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The Pump House, Misterton, Nottinghamshire, UK, £995,000

Where: Near the village of Misterton, in Nottinghamshire, 12 miles from Robin Hood international airport.

What: A five-bedroom property arranged across two buildings, joined by a glazed walkway. The property features double-height reception rooms and a mezzanine games room.

Why: The house has been converted from two Grade-II* listed Georgian pump houses. Constructed in 1828, the buildings once housed steam-powered beam engines that formed part of the drainage system for the surrounding fens.

Who: Jackson-Stops & Staff, www.jackson-stops.co.uk, tel: +44 1904 625033


Villefranche-sur-Mer, Côte d’Azur, France, €8m

Where: In the hills of Villefranche-sur-Mer, 14km from Monaco, 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of Nice and 25 minutes’ drive from Nice airport.

What: A three-bedroom villa with a separate one-bedroom guest house. There is also a decked seating area and a hot tub with views over Cap Ferrat.

Why: The villa used to be a water-cleaning pump house, at one time servicing the local area with fresh water. Today it has been transformed into a contemporary family home with much of the pump lovingly restored.

Who: Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 207 629 8171


Penthouse, Paramount House, London, UK, £4.95m

Where: Soho, central London, 16 miles from Heathrow.

What: A lateral three-bedroom penthouse with more than 2,000 sq ft of internal living space and a roof terrace with views over London.

Why: Built in the 1930s, Paramount House was the UK headquarters of the film studio Paramount Pictures. Acquired in 2010, Paramount House has been transformed by developers Amazon Property.

The penthouse is the last unsold unit in the development, which consists of another 14 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Who: EA Shaw, www.eashaw.com, tel: +44 207 240 2255


124 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, US, $4.28m

Where: In the neighbourhood of Fort Greene, downtown Brooklyn, 13 miles from JFK airport and 17 miles from Newark airport.

What: Two four-bedroom duplex apartments, with oversized loft-style windows. The top apartment benefits from a roof terrace.

Why: Originally built in 1930, the property is one of New York’s converted firehouses. The entrance and exit for the old fire engines can still be seen in the building’s façade.

Who: Halstead Property, www.halstead.com, tel: +1 212 734 0010


Apartment 1, 17 Manor Road, West Sussex, UK, £285,000

Where: In the village of East Preston, on England’s south coast, 20 miles west of Brighton and 35 miles from Gatwick airport.

What: A two-bedroom, two-bathroom, ground-floor apartment. The property has an open-plan living and dining area, a south-facing terrace and off-street parking.

Why: The apartment building is a converted 1930s petrol station. The art deco-style, Grade-II listed garage still has the four original Shell petrol pumps in its forecourt.

Who: Glyn-Jones & Company, www.glyn-jones.com, tel: +44 1903 859440


64 Deep Lane, East Hampton, New York, US, $7.9m

Where: Near the western shore of Napeague Bay, north Amagansett, 100 miles from New York City and 85 miles from JFK airport.

What: A two-bedroom, 1,300 sq ft home with about 5.5 acres of land. The grounds include a 100-year-old apple orchard and woodland.

Why: This 19th-century windmill was transformed into a guest house in the 1950s by Samuel Rubin, founder of Fabergé Cosmetics. The property has hosted many famous guests including Marilyn Monroe, Kurt Vonnegut and Terence Stamp.

Who: Douglas Elliman, www.elliman.com/long-island, tel: +1 631 329 9400


Village house, Les Alpilles, Provence, France, €2.75m

Where: In the village of Le Paradou in the south of France, 37km from the centre of Avignon and just under 60km from Marseille airport.

What: A five-bedroom, five bathroom villa with a one-bedroom guest annex.

Why: The former coaching inn was built in the 17th century and still retains many original architectural features, such as the stone-vaulted salon, which once served as a watering hole for weary travellers.

Who: Winkworth International, www.winkworth-international.com, tel: +44 207 870 7181


Coreglia Antelminelli, Tuscany, Italy. €1.3m

Where: In the valley of the river Ania in northern Tuscany near the village of Coreglia Antelminelli, an hour’s drive from Pisa where there is an international airport.

What: A six-bedroom stone property with a separate cottage for guests or staff. In the grounds is a barn that has been converted into a games room, a 5m x 10m pool and pool house.

Why: The property has been transformed from a traditional Tuscan water mill. Dating back the early 19th century, the property has now been listed as a building of natural, environmental and historical interest.

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


Apartment, Florence, Tuscany, Italy, €4.5m

Where: On the Via de’ Benci, near the Arno river in the centre of Florence, 10km from Florence airport.

What: A three-bedroom, 320 sq metre apartment renovated in 2011. The master bedroom has intricate frescoes on the walls and ceiling.

Why: The building was designed as a theatre by Filippo Brunelleschi and dates back to 1420. It is considered by many to be the first place to stage an opera performance in the late 1590s.

Who: Sotheby’s International Realty, www.milan-sothebysrealty.com, tel: +39 02 87 07 83 00

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