Wilton Crescent, Belgravia, London

Five homes with designer interiors

From a villa furnished with Louis Vuitton furniture, to a house designed by royal decorator Robert Kime

Prospect House, Wimbledon, London

Six high-end homes for tennis lovers

From a two-acre six-bedroom property in Wimbledon to a restored 1920s house near Sydney’s Olympic Park

Muswell Hill, London, UK

Five upmarket family homes

From a north London house with a paddling pool and sandpit to a cabin in a gated community near Lake Tahoe

Volterra, Pisa, Italy

First-class rural retreats

From a rustic villa hidden among olive groves in the Tuscan hills to a Thai property set alongside natural streams

Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch
©Jerome Scott-Blount

Five high-end homes for hipsters

From a Berlin flat near the world’s coolest club, to a Brooklyn loft with a live-work space

Kailuana Place

High-end homes near top surfing spots

From a house with a helipad in Queensland to a beachfront villa in Hawaii near the Obamas’ holiday home

Medmenham Abbey, Ferry Lane, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, UK, £10m

Upmarket homes with quirky pasts

From a former abbey where the Hell-Fire Club was founded to a Venetian apartment that inspired Ernest Hemingway

Hailsham Grange
©Andy Scott

High-end homes for opera lovers

From a former vicarage near the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera to a Venetian apartment where Mozart stayed in 1771

San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

Homes near international film festivals

From a villa with panoramic views of Cannes to a London penthouse overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral

Hacienda Palancar

Party pads

Properties to let your hair down in, from Mexico and Dubai to London and Florida

Homes near the world’s best marathons

From a serviced apartment near London’s finishing line to a penthouse overlooking Sydney Harbour Bridge

Five properties with magnificent views

From an apartment overlooking the Dome des Invalides in Paris to a Tuscan-style villa in Colorado

Five thoroughbred homes for horse racing fans

From an estate near Aintree, home of the Grand National, to a villa close to where the $10m Dubai World Cup is held

Five high-end homes near golf courses

From a house near the home of the US Masters to an estate in Ireland with its own train for weary putters

Five high-end homes designed by notable architects

From a house in Scotland by Charles Rennie Mackintosh to a villa on the French Riviera by André Minangoy

Tower power: homes for buyers with lofty ambitions

From a converted water tower in an English village to an apartment in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai

Five high-end, low-energy eco-homes

From a house in California made of recycled steel to a villa on the Côte d’Azur that maximises the use of passive solar energy

Five island homes

From a 600-acre private island in the South Pacific to a £30m estate on the Isle of Man

Five homes with artists’ studios

From the New York townhouse where Andy Warhol lived with his mother to Jean Dubuffet’s villa on the Côte d’Azur

Five homes with a Hollywood connection

From Michael Douglas’s villa in Mallorca and Bruce Willis’s home in Idaho to a Georgian house used in ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’