Listed London Townhouse
Recently restored to a remarkable standard, this Grade I listed, five-bedroom property is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. In fact, it was so perfectly placed to give access to British politics that during the beginning of the 20th century it was occupied by Lord Haldane, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for War, who is commemorated by a blue plaque on the front of the building.
The house has some unique features, like an original Queen Anne oak staircase and a beautifully-carved canopy over the door. There is also a luxury cigar room, meaning you’ll have plenty of stogies to smoke if you ever find yourself hosting a delegation of foreign diplomats.
Guide price of £19.5 million/$25.2 million knightfrank.co.uk
The Royal Atlantis Residences
On the flip side, Kerzner International has launched The Royal Atlantis Residences in Dubai – a gravity-defying feat of architectural design. Located on the crescent of The Palm and next to the iconic Atlantis resort, this new generation of distinctive luxury will offer a sophisticated lifestyle experience encapsulated in dramatic architecture. The Royal Atlantis Residences are destined to become a new world-renowned landmark and will be Dubai’s first super-prime residential development.
There are 231 residences, which range from two-bedroom apartments to penthouse garden suites. Expect uninterrupted views of the ocean, a 90-metre sky-high infinity pool and world-class restaurants, too.
Starting prices: £1.7 million/$2 million theroyalatlantisresidences.com