With the exception of the South African city of Pretoria, no African city is known for its impressive studio houses.
However, that is changing.
The continent has seen a surge in the number of African studio homes over the last decade, from less than 100 a year in the early 2000s to more than 1,000 per year in 2015.
This surge in construction is largely due to new technology that allows for the development of complex, multi-million dollar homes, as well as the proliferation of designer studios.
The most expensive studio house in the world is a house at the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, with $1.5 million (US$1,735,000) in its $100 million (AU$110 million) penthouse.
And the most expensive house in South Africa is the Evelyn Smith home in KwaZulu-Natal, with $3.5 billion (US $3,829,000).
The South African studio home market has grown from just 100 in 2000 to more like 1,200 today, according to the firm StudioHouse.com.
“This is a very big boom,” said the firm’s chief executive, Daniel Johnson.
“This boom is in line with the trend for the last 20 years in the studio market.
The studio is now becoming a big part of the new African landscape.”
Johnson said this is a “big shift” from the studio homes of decades past.
“It’s more than a change in the way people live.
It’s a shift in how we live, because it is an affordable lifestyle,” he said.
“I would say it’s like the transition from a car to a bike.”
The rise of the studio home has coincided with a rapid increase in home prices in the region.
In the last two years, the cost of a single-family house in KZN-KwaZooma, South Africa, has risen from $9,500 to more in excess of $20,000, according to PropertyMarket.com, a market data provider.
More than 10,000 new homes have been built in South African cities over the past decade.
One of the biggest developments in the country is the Kwa Zulu-Manauli mansion, a four-bedroom, six-bathroom house in Natal’s KwaManaulwane township.
Its construction cost a total of $5.5m, and it will have a market value of $7.3m.
Its owners have made it a priority to build in the city because of its proximity to the South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
It is one of the country’s best-known developments, as the sprawling, five-storey structure is one step removed from the main shopping and dining precinct.
Kwandu-Ngandu, in the northern province of Western Cape, has a number of unique studios, including the $2.5-million (US) Lagos House, which opened in 2014 and is home to a stunning glass and marble sculpture.
It is also home to the $7.2-million Duke’s House, the tallest house in Europe and one of only two such houses in the entire world, according the South Korean firm Kwang-Kwang.
Other new developments include the $7-million ($6.6m) Sangam House, in South KwaNgaduli, and the $1.4-million (£1.1m) Gudziljung House, a six-storeys mansion in Johannesburg’s Gold Coast.
According to StudioHouse.org, a number a studios are being built across the continent, including in South America and the Caribbean.
These include a house in Madrid, the $6.2 million (UK£5.9m) home of Spanish architect Miguel de Cervantes, which will be built on a large piece of land at the outskirts of the city, and a $1-million house near Vila Nova in Brazil.
A number of new homes in Europe are being constructed, including one in Vienna that will house the £5 million Studio House in the European capital, according StudioHouse, which estimates it will take around two years to build.
At the same time, the South American studio house market is also on the rise, with the country seeing more than 3,200 studios built in 2015, with another 3,500 expected this year, according a recent report by the firm.
With a population of just more than 50 million, South America is the continent’s biggest producer of studio houses, and with a number set to grow, the number is expected