The Hamptons, Bel Air, Vale—you hear the names of these U.S. towns and neighborhoods and you see dollar signs. They’re some of the places millionaires like to live in the U.S. Africa has its own neighborhoods where the ridiculously wealthy like to put down roots or buy a fourth vacation home. Each has its own, distinct charm. Here’s a look at 12 neighborhoods where African millionaires like to live.
Hyde Park is named after the upscale neighborhood in London. The neighborhood has a shopping center with over 500 designer brand stores. Cultural events are held here with world renowned artists and lecturers. Hyde Park is home to a Virgin Atlantic Airways office, according to Hydeparkcorner.co.za.
This neighborhood popped up on the Al-Monitor.com article, “The Secret World of Morocco’s Super-Rich,” and rightfully so. Here you’ll see rows of villas, lines of luxury cars, and greenery as far as the eye can see. Many residents who live here own land, real estate and businesses in nearby tourist areas. Most live in gated and guarded communities.
The Gueliz neighborhood of Marrakesh has cool cafes and upscale restaurants, according to the Luxury Guide to Marrakech in the Helencummins.com post. Some of the top things to do in this wealthy neighborhood include a stop at the Matisse art gallery or dining on duck breast with baby potato at Le Grand Café de La Poste, says Theculturetrip.com. The neighborhood has a strong European influence in its cuisine, architecture and shops.
In this area you’ll see the high end of section of society and business, according to Abujacity.com. The neighborhood is home to a Hilton hotel, several embassies, and the British High Commission. Many of Nigeria’s politicians live here.
Garden City is a European quarter of Cairo, and its European influences are very apparent. The neighborhood features curving tree-canopied streets of sumptuous villas set among gardens, according to YourMiddleEast.com. It remains one of the most private and expensive areas in the city.
Asokoro is home to many of the Nigeria’s government officials, according to Abujacity.com. Here you’ll find the Ibb Golf Club, the National Children’s Park and Zoo, and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat.
BusinessDailyAfrica.com describes Runda as a place where the “nouveau riche” go. Here you can find a private water supply, top security facilities, and business owners with celebrity status in Nairobi. The neighborhood is also very close to the United Nations headquarters.
Ridgeways has a five-star ranking on HassanConsult.com, an upscale real estate website. Most houses here have servants quarters and the area is home to, diplomats, government ministers, MPs, parastatals heads, powerful businessmen, and corporate directors, according to the site.
Nairobi is home to one of the top five on CNN’s list of millionaire neighborhoods in Africa. Gigiri is another Nairobi neighborhood with a five-star rating from Hassan Consult. Residents who can afford to live here are kept quite secluded by the 2,500-acre Karura Forest surrounding it. This neighborhood is home to the U.N. World Food Program and the U.S. and Canadian embassies, says Hassconsult.co.ke.
Clifton in Cape Town has the second best beach in the world according to National Geographic. The neighborhood hugs cliffs overlooking Cape Town’s stunning Atlantic vistas, backed by Lions Head mountain. Forbes.com ranked it No. 8 in the Top 10 Topless beaches in the World. Clifton has some of the most expensive real estate in Africa “with gargantuan mansions,” according to 702.co.za.
Many of Tanzania’s diplomats live in the isolated neighborhood of Masaki. The area has been populated by high-profile residents, rich politicians and expats for decades, according to AllAfrica.com. The Masaki neighborhood sits near the city’s central beach and is filled with colonial mansions.
Oyster Bay isn’t far from Masaki, and is considered a European quarter within the city. TanzaniaOdyssey.com says Oyster Bay is only for travelers with an unlimited Tanzanian holiday budget. The neighborhood is right on a beach, and close to several embassies, making it a posh destination.