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1435 Westway Drive, Sarasota, Florida, US, $6.5m

Where: On Lido Key between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, western Florida, nine miles from Sarasota-Bradenton international airport.

What: A five-bedroom, six-bathroom waterside villa with more than 5,700 sq ft of interior living space. The property has an outdoor swimming pool and views over the New Pass strait and the Gulf of Mexico beyond.

Why: Finished in 2012, this newly constructed villa has its own private dock and more than 80ft of water frontage.

Who: Michael Saunders & Company, michaelsaunders.com, tel: +1 941 955 8200


Villa, Porto Heli, Greece, €8.5m

Where: Near the banks of Porto Heli bay, on the peninsula of Argolis, southeast Greece, a 10-minute sea taxi ride from the island of Spetses, and 200km from Athens international airport.

What: A fully furnished nine-bedroom villa and a one-bedroom guest house in about 1.3 acres. The property has views over Porto Heli, as well as its own private dock on the beach.

Why: This newly built property was designed to look in keeping with the local Mediterranean style, with white stone walls and low-pitched clay-tile roofs.

Who: Aylesford International, aylesford.com, tel: +44 20 7349 9772


Farmhouse, Tarn-et-Garonne, France, €565,000

Where: Near St Antonin Noble Val, a 13th-century market town in southwest France, 90km from Toulouse international airport.

What: A six-bedroom, three-bathroom farmhouse with pool, woodland and an equestrian paddock.

Why: The owner has spent the past 10 years building the house using traditional methods. Completed last year, the property has all the benefits of a new-build home but with the look of an antiquated French farmhouse.

Who: Agence l’Union, agencelunion.com, tel: +33 5 63 30 60 24


Villa, Cala Vinyas, Mallorca, Spain, €18m

Where: Near the town of Cala Vinyas, on Mallorca’s southwest coast, 20km from Palma de Mallorca, the island’s capital, and 30km from Palma airport.

What: A six-bedroom, six-bathroom villa with about a 900 sq metres of interior living space featuring natural stone-faced walls. The property has a large swimming pool, terraces and about 3,000 sq metres of gardens.

Why: This newly constructed contemporary villa has been built on a cliff face overlooking the Mediterranean, with views over the whole Bay of Palma.

Who: Engel & Völkers, engelvoelkers.com, tel: +34 971 67 68 36


Vertice Penthouse, Queens Court, St John’s Wood, London, UK, £9.5m

Where: In the Queens Court building in St John’s Wood, northwest London, 19 miles from Heathrow.

What: A three-storey penthouse with four bedrooms, private terraces and more than 3,500 sq ft of interior space. The apartment has panoramic views of London and the West End.

Why: The block has undergone extensive redevelopment, although the original 1960s façade has been retained. The revamped building now features 24 apartments, plus two high-end penthouses, Vertice and Hyperion.

Who: Aston Chase, astonchase.com, tel: +44 20 7724 4724

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