and Tigers and Bears for Neighbors When You Buy a Signature Residence
Cats are fixtures in most neighborhoods, but if anything, the worst they usually do is annoy you. Take a 70-year leasehold on an African Homestead from Signature Residences, however, and you might find that the neighborhood cats want to eat you. The 'hood in question will be composed of 15 luxury residences built inside the 56,800 &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Your private ranch inside will make you the new family on the block among the lion, rhino, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and cheetah.
The first residence has been built for your perusal and approval. The others – all of which will be more than 8,600 square feet, sited on 7-acre plots in diverse terrain – will be designed and built with individual buyers who can bring their personal architects and interior designers to assist. Each $6 million homestead be managed and maintained by &Beyond, and will come with a staff of eight: ranger, tracker, homestead host, butler, chef, housekeepers, maintenance and security.
That money – plus an annual $150,000 services fee – gets you full traversing rights throughout the park, as well as a 4-wheel-drive so you don't have to traverse it on foot. The African splendor goes all the way to the coastline, with &Beyond bordered by the Maputaland coast and the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. They're a 45-minute drive away or a 10-minute helicopter flight from the reserve's private airstrip. On the other hand, waterborne adventures closer to home might be enough in your built-in infinity pool. Where, you know, you can have drinks. With the lions. Once you turn off the electric fence, of course – to be neighborly. Because they love pools. And gin. And an evening spent like that can make for an entirely new definition of March Madness.