Top 10 most exclusive estates in South Africa

According to a recent publication compiled by New World Wealth a list of the top 10 most exclusive estates in South Africa has been identified based on their appeal to wealthy buyers.

Statistics made public by New World Wealth comes from their own in house data base that consists of data of over 150000 high net worth individuals from around the world.

The popularity of these exclusive estates was determined by the following factors and criteria:

  • The type of security, whether the estate has an access gate and makes provision for private security personnel ;
  • Activities provided to residents, gym, swimming pool, golf course, horse riding, polo and tennis,
  • Facilities available like shops, office space, parks  and gathering places, playgrounds for children, medical centres and schools.
  • Quality and design of the houses within the estate;
  • Land size, positioning of the house on the property;
  • Views and scenery that the property has to offer;
  • Wildlife within the estate;
  • Selling price and growth potential of the property.


1.  Val de Vie Winelands Lifestyle Estate

Val de Vie tops the charts as the most desirable estate to live in.   The estate is located in Paarl, Western Cape which was the dream come true for Martin Venter who searched for a place in the winelands where he and his family could settle down.

The estate has many activities on offer to its residents like Polo grounds for the enthusiasts of this exclusive sport as well as stables against the Simonsberg and Franschoek mountains for horse owners.  At its restaurant you can select a gourmet dish from their Polo Club menu or sit down for a wine pairing session.   The estate makes provision for many events with various conferencing rooms, has a health club, the Ryk Neetling Swimming School and tennis academy for the health conscious on offer. 

House prices for properties in the estate average between R3million – R6million with 36-64 year olds being amongst your most recent buyers and highest number of existing owners.

House in Val de Vie for sale by Harcourts Winelands.


2.  Zimbali Coastal Resort and Estate

Next to Ballito lies the Zimbali Coastal Resort on Kwazulu Natal’s Dolphin Coast.  One of the most natural estates in the country with its own natural lagoon and forest.   A paradise on its own with all the ocean life, wildlife and lush indigenous gardens.

Zimbali has no less than two of its own championship signature golf courses, world class hotel accommodation, walking trails along the Indian ocean and many more offerings that all sees to a de-stressing environment for the permanent and semi-permanent residents.  

Among the activities available on the resort include forest walks, Golf, bird and butterfly watching, relaxation on the beach, shopping, tennis and relaxation in the health and beauty spa.

The average house price of a property in Zimbali is R4,8 million

House for sale by Property.CoZa Ballito

3.  Fancourt

Well known golfing destination, Fancourt Estate, lies in all its beauty against a picturesque backdrop of the Outeniqua mountain range. 

This premier golfing, business, leisure and travel destination is arguably one of George’s most prized pieces of real estate.  An estate that offers an array of leisure activities like entertainment for younger guests, clear blue swimming pools,  tennis courts, fishing, outdoor trails mountain biking and fast access to the world renowned Garden Route.

Fancourt is home to some of the Garden Route’s prime real estate and offers unmatched country side living on this 613 hectare of landscape.

Various building styles can be found in this estate, giving the discerning buyer more options to consider when purchasing a property in this exclusive estate.

Average house prices range between R4 million and R5 million for 2016.  Your mature buyer ranging between 50-64 years are the majority owners with 65 year olds and older following them by being the second most in the home owning criteria.



4.  Steyn City

Newly developed Steyn city is making its way as the number 4 estate in the country.  The Parkland Residence, lying between Fourways, Lanseria, Broadacres and Midrand, consists of 2000 acres of land currently being developed to what promises to be the largest parkland estate in South Africa.

Current activities include mountain bike trails, a golf cource, parks, coffe shops, playing grounds, swimming pools and 15km long promenade. A pretty estate to look forward to once fully completed.    

Real Estate to purchase, whether houses or apartments range from R2million to R30million.


#Hollowtining ??

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5.  Pezula

Consisting out of Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate, this Garden Route estate is situated in Knysna. 

The estate also boasts with a world class golf course, spa and many other activities.

Buying a property on this prestigious estate can cost you anything from R5million to R40million.



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6.  Whale Rock Ridge

Whale Rock Ridge is a lifestyle estate situated seven kilometres from the centre of Plettenberg Bay.   It’s clear where the name of this 100 hectare estate got its name from as the high perched estate provides clear views of the Indian Ocean, Tsitsikama mountains, Robbeberg peninsula and Keurbooms river mouth. 

Residents can enjoy mild winters and summers all year round in this north facing estate.  Walking trails, tennis courts and chipping greens ensures for relaxation amongst the extensive fynbos and indigenous flora attracting other feathered residents.

Average house prices in Whale Rock Estate ranges from R3million to R35million.


Home away from home ??????

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7.  De Zalze Winelands Golf Estate

From fine dining, bird watching, joining a flying club, playing on a championship golf course, mountain biking or breaking a sweat on the running trails through the wine farms, De Zalze offers the ultimate lifestyle experience in Stellenbosh.

The 300ha estate is still a working farm with 120 hectres of vineyards, citrus orchards and olive groves.  Many fish and bird species also calls De Zalze home, living in either the estates wetlands area or in one of the many dams on the estate.

The Western European heritage is captured in the design of all the properties on the estate with cobble stone streets connecting the properties on the estate with their strict indigenous landscaped gardens.

House prices in De Zalze Winelands Estate range from R5million to R20million.


What a gorgeous way to wake up... #golf #nature #Hole6 #par5 #StunningPic

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8.  Atlantic Beach

Perhaps not as well known as the previously listed estates but certainly does not hold back when it comes to quality designed properties and luxurious lifestyle offerings.  This estate, lying close to the cosmopolitan hub if the Mother City, offers a 18-hole links style golf course, a leisure centre and professional fitness centre.  Melkbos Strand is in close proximity of this ultimate lifestyle estate where you’ll find all you’ll need for your everyday living.

Apart from the modernated farmstyle residences, a monthly farmers market is held within the estate, attracting the entire estate community and ensuring for a get together amongst neighbours.



9.  Highland Gate 

Heading way up to the northern provinces of South Africa lies Highlang Gate  - golf and trout estate.

With only a two and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, situated in the Steenkampsberg mountain range, you can escape the city life by owning a property on this lush piece of land.

Tee of early mornings on the most sought after Ernie Els golf course, followed by relaxing along the fly fishing dams.

Perfect for a weekend getaway, this estate offers the ultimate experience in raw nature as only 30 percent of this 700 hectares of land will be developed, whilst the rest of nature will remain untouched.

Property prices range from R2 million to R10million within this estate.


10. Arabella Country Estate

Arabella Country Estate is one of the most luxurious golf estates in South Africa.  Whilst playing your best round of golf on this somewhat challenging golf course, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Palmiet Mountain Range and tranquil Bot River Lagoon.

This estate is situated approximately 28 kilometres from Hermanus and 7 Kilometres from Kleinmond.

The scenery of this estate is truly something spectacular to enjoy when you go for afternoon strolls along the pathways or riding bicycle with the little ones. 

The hotel and spa situated on the golf course forms part of the African Pride Hotels and is renowned to be one of the most superior hotels brands in the country.

 Your average house prices range from R3million and R4million, with owners within this estate almost being evenly spread in terms of age groups.  Surprisingly, unlike with the other mentioned estates on the list, your 36-49 year olds are the majority home owners for this estate.

Source: Lightstone, Businesstech.

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