November 30, 2012 7:05 pm

Hot property: For about $20m

Five homes with tag prices from $19.2m to $20.7m, including villas in Provence, France and in Costa del Sol, Spain
Villa, Côte d’Azur, Provence, France

Villa, Côte d’Azur, Provence, France, €15m ($19.4m)

Where Near the medieval village of Eze, overlooking Cap Ferrat and Cap d’Antibes, with Nice international airport half an hour’s drive to the west, and Monaco 10 minutes’ drive to the east.

What A 420 sq m villa with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, built in the 1960s. There is a separate guest house with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in grounds of 7,215 sq m, as well as a tennis court and 20m heated pool.

Why The villa was designed by the French-Russian architect André Svetchine, who worked in the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Saint-Paul-de-Vence area, and was famed for his stonework and use of reclaimed beams and terracotta.

Who Winkworth International, www.winkworth-international.com, tel: +44 207 870 7181

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Penthouse flat, Parkside, Knightsbridge, London, UK

Penthouse flat, Parkside, Knightsbridge, London, UK, £12m ($19.2m)

Where Overlooking Hyde Park, three minutes’ walk from Knightsbridge tube station, 16 miles from Heathrow airport and 33 miles from Gatwick.

What A conversion of two flats, on the eighth and ninth floors, into one, creating 2,850 sq ft of living space, including three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open-plan entertaining area. There is an integrated sound system and Lutron lighting.

Why There are terraces off the living area, the master bedroom and second bedroom, all with views over Hyde Park.

Who Douglas & Gordon Chelsea office, www.douglasandgordon.com, tel: +44 20 7225 1225

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Villa Vistarenni, Radda in Chianti, Siena, Italy

Villa Vistarenni, Radda in Chianti, Siena, Italy, €16m ($20.7m)

Where Close to the medieval town of Radda, 40km from Peretola international airport in Florence.

What A 2,000 sq m villa set in 100 hectares, with Chianti Classico vineyards as well as olive groves and woodland. The four-storey villa is divided into five apartments, and the estate includes a chapel, wine cellar, farmhouse, swimming pool and tennis court.

Why The estate was bought in the 19th century by Baron Sonnino, who embellished the 17th-century façade to make it one of the most photographed houses in Italy today.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 20 7629 8171

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Villa, La Zagaleta, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

Villa, La Zagaleta, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain, €14.95m ($19.4m)

Where Within the private, 2,000-acre estate of La Zagaleta Golf and Country Club, 40 minutes’ drive from Málaga-Costa del Sol airport.

What A seven-bedroom, 2,202 sq m villa. The lower ground floor comprises a dance floor, cinema, bar, wine store, gym, sauna, garage and a self-contained staff apartment.

Why The villa faces south with sea views, an infinity pool and gardens.

Who Fine and Country, www.fineandcountry.com, tel: +34 952 764010

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Apartment, 998 Fifth Avenue, New York, US

Apartment, 998 Fifth Avenue, New York, US, $20m

Where On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, 10 miles from La Guardia airport and 18 miles from JFK international airport.

What A five-bedroom, five-bathroom maisonette of 5,000 sq ft, in a 12-storey building that dates from 1910.

Why For its original wood panelling, sconces and marble floors: the New York City Landmark Preservation Commission has called it “the finest Italian Renaissance-style apartment house in New York City”. One of the original upmarket apartments on Fifth Avenue, it is this building that persuaded the Guggenheims and Vanderbilts to move from their town houses to the apartments of Upper East Side.

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

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