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4102/129 Harrington Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, A$4.5m ($4.13m)

Where: On the northeastern tip of the Central Business District, 13km from Sydney international airport.

What: A 273 sq metre, three-bedroom apartment with en suite bathrooms, located on the 41st floor of a building designed by the award-winning architect Harry Seidler. As well as a private terrace for barbecues, the building has 24-hour concierge facilities, heated pool, gym, sauna and steam rooms.

Why: The apartment has views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, which is a short walk away. The Opera House hosts more than 1,500 performances a year and attracts 1.2m visitors.

Who: McGrath Estate Agents Australia, www.mcgrath.com.au, tel: +61 2 9386 3333


Casa Vista, Gualdo, Macerata, Le Marche, Italy, €729,000

Where: In the central Marche region, 2km from the village of Sant’Angelo in Pontano and 50 minutes’ drive to Ancona airport, with direct flights to London and Europe.

What: A recently rebuilt five-bedroom farmhouse with 260 sq metres of living space, a 100-metre long private driveway, and views towards the Sibillini mountains to the southwest. The property has a south-facing terrace and a saltwater pool, as well as a separate ruined farm building with planning permission to be converted into a guest house.

Why: Casa Vista is a 30-minute drive from Macerata where an international opera festival takes place every July in the 7,000-seat Arena Sferisterio, a neoclassical space built in the 1820s.

Who: Cluttons Italy, www.cluttonsitaly.com, tel: +39 075 8450100


Rookery Farm, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK, £2.75m

Where: In the hamlet of Lottisham, near Castle Cary, in southwest England, 30 miles from Bristol airport.

What: A Grade II-listed, five-bedroom farmhouse with a two-bedroom guest house, traditional stone stores, outbuildings and an agricultural barn. Linked to the main house is a billiards room, home office, table tennis room and gym. Also in the 35 acres of grounds are stables for four horses and a tennis court.

Why: The property is seven miles from the site of the Glastonbury festival, which hosts 150,000 festival goers every year. The Rolling Stones headline this year’s festival, which takes place this weekend.

Who: Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 20 7629 8171


Son Veri, Valldemossa, Mallorca, Spain, €15m

Where: In northwest Mallorca, 20km or about half an hour’s drive from Palma de Mallorca international airport in the island’s capital.

What: An estate of 148 acres, with a main house of five bedrooms, and two guest houses. In the grounds are lemon groves, stables for nine horses, 1,600 olive trees, orchards, as well as a tennis court and pool.

Why: Valldemossa is best known for the Chopin Festival, held every August in the Carthusian monastery in the town, which is visible from the house. Chopin stayed in the monastery for a few months in 1838-9, composing his second Ballade, a polonaise, a mazurka, and many preludes.

Who: Engel & Völkers, www.engelvoelkers.com tel: +34 971 63 63 63


Flintrock, Austin, Texas, US, $5.4m

Where: About 30 minutes’ drive from Austin, 25 miles from Austin airport, or 175 miles from Houston airport.

What: A private seven-acre estate. The main house has four-bedrooms with three separate one-bedroom guest houses. In the grounds are equestrian facilities for five horses, a riding arena and jogging trail with pool area and terracing.

Why: Owned by Martie Maguire, a founding member of the country band the Dixie Chicks, the complex includes a dance studio plus recording studio and rehearsal room. Austin, the state capital of Texas, is best known for the annual South by South West (SXSW) music festival.

Who: Turnquist Partners, www.turnquistpartners.com, tel: +1 512 328 3939

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