moment.
Beautiful South African houses
We have had a peep at some of the luxury houses in South Africa. Now, let us take a look at some of the best-looking houses in South Africa.
1. Magnificent Mountainside Location
Going for $3.3 million, the Magnificent Mountainside Location, Somerset West, Western Cape 7130, South Africa is one of the most beautiful houses in the country. The property sits on 0.579 acres of land and has 4 bedrooms and bathrooms and one partial bathroom. The white exterior is complemented by the massive glass walls that reflect the blue of the sky to give a beautiful blue hue. Using contemporary architectural styles and using materials available now thanks to technology, this house is one of the most modern houses in South Africa. It features a glass elevator to make it easier to move across all four volumes of the house with ease. There is also a staircase between every level. You get a view of the ocean from all four bedrooms and the pool outside as well. The house has a fitness studio, a massage room, a wine cellar, home theatre, and a self-contained staff flatlet. The fourth volume is the master suite, private with a pajama lounge and a study room. The master suite has a private balcony as well as a view of the ocean and the pool below.
This is a stunning property that is located in Cape Town, Western Cape 7700 South Africa. It costs $3.1 million and has 4 bedrooms and one full bathroom. The property is expensive, yes, not for its size but because of the aesthetics of the lands surrounding it. The house offers an unmatched view of the landscape. The design blends seamlessly with the green vegetation. You feel like the great outdoors have been brought closer inside with this house. The glass doors and windows allow for the best natural lighting during the day. The refreshing interior of the house is a mix of old fashion minimalist designs mixed with the simple sophistication of today's home décor choices. Some rooms have little furniture with dull colors while some are popping with bright green furniture. The whole design concept is knit together perfectly with the soft textures of the wooden floors and furniture. The home also features a full HD theatre system to meet your entertainment needs and state of the art security features as well.
3. Umhlanga Rocks
The $2.7 million-dollar property located in KwaZulu-Natal is a 7-bedroom, 5-bathroom mansion. The fountains outside its main entrance give it a distinctly European feel while the pool deck at the back gives it an edgier modern feel with the wooden floor. The tiles ceramic floors inside match perfectly with the colors of the walls. The living room has a stunning view of the landscape with the doors opening up to the balcony overlooking the pool area below. The soft beige accents give a warm feel to the interior of the house. Each room is uniquely styled with the den having the most versatile decoration. The master bedroom features a walk-in closet, and it does not include his and hers section; however, other facilities on the property are 2 guest suites, a jacuzzi, a bar and a yoga studio with a private entrance.
There is an abundance of South Africa mansions and more are built each day. This list is only sneak peek at these marvelous creations that make some of the most indulgent homes in the country.