PRICED at R300-million, the Enigma mansion in Camps Bay on Cape Town's glittering Atlantic Seaboard is the most expensive property ever to go on sale in South Africa – and three top agencies are now battling it out for the bragging rights that will come with selling the landmark property.
The owner, a billionaire foreign businessman, has awarded a shared mandate to Anne Porter Knight Frank, Jawitz Properties and Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realty, and is hoping their combined – or competitive – efforts will bring a swift result.
Set in a quiet enclave of Camps Bay on a private estate of more than 7000m², the three-storey mansion boasts sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles and offers a level of luxury previously unseen in South Africa.
It incorporates four sumptuous reception rooms, four luxurious bedroom suites including a master suite with his-and-hers bathrooms and its own viewing terrace, a massage room, gym and sauna and an 80m² 3D cinema.
In the grounds, there is a garden guest cottage with two en suite bedrooms, a one-bedroom staff cottage, an artist's studio, a teahouse, a Olympic-size swimming pool and garaging for six vehicles.
No expense has been spared on the finishes throughout, which include imported wall coverings, draperies, rugs and antique fittings reminiscent of the Palace de Versailles and the best hotels in the south of France.
However, Enigma also boasts the very latest technology to make it a "smart" home in every sense, with iPad control of everything from lights, music and video to heating and security. The security system itself includes 36 cameras monitoring the grounds, electronic bedroom safes and a panic room.