The struggle to get a Harvard place

The arrival of cutting-edge tech companies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has helped property prices rocket 45% in one year

Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour
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Hong Kong buyers in ‘wait-and-see’ mode

Prices are falling, sales are stalling, but could this be the right time to buy a home in the territory?

A beach near Natal
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Brazil’s Natal: vision built on sand?

The city in the nation’s north-east has been transformed by a pre-Olympics building boom, but now property prices are falling

Phelps Hall at Yale University in New Haven
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New Haven: a city with appeal beyond Yale

Connecticut’s second-largest city is developing a cultural character of its own thanks to its galleries, museums and theatres

New York’s Morningside Heights

Home to Columbia University and other colleges, the area is attracting developers seeking new places to colonise

Prinsengracht canal in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam: Europe’s new finance capital?

The Dutch city is well-placed to compete with London following the UK’s Brexit vote thanks to its progressive spirit

Brown University’s Sayles Hall
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Tempting Providence: homes in Rhode Island

Brown University is just one of several leading colleges that help drive the city’s youthful atmosphere — and real estate market

Five-bedroom thatched house in Constantia Upper, $2m

‘Swallows’ swoop on Cape Town homes

With the rand at a record low, visitors are buying into the southern hemisphere lifestyle

Italy’s islands lost in time

A long sea journey has kept the Aeolian Islands out of reach of developers

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Big techs pitch up in Sun Valley

The influx of wealthy delegates to the annual Idaho city gathering is fuelling sales and construction

Saudi Arabia — the Gulf’s new hotspot

As the government reaches out to foreign investors, demand for high-end housing will only increase

Far out: Ulster County, New York

Near the site of the 1960s rock festival Woodstock, this peaceful haven 100 miles from Manhattan attracts wealthy artistic types

Monterey, California: on course for growth

Interest from Silicon Valley executives is helping to push up prices on peninsula known for its annual PGA golf tournament

Bay watch in South Africa

Buyers looking for a trophy home in the sought-after resort of Plettenberg Bay face a long wait due to lack of stock

Italy’s South Tyrol: a mountain retreat

Austrian efficiency meets Italian charm in the province, seen as a safe haven by overseas buyers

There goes the gaybourhood

Gay people once sought refuge in poor areas of cities, but will liberation and gentrification cause these spaces to disappear?

The high-rises with high ideals

Architects face challenge to create residential towers that meet the needs of families and foster a sense of community

Lift-off for Geneva?

A stable franc and concerns about Brexit have made the city a safe alternative to London for international homebuyers

Why Oakland, California, is a ‘steal’

The city has long been in San Francisco’s shadow but high-end developers and buyers are starting to see its appeal

Savannah, Georgia: history has its price

The city has many attractive civil war-era homes but discounted fixer uppers can be difficult to find

Why Brittany in France has coastal cachet

The sea may throw up the odd storm but the region’s rustic havens are popular and good value as second homes

Cambridge, US: prices rise by degrees

The city’s expanding universities and high-tech industries are helping to push up property values

Why Lisbon has piles of potential

The Portuguese city’s crumbling period residences are being redeveloped to feed demand from western European buyers

New York: great views, plus a Lamborghini

A glut of high-end homes in Lower Manhattan mean good deals are available, with one seller offering to throw in a free sports car

São Paulo: the real deal

The city is a far cry from Brazil’s beaches and jungles — but a sharp currency fall is attracting foreign buyers to ‘Sampa’

Zurich: Swiss city with a boho tradition

The birthplace of Dadaism continues to attract artists and other creatives despite the steady onset of gentrification

How communal living has moved upmarket

High-end co-living projects now offer affluent young professionals on-site spas, cinemas and a ready-made social life

Revival hopes for Andorra’s housing market

Prices for prime real estate have been stagnant since 2008 but new economic reforms have led to an increase in buyer interest

Kennebunkport, Maine: fit for a president

It is already home to George HW Bush but the laid-back resort is keen to widen its appeal and become a year-round destination

Berlin’s new west side storeys

The city’s western half is in the grip of a building boom amid price rises and a shortage of developable land in eastern districts

High-end living in Miami, minus the beach

Developments in the city’s less glamorous downtown area are luring investors away from the oceanfront

Italy’s Puglia: buyers fall head over heel

Long seen as the poor relation to Tuscany’s ‘Chianti-shire’, the region is attracting more international buyers

Patagonia’s pull of the great outdoors

The southern tip of South America attracts a stream of wealthy buyers looking to get close to nature

Charleston’s silicon scene lures the young

The city with a deep-rooted nostalgia has gained a reputation for innovation

Is the smart money on Dumbo, New York?

The former industrial hub is being colonised by buyers seeking waterfront homes without having to pay Manhattan prices

A good time to buy in St Petersburg?

As property prices falter in the city, opportunities abound for wealthy buyers with hard currency to spend

Holiday-home buyers seek Brexit get-outs

Market slows as political and economic uncertainty take root

Paris’s new skyscraper: a tour de force?

The Tour Triangle shows that the capital’s hard line on towers is starting to soften — but it seems not everyone is happy about it

Buenos Aires back in business

After the new government lifted exchange controls and devalued the currency, foreign buyers are starting to return

Is now a good time to buy in Vietnam?

The country wants to catch up with its richer Asian rivals but for now still offers good value for homebuyers

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