Advertorial: THE LEONARDO – Introducing the lap of luxury

There’s a building in the heart of Sandton that has undergone steady growth as it branches into the sky. It’s one that now towers above all, can be seen when approaching Johannesburg from all directions, and is now taking centre stage in Africa’s financial capital. This is The Leonardo.


Standing 55 stories in the sky, The Leonardo is Africa’s tallest and most iconic building.

It’s the latest venture between the Legacy Group and Nedbank CIB and is a glorious mixed-use development that is raising the bar, in terms of lifestyle, concierge and luxury living, whilst at the same time taking centre stage at the very heart of Africa’s richest square mile.

The Leonardo is the most exclusive residential, commercial and retail development in Sandton and comprises street level shops; an above-ground, four-level podium with a swimming pool; exclusive Aurum Restaurant and various other facilities; commercial, sectional title office space; 240 apartments; eight penthouses; and the pièce de resistance, The Leonardo Suite – a 3,200m2 three-floor penthouse with a 360-degree view and 1,300m2 garden area, with an asking price of R250 million that makes it the most expensive sectional title property ever sold in South Africa.

More than just an apartment building, The Leonardo boasts offices, apartments, a kids’ play area, a Nurture to Nature Creche, a future hotel, a 360-seater Leonardo Conference Centre, a restaurant, a 25-metre swimming pool, gym and spa, exclusive sky bar called Alto 234, manicured gardens and an upmarket bar with separate wine cellar, to name just a few of its luxury amenities.

The sheer scale of the property is unlike any other attempted in Africa and totals 120,000m2, making it the biggest development Legacy has every undergone – the culmination of decades of experience in developing some of Africa’s most iconic luxury lifestyle, resort and hotel developments.


Beyond its luxury finishings, furnishings and modern bespoke trappings, it has been shaped around the concept of ‘lifestyle living’. When you venture into the building, you may never have to leave. From the concierge services at the very ground level that follow you through its retail floors, business areas and concierge offices, to your children’s school, the culinary options on offer and the apartments themselves – you can live, work, play and shop in one city, within a city.

The concierge services for businesses are like no other and a first at this level in Africa. What you can expect as a business owner or tenant is a new form of business living where, for example, your car will be parked for you, a team will fully service your offices to a luxury service level, and you will be offered all the trappings that to date have been reserved for only some of the wealthiest corporate businesses.

Additional office services include an office rental pool that will be managed on your behalf by Legacy, as short-term business rental options exist for commuting businessmen who need an office for a short duration. There are also multiple central meeting areas on offer, all of which can be fully served, catered for and managed on your behalf. Again, as a result of its lifestyle element and being a fully-serviced mixed-use development, it is the perfect environment from which to avoid the notorious Sandton traffic.

The interiors are not only luxury, they are downright lavish, and no expense has been spared in creating an interior palette that rivals the best in the world. From its furnishings to its finishings and right through to the bespoke artworks that adorn every space, wall and pause area – the property is a literal gallery that celebrates and lauds the works of Africa’s finest artists and creative minds.

Due to its location, The Leonardo will prove to be one of the most accessible and convenient properties in the Sandton market. Not only does it stand as an all-inclusive and self-contained city within a city, it has direct access to the amenities of Maude street, is an amble away from Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square, and is within walking distance of the local Gautrain station – offering direct access to O.R. Tambo International Airport.

The Leonardo is also a stone’s throw from Legacy’s other premier Sandton developments, including The Michelangelo, The Michelangelo Towers, The DAVINCI Hotel and Suites and The Raphael Penthouse Suites, not to mention the Legacy Mall, Legacy Corner Mall and the Maximillien, Parc Ferme and Piccolo Mondo restaurants.

This is not premier-grade living, it is superior-grade living and stands as a beacon of hope for all Africans in what are trying and tough economic times, not just for South Africa, but the continent as a whole.


  • R3 billion investment
  • Over 230m high
  • Africa’s Tallest Building – certified by Council of Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat International
  • Has 1,251 parking spaces
  • Boasts a 44m x 6m video wall that overlooks Maude and West Streets
  • Public areas fashioned on an ‘art gallery’ style
  • Aurum Restaurant with triple volume space, located among the keyhole columns
  • Expansive swimming pool deck, with 25m-long pool
  • Nurture to Nature Creche, gym, spa and pool bar overlook the pool
  • 240 apartments
  • 140 six-star luxury hotel rooms on floors 43-48
  • A hotel reception and restaurant on the 42nd floor
  • Eight superior luxury penthouses
  • The Leonardo Suite, taking up 1900m2 under roof with 1300m2 of garden area
  • 55th floor Alto 234 bar and entertainment venue
  • Created around 2,000 direct employment opportunities and between 18,000 and 20,000 indirect employment opportunities through materials, supply chain, manufacturing and industry


Legacy Hotels and Resorts

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