Global financier AfrAsia Bank and research group New World Wealth have published a list of the 10 best residential estates in the country. The researchers looked at lifestyle, wildlife, golf, equestrian and parkland estates, and assessed them on the following criteria:

  • Views, scenery and wildlife.
  • Communal gardens and parks.
  • Design and space.
  • Maintenance.
  • Location.
  • Security features.
  • Activities: gym, swimming pool, golf course, walking trails, fishing, horse riding, polo, tennis.
  • Facilities: shops, offices, parks, gathering places, playgrounds, schools, hospitals.

“Notably, South Africa is one of the global pioneers in residential estate living. In fact, the only country with more residential estates than South Africa is the USA (mainly in the Florida area),” the report reads.

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These are the 10 best estates in SA and the price range of their homes:

Zimbali: R5 million-R75 million

Zimbali is located next to Ballito, about 45km north of Durban. It is arguably the most picturesque estate in the country, located on the beach with its own natural lagoon and forest. The vegetation and bird life on the estate is very impressive, and it’s home to several types of kingfishers, louries, bee-eaters and even the rare Crowned Eagle.

Fancourt: R3 million-R50 million

Fancourt is located in George on the Garden Route. It is undoubtedly South Africa’s top estate for golfers, with three highly rated courses. The two original courses (the Montagu and the Outeniqua) were built in the early ’90s, while the world-famous Fancourt Links (the top-rated golf course in Africa) was added in 2000.

Val de Vie – R3 million to R50 million

Val de Vie is located in the winelands of Paarl. It is one of the most impressive and well-run estates in the country. Highlights of this estate include: beautiful vineyards, polo fields, an equestrian center, a highly rated golf course (Pearl Valley), natural fynbos scenery, parks, lakes and mountain backdrops.

Steyn City: R2 million-R35 million

Steyn City is located near Broadacres in northern Johannesburg. It offers a good mix of houses, townhouses and apartments. Its design and layout has set the blueprint future estates will try to follow. The parklands successfully emulate famous British parks such as Hampstead Heath and Richmond Park in London, where local residents gather on weekends and after work to meet, talk and walk their dogs.

Waterfall Equestrian Estate: R15 million-R100 million

Waterfall Equestrian Estate is located in Waterfall City in Johannesburg. It is the most exclusive estate in the country, with some spectacular mansions and stands that are particularly large, starting from around one hectare each.

Pezula: R5 million-R50 million

Pezula is located in Knysna on the Garden Route. The views and scenery on the estate are very impressive, as is the golf course. Pezula includes two sub-estates, namely: Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate.

Atlantic Beach: R2 million to R20 million

Atlantic Beach is the hidden gem of South African estates. Located between Blouberg and Melkbostrand in Cape Town, the estate features a top-rated golf course and lovely vegetation, views and scenery. It also operates as a wildlife sanctuary, with many wild animals such as antelope living on the property.

Arabella: R3 million-R15 million

Located on the Bot River Lagoon, west of Hermanus, Arabella is one of the most scenic estates in SA. Only a few of the golf course’s holes have houses on them and as a result stands are limited.

Blair Atholl: R10 million-R80 million

Blair Atholl is a golf and equestrian estate situated near Lanseria in Johannesburg. Like Waterfall Equestrian Estate, it has relatively large stands, with some very impressive houses and gardens.

Whalerock Ridge: R3 million-R35 million

Whalerock Ridge is located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. The 100ha estate offers residents impressive views over the bay. The bottom gate of the estate is located just 100m from the beach.