Hot Property: Famous designers

Five homes worked on by renowned designers, including a maisonette in Hyde Park and a townhouse in New York owned by the late Gunter Sachs

The Old Bank, Hyde Park, London, UK, £4.5m

Where: Near Bayswater in central London, 16 miles from Heathrow airport and 33 miles from Gatwick.

What: A four-bedroom maisonette arranged over the lower ground and ground floors of a Grade II-listed former bank. Inclusion of the art and furnishings is negotiable with the owner.

Why: Interior designer Tara Bernerd won the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award in 2005 for her work on this apartment, which offsets the building’s original features with colourful pop art.

Who: Knight Frank, tel: +44 20 7871 5060

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Where: In Cetona, central Italy, 65km west of San Francesco d’Assisi airport and 154km north of Rome.

What: A 16th-century farmhouse with additional cottage and pool, in more than 1.6 hectares. The living room has doors that open on to the gardens on all sides. Furnishings are excluded from the price but could be available upon negotiation.

Why: This house has been restored by the British designer Tricia Guild, creative director of Designers Guild.

Who: Knight Frank, tel: +44 20 7629 8171

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Where: In Bishopscourt, 20km from Cape Town international airport.

What: A contemporary four-bedroom house on an acre of grounds with a spa, a gym and views of Table Mountain.

Why: The house has a sweeping central staircase and smooth undulating curves in the living room and dining area, designed by the architect Don Albert.

Who: Christie’s International Real Estate, tel: +27 21 763 4120

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Where: In southern California, two hours’ drive from Los Angeles and 15 minutes’ drive from Palm Springs airport.

What: A five-bedroom house and guest house in nearly three acres. All furnishings are included in the price.

Why: The interiors are by Californian designer Randy Patton. The dining room includes a trapezoidal mahogany table lit by a custom-designed chandelier.

Who: Christie’s International Real Estate, tel: +1 310 385 2680

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Where: In the Upper East Side, 10 miles from LaGuardia airport and 18 miles from JFK international airport.

What: A four-bedroom townhouse with two kitchens, a living room with 32ft ceiling and 1,600 sq ft terrace. Inclusion of furnishings is negotiable.

Why: The late billionaire Gunter Sachs bought the house in 1990 and hired Lars Bolander to redesign the interiors.

Who: Hamptons International, tel: +44 20 7963 0614

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