Luxury real estate that’s for sale: Castello Pennisi di Floristella, Case Study House #22, 10-12 Rowland Street and more

Italian castle

Presenting this month’s hottest properties for another place to call home

There are beautiful homes, and there are inimitably spectacular ones. The perfect abode, in our definition, is one that laps up magnificent city skyline or ocean views, with a capacious outdoor terrace and a slew of posh amenities for residents to enjoy. Here, we’ve compiled a list of residences from around the world that seem to have it all – all you have to do is pick and choose.

Castello Pennisi di Floristella, Sicily, Italy

Film buffs, rejoice: An Italian castle that was reportedly one of the backdrops in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III has just listed for US$6.8 million (S$9.14 million). Not a bad deal considering the space—a sprawling, 4,000sqm property with a whopping 22 bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

The estate is located in the Catania area on Sicily’s east coast. It’s got quite the long history, dating back to the late 19th century, when Baron Agostino Pennisi di Floristella commissioned the project. It was designed by Giuseppe Patricolo, an architect who was best known for restoring medieval buildings in his hometown of Palermo. Fortunately for the next owner, Patricolo’s work stood the test of time in more ways than one: It survived both the destructive Messina earthquake in 1908 and bombings during WWII.

Today, the property still bears its benefactor’s name: It’s known as the Castello Pennisi di Floristella and was home to the noble Pennisi family for many years. It still maintains much of the original grandeur that one would expect from a historic Italian palace, starting with a massive marble staircase in the entryway (it leads to a portrait of the Baron himself, obviously) that’s coupled with a coffered ceiling above that still bears the Pennisi coat of arms.

Included in the layout is a private chapel, should you be the religious sort, with original frescoes by Italian painter Giuseppe Sciuti. Also on the property are a library and a wine cellar in the primary residence, plus a separate home for a caretaker.

The deal-clincher: While it’s a spectacular example of the neo-Gothic style architecturally, another key selling point lies beyond the castle’s four walls. The estate has its own private park, which has about two acres of trees and local flora. There are even palm trees leading up to the property, some of which surround a bust of—you guessed it—Baron Pennisi.

Case Study House #22, Malibu, California, USA

While it’s always great to own a home with a renowned architect’s name attached, often these legends of the past leave behind historic houses that have to be brought up-to-date to suit 21st-century needs. Luckily, those looking for a balance of bragging rights and futuristic tech can snag up a new listing in Malibu: a smart home designed by the revered Pierre Koenig. Yours if you’ve got a spare US$25 million (S$33.71 million) sitting around.

The late architect was known for creating glass-and-steel homes on the West Coast. He’s best known, though, for his series of Case Study Houses, most notably Case Study House #22, a residence high in the Hollywood Hills that became the quintessential modernist California abode after it was captured by celebrated photographer Julius Shulman. One of #22’s biggest selling points was its views – Koenig allegedly remarked that the sights at this new Malibu listing rival that of his most famous abode.

Unfortunately, Koenig passed away in 2004 before the beach home was completed. He had designed it for a friend, film producer Michael LaFetra; the architect’s partner, James Taylor, completed the project to match Koenig’s specifications. The home is now owned by real-estate developer Jeffrey Fish, who previously shopped it for US$20 million (S$26.97 million) last February.

The home is designed for paradisal indoor-outdoor living with glass walls that provide spectacular views of the ocean and let light in from virtually every room. And, since it’s tucked into the cliffside itself, it feels suitably private.

The deal-clincher: The home has plenty of high-tech bells and whistles, too, including a retractable drawbridge, a car elevator, a heated flooring and a smart home system. It’s also solar powered, so everything about the property feels up-to-date. If anything, it feels a bit like something out of a Mission Impossible flick.

10-12 Rowland Street, Kew, VIC, Australia

Built in the tradition of palatial European architecture comes this remarkable villa and its breathtaking dimensions, craftsmanship and drama. The five-bedroom, four-bathroom, four-car garage manse is located on 1979sqm of land in Melbourne’s sought-after suburb of Kew.

