James Fryer's illustration of social housing
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Posh doors versus poor doors

Should the provision of social housing in cities be the job of government or private developers? And where should it be built?

Sultan, in his shelter, 11km from the Eurotunnel terminal
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Sudanese migrant in the Calais ‘jungle’

After leaving his family in Darfur, Sultan now lives in a tent shelter, waiting for his chance to cross the Channel


Two Painted Lady butterflies feeding on Buddleja davidii Black Knight ©Malcolm Schuyl/Alamy
Now is the perfect time to deadhead buddlejas for a second flowering that will draw in the butterflies
– Robin Lane Fox
Kyoto Garden in Holland Park
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London’s Holland Park: room with a mews

The area stands out from the rest of prime central London — so why have sales stalled?

A parade in the French Quarter of New Orleans during Mardi Gras
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New Orleans, 10 years on from Katrina

A decade after the hurricane that devastated the city, house prices are rising and the market for high-end homes is growing

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Property law: unauthorised extensions

Enforcement of planning rules generally applies to the current owner, even if they didn’t break them in the first place

The Canal Saint-Martin
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Paris buyers head Nord of the Seine

Investors are flocking to the increasingly chic 10th arrondissement

View of St James’s Street towards St James’s Palace
©Jack W Taylor

Dandy London: St James’s returns to resi

New high-end residential projects in the district where ‘Beau’ Brummell once swashed and buckled

Jean-Louis Remilleux in the Salon De L’Arcade of Château de Digoine
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French TV producer’s Château de Digoine

Jean-Louis Remilleux talks about his mission to bring heritage home’s 19th-century theatre back into use

The Company, Vondelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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High-end homes next to city parks

From a villa beside Amsterdam’s Vondelpark to a French townhouse close to the Bois de Boulogne

Albandeira beach near Carvoeiro in the Algarve
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Newcomers dip into the Algarve

After several difficult years, confidence is returning to Portugal’s south coast thanks to interest from unexpected places