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Homes with a new style of living

Reassessing what you want from your home? These may meet your new priorities, says Jelena Cvjetkovic

Jelena Cvjetkovic
Director, International Residential Network

“The lockdown has affected what we want from our future homes. For many, priorities now include space for a home office, access to outdoor space, a more rural location or a family-focused property with room to keep children and adults entertained.

Some of our clients see this as a time to bring forward a move, while others are prepared to make a significant change to their lifestyle.

These beautiful properties have the features buyers are increasingly looking for: a stunning location, more green space, better connection with people and nature, a beautiful place to work, and a focus on exercise and wellbeing.” Jelena Cvjetkovic


Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

Imagine starting each day with a fresh sea breeze and invigorating views of the Mediterranean. For anyone contemplating a change in lifestyle, this newly built villa overlooking Villefranche-sur-Mer must surely be on the shortlist. There are beautiful, modern design touches throughout the villa, but the eye rarely leaves the scenic surroundings. Soaring 7m-high ceilings and walls of glass create a light-filled, open living space which flows naturally from room to room and onto the extensive terraces and landscaped grounds – the perfect place to entertain or take in the idyllic views of the Bay of Villefranche and Cap Ferrat.

The master bedroom has a stunning private terrace with Jacuzzi, while four further en suite bedrooms all open onto the gardens. And on those rare days when the sun doesn’t shine, there’s an indoor spa with hammam and gym.

Details and contact
Bedrooms  5
Bathrooms  5
Price  €9,500,000
Contact  Alex Balkin
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Glebe garden Chelsea

The Glebe, Chelsea, London

If your address is a discreet and exclusive residence in the heart of Chelsea, it’s only fitting that the gardens are equally distinguished. For the gardens and grounds at The Glebe, award-winning landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith drew on the individuality of Chelsea for inspiration.

The large outdoor space offers a beautiful year-round sanctuary for relaxing and entertaining. The design has a contemporary feel, but also a sense of naturalness and spontaneity. Like Chelsea itself, it has an artistic expression that is distinct from the rest of London. Secure and self-contained, it has the feel of a private club.

There are nine immaculate residences – two private villas, a triplex penthouse and six grand apartments – each of which has been designed, crafted and exquisitely detailed by seven internationally renowned decorators. With a dedicated 24-hour lifestyle and concierge team, these are rare homes in a fashionable location.

Details and contact
Bedrooms  4-8
Bathrooms  5-14
Price  POA
Contact  Edward Lewis


Kings and Queens Sotogrande

Kings and Queens, Sotogrande

Working from home assumes a fresh perspective when you have world-class golf, sailing and polo facilities on your doorstep. Add spas and an international school and bathe it all in the Andalucian climate, and it’s tempting to consider Sotogrande as a family home for the whole year, not just the summer.

Sotogrande has been a fashionable, discrete and exclusive destination since the early 1960s, and this is one of the original villas – close to the beach and marina and with views of the golf course. It has been beautifully renovated with a bright, spacious feel throughout. All living space and additional bedrooms are on one floor, with the second floor dedicated to a spacious master suite.

Details and contact
Bedrooms  7
Bathrooms  6
Price  €4,200,000
Contact  Tom Vickery
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Northend House

Northend House, Buckinghamshire

Set in a secluded, south-facing position, this modern masterpiece looks out over the tree-lined hills of the Chiltern countryside. Constructed of steel with natural flint, oak and glass elevations, the open-plan design and high ceilings provide spacious, light-filled living areas over two levels and almost 8,000 sq ft.

The first floor features a reception hall and master bedroom suite with its own sitting room and twin en suite bathroom. The home’s clever design creates a space that’s open yet private – a separate wing with three bedroom suites and guest accommodation is an ideal set-up for family living. The ground floor is arranged to provide contemporary living space and opens onto the terrace and gardens – a peaceful location from which to admire the changing seasons. Despite its rural surroundings, Northend House is within easy reach of Henley-on-Thames and Marlow, and train services to London.

Details and contact
Bedrooms  5
Bathrooms  6
Price  £6,950,000
Contact  Ed Sugden
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Cinema Grosvenor

No 1 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London

Grosvenor Square has long been one of London’s most sought-after residential enclaves. At its heart is No 1 Grosvenor Square, formerly the US Embassy and the Canadian High Commission and now a collection of luxury residences. While the building’s political past is behind it, it still offers a sumptuous and stately lifestyle.

An entire 10,000 sq ft floor is dedicated to world-class amenities, including a gym and private training studio, swimming pools and spa facilities with treatment rooms. There is also a concierge service that provides bespoke hospitality, plus round-the-clock valet parking, embassy-level security and a residents’ lounge, all of which help to create a sense of community while safeguarding privacy.

Details and contact
Bathrooms  2-5
Price  POA
Contact  Ed Lewis
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Lake View, Epping, Essex

Situated in a 22-acre private country estate, this modernist home features angular lines, spacious lateral design, and floor-to-ceiling glass throughout. The house is one of five beautifully designed and finished properties in Lake View, a luxury development on the outskirts of Epping. Its remarkable location is best appreciated from the first-floor balcony that wraps around the 21m triple-aspect reception. From here, you overlook a rural setting of gardens, mature trees and tranquil lake. Look further afield, however, and London’s city skyline is in clear view.

Naturally, the property provides exceptional living and entertaining accommodation. On the ground level, there is a cinema room, internal courtyard, study and access to the outdoor heated swimming pool. A glass staircase leads up to the lateral reception, a beautifully fitted open-plan kitchen and those far-reaching views.

Details and contact
Bedrooms  4
Bathrooms  4
Price  £4,750,000
Contact  Tim Phillips
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Harley st study

Harley Street, Marylebone, London

On a street synonymous with health and wellness, this Grade II listed Georgian townhouse is a perfect fit, having been fully renovated across its six floors to the highest specification. Although original features have been restored in keeping with the period, the basement has been transformed into a centre for wellbeing – six spa stations with a pool, as well as a steam room, sauna, plunge pool and gym. There is also a cinema and the only remaining original wine cellar in the area. To the rear of the building, a Victorian ground floor annex has been remodelled into a bright, modern extension that opens on to the beautiful courtyard garden – the perfect spot to set up a home office.

This is a rare find in one of London’s most fashionable neighbourhoods, where charming shops, cafes and parks are within easy walking distance.

Details and contact
Bathrooms  6
Price  £18,500,000
Contact  Nick Poppe
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Vale do Lobo, Algarve

Vale do Lobo, Algarve

One of the secrets to Vale do Lobo’s success is that it keeps reinventing itself. As properties around the resort age