Here, the magnificent pile is finished with the finest imported details elevating the home to a new level of luxury. Stepping inside the home one is immediately awestruck by the cathedral scale of the reception hall and its black and white marble floors, handcrafted plasterwork and soaring skylit dome. French silk wall coverings and oak parquetry floors distinguish the formal dining room – complete with a marble gas fire – while the refined executive office and fitted library feature bespoke timber panelling. Often the centrepiece of the home, the kitchen is an entertainer’s dream featuring swathes of Calacatta marble, stainless steel work island, Ilve ovens, integrated Liebherr fridge/freezer, and a butler’s pantry with integrated Miele coffee machine at one’s disposal. Here, bi-fold doors open the living area to an expansive undercover alfresco entertaining terrace with a barbecue kitchen, pizza oven, heaters and all-weather screens for use all year round.

It’s an opportunity to soak in the beauty of the Paul Bangay-designed gardens, replete with a stunning water feature. In the opposite wing and also leading out to the garden is a gas-heated indoor pool and spa with sauna, steam room, bathroom and gym. A staircase leads to the main bedroom suite complete with an opulent dressing room and marble adorned ensuite. Two additional bedrooms with walk-in robes, desks and stylish ensuites are further accompanied by two bedrooms with built-in robes and a shared bathroom.

The home presents a heady amalgamation of old-world European charm, with grand fixtures such as Venetian chandeliers paired with CCTV, video intercom, C-bus lighting, zoned heating and more.

The deal-clincher: The fully fitted home theatre boasts French silk wall coverings and is complemented by the full-sized billiards room served by a bar room complete with a wine fridge for entertaining. The basement also sees a cellar.

Price: AU$17 to 18.5 million (S$16.68 to S$18.15 million)

Marshall White

111 Murray Street, New York, US

The 696-sqm Penthouse Two sits atop 
the 111 Murray Street tower in New York’s trendy Tribeca neighbourhood. A private elevator brings you straight to the formal entry gallery, which leads to the library
 and the expansive living room beyond. The latter spans 139-sqm and is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and a wraparound balcony that offer breathtaking views of 
the skyline and New York Harbour. The penthouse, which has five bedrooms, is the result of the collaborative work of Fisher Brothers, Witkoff and New Valley.

The deal-clincher: The master bath in this residence boasts a freestanding tub that soaks up spectacular views of the city skyline – you’d never want to leave the bathroom.

Price: US$40 million (S$56.8 million)

111 Murray

145 Central Park North, New York City, the US

With four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 228 sqm of interior and exterior spaces, this penthouse in one of New York City’s newest condominiums is hard to beat. White oak is used for the flooring and window frames, appliances come from top names such as Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel and Hansgrohe, and Bianco Alanur tiles are used in the main bedroom’s en suite. The residence will be comfortable regardless of the weather thanks to motorised shades at the floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, an HVAC VRF system and a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat.

The deal-clincher: Pets are welcome at 145 Central Park North, which sits directly on Central Park in the iconic neighbourhood of Harlem.

Price: US$4.75 million (S$6.3 million)

145 Central Park North

218 Plantation Club Drive, Maui, Hawaii

Having undergone an extensive multimillion-dollar revamp in 2008, this 675-sqm private mansion in Maui, Hawaii, encapsulates outdoor living at its finest, with sweeping views of the ocean. Featuring modern furnishings and smart-home fixtures, the mansion boasts five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and a partial bathroom. There’s also an outdoor pool and hot tub, multiple lanais and a glass-fronted, 400-bottle wine cellar.

The deal-clincher: Avid golfers will be thrilled to know that the mansion is adjacent to the famed Plantation Golf Course at the Kapalua Resort.

Price: US$8.25 million (S$11,261,373)

Coldwell Banker

30 Park Place, Manhattan, US

Perched on the 76th floor, this 295-sqm penthouse is managed by Four Seasons Private Residences, and offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River. It has three bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, along with a sizeable living room that comes with a charming French-limestone fireplace. The residence boasts features such as an eat-in kitchen with Bilotta rift-cut oak cabinetry and two striking loggias. Developed by Silverstein Properties, Inc and designed by Robert AM Stern Architects, the property also offers a host of wellness and dining amenities.

