The Catskill Mountains in New York State
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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

A golfer at Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula
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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

A gay pride celebration in San Francisco in June 2015 to mark a Supreme Court case recognising the right to same-sex marriage
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There goes the gaybourhood

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

‘Barbican Estate, 1968’ a sketch by Norah Glover of the London estate
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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

Bathers jump into the lake at Bains des Pâquis
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Lift-off for Geneva?

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

Sunrise over downtown Oakland
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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

Spanish moss on trees in Forsyth Park in central Savannah, Georgia
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Savannah, Georgia: history has its price

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

Castle, tower of Quic-en-Groigne, with Fort National in background, seen from dungeon of castle, Saint-Malo, Brittany, France
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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

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

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