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  • Daniel

    The “Enigma” insignia needs to go. Like now. Once you get past that , it is quite nice. The interior has some nice bits, and I’m not repulsed by the choice of furnishings. The Versace pool is however a letdown considering the real one at Casa Casuarina is soooo much more spectacular. Price is “wow” worthy. This is South Africa, not Cap Ferrat.

    • Kenny Forder

      It definitely needs to be removed, it screams tacky/government building.

      • NOVA Ben

        I was thinking more along the lines of “frat house”, but that works too. It’s strange because it’s the only thing about the facade that ruins the classy look.

        • lambskin

          What about the weird statuette flanking the front roofline and the multicolored post/vases flanking the other rooflines?

          • NOVA Ben

            Okay, you’re right on that point. I’ll adjust my comment to “it’s ONE of the only things that ruins the classy look” 😉

  • Grrrowler

    The Enigma sign above the front entrance looks like something you’d see on a frat house. Beyond that, the place is just weird. But, it’s so weird that I like it. The shabby chic oddly works in this place, even though it’s a rather tired style. While the rooms are interesting, none of them look particularly comfortable, like they’re designed more to impress than to be lived in.

    • NOVA Ben

      Ha, I should have read all the comments before I responded to Kenny above. My bad XD

  • Joseph

    The house looks like a building you’d see in an amusement park.

  • rob

    I like it. What is with the Enigma thing? Is that the name of this guy’s company? At first I thought it was a photographers watermark. This place looks like a home for a hippy rock star. I really like the aged and dirty columns in the back, haven’t seen this before. Shows a lot of imagination and daring. I like the palladian poolhouse and I like the pool, although I will look up the Casa Cassuarina pool that Daniel is talking about to see if it looks better. That pool really does look like Versace’s pool in Miami. I cannot get over the price for a place in Cape Town. Isn’t Cape Town the murder capital of the world. I am having a hard time figuring out how you could enjoy yourself in such a dangerous place.

  • Limedaiquar

    Can’t tell you how much I hate shabby chic…and the house. It’s….not nice.

  • Cubby

    One can hardly blame them for copying the splendid pool terrace of Versace at

    Casa Casuarina >> if you’ve got the money, and you REALLY love it, why not?

  • Coon

    Zafa’s definitely got some funky style going on. This is one of many very weird houses i’ve seen. The prices are absurd for all of them.

  • NOVA Ben

    I like this a lot more than I thought I would. The exterior is elegant and imposing, and the interior is actually really cool, minus a couple frightening decor pieces, like the weird thing on the wall in the corner of that orange dining room. I like the general off-the-wall feel of the place, and I don’t see any spaces I flat-out hate. Nice.

    But then there’s that price…

  • NOVA Ben


    did anybody read Sotheby’s description of this property? The hyperbole is vomit-inducing.

    Also, does anyone know when this place was built?

  • James

    I love the tea house and the pool 😀 the rest is ok looking…i wouldnt live there but the pool and tea house are verry cool 😀

  • Jeff P.

    It looks like somebody picked up Graceland and dropped it in an anonymous McMansion development. All the landscaping probably hides the ten-foot barbed wire security fence around this monstrosity. The pool is tacky, tacky, tacky – and so is Versace’s. Proof that money can’t buy good taste.

  • Tigurinn

    Graceland looks fantastic; this looks like cr#p, especially having two front facades! The interior is horrible as well

  • lambskin

    Dig the security camera bubble ‘hidden’ in the hallway arch in the foyer. It is not there for decoration.

  • Joejoe509

    Other than the spiffy floor-to-ceiling windows in the little “cottage”, I don’t see one redeeming quality here. $36 Million? You gotta be kidding me.

    This place looks like a museum made to honor tackiness and tastelessness.

    And now I can’t get the Enigma – Sadness song out of my head. Thanks.

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