Five homes perfect for opera lovers

12 Douglas Parade, Dover Heights, Sydney, Australia

From an oceanfront property east of Sydney Opera House to a villa near Salzburg’s Great Festival Hall

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

A waterfront villa above the bay of Cala d'Or

Five homes for sailing enthusiasts

From a waterfront villa in Mallorca to a Florida home in Fort Lauderdale

House and Home

Five elegant home conversions

From a riverbank windmill in Connecticut to a French equestrian estate and a former school in rural Ireland

2431 Riviera Drive, Laguna Beach, California, US

Five beach retreats for sale

From a clifftop villa on Ibiza to a home on California’s Laguna Beach, a favourite with Hollywood royalty

pweekend, Villa Florentine, Nassau, the Bahamas

Five homes with boat moorings

From a sprawling estate in the Bahamas to a six-bedroom house in the English sailing village of Bosham

Faring Road, Los Angeles, California

Five homes perfect for tennis fans

From a $45m property in Los Angeles with a floodlit grass court to a house near the Wimbledon Championships

Bob and Dolores Hope Estate, Palm Springs, California, US

Five homes with music festivals nearby

From a futuristic home designed for comedian and actor Bob Hope and his wife to a manor house dating from the 15th century

Borgo, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy, €700,000

Five renovation projects for sale

From a group of stone buildings in Tuscany to a rare seafront plot overlooking the bay of Sol de Mallorca

Penthouse, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Five homes perfect for football fans

From an oceanfront penthouse in Rio to a UK family home with Premiership footballers as neighbours

How to be king of the castle

Choose from the Highland seat of a former Scottish chieftain or a fairytale ‘château’ near downtown Miami

Former religious buildings

From an 18th-century château in Lubéron, France to a 12th-century monastery in Siena, Italy

Homes near protected landscapes

From a house in Devon overlooking the Jurassic Coast to an apartment in Manhattan built above the High Line

Homes in global financial centres

Five properties perfect for financiers, including a converted bank in London and a villa near Zürich’s business district

Homes with private beaches

Five properties with exclusive access to the sea, including a villa in Tuscany built over ancient Roman foundations

Green living: five eco-friendly homes

From a Spanish villa with shading and a climate-control system to a Tuscan farmhouse with solar panels

Homes with walled gardens

From an 11th-century watchtower in Italy to a restored, five-storey brownstone house in Manhattan

Homes for golf aficionados

From a property near the home of the US Masters to an English estate with a championship-length golf course

Homes for horseracing fans

From an estate close to Mallorca’s Hipòdrom Son Pardo to an English manor house near Aintree, home of the Grand National

Feast your eyes: homes for foodies

From a flat near Barcelona’s La Boqueria market to a home in an English village with two Michelin-starred restaurants