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The world’s most glamorous houses for sale

Fancy living like the super-rich? We've rounded up the most extravagant houses on the market around the world


Malibu on America’s west coast is stiff with Hollywood stars. It became the place to be in the 1930s and now small summer houses dip their toes in the water along world-famous beaches. Malibu Colony, where Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Goldie Hawn and Pierce Brosnan hide out, is now a gated community. La Villa Contenta featured in the epic television series True Blood (seven seasons, 70 episodes) as Queen Sophie’s mansion and also in the films Funny People and I Love You Man. It is a symphony of excess with limestone and antique 18th-century wood floors, a huge pool and pavilion and Romanesque pavilion. The floor of the pool is lined with a million seashells. The house has 13 bedrooms, tennis courts, land, and one of the largest greenhouses in California filled with rare cacti. Hamptons International (020 3151 7276, is asking £32.5m.


Ibiza is party central for the world, with cocktails on the beach, seafront restaurants and celebrities behind every palm tree. Star-spotters this summer saw Orlando Bloom, Justin Bieber, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, with Leonardo DiCaprio moored alongside on his rather large yacht. Kate Moss and Jade Jagger are fans too.

Families and old hippies head to the north. The ultimate in cool is a minimalist villa called Casablanca, being sold by Knight Frank (0207 861 1553; at £7.688m. It sits on several levels on a dramatic cliff edge on a protected bay, with sliding glass walls to the living room, a glass walled bedroom on the sea, an outdoor bathroom in the rocks and an outdoor bedroom on a wooden plinth with a canvas roof. There are four indoor bedrooms and an infinity pool. From the huge outdoor sitting room you can watch the sun drop into the sea. It is all about catching the breeze.


Up in the silence of one of the most majestic mountain ranges in the world, Chamonix is the grand old lady of ski resorts where the first Winter Olympics were held in 1924. The telepheriques knit the sky, trailing from peak to peak, all topped by Mont Blanc’s 15,000 ft spike.

It is all about cold and hot up here. Les Tines is a modern log cabin in one of the poshest bits of Chamonix, Les Praz. It has triple glazing, geothermal heating and six bedroom suites, so having friends to stay is easy. There is a sauna to steam in, proper gym, massage room for pummeling après-ski aches and pains, and a cinema to lose yourself in. Drinks before supper are served in the pavilion sitting room by the hanging fireplace and the floor-to-ceiling windows. Knight Frank (0207 861 1553; is asking £5.1m.


Barbados is the enduring paradise island for A-listers who come to soak up winter heat and dip their toes in the sapphire sea. Simon Cowell, the Beckhams, home-grown Rihanna and assorted royals all recharge their batteries here. Many stay at the beachside Sandy Lane hotel so that they don’t have to worry about little things like where the clean sheets and gourmet food will come from. Gardenia is a rare waterfront classical-style villa with eight bedrooms, pool, tennis court, staff quarters and gorgeous outdoor dining, sitting and napping rooms, wrapped in lush gardens, at £31.878m through Knight Frank (0207 861 1553,


The economy in Vietnam is growing (though it is still saddled with bad debts), the holiday market is awash with westerners interested in post-war sight-seeing and silver beaches trimmed with swaying palms. Just as the government has relaxed rules on foreign ownership and borrowing, Savills (020 7016 3740, is selling off-plan a group of five-bedroom, five-bathroom mini mansions with infinity pools breasting the sea at Mia Resort Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, at £1.1m and more. In other parts of Vietnam there may be World Heritage sites beautiful enough to break your heart, city streets thronging with tailors desperate to run up stylish jackets for you, but on this stretch of coast you forget everything and reach for your sunhat and a mojito.

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