The Enigma Mansion -The lifestyle of the Great Gatsby – is South Africas most expensive residence ever built and resides on 7000 sqm of manicured park setting.
Welcome to Cape Town’s grandest and most palatial mansion, Enigma Mansion, which occupies more than 7000 m2 of the most prestigious residential area on the entire Atlantic seaboard. This extraordinary Mansion is located in a protected triangle between three streets in the heart of the Glen, a setting between Camps Bay and Clifton and is secluded and sheltered from the sometimes strong summer and seasonal winds. The property is just 50 metres away from the Table Mountain Park and adjoins a nature reserve on two other boundaries. It has its own little stream, 6000 m2 of park and gardens with waterways, ponds and unobstructed views of Cape Town’s famous landmarks: Lion’s Head, Table Mountain, The Twelve Apostles and The Atlantic Ocean. Enigma enjoys complete peace and quiet even though it is only three minutes away from the vibrant cafes and restaurants in Camps Bay and on Clifton Beaches.
The largest properties in this stylish area of Cape Town are usually not more than 1000 m2, but this mansion stands gracefully on land far larger than any other residences. Four different stands have been purchased over the years and existing villas have been pulled down to be able to create this glorious space for the residence and its extensive gardens. The main residence extends over 1586 m2, (Basement 627 m2, Ground Floor 638 m2, First Floor 321 m2). The beauty of the mansion is surpassed only by the location of the entire property, gardens and views, which in all likelihood is the most spectacular on the entire South African coastline!
Enigma Mansion is the ultimate luxury, even 7-star hotels cannot compare when it comes to close attention to detail, where no expense were spared. Every single door handle, plates and even the hinges are gilded pieces of art hand-made in Argentina by the few craftsmen in the world who are able to replicate the exquisite door handles from the time of Louis XIV.
The hand printed wallpapers originate from Zuber in Paris, fabrics are from Carlucci or Designers Guild. Zuber is recognised internationally as the Rolls Royce of fabrics and wallpapers, and is the only company in the world still using hand-printing techniques, resulting in unique, exclusive and highly prized creations. All chandeliers and wall lamps are either antique or handmade pieces and each is one of a kind. The shades are truly works of art, creating an enchanted light across the residence, especially if combined with the light mood settings chosen via the iPad. The brick walls have been covered with an ancient Moroccan technique similar to Venetian stucco. Such beautiful, crafted work is rarely seen today. Visitors feel they are within, a hundred-year-old ancient marble walls, and it is hard to imagine these walls were only completed in 2012.
There are many original works of art throughout the residence, but the most rare, is the graceful statue in the west lobby on the ground ﬂoor – an extremely ﬁne and beautiful classical white Carrara marble statue The Greek Slave by Scipione Tadolini (Rome, 1860), portraying a life-size ﬁgure of a female slave wearing a necklace inscribed in Greek ‘elpis’ (hope) and on her bracelet ‘istotes’ (ﬁdelity), a turban headdress and drapery around one shoulder continuing across her back and loins and cascading over a pedestal under which are chains. This may well be the most beautiful piece of art of its kind. The carpets in the house are sublime Persian Tabriz acquired from Essie in London, considered the world’s leading carpet expert.
The 3D Cinema is another example of how effortless style, luxury and extreme comfort had been combined in one property. The columns in the lobbies and stair halls are imported from Indian palaces, the interior in the movie theatre originated from a Moroccan palace. Even the kitchen islands have been imported from France to achieve the quality and ambience only originals can deliver. Luxury combined with impeccable taste has created a one-of-a-kind property, which is unsurpassed in this part of the world.
The Versace Swimming pool
Uninterrupted Sea and Mountain Views
Luxury Living, voted one of the best Villa’s in South Africa
Master Bedroom – The 100 m2 Master Suite is divided into a living room and a bedroom which includes two walk-in closets, one lady’s master bathroom (12 m2)with adjoining lady’s master shower (4 m2), as well as one gentleman’s master bathroom (11 m2) with adjoining gentleman’s master shower (13 m2).
Second suite – The 55 m2 guest bedroom, with its own walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom, can be reached via a double door from the master bedroom walk-in closet. This enables guests to transform the master bedroom into a 2-bedroomed suite if desired.
Third suite – with its own lobby and en-suite bathroom extends over 52 m2 and is situated across from the elevator in the east lobby of the ﬁrst ﬂoor. This bedroom with deep red Zuber wallpaper is the most sensual room in the residence.
Fourth suite – The 48 m2 guest bedroom suite with an en-suite bathroom, lies close to the elevator on the ﬁrst ﬂoor, with access to the ﬁrst ﬂoor east lobby. This suite has dramatic views of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles.
The Studio and guesthouse (available on request only, additional surcharge to apply)
The two storey guesthouse is located on the West Boundary of the premises and may be rented, upon request, at the same time as the Main Residence of Enigma Mansion. There are two master suites, each with a bathroom and walk in closets
A huge outside pool
Several tea houses and temples
A total of 10 terraces for relaxation and afternoon tea
6000 sqm park and garden (in fact the biggest property and private garden in Clifton, Camps Bay, Bantry Bay and the entire Atlantic Seaboard)
Natural pond on the South Terrace
Waterways and different scenarios of vegetation on different terraces lead to the studio
Ample underground parking for 7 cars and courtyard parking for up to 10 cars (main house); additional double garage for the studio/guest house
Olympic-sized Versace-style pool
Indoor-outdoor entertainment systems;
Mirrored TV’s in bathrooms;
State-of-the-art media room with Apple Mac, scanner, fax, printer, Loewe TV, Blu-Ray, CD player and i-Pods, Kaleidoscope Movie server with access to 1000 s of Movies and TV series;
World’s largest Panasonic TV in living room;
100m2 3D Cinema room;
Super fast CISCO WiFi covering entire property;
Samsung 3D TVs and Blu-Ray in all bedrooms; Loudspeakers in all bedrooms, living areas, pools and temple areas controlled via iPads (100,000 music titles to choose from) & DVD library;
Lift connecting all floors in main house;
Mood lighting (i-Pad controlled)
36 IPADS control all function of the residence ( music, AC, Under floor heating, light setting in entire house and garden)
I-Pad operated Air-conditioning and heating system
24 CCTV cameras, Electronic fencing, and immediate security response
Equipped with library, computer, printer, fax and scanner
Luxury eat-in kitchen with 3D TV
Gym with Techno Gym equipment
Massage room (Massage Therapist on request)
9-person staff catering to all guests needs
Breakfast, lunch & dinner served by acclaimed Chef Richard Chamberlain
Pool menu & afternoon tea
24 hour General Manager (formerly with the Mount Nelson Hotel)
Beach – 3 to 5 minute drive
Restaurants – 3 to 5 min drive
Shops – 5 minute drive
Cape Town City Centre – 10 to 15 min drive