R140?000 – plus breakfast

2014-09-28 15:00

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South Africa’s most exclusive penthouse can be yours this summer for R140?000 a night – which includes breakfast, in case you were worried.

This peak-season rate also includes sunset canapés, a private chef, a 24-hour butler service and access to a private wine cellar stocked with platinum tipples from around the world.

The 1?300m2 One Above can sleep eight people in four bedrooms at the top of the five-star One&Only hotel, which overlooks Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and yacht basin.

Marketed as “one of the most impressive and talked about pieces of real estate in South Africa”, the One Above offers well-heeled patrons “the ultimate in privacy amongst the bustle of Cape Town”.

The One&Only hotel has hosted a string of celebrity guests, including Charlize Theron, Morgan Freeman, Bill Gates and Elton John.

The hotel’s grandest penthouse is fitted with two swimming pools, a gym and wraparound terraces.

Its walls are adorned with art, and its glass-encased entertainment lounge boasts a Görs & Kallmann grand piano carved from dark wood.

The luxury pad’s study is panelled in leather and has bookshelves containing titles including Beyond the Miracle by Allister Sparks, and biographies on the lives of Anton Rupert and Nelson Mandela. The books are held aloft by male pewter figurines.

A guest bathroom comes fitted with a phone mounted next to the toilet – you know, for that call that just cannot wait.

What’s more, Janine de Waal of up-market property management company The Royal Portfolio said the penthouse still had “some availability” during this summer season.

De Waal declined to elaborate on past celebrity visitors, citing the company’s strict privacy policy.

Penthouses are considered the most expensive pieces of property in up-market urban districts around the world.

“Penthouses are usually in limited supply and this adds to the exclusivity and, of course, to the price tag,” says Ian Slot of Seeff, who brokered the One Above penthouse’s sale to a Joburg surgeon for R110?million in 2009.

While some of us took a knock in the global economic recession, for the world’s super-rich, the party never stopped.

In May, a 1?500m2 penthouse atop the One Hyde Park luxury apartment block near Harrods in London sold for a whopping R2.78?billion.

But that record doesn’t look set to stand for very long – the latest addition to Monaco’s skyline, its new tallest skyscraper the Tour Odéon, is expected to top that.

The Tour Odéon’s 3?300m2, six-bedroom Sky Penthouse is tipped to enter the market with a blistering R4.226?billion price tag next year, making it the world’s most expensive penthouse.

The Daily Mail reports that the pad will be a veritable billionaire’s playground, complete with a slide descending from one balcony to its infinity pool.

Back home, real estate agents say the V&A Waterfront is home to the country’s most sought-after penthouses.

Generally speaking, prices range from R63?311 a square metre on the slightly inland canal to about R82?353 a square metre on the front of the yacht basin next to the five-star Cape Grace Hotel, where Hollywood doyenne Meryl Streep recently stayed and sipped Sauvignon blanc.

In Johannesburg, the Cupola, which occupies three floors on the 33rd level of the Michelangelo Towers, is considered the poshest penthouse in town.

Described by Legacy Hotels as “the jewel of the Sandton skyline”, it is a “sky-high home” with unobstructed views over Joburg.

The not-so-humble abode is also fitted with a fitness centre and swimming pool, and is available to rent for R55?000 a night.

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