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.
Ethiopian Prime Minister and Wife Set An Example With Adoption From Kibebe Tsehay Orphanage
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed’s charisma has warmed our hearts on multiple occasion. His latest example came to fruition this month when the courts approved him and his wife’s petition to adopt an orphan named Million from Kibebe Tsehay Orphanage.
The adopting parents applied to the court on January 22, 2019 making the argument that the child will be better off with them. The court approved the adoption in light of the fact that the agreement is in the best interest of the child and confirmed that Million could not give comment on the adoption agreement since his age is under two years.
FANABC reported that Meaza Ashenafi, President of the Supreme Court, sent a congratulatory message to First Lady Zinash and Prime Minister Dr Abiy.'The decision of First Lady Zinash and Prime Minister Dr Abiy could be a model to other Ethiopians to adopt disadvantaged children' - Meaza Ashenafi Click To Tweet
The prime minister’s wife, Zinash Tayachew, who attended the court in person, said her family will give Million all the needed love and care.
African First Lady Adoptions
The development comes on the back of Zambia’s first lady’s decision to adopt an abandoned month-old baby last December. The baby girl was abandoned by her mother a few days after she was born at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka. Other former first ladies in Africa have also adopted children, including Ghana’s Lordina Mahama and Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe.
Ethiopia’s first couple have three children of their own and their decision to adopt Million has been hailed by many people.
Comedian Okey Bakassi Gives Bachelors Some Marriage Advice
Veteran comedian and actor, Okechukwu Anthony Onyegbule, popular by his stage name Okey Bakassi took to his Instagram page to talk about gender equality. The short video clip directed at bachelors has since gone viral. The comedian’s qualities that disqualify a bachelor from taking a girl to the altar include,
“If you do not believe that a man and a woman have equal rights, don’t bother about marriage. Looking for a woman to worship and serve you? Do not marry an educated woman. If you are insecure and too jealous, don’t marry a woman who is beautiful.”
This advice is coming a few days after another ace comedian revealed the secret to his lasting marriage. The comedian also went ahead to list qualities that qualify a bachelor for marriage. He said,
“But if you are looking for a woman who would give and raise beautiful children with you, take you to the next level, support you in times of need, marry a beautiful woman who is hardworking and educated and has a mind of her own. Don’t carry somebody’s daughter to punish her”.
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The successful comedian and actor will celebrate 17 years of marriage later this year. In 2016, the comedian celebrated his 15 years marriage by posting throwback pictures of his star-studded wedding. The comedian and his wife have three lovely children; two girls and a boy. For a while, the comedian and his family are living apart. Notwithstanding the distance, the comedian continues to live in unity with his family.
Around April 2018 while granting an interview to Sunday Scoop on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a comedian, Okey Bakassi explained how it feels staying apart with his family. In that interview, the 2014 “Best Actor in a Leading Role (Igbo)” said,
“The reason I do a tour in Canada is to be close to my wife and kids since they are there. Of course, my family wants me to be with them every day and they always express that. But they also understand that I need to focus on the demands of my job.”
Rise to the spotlight
Okey Bakassi started showing theatrical promise as a student. While at River State University of Science & Technology, he teamed up with a few friends to start ‘Theater Kolleagues’. The sole purpose of the group was to provide entertainment for the university community. Bakassi relocated to Lagos where he met Zeb Ejiro, popular producer and director who handed him his first role. Speaking on his future in the entertainment industry the comedian said,
“Movies take a lot of time to shoot. If I don’t see a movie I like to do I’d rather focus on stand-up comedy. Whenever I see a movie that I can sacrifice my time and energy on, I will do it”.
Nigerian Artists Give Fans A Sneak Peek To Their Private Wedding
Two Nigerian music stars, Adekunle Gold and Simi, have been dating and keeping it a secret for a while. Their amazing musical chemistry and on-stage harmony turned out to be the reason for the celebration of their love. Recently, the lovebirds agreed to their marriage being held in a small private ceremony with nearly 300 guests in attendance.
However, the internet was alight with the wedding pictures which were definitely a living scene from a romantic movie. The duo kept their relationship silent about it until recently. In a recent interview, the reason for keeping the ceremony private has been uncovered.
Talking about the relationship with his lady-love, Simi, the newlywed star, Adekune Gold said,
“This January, before God and our family, we vowed to do this thing called life together. Because to be honest, it’s easy to get lost in the limelight; so we definitely have a slightly obsessive desire for a private life that belongs to just us.”
This is coming after the previous YBNL singer and his lady-love released a song “Promise”. The song had absorbing and captivating wedding scenes in its video which made the fans believe it to be theirs.
“We planned on sharing a little bit of the beginning of our forever with you. Thankfully my team got Kudus on our little Island with us to capture some of these moments for you.
“Here is ‘Promise’.”
This swooning response made Promise one of the most searched videos of the week, and will probably continue to be the center of attention for quite some time. It caught hearts of millions of in-love fans around the globe. As for many others, it was an official validation of their wedding that they would have loved to be a part of or kept updated about.
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