Zurich: Swiss city with a boho tradition

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

Communal dining at the WeLive development in New York

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

Escaldes-Engordany with, in the centre, the glass tower of the Caldea hot spring complex

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

Downtown Miami and the Miami river
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High-end living in Miami, minus the beach

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

The town of Vieste in the Gargano region of Puglia
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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

Parque Pumalín, Chile
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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 historic French quarter at twilight
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Charleston’s silicon scene lures the young

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

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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

New York townhouses have growing appeal

With high-end condos at record prices, houses on the Upper East side are now being seen as better long-term investments

Long Island City on the rise

Once a manufacturing hub, the neighbourhood is now thriving as a cultural and residential district just minutes from Manhattan

Ireland’s castle market refortified

After prices plummeted in the recession, country estates are back in demand among both domestic and overseas buyers

Fisher Island: ‘old Miami’ seeks new buyers

The wealthy US enclave, once the home of the Vanderbilts, is trying to attract a younger generation

Hawaiian haven: peace and privacy on Maui

The market may be slowing, but the island’s pristine shores and secluded homes continue to draw high-end buyers

How to buy an island

Forget the cluttered playpens of Bali and St Barts, for today’s billionaires splendid isolation is the most prized of aspirations

Venice: is sinking city a rising market?

With floods of Venetians looking to sell and prices bottoming out, now might be a good time to snap up a palazzo

Marbella: property in untested waters

The resort has bounced back but buyers need to be aware that the legality of thousands of homes is in doubt after court ruling

San Diego’s high rollers look downtown

Developers are investing in major projects in once-neglected area to meet demand for homes in California’s second city

Brussels sprouts: city to build new homes

An international community is emerging in the formerly unloved European district where high-end housing project are under way

What to buy for $1m

It may only be enough for a home the size of a catamaran’s mainsail in Monaco, but it could bag any of these properties across the world

Bangkok’s divided property market

Thailand’s capital is split between a bullish high-end where prices are rising and a struggling low-end suffering reduced demand

San Francisco: rise of the condos

The price of condominiums in the city is soaring and developers are responding to demand with 25,000 new units in the pipeline

Memphis: no longer singing the blues

After a steep decline in home prices, the US city known for its music history is poised for substantial growth in 2016

Village life in Manhattan

Homes in the neighbourhood are highly sought after, but residents are fighting to protect its identity and limit new development

St Moritz, Switzerland: polo and Prada

The third most expensive resort in the Alps to buy a home is a property market largely closed to foreigners — but not quite

Canadian ski resorts target intrepid buyers

Kicking Horse and Whistler offer challenges for high-altitude skiers and opportunities for high-end buyers

Verbier, Switzerland, and its second homes

The resort boasts a long ski season and lively nightlife, but how have restrictions on holiday homes affected its market?

The ‘Manhattanisation’ of Boston

A new generation of high-end residential towers is being built in the city centre — but some residents aren’t happy

Leipzig, Germany: Bach, bohemians and BMWs

The city has a young population, historic architecture and an artistic culture, all helping it to attract wealthier buyers

What Rio’s economic woes mean for buyers

The city’s building boom has stalled and discounts on sale prices are available in high-end districts such as Ipanema and Leblon

Couple’s battle to build Andalusian home

How a dream of building an eco house in Spain turned into a 13-year nightmare of bureaucracy, bad weather and dead fish

My beach pad in Mozambique

FT writer Paul Murphy chose an up-and-coming, if unusual, place to build a family holiday home

Dome sweet dome in an Egyptian oasis

Heba Saleh built a traditional desert house — with a little help from The Economist — using local materials and know-how

Jakarta ruin turned modernist haven

Indonesian house was designed for family living, dinner parties and withstanding earthquakes