Hot property: famous schools

Chiltern, Hillsborough, San Francisco Bay, California, US. $38.5m

Where: In the town of Hillsborough, northern California, 5 miles from San Francisco international airport.

What: A five-bedroom, 36,000 sq ft main house, with three separate apartments and a one-bedroom guest house. The property, completed in 1992, is built in an English Elizabethan style and comes with 6 acres of grounds.

Why: The house is a 25-minute drive from the Lycée Français de San Francisco, a private co-ed school for students aged two to 18, and a 30-minute drive from Stanford University, one of the world’s leading private research universities.

Who: Christie’s International Real Estate, tel: +1 310 385 2690

Casale Mezzomonte, Florence, Italy. €3.5m

Where: In Impruneta, 8km from the centre of Florence, 22km from Florence Peretola international airport.

What: A four-bedroom country house, parts of which date from the 16th century. Restored in 2000, the house comes with approximately 3 hectares of land, made up of gardens, woodland and olive groves, and has views over the Chianti hills.

Why: The house is 20 minutes’ drive from the International School of Florence (IFS), one of the oldest and best-established international schools in Europe. The IFS is an independent co-ed day school for students aged 3-18. Fees range from €9,300 for pre-schoolers to €17,300 for grades 11 and 12.

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

Bossington Mill, Houghton, Hampshire, UK. £2.45m

Where: In the village of Houghton, Hampshire, southern England, 74 miles from London, 33 miles from Southampton airport.

What: A Grade II-listed former mill built in the mid-18th century. The property was converted into a six-bedroom house with a separate self-contained flat in the 1960s.

Why: Bossington Mill is a 25-minute drive from Winchester College, an independent boarding school for boys aged 13-18. Winchester College has been on its present site for 600 years. It is one of Britain’s oldest and most prestigious schools. Annual fees are £32,700.

Who: Knight Frank, tel: +44 20 7861 1080

456 West 19th Street, New York City, US. $7.5m

Where: In Chelsea, west Manhattan, 10 miles from LaGuardia and 15 miles from Newark international airports.

What: A two-bedroom penthouse with double-height living room, two balconies and a roof terrace. The 2,456 sq ft apartment has far-reaching views over Manhattan to the north, south and east. The building’s amenities include a communal garden, 24-hour doorman and full-time superintendent.

Why: The apartment is a few blocks from Avenues: the World School, a new private school for children aged three to 18. It welcomed its inaugural students for grades 1-9 in September 2012, with annual fees costing $39,750.

Who: Savills, tel: +44 20 7016 3740

Clarens, Montreux, Lake Geneva, Switzerland. SFr35m (£24.38m)

Where: In Clarens on the northern banks of Lake Geneva, 27km from Lausanne and 50 minutes’ drive from Geneva international airport.

What: A five-bedroom house built in the traditional Swiss style with two separate apartments. The main house has a gym, cinema room and several terraces that overlook the lake.

Why: The house is five minutes’ walk from St George’s International School, a co-ed independent school for students aged three to 18. Annual fees for full boarders cost between SFr74,200 and SFr74,800.

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

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