Look inside Gauteng’s R100m superhome! The Houghton Ridge spot fit for a king

As South Africa’s beating economic heart and gateway to the continent, Johannesburg will always attract wealthy people to put down roots. Houghton Ridge boasts some of the city’s best addresses, with a new ‘superhome’ bound to add interest to the suburb. In a rare glimpse into the living requirements and tastes of the wealthy, a developer has shared pictures of an iconic property that is attracting interest from billionaire business players from Africa and elsewhere. Every detail has been carefully thought out in this home, from the Russia-inspired formal terraces to the rare collection of bronzes by a South African artist housed at the mansion, called Gatsby. Designer and developer Stephen Pellerade has travelled the world to personally select fixtures and finishings in a project that has taken several years. He shares the details of this prime property, which is ready for a family to move in. – BizNews

By Stephen Pellerade*

Located on the highest point of Houghton Ridge, one of the country’s most affluent suburbs, is a brand new mansion unashamedly named Gatsby. The scale of this project was immense and took over six years to complete.


Pellerade Design House, renowned for creating some of the most spectacular homes and palaces throughout the continent, was involved in the architecture and interior design of this 2000m2 residence.

The classic Palladian architecture evokes the glamour of the Belle Epoque period, whilst showcasing the latest technological and environmentally efficient features expected in a home of this caliber.

Built on 4 levels to optimise spectacular views over northern Johannesburg toward Pretoria, it has eight bedrooms en-suite and an array of reception rooms often associated with leading boutique hotels. These include several dining rooms, a private nightclub, spa, library, gymnasium and boardroom/conference facilities. There is a heated indoor swimming pool, as well as a glamorous outside training pool.

I personally supervised this development travelling around the world sourcing specialised materials and finishes. From front doors from a palace in Buenos Aires to bronze deco fountains. Solid marble balustrades to Venetian chandeliers.


Boasting some 23 TVs throughout, Gatsby features state-of-the art security and surveillance systems, as well as full home automation. The formal terraced gardens were based on the Peterhof Palace in Russia and some 10,000 tonnes of soil was transported onto the site over a 3 year period.

Gatsby is to be presented to the market fully furnished to an international standard of luxury. This includes an entire bronze sculpture collection of the Royal Zulu family; one of only two in the world !  Elsewhere fine Grand Master inspired paintings share home with contemporary and local art.

“This is indeed a unique property in world terms” says Pellerade. Superhomes such as this have been snapped up by movers and shakers in Africa; which follows a similar trend seen elsewhere around the world with ‘trophy homes’.

  • Stephen Pellerade is a designer and developer. The Pellerade Design Group is Involved in the architectural and interior design and development of palaces and high-end homes and penthouses throughout Africa. Clients include presidential families and African royalty.
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