Mayfair, as we know, is an affluent area. It’s home to Claridge’s, The Dorchester, The Ritz and many more of the world’s most exclusive hotels. It’s where shoppers can find Burlington Arcade, Berkeley Square and auction houses from Christie’s to Sotheby’s. It’s even the most expensive square on a Monopoly board.
And, like Rich Uncle Pennybags, you’ll need to be rolling in the green stuff to buy a place there. Earlier this year, Rightmove revealed that the average flat in W1J went for £4,756,009. And that begs the question: What could you buy for the price of a Mayfair flat elsewhere around the world?
Alpine Chalet, France, £4.7 million
On the market for £30,000 less than the average Mayfair flat — which is enough to buy yourself two top-of-the-range Polaris Snowmobiles or each of your 14 guests a Moncler ski jacket — this superb new build chalet in Megeve is surely enough to tease you away from Zone 1.
Included in its ‘amenities’ are a cinema, indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna. There are seven bedrooms, six bathrooms and enough natural furs and untreated wood to make even the most seasoned slopesman blush.
Alpine Chalet, Megeve
Upstate Mansion, New York, £4.6 million
Far from the bustling black cab cacophony of Mayfair, this meticulously-designed country house may look English, but is set across a tranquil acre in Quogue, New York State. It’s got a beach, a large heated pool, a guest house and a garden pavillion.
It’s the full Gatsby. The American dream. And, at £4,637,553, it still comes in below the asking price of your average W1J pad. And we’re not saying it’s better than digs slap bang in the centre of the capital — but, if you want the same level of shirt-throwing space that Redford and DiCaprio enjoyed, there’s surely only one sensible choice.
Upstate Mansion, New York
Maosonon Island, Philippines, £4.6 million
It’s a mystery why, when you could buy your very own island, you’d instead splash the cash on a one-bed just off Grosvenor Square. So much of a mystery, in fact, that we present this mystery island to try and get you to see sense. Its name? Maosonon Island. Or, in English, Mystery Island.
Along with the cool name, the $6 million asking price gets you a paradise of over 100 acres, luscious islands with large beaches and a blank canvas on which to build your perfect tropical hideaway. Prospective Bond villains, you know where to sign.
Maosonon Island, Philippines
Merrymaid, Vintage Yacht, £4.3 million
Why buy one place to lay your head, when you could invest in a superyacht and explore every inlet and waterway the world has to offer? Especially when the vessel in question is dripping in turn-of-the-century luxury.
This 1904-built Camper & Nicholsons yacht is available in concourse condition, all studded oxblood leather and intricate carvel-planked teak. And the best thing? At £350,000 under the average price of a Mayfair flat, you can afford a Scorpion Rib, Seadoo and some great nautical style, too. Anchors aweigh.
Maosonon Island, Philippines
Cote D’Azur Villa, Var, £4.7 million
So this one is a touch more than your average Mayfair flat, but who’s going to complain? It’s a Mediterranean villa of the highest order, perched in Sainte Maxime and with views so tasty you’ll be reaching into the wine cellar for a bottle to pair them with.
It’s got a cinema, four bedrooms, an interior and exterior pool and even a hammam — which we’re not saying is impossible to find in central London, but is unlikely to crop up on the market at this price.
Cote D’Azur Villa, Var
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