151 East 58th Street, Midtown, New York City, US, $13.5

Where In Midtown Manhattan, between Lexington Avenue and Third Avenue, a few blocks from Central Park. JFK international airport is 15 miles away.

What An apartment on the 47th floor of One Beacon Court, a 54-storey building constructed in 2001. The apartment has three en-suite bedrooms and comes with access to a gym, massage room and valet service.

Why The property has 270-degree views of the tri-state area, including Central Park, the Hudson river and the Ramapo Mountains in New Jersey.

Who Halstead Property, halstead.com, tel: +1 212 381 3284

Montreux, Vaud, Switzerland, SFr9.8m ($10.2m)

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Where In Montreux, a city on the eastern shore of Lake Geneva in the foothills of the Alps. Geneva international airport is about an hour’s drive.

What A duplex apartment with five bedrooms and three bathrooms spread over 330 sq metres of living space. The building has a full-time concierge service and there are two parking spaces available to buy for an additional $105,000.

Why The apartment has been designed to maximise the sweeping views of the lake and the snow-capped peaks beyond. There are retractable glass walls off the main bedroom and living area, which open on to the property’s two terraces.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.com, tel: +44 20 7861 1109

Whitehall Court, St James’s, London, UK, £5.5m

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Where On the top floor of a grand Victorian building in the heart of Whitehall on the north bank of the river Thames. Heathrow international airport is about 40 minutes by car.

What A penthouse apartment with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a reception area featuring vaulted ceilings and a spiral staircase. The property has a 24-hour concierge service. Whitehall Court served as MI6’s headquarters until 1918.

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Why From the roof terrace there is a panoramic view across central London encompassing landmarks such as the London Eye, the Golden Jubilee Bridges and The Shard skyscraper.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebysrealty.co.uk, tel: +44 20 7495 9580

Soufrière, St Lucia, West Indies, $6m

Where Near Soufrière, a town on the west coast of St Lucia, which is about 31km from Hewanorra international airport.

What A 800 sq metre villa with six en-suite bedrooms, a courtyard with a fountain and an infinity pool with a waterfall.

Why The villa has a clear view across the Caribbean Sea of Gros Piton and Petit Piton, two mountainous volcanic plugs that are a Unesco world heritage site.

Who Sotheby’s International Realty, sothebysrealty.com, tel: +1 758452 0280

62 Napoleon Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, A$5m ($3.8m)

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Where In Battery Point, a suburb of Tasmania’s capital. Hobart airport is five minutes by helicopter.

What A waterfront cottage built in the 1890s with a three-level contemporary extension. The house has four bedrooms, a “cube” office and an indoor pool.

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Why The extension was designed to maximise views of the Derwent river, with verandas, glazed railings and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Who Knight Frank, knightfrank.com, tel: +61 3 0419 103 867

Photographs: www.davidwallsphoto.com; Luke Casserly; Propertypix/Milton Lowe

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