Carla Passino picks out some of the best homes on the market across the globe right now.
Set in the central part of Cap d’Antibes, this six-bedroom Belle Époque villa enjoys fine views of the sea framed by pine trees.
Carefully renovated, it combines cutting-edge security (and air conditioning) with period grandeur: details include a magnificent staircase, a cupolaed ceiling and enormous windows that open onto sweeping terraces.
In particular, the top-floor terrace, off the elegant master suite, is an ideal spot in which to sit, relax and soak up the panorama.
Outside are beautifully landscaped gardens and a swimming pool.
Situated in the sought-after Sandy Lane estate, Windward stands in 1½ acres of tropical landscaped gardens.
The 8,516sq ft interiors are well suited to entertaining, with indoor and outdoor dining areas, an open-plan living area that gives access to a covered veranda and the grounds beyond and a bar and barbecue area next to the swimming pool.
Upstairs, reached by a striking staircase, is the vast master suite.
The Ulivi estate spans 6½ acres of olive-tree and oleander-studded grounds above a private beach in Porto Rafael, on Sardinia’s north-eastern coast.
Designed in 1969 by Italian architect Michele Busiri Vici, the six-bedroom villa makes the most of views across the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Two terraces provide vantage points: the one on the roof is perfect for an aperitif and the one off the master suite is bordered by granite outcrops and lush gardens.
For a house with a difference, look no further than this waterside property close to the village of Fuseta: it is the exact replica of a millhouse that stood in the same place in the early 19th century.
The building makes the most of its delightful setting on the edge of Rio Formosa, with a panoramic open-plan living and dining area, centred on a striking fireplace, and a spectacular porch that runs along the entire south-western side.
A contemporary kitchen, three bedrooms and a mezzanine floor will accommodate additional guests.
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