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Ca’ Contarini, Dorsoduro, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy, €8.5m

Where On the Grand Canal in the Dorsoduro district between the Accademia Bridge and the Ca’ Rezzonico. About 20 minutes by vaporetto from Santa Lucia train station or 50 minutes by water taxi from Marco Polo airport.

What A 700 sq metre, “piano nobile” apartment in a 15th-century palazzo. It has three opulent living areas with beamed ceilings and balconies overlooking the Grand Canal. All the rooms feature Venetian terrazzo flooring and chandeliers.

Why While not strictly a fair, the Venice Biennale has been a highlight of the art calendar since 1895. This year event includes the 14th International Architecture Exhibition (June 7 to November 23) and the 71st Venice International Film Festival (August 27 to September 6).

Who Savills, savills.com, tel: +44 20 7016 3740


Boncourt, Jura, Switzerland, SFr15m ($16.5m)

Where In the northeast of Switzerland, near the French border, and 54km west of Basel, where there is an international airport.

What Built in the 1930s, the main house has 10 bedrooms, a professional kitchen and 1,246 sq metres of living space. There are also 180,000 sq metres of parkland and several outbuildings, plus a parking area that can double up as a helipad.

Why Art Basel – the main base for Art Basel fairs worldwide – calls itself the premier international art show for modern and contemporary works. It has been running for 45 years and works with about 300 participating galleries.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.co.uk, tel: +44 20 7629 8171


The Legend – Block 02, 23 Tai Hang Drive, Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong, HK$260m ($33.5m)

Where A 50-minute drive from Hong Kong airport and a 10-minute drive from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the venue for Art Basel Hong Kong.

What Completed in 2005, the four-bedroom penthouse has a balcony and a private pool on the roof, with views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbour.

Why Hong Kong, the newest Art Basel fair, will be held in March next year, featuring more than 3,000 artists.

Who Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty, hksothebysrealty.com, tel: +852 3108 2111


1374 South Venetian Way, Miami Beach, Florida, US, $8.4m

Where On the waterfront, less than four miles from the main venues for Art Basel Miami Beach and nine miles from Miami airport.

What Built in 2006, with views of Miami’s skyline, the property has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a lift, and 7,770 sq ft of living space. Other features include rooftop terraces, a pool, a summer kitchen, a wet bar and a private dock.

Why In December the art crowd hits town for the powerhouse fair Art Basel Miami Beach. More than 250 galleries participate, drawing more than 70,000 visitors each year. At least a dozen satellite fairs also pop up to take advantage of the fairground atmosphere.

Who EWM Realtors, ewm.com, tel: +1 305 674 4040


Upper Cheyne Row, London, UK, £9.25m

Where In Chelsea, between the King’s Road and Chelsea Embankment, and about 16 miles from Heathrow airport.

What Built in 1714 for the Duchess of Hamilton, the Grade-II listed house has 3,100 sq ft of living space, with four bedrooms and a wine cellar. The garden features a slate-lined, oval-shaped heated pool.

Why The property is less than a mile from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where the Masterpiece London art fair takes place each June. The house is also a 20-minute drive from Regent’s Park, which hosts Frieze London every October.

Who John D Wood & Co, johndwood.co.uk, tel: +44 20 7352 1484

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