The deal-clincher: Storage space will be the least of your concerns as the residential building comes with a private storage unit.

Price: US$13,850,000 (S$19,665,823)

Editor’s note: This has been sold.

Thirty Park Place

6 Sharon Road, Waiake, Auckland, New Zealand

The Ocean Race is returning to Auckland in 2022/2023. Teams will once again be sailing out of the protected waters of the Hauraki Gulf, and the occupants of this clifftop property will have amazing views as the world’s best sailors strive to be the first to head out into the Southern Ocean. The three-level residence has an expansive living and dining areas as well as a huge deck and balcony, kitchen, study and master bedroom on the first floor; and three bedrooms on the second floor. Sharon Road is located in a prestigious residential area and is close to the seaside village of Browns Bay and beautiful Waiake beach.

The deal-clincher: Automobile lovers would be glad to hear that  three-level residence has a four-car garage on the ground floor

Price: Upon request via New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty

98 Fron
All units of 98 Front feature 2.6m-tall Alumil windows

98 Front, New York, the US

This collection of 165 residences with over 100 distinct layouts is located in Dumbo, the entrepreneurial heart of Brooklyn. The minimalist, concrete-sculptured development resembles a Rubik’s Cube and was designed by ODA to make full use of its location on a corner lot. Offering a mix of apartments with zero to three bedrooms, the residences are divided into three categories: The Garden Residences, The Lofts and The Penthouses. All units feature 2.6m-tall Alumil windows, white oak hardwood flooring and Bosch appliances. Kitchens have Italian white oak rift cabinets, Blum hardware and Corian countertops and backsplashes, while bathrooms are fitted with large-format Nordic Blanco tiles, brushed nickel fixtures by AF New York and Laufen commodes.

The deal-clincher: The LEED-certified building, which is an NYCxDesign Awards 2021 winner in the Small Multi-unit Housing category, also has a state-of-the-art fitness centre, indoor saltwater pool and spa, and barbecue areas with outdoor kitchens at the 650sqm landscaped common rooftop terrace.

Price: from US$675,000 for a garden unit via Hope Street Capital

Atelier House, Barbados

Set on a ridge in the west coast of Barbados, this 5,271 sq ft home overlooks the ocean and is surrounded by 2,000sqm of gardens. There are four bedrooms comprising a master suite with bathroom on the upper floor and three guest bedrooms on the ground floor. The double-height living room offers views of the Caribbean Sea, with terraces and a 9.8 x 8.2m pool awaiting just outside.

The deal-clincher: Most of the houses in Barbados are styled along British colonial lines, but Atelier stands out for its crisp, contemporary look.

Price: US$3.6 million (S$4.76 million)

Atelier House

Andaz Costa Rica Residences at Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Andaz Costa Rica Residences nestles within 567 hectares of eco-paradise

Andaz Costa Rica Residences at Peninsula Papagayo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Peninsula Papagayo is a 567-hectare club and resort community with 18km of coastline, 13km of bluffs and 21 beaches surrounded by over 1,554 sq km of protected wilderness. The area is already home to an Andaz resort, which will be linked to the new Residences by pedestrian paths, giving owners of the 25 fully turnkey seaside villas and penthouses access to the resort’s fitness and dining options. Each residence will have individual plunge pools and the penthouses will also have rooftop terraces with open-air living rooms.

The deal-clincher: Benefits for owners include an optional rental programme managed by Hyatt and membership to Club at Peninsula Papagayo, which offers recreational facilities, classes and special events, and outdoor activities led by experts.

Price: From US$1.3 million (S$1.75 million)

Andaz Costa Rica Residences at Peninsula Papagayo

Banyan Tree Residences Hillside
The entrance of Banyan Tree Residences Hillside

Banyan Tree Residences Hillside, Dubai, the UAE

Peninsula Papagayo is a 567-hectare club and resort community with 18km of coastline, 13km of bluffs and 21 beaches surrounded by over 1,554 sq km of protected wilderness. The area is already home to an Andaz resort, which will be linked to the new Residences by pedestrian paths, giving owners of the 25 fully turnkey seaside villas and penthouses access to the resort’s fitness and dining options. Each residence will have individual plunge pools and the penthouses will also have rooftop terraces with open-air living rooms.

