October 5, 2012 7:23 pm

Hot property: World Heritage

Five residences near famous Unesco sites, including a duplex apartment in Venice and a medieval tower in Tuscany
duplex apartment in Venice, Italy

Apartment, Ca’ Bragadin, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy, €4m

Where Near the Zattere waterfront in Dorsoduro, south Venice, 25 minutes by water taxi from Marco Polo international airport.

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What A three-bedroom duplex apartment in a fully restored 16th-century palazzo. An altana or rooftop terrace is being added to the property, which will allow for views over the peaceful neighbourhood – home to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the baroque church Santa Maria della Salute.

Why The city and lagoon of Venice have had Unesco World Heritage status since 1987. Unesco says: “The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world’s greatest artists.”

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

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Stockton House, Wiltshire, England, UK, £6.5m

Stockton House, Wiltshire, England, UK

Where In the village of Stockton, south-west England, 15 miles from Salisbury and 78 miles from Heathrow Airport.

What A seven-bedroom Elizabethan house with two-bedroom staff annexe and three-bedroom flat. The property comes with just under 40 acres including an orchard, stables and both formal and informal gardens.

Why Stockton House is a short drive from Stonehenge, which was given Unesco World Heritage status in 1986. One of the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, the stone monument dates from between 3000 and 2000BC.

Who Strutt & Parker, www.struttandparker.com, tel: +44 207 629 7282

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Villa Marlinda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, $2.795m

Villa Marlinda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Where In Atotonilco, central Mexico, eight miles north of San Miguel de Allende and 45 miles from Querétaro international airport.

What A three-bedroom/6,000 sq ft farmhouse with a two-bedroom guesthouse, set in 6.2 acres. The main house has a cinema and gym.

Why The town is home to the Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco, an 18th-century church complex given Unesco World Heritage status in 2008. Unesco describes the sanctuary as “one of the finest examples of Baroque art and architecture in the New Spain.”

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, www.sanmiguelsothebysrealty.com, tel: +52 415 152 5220

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Medieval tower, Monticchiello, Tuscany, Italy

Medieval tower, Monticchiello, Tuscany, Italy, €1.5m

Where Near Pienza in northern Italy, 50 miles from Perugia Sant’Egidio airport.

What A restored three-bedroom tower built in 1256. Originally a soldiers’ garrison, the tower stands on a hill 570m above sea level. On a clear day, the city of Sienna is visible from the rooftop terrace.

Why In 2004, the valley of Val d’Orcia, which runs from Sienna to Monte Amiata was recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage site.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +39 0575 788948

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Canal du Midi, Languedoc, France, €2.3m

Canal du Midi, Languedoc, France

Where In the Midi-Pyrénées, 7km from Carcassonne, where there is an international airport.

What A 72-hectare estate with two restored farmhouses, which have a total of 11 bedrooms and original stone details, arched windows and traditional floor tiling. There are also gîtes, outbuildings, vines, an orchard and an olive grove.

Why Both the 17th-century Canal du Midi, which links the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and medieval Carcassonne are Unesco World Heritage sites.

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

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