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

Lulworth yacht

Up for sail: five yachts available to buy

From a boat in Spain with walls covered in 24-carat gold to a racing vessel in Italy that is also great for entertaining

3401/420 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Australia

Five properties near comedy festivals

From a home in Montreal where Just for Laughs is held each year to a townhouse in Edinburgh ideally located for the Fringe

Graffham Court, Petworth, West Sussex, UK

Pads and paddocks for equestrians

From a country home near the Goodwood Racecourse to a Belgian farmhouse with stabling for 70 horses

Glebe Place, Chelsea, London, UK
©Tom St Aubyn

Stylish pads for city slickers

From a former artist’s studio near King’s Road, London, to a Dubai apartment with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar

Compton Castle, Compton Pauncefoot, Somerset, UK

Five homes with magnificent gardens

From a castle in Somerset to a South African house with mountain views

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

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

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

Upmarket homes with quirky pasts

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

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

Homes near international film festivals

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

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