When most people think of “luxury,” they picture high-rise apartments in New York City, sprawling estates in Southern California or beautiful beach houses along Florida’s coasts.
You can find plenty of luxury homes in Africa, too, though these fine properties are often less talked about than homes in other parts of the world. To introduce you to some of the cities and countries where the finest properties can be found, here’s a look at 10 places where you can discover luxury homes in Africa.
Karen is a suburb just southwest of Nairobi. Here you can find modern, spacious homes that deliver easy access to the capital city’s central business district as well as to popular attractions like the Ngong Forest Sanctuary, Nairobi National Park and the Giraffe Center.
Many of these homes cost about 100,000,000 Kenyan Shillings, which is equal to about $975,000. The home below is one of the nicer ones in Karen, including 5 bedrooms, a rooftop patio and an elevator.
Lagos, Nigeria is the largest city in Africa, home to about 21 million people. But, despite the city’s size, few people realize just how many luxury homes are available there. For example, the Banana Island area of Lagos sits on the Lagos Lagoon and includes a range of homes with 5-plus bedrooms and high-end amenities like swimming pools, elevators, penthouse suites, gyms, entertainment rooms and more.
These homes are wildly affordable compared to similar properties in other countries. The luxury home described above would cost just under $1 million. See an informal tour of some of Lagos’ most attractive homes using the video player below.
Gauteng, South Africa
While many dream of visiting the coastal city of Cape Town, South Africa, the inland Gauteng province is home to Johannesburg and Pretoria — as well as some of the nicest, most affordable homes in the country.
Homes like the 5-bedroom property featured below cost well under $1 million. For a reasonable price, you can live in the heart of this historic country near its largest city and its executive capital.
Rwanda is a smaller African nation wedged between Uganda to its north and Burundi to its south. But Rwanda is home to some of the most spacious, affordable and luxurious properties you can find. In Kibagabaga, a suburb of Kigali, homes with 8–10 bedrooms and many amenities are priced at the equivalent of about $500,000.
Kimironko is another suburb just to the north of Kigali. This area offers views of the Masoro Mountains, as well as beautiful homes available at attractive prices. The home featured in the video below is located in Kimironko, and it includes granite floors, multiple balconies and security doors.
Grand Baie, Mauritius
Mauritius is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Located just east of Madagascar, this small and beautiful island is home to Grand Baie, where boats dock and people spend long days on the beaches. Nice single-family homes in this area can be purchased for a few hundred thousand dollars.
The video below displays the natural beauty of Grand Baie while also featuring a 4-bedroom villa that is close to everything people love about this island town.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia, located in the center of this country that sits on the South Atlantic Ocean. Windhoek is home to several neighborhoods where $1 million can deliver a life of luxury. For example, in the aptly named Luxury Hill neighborhood, you can find homes with 4-plus bedrooms, 4-plus bathrooms and 4-plus living areas for just under $1 million.
The property below is located just north of Luxury Hill. It provides easy access to the Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia’s University of Science and Technology and all that this capital city has to offer.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam is Tanzania’s largest city, and it served as the nation’s capital until 1974. Today, Dar es Salaam and the areas around it are home to many luxury properties and high-end homes that offer access to the city’s center of commerce.
For about $650,000, buyers can also find homes in the coastal Mbezi Beach area that include 4 bedrooms and swimming pools — not to mention proximity to the area’s eponymous beach.
The video below provides a glimpse at just one of the many fine homes that can be found throughout Tanzania.
Sitting on the Gulf of Guinea, home seekers will find Accra, the capital of Ghana. And throughout Accra you’ll find many areas that offer fine homes at affordable prices. In the Ringway Estates neighborhood, for example, you can find homes with as many as 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms for $750,000 or less.
The home featured in the video below is located in the East Legon area near Accra. This home includes a number of amenities, and it went on the market for less than $500,000.
Tangier, Morocco sits at the southern end of the Strait of Gibraltar. Morocco as a whole has become a tourist destination in recent years, driven in part by the popularity of the markets at Marrakesh. But the coastal city of Tangier is just as attractive for anyone in the market for a Moroccan home.
Modest 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom homes in Tangier might cost $500,000 or more. For something more luxurious, like the villa featured below, expect to pay closer to $1 million.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Ethiopia sits on the eastern edge of Africa, and the capital city of Addis Ababa rests in the heart of the country. In Addis Ababa, home seekers can find spacious, American-style homes that are also affordable.
For example, the home featured below sits on an area golf course, and it was put on the market for under $500,000.
Where Have You Found Luxury Homes in Africa?
The cities and countries listed above represent just a small sample of the many places where you can find luxury homes in Africa. Have you found a fine home in a different part of the continent? If so, let us know about it using the comments section below.