High ceilings dominate while Enigma Mansion’s fixtures and fittings are well-travelled with handmade Louis XIV-replica door handles from Argentina, Persian silk carpets from London, light fittings from California, hand-printed wall coverings from Paris, and Versace tableware from Italy.
The west-facing master suite deserves special mention, a dreamlike space with living room, walk-in wardrobes, two en-suite bathrooms (actor Michael Caine famously said, the secret to a happy marriage is to “never share a bathroom”) and a trio of double doors leading to roomy terraces overlooking the landscaped grounds. This romantic suite also doubles as a ‘panic room’ and can be sealed off in 30 seconds.
The oversized basement features a spectacular Parisian-style 3D theater pre-loaded with thousands of blockbusters, a fitness room with Technogym equipment, a dance studio, sauna, and relaxation and massage rooms.
The estate’s more than $1 million IT system took two years of planning, testing and programming and is in evidence in each room of the three houses. iPads give complete control of pre-loaded music, heating, air-conditioning, lighting, curtains, blinds, the alarm system, CCTV, and 3D televisions which are either recessed into the wall or released electronically from the ceiling. Superfast Cisco wi-fi is available throughout.
The two acre lot features rambling meadows, waterways and ponds as well as perks like an Indonesian massage temple, an afternoon tea temple and a palatial Olympic-size Versace swimming pool billed as “the most glamorous and sexy pool in the western hemisphere”.
Unobstructed views of the Atlantic, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and Twelve Apostles mountain range add further to Enigma Mansion’s appeal, while Table Mountain Natural Park is right on the doorstep. Naturally, private security is also available in nearby gatehouses.
The only thing we think we’d pass on is the ostentatious decor. What do you think?