Five upmarket homes with tropical gardens

From a beachfront property in Florida with 1,500 species of trees and plants to a São Paulo house designed by Oscar Niemeyer

Mandalay House, 383 Mandalay Road, Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

Five homes with helipads

From a seven-bedroom house on Australia’s Queensland coast to a Georgian manor in Ireland with a private airstrip

Marina Bay Residences, Marina Boulevard, Singapore

Five pieds-à-terre on the market

From a fully furnished apartment in Singapore’s business district to a New York property adjacent to Fifth Avenue

Four Peaks Ranch, Old Snowmass, Colorado

Five properties in the mountains

From a house in Cape Town’s Table Mountain national park to a Swiss chalet with its own 12-person snowcat and two skidoos

Inniscorrig Castle, Dalkey County Dublin, Ireland

Five properties with spooky connections

From a castle in Ireland with a ghost called ‘Charlie’ in the attic to a house in New Orleans on the route of the city’s Halloween parade

Villa Ivy, Brac Island, Croatia

Five unusual new-build homes up for sale

From a ‘glass box’ with sea views in Abu Dhabi to a London townhouse built with a Georgian-style façade

Kingstone Lisle Park, Oxfordshire, UK

High-end homes for sports enthusiasts

From a house in the US owned by basketball legend Michael Jordan to a French ski chalet perfectly equipped and located for heli-skiing

163 East 64th Street, New York City, US

Five properties near leading art fairs

From a house overlooking Regent’s Park, site of Frieze London, to a Florida penthouse close to the venue for Art Basel Miami Beach

Mandalay, Mustique, St Vincent and the Grenadines, $20m

High-end homes with famous past owners

From David Bowie’s Balinese-style house in the Caribbean to Michelangelo’s family seat in Tuscany

484 Mariner Drive, Jupiter, Florida, US

Posh homes with magnificent pools

From a villa with a grand pool overlooking Cannes, to a house designed by architect Wallace Cunningham

Five homes with Rugby World Cup links

From a house near Twickenham stadium, the home of English rugby, to an apartment close to Italy’s Stadio Olimpico

Family homes for sale near famous schools

From a Swiss house near royal favourite Le Rosey to a villa in Florence close to one of Europe’s oldest international schools

Premium homes for waterside living

From a villa with private access to a sheltered cove to a Venice apartment overlooking the Zattere promenade

High-end homes next to city parks

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

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

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

Pads and paddocks for equestrians

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

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

Five homes with magnificent gardens

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

Five homes with designer interiors

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