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South Africa's most expensive property goes on the market

         Date: 2012-09-18

           Tag: South Africa, South Africa market

Summary: One of South Africa’s most expensive properties, Enigma Mansion, has gone on the market – and it could be yours for a cool R300 million.

One of South Africa’s most expensive properties, Enigma Mansion, has gone on the market – and it could be yours for a cool R300 million.

The palatial residence is situated between Clifton and Camps Bay, the most prestigious and prime residential area of Cape Town.

Estate agents Jawitz Properties describes the property, a former A-list hangout, as a “7-star quality” and the “most expensive, luxurious property to come on to the residential market”.

”Despite its private and quiet location, the bustling restaurants and cafés along Camps Bay beach are just three minutes away, bringing convenience to this dream coastal lifestyle that Enigma Mansion epitomises,” said Francois Venter, Director of Jawitz Properties, in a release on Monday.

The main residence has three floors and stretches over 1586m2, with a 627m2 basement level, ground floor totalling 638m2, and first floor covering 321m2.

A studio at the west bottom of the property has its own separate street access with living space of 264m2 spread over the ground and first floors, and there is a separate guest house on site with private street access comprising 250m2.

The residence also offers an atelier, winter garden, sauna, gym, teahouse, massage temple, staff quarters, herb and vegetable garden as well as many terraces, with the highlight being an artistically-designed Olympic-sized swimming pool with marble inlays.

“Enigma houses every possible luxury, from its state-of-the-art technology system with iPads controlling all the functions throughout the property, an 80m2 3D cinema, and an extensive selection of artwork from paintings and photographs, to sculptures and statues,” Jawitz Properties says.

“The décor surpasses 7-star quality and is an eclectic mix of Classic, French, Asian, Georgian Colonial, and Moroccan influences, with luxury fitted into every detail.

Taking inspiration from the Louis XIV period and Hotel Costes in Paris, the interior features were chosen for their beauty and opulence, with no expense spared and include bespoke, imported wall fabrics, curtains, rugs, and antique fittings and finishes.”

The property benefits from 24-hour armed response and 36 cameras monitoring the grounds at all times. There are electronic safes in each bedroom, as well as panic buttons, and a ‘panic room’ in the master suite.

There are 16 security guards that patrol the premises 24 hours a day.

“With a glamorous history, Enigma Mansion has previously acted as accommodation for A-list celebrities, artists, CEOs of big corporations, royalty and other high net worth individuals, and has been used for photo shoots and as a movie location,” Jawitz Properties says.

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