Villa Arthur, Biot, Côte d’Azur, France, €2.95m
Where: On the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, between Cannes (18km away) and Nice international airport (15km away).
What: A newly built contemporary villa, with 500 sq m of internal space, five bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, a caretaker’s apartment, a hammam spa and fitness room. The property comes with nearly 1,800 sq metres of landscaped gardens with palm, cactus and olive trees, and an infinity pool.
Why: Architect Frédéric-Paul Goux’s style, influenced by 1950s California, has made him a darling of the French jet set, with 40 villas built between St Tropez and Cap Ferrat (the last three valued at €60m each).
Who: Beauchamp estates, www.beauchamp.com, tel: +33 493 9445 45
708 New Forge Road, Ancram, New York, US, $4.25m
Where:A 15-minute drive from Hudson in Columbia County and 110 miles from LaGuardia international airport.
What: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom hilltop estate clad in aluminium, with a pool and 2,700 sq ft of living space.
Why: The property was designed and built by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in 2008. Best known for his design of Beijing’s Olympic “Bird’s Nest” stadium, Ai collaborated with Swiss firm HHF architects on this, his first and only residence in the US.
Who: Houlihan Lawrence, www.houlihanlawrence.com, tel: +1 845 677 6161
The Gate House, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, R22m (£1.58m)
Where: In the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, 12 miles from OR Tambo international airport.
What: An original “Rand Lord” property, built in 1910, with five bedrooms and two one-bedroom cottages.
Why: The property was designed in arts and crafts style by Sir Herbert Baker, a British architect who was a dominant force in South African architecture up to 1912. Baker also worked with Edwin Lutyens on the layout of New Delhi.
Who: Savills, www.savills.co,uk, tel: +44 20 7016 3740
West Wing, The Mansion House Cour D’Honneur, Burley-on-the-hill, Rutland, UK, £1.8m
Where: Overlooking Rutland water, the largest artificial lake in Europe, 25 miles from Peterborough, where trains into London’s King’s Cross take 52 minutes.
What: A five-bedroom wing of a 17th-century mansion, spanning four floors with a lift, roof terrace and access to a private garden and 67 acres of communal gardens. The house was rebuilt in 1695 and some ceilings are attributed to Sir Christopher Wren.
Why: The architect Kit Martin, who divided the house into six individual dwellings in the 1990s, was an adviser to the Prince of Wales on safeguarding historic houses, and was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to conservation.
Who: Chesterton Humberts, www.chestertonhumberts.com, tel: +44 1780 758090
Santo Versace’s house, Via dei Giardini, Milan, Italy, €49m
Where:In central Milan, 34 miles from Malpensa international airport.
What:A four-storey, seven-bedroom house with 2,100 sq metres of living space. The house currently belongs to Santo, the older brother of Donatella and Gianni Versace.
Why:Designed by Carlo de Carli and Antonio Carminati in 1954, the house is a fine example of Italian postwar rationalist residential architecture, on the only tree-lined street in Milan.
Who:Milan Sotheby’s International Realty, www.milan-sothebysrealty.com, tel: +39 02 8707 8300