Where to spend £1m on real estate

FT writers reveal their dream property purchases, for investment or pleasure

Joel Babbit and a flag dating from 1876, made to honour the original 13-star flag of America
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Inside the home of eco entrepreneur Joel Babbit

The history buff who quit advertising to set up the environmental website Mother Nature Network

Robin Lane Fox

The central canal in the Dillon Garden, Dublin ©Helen Dillon
The changing colours of Helen Dillon’s wonderful walled garden in Dublin
Artist’s image of the Nova Building

London’s Victoria travels upmarket

A £2.2bn makeover could help the drab central district challenge its high-end neighbours and become more than just a transport hub

The rejuvenated riverfront along the Garonne river in central Bordeaux
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Buzz over Bordeaux: a port city transformed

An ambitious regeneration programme has given the once neglected city a new lease of life

©Andrew Gregg

Expat lives: Canadian’s road to ‘Shangri-La’

How an obsession drove a writer, explorer and tea fanatic to live in a remote mountain region in China

Russell Pinch and his wife Oona Bannon in their studio in Clapham, south London
©Stacey Hatfield

Made in Britain: UK furniture design

The second part of our series looks at why British designers have gained global respect

A 700 sq metre, piano nobile apartment in a 15th century palazzo located in Ca Contarini, Dorsoduro, Venice, Italy

Five homes near major art fairs

From an apartment in a 15th-century palazzo in Venice to a 10-bedroom Swiss mansion handy for Art Basel

Matthew Garrahan in Santa Monica, Los Angeles
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Expat lives: FT correspondent’s LA story

Matthew Garrahan looks back on eight years of star spotting and shark dodging in California

Menton in the Côte d’Azur
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Menton: a hotspot on the French Riviera

The town not only enjoys a warm microclimate but is seeing a surge in sales – unlike the rest of the country

Natarajan Chandrasekaran, chief executive of Tata Consultancy Services, at his home in Mumbai
©Subhash Sharma

Inside the home of TCS chief Natarajan Chandrasekaran

The head of India’s largest IT services company on how running marathons has helped him in business