The deal-clincher: Benefits for owners include an optional rental programme managed by Hyatt and membership to Club at Peninsula Papagayo, which offers recreational facilities, classes and special events, and outdoor activities led by experts.

Price: From from 1.5 million dirhams (S$548,930)

Banyan Tree Residences Dubai

Bosco Verticale, Milan, Italy

When you buy a residence in a building with a name that translates as ‘vertical forest’ in English, you know you’ve made an investment in the future. And that’s precisely what this 493-sqm penthouse, which occupies the entire 26th floor of Bosco Verticale, is all about. Conceived by Stefano Boeri Architteti, this award-winning residential project in the centre of Milan has become a renowned symbol of green urban development since its completion in 2014. The penthouse alone has six terraces on all four sides of the building, complete with fragrant trees, shrubs and plants. Full-height windows maximise light and views, particularly in the large living space.

The deal-clincher: The main bedroom has its own lounge, walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with full his and hers spaces, including an oversized bathtub.

Price: From €15 million (S$24.3 million)

Bosco Verticale

Carolina, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England
Carolina lies at the heart of England’s best-known sporting events

Carolina, Sunningdale, Berkshire, England

Ascot Racecourse, Wentworth Golf Club and Smith’s Lawn – home to some of England’s best-known sporting events – are within easy reach of this recently refurbished country house. Located at the end of Ridgemount Road, the freehold property comprises a six-bedroom main house and a two-bedroom annexe. When not attending Royal Ascot, PGA Championship or Cartier International Polo, residents can relax in Carolina’s cinema or games rooms, by the indoor pool or have a picnic on the beautifully landscaped grounds.

The deal-clincher: The surrounding towns and villages, which include Windsor and Ascot, are well-known for their dining options, such as the Michelin-starred The Fat Duck in Bray.

Price: approximately £7.5 million (S$14.1 million)

Savills UK

Cascade Villa, Turks & Caicos Islands

Located within Princess Alexandra National Park, this 9,800 sq ft villa is just steps away from the islands’ best snorkelling spots teeming with rich marine life. Residents will also have access to a secluded beach area, where they may relax on the pristine sand or explore the Caribbean waters. With six bedrooms, six full baths and one partial bath, there’s ample room for a large family, who can also avail themselves of indoor and outdoor dining areas. Outdoor showers and baths, private terraces with ocean views, and a modern kitchen with an outdoor grill and wet bar complete the premium experience that Cascade Villa offers.

The deal-clincher: The villa’s selection of private pools includes a wading pool for children and another for adults with its own swim-up bar.

Price: US$75 million (S$99.2 million)

Cascade Villa

Chongqing GuocoLand 18T Mansion, China
Chongqing GuocoLand 18T Mansion, China

Chongqing GuocoLand 18T Mansion, China

Winner of Best Residential High Rise Architecture in Chongqing municipality at the Asia-Pacific Property Awards 2021, this collection of five residential towers occupies a prime location next to the Jiefangbei (Liberation Square) central business district with excellent connectivity. The tallest tower goes up to 193m, which means that apartments on the higher floors will offer splendid views overlooking the Yangtze River. 18T Mansion, which will house over 1,000 modern apartments when construction is completed in 2023, is part of Chongqing 18 Steps, GuocoLand’s first large-scale mixed-use project in the city and one of its largest investments in China.

The deal-clincher: Wellness will be a key highlight, with facilities and spaces that support an active, healthy lifestyle. Heritage also plays a major role as residents will be living next to one of Chongqing’s oldest neighbourhoods, Shibati (18 Steps). GuocoLand is restoring two conserved buildings and converting them for commercial and educational use.

Price: RMB35,000 per sqm (average) via GuocoLand

Four Seasons Private Residences at 706 Mission

This is the world’s largest Four Seasons standalone residence, says its developer 706 Mission Street Co. A total of 146 units are housed in the historic Aronson Building and a new 45-storey tower and feature master baths with a free-standing Victoria & Albert Amiata tub, master bedrooms with huge dressing rooms, and modern kitchens with appliances by Wolf and Sub-Zero. Services include 24-hour concierge, valet parking and a car elevator. A club on the fifth level offers a staffed bar, lounge, private library, fully equipped game room and a gym designed by celebrity personal trainer Harley Pasternak.

The deal-clincher: The building also has an art curator and wine consultant who will design bespoke art and wine programmes for residents.

Price: from US$6 million (S$8.06 million)

706 Mission

Infinity, Sydney, Australia

This futuristic mixed-use development, nicknamed The Doughnut for its giant loop-like shape, has been winning awards since 2017, with its most recent being this year’s HIA-CSR Australian Housing Awards in the Best Australian Apartment Complex category and Asia-Pacific Property Awards in the Residential High Rise Development Australia category. Designed by award-winning architect Koichi Takada, Infinity is positioned as the gateway to Sydney’s newest vibrant precinct, Green Square Town Centre. The apartments, which range from studio to four-bedroom units, are designed to allow for ample natural light and breezes to fill every room.

The deal-clincher: Owners can look forward to floor-to-ceiling windows, ample storage and open-plan layouts as well as European kitchen appliances, modern finishes and durable yet sophisticated fixtures.

Price: from A$652,000 for a studio apartment via Sathio Investments

Kalypso, Sydney, Australia

This penthouse will appeal to lovers of sun, sand and sea. It may be only three storeys tall, but Kalypso’s location on the corner of Fletcher and Dellview streets affords unobstructed views of the beautiful coastline. And residents of this penthouse will enjoy the best views thanks to the wraparound windows and balcony. The interior is by the award-winning studio, Mim Design, which brought the outdoors in via a palette of sand, ivory and blue to mimic the nearby cliffs and surf. In addition to its three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the penthouse also has a copper-framed wine cellar and marble hearth fireplace.

The deal-clincher: Its location in Tamarama puts it within easy reach of three beaches, Tamarama, Bondi and Bronte, as well as boutique shopping and dining hotspots.

Price: Upon request

Kalypso

Mastery by Crown Group
Crown Group has teamed up with acclaimned Japanese architects to integrate resort-style design into its properties

Mastery by Crown Group, Waterloo, Australia

Transforming an industrial precinct into a premier residential destination is no easy task, which is why Crown Group called on three internationally renowned architects – Kengo Kuma, Koichi Takada and Silvester Fuller – to work their magic on its latest project in Waterloo. Called Mastery, it is Australia’s first Japanese-themed residential community and will house 368 luxury apartments in five distinct towers. The Japanese influence extends further into the apartment interiors, which were also designed by Takada. Sophisticated fittings and furnishings will complement the Zen-like spaces to create a retreat from the urban bustle.

The deal-clincher: Resort-style facilities include an infinity-edge cantilevered rooftop pool, gym, spa and mini-cinema, while a ground-floor retail precinct will have a mix of restaurants, cafes and shops, including Japanese eateries.

Price: from A$765,000 (S$782,600) for a one-bedroom plus media room apartment

Mastery by Crown Group

Nefeli, Mykonos, Greece

Nefeli is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom residence that sits on a spectacular clifftop in the area of Agios Lazaros overlooking the Aegean Sea. The 400-sqm property is home to a fully furnished chef’s kitchen, state-of-the-art gym and a spacious outdoor area that comes with a lavish rooftop jacuzzi and custom-made sun beds. The home’s security system is top-notch too, with outdoor cameras and a high-tech alarm system in place.

The deal-clincher: The residence has its own private helipad, perfect for jet-setters.

Price: €5.95 million (S$9.43 million)

Greece Sotheby’s International Realty

Penrose Apartments, Eastman Village, UK

The iconic former Kodak film factory will soon reach a new pinnacle of chic. Barratt London has launched The Penrose Apartments, a collection of 71 one, two and three-bedroom homes that will sit within Eastman Village, a new development on the 22-hectare factory site. The Penrose Apartments will be set in four buildings, circling a garden area. Each resident will have his or her own private outside terrace or balcony, with wide landscaped grounds around the buildings for play and exercise.

The deal-clincher: Residents of Eastman Village would have access to the whole of London thanks to excellent surrounding transport facilities – including the capital’s top universities such as University College London.

Price: A starting price of £288,000 (S$538,600)  for a one-bedroom apartment

Barratt London

Penthouse at Federation Tower
Penthouse at Federation Tower in Moscow

Penthouse at Federation Tower, Moscow, Russia

Located 360m above the city, this penthouse on the 95th to 97th floors of Federation Tower is the highest in Europe. The views from the glass-domed ceiling and full-height windows are mainly of the sky, until you look down and see the buildings of Moscow placed like architectural miniatures on the well-ordered streets. Ventilation units on the 87th and 88th floors take in clean air that is then emitted through the air conditioners located throughout this 2,180sqm open-plan space.

The deal-clincher: The 95th floor has a lounge area with bar, two dining rooms and a library with bookshelves that are more than 10m high; the 96th floor has 10 bedrooms, a family room and a playroom; and the 97th floor houses an office and a wellness centre.

Price: US$35 million via Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty

Moscow Sotheby’s International Realty

Quincy Private Residences
The exterior of Quincy Private Residences

Quincy Private Residences at One Holland Village, Singapore

For many Singaporeans, Holland Village is a laid-back enclave with a bohemian atmosphere that enchants with a chic, cool vibe. Which means that any shiny, new development needs to meld accordingly, so as to not disrupt the area’s charm. One Holland Village seeks to do just that, with its strong focus on placemaking. So, rather than imposing itself, this mixed-use development is designed to be an extension of the neighbourhood by borrowing from its iconic shophouses and irregular streets. Among its three residential offerings is Quincy Private Residences, which comprises 27 exclusive homes occupying the top eight levels of the 28-storey Quincy Tower. Residences offer unblocked panoramic views, top-of-the-line fittings and appliances as well as generous floor areas ranging from 1,238 sq ft to 3,488 sq ft,.

The deal-clincher: Units also come with private lift access, concierge services, smart connectivity and serviced facilities.

Price: From S$4.06 million for a three-bedroom apartment on the 21st floor

Far East Organization

Residence #3800 at Residences by Armani/Casa, Florida, US
Residence #3800 at Residences by Armani/Casa is Miami’s newest, luxury ocean-front listing

Residence #3800 at Residences by Armani/Casa, Florida, US

The coast of Sunny Isles Beach in Florida just got a little more Italian with the launch of Residences by Armani/Casa, the first US residential real estate project by Armani/Casa Design Studio. The 60-storey building features private high-speed elevator access to most residences, in addition to an Armani Private Lounge, a fine-dining restaurant, an ocean-facing fitness centre, and exclusive beach amenities on a 91.4-metre stretch of private shore. But all eyes will be on Residence #3800 – a new, grandiose four-bedroom apartment designed in partnership with celebrated interior designer Marisol Pinto. The unit is home to four-and-a-half bathrooms and a private lounge, and is festooned with top-of-the-line furnishings by Brazilian home décor brand, Artefacto.

The deal-clincher: Its spectacular ocean-front location, of course.

Price: US$6,960,000 (S$9,498,000)

Editor’s note: This has been sold.

Residences by Armani/Casa

 Six Senses Residences at The Forestias
The clubhouse at Six Senses Residences at The Forestias

Six Senses Residences at The Forestias, Bangkok, Thailand

Designed to be a community like no other, The Forestias is endowed with a rich ecosystem housing over 500 species of plants and animals. Minimal boundary walls and shared facilities encourage a positive relationship with nature and aim to address a growing disconnect between city life and family traditions. For the well-heeled, there is Six Senses Residences, a collection of 27 homes set around a forest lagoon, offering three to five bedrooms and spacious living areas ranging from 791sqm to 1,480sqm.

The deal-clincher: Harnessing Thai architectural sensibilities, each home has floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light while allowing occupants to enjoy views of the lagoon and forest.

Price: From 170 million baht via Magnolia Quality Development Corporation

Magnolia Quality Development Corporation

South Beach Residences, Singapore
South Beach Residences tower above surrounding shopping malls and office buildings

South Beach Residences, Singapore

With 190 residential units occupying levels 23 to 45 of South Tower, residents are assured of stunning views across the nearby central business district and Marina Bay. Full-height windows and balconies provide ample opportunities to enjoy iconic events, such as the Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, when they are held in the area. The interiors of all units are finished to the highest standards, with exquisite finishing and designer appliances.

The deal-clincher: For recreation, there are two Sky Gardens, swimming pools, a fitness zone and gym, function room with kitchenette, a reading room and a gourmet pantry to keep young and old fit and entertained.

Price: From S$3.59 million for a two-bedroom suite via South Beach Consortium.

South Beach Residences

The Bryanston, Hyde Park, London, UK

London welcomes a new premium address: The Bryanston, Hyde Park, set to be one of the finest parkside residences in Europe. Situated in the heart of the West End on the north-east corner of Hyde Park, the building stretches over 75m in height, making it the tallest luxury residential development to overlook the capital’s most famous park. The Bryanston is home to 54 luxury apartments, each of which has a ceiling height of three metres and expansive windows, flooding the interiors with natural daylight. Residents can enjoy a host of thoughtfully curated on-site amenities such as a private wellness facility housing a 25m swimming pool, steam room, sauna and state-of-the-art gymnasium. Surely parkside living doesn’t get any dreamier than this.

The deal-clincher: The residences are located in the historic Marble Arch corner of Hyde Park, which was the original gateway to Buckingham Palace.

Price: from US$3.26 million (S$4.45 million)

The Bryanston

Three-bedroom Executive Collection apartment at South Quay Plaza, London, UK

Berkeley Group has released the Executive Collection; six premium homes that sit within the South Quay Plaza development in London. Set to be completed in 2021, the Executive Collection apartments are designed by Foster + Partners and occupy the 58th and 59th floors of the 220m-tall Valiant Tower. The three-bedroom apartments boast expansive floorplates ranging from 120 sqm to 155.9 sqm, and owners will be pampered with amenities such as a gym, sauna, spa and a residents-only Quay Club, situated on the 56th floor.

The deal-clincher: More is, indeed, more; residences come with furnishings such as Miele kitchen appliances, in-built wardrobes in all bedrooms and engineered timber flooring in the living and kitchen areas.

Price: £2.14 million (S$3.8 million)

Berkeley Group

Terrace Penthouse, 555 West End Avenue, New York City, US

555 West End Avenue has just listed its crown jewel: the jaw-dropping Terrace Penthouse. This stunning four-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom duplex spans more than 464.5 sqm, with 204 sqm of interior space and 260 sqm of private outdoor space over two levels. Ensconced within the residence is the Great Room, where you will find a double-sided, marble-wrapped gas fireplace that doubles as a divider, separating the lounge area from the dining area. From here, you can step out onto a wraparound terrace for panoramic river and skyline views.

The deal-clincher: Its future owners will benefit from being in close proximity to world-class dining hotspots, elite private schools and famous cultural attractions.

Price: US$22.5 million (S$30.71 million)

555 West End Avenue

Villa Baan Sang, Koh Samui, Thailand

Baan Sang is one of only two villas in the exclusive gated and private Five Islands Estate. Wide terraces and full-height windows allow for unobstructed views of the surrounding sea and forest-covered mountain and valley. Just outside are gardens, walking, jogging and biking trails, and a 25m swimming pool. The views are equally spectacular inside the 13,573 sq ft villa, which has four bedrooms and five full baths. Granite walls, bleached tones of Thai teak, aged hand-cast bronze metal and the mosaic of azure Sukabumi stone complete Villa Baan Sang’s five-star ambience.

The deal-clincher: The villa is just 40 minutes from Samui’s private international airport.

Price: 155.7 million baht (S$6.6 million)

Villa Baan Sang