December 7, 2012 6:33 pm

Hot property: For about $40m

Five homes priced from $39.2m to $42.7m, including a bay-front villa in Miami formerly owned by celebrity Jennifer Lopez
Facade of a seven-bedroom bayfront villa

5800 North Bay Road, Miami Beach, Florida, US, $40m

Where In the La Gorce neighbourhood of Miami Beach, 12 miles from Miami international airport.

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IN House & Home

What A seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom bay-front villa with more than 12,000 sq ft of interior floor space, a swimming pool, cinema and gardens with a koi pond. Built in 1929, the property has its own boat dock and views of Miami’s skyline over the Biscayne Bay.

Why Miami is famed for its world-class beaches and nightlife and, as such, is popular with second-home buyers. This property also has a famous former owner – until 2005 it belonged to the actress and singer Jennifer Lopez.

Who Nelson Gonzalez at EWM, www.nelsongonzalez.com, tel +1 305 674 4040

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View of a six-bedroom beachfront house

Winter Dream villa, Lyford Cay, Bahamas, $39.5m

Where In Lyford Cay, a gated community on the western tip of New Providence Island, 14km from Lynden Pindling international airport.

What A six-bedroom beachfront house with more than 12,000 sq ft of living space and separate staff accommodation, in eight acres of land. The property has direct access to a private white sand beach.

Why Founded in the 1950s by Canadian businessman EP Taylor, Lyford Cay is one of the most exclusive gated communities in the Bahamas. Today it is home to a number of notable residents, including actor Sean Connery.

Who Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty, www.sirbahamas.com, tel: +1 242 362 4211

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Facade of a nine-bedroom villa

Belle Epoque villa, Le Pradet, France, €30m ($39.2m)

Where On the Var coast, southern France, 13km from Toulon-Hyères international airport.

What A nine-bedroom, 1,900 sq m villa built at the end of the 19th century. The property comes with a seven-bedroom guest house and separate staff accommodation, in more than seven acres of land.

Why A winding path leads through the formal gardens down to a private beach with a picturesque rocky cave.

Who Savills, www.savills.com/international, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

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Facade of an eight-bedroom house

Principality, Hampstead, London, UK, £25m ($40.3m)

Where In Hampstead, north London, five miles from Marble Arch, 20 miles from Heathrow and 33 miles from Gatwick.

What A newly built, detached house with eight bedrooms and approximately 1,400 sq m of interior floor space. The house has a gym, steam room and home cinema and overlooks Hampstead golf course.

Why The indoor swimming pool in the basement has a hydraulic floor and, at the touch of a button, can be transformed into a ballroom.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 20 7431 8686

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Facade of a nine-bedroom Victorian townhouse
Holland Park, London, UK, £26.5m ($42.7m)

Where In Holland Park, central London, 14 miles east of Heathrow and 28 miles north of Gatwick.

What A Grade II-listed detached Victorian townhouse with nine bedrooms (including staff accommodation) and eight reception rooms – in all, more than 850 sq m of floor space.

Why The house is partway through a restoration programme and has been finished with white plaster walls but is otherwise empty – a blank canvas for the new owners to make their own.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com tel: +44 20 7431 8686

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