This waterfront estate in the exclusive Point neighbourhood was built to make the most of Lake Norman and its spectacular sunsets. Situated on a private gated lot measuring 1.74 acres, the six-bedroom, six-bathroom property was designed for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining; the infinity-edge saltwater pool and covered dining terrace with fire pit are right on the water’s edge. The Mediterranean-inspired main residence offers grandly scaled living areas with double-height ceilings, polished travertine floors and walls of glass to take in the lake views. A separate, one-bedroom, one-bathroom West Indies-style guest cottage has fold-away doors on two walls that open onto landscaped gardens, covered patios and a spa. A sandy beach and jetty are further highlights.
This lavish hilltop villa (also pictured top) has an infinity pool that seems to fall off the cliff into the sea, and five acres of magical grounds with a lavender field and an extensive kitchen garden. The interiors are Moorish in inspiration, decorated with carefully sourced antiques, handcrafted finishes in wood and stone, and jewel-coloured drapes: highlights include a library hung with art and a great room with a Mudéjar-style ceiling. Upstairs, there are six bedrooms and six bathrooms; the master suite is adorned with a collection of Coptic crosses and has a Jacuzzi with views out to sea.
It’s hard to believe the tranquil Jade Residence is only a 15-minute walk from Taipei 101 and the city. Designed by Taiwanese architect Lee Tianduo to blend seamlessly with its tropical setting, the exterior resembles a branching bamboo, with floor-to-ceiling windows framing the views over Elephant Mountain and the city, and flooding the cool, contemporary, open-plan interiors with natural light. The highlight is a spectacular roof-deck infinity pool with built-in sun beds and the same sun-drenched views of emerald-green vegetation.
A long, tree-lined avenue leads to the grand gates of this historic country estate; in the large courtyard beyond, a fountain is framed by ornamental hedgerows, while in the gardens to the rear, an infinity pool offers panoramic views of the Dordogne Valley. There are two châteaux, both beautifully restored and updated to 21st-century standards: a stately four-bedroom residence built in 1800 and set in formal gardens, and a secondary four-bedroom château that opens onto a sun terrace and the pool. The property also includes a residence for guests or staff, outbuildings, stables, and 168 acres of private woodland and pasture.
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This contemporary villa is built into the hillside high above the Bay of Marigot on St. Barths, and all the living spaces, including the infinity pool, have breathtaking views of the coastline and ocean. The interiors combine bespoke furniture with exotic wood finishes: there’s a large living room, a beautiful red-and-black kitchen, and four ensuite bedrooms with outdoor showers. A lower level houses two further bedrooms (one for guests and one for staff), a state-of-the-art movie theatre, a hammam, a gym, and a seven-car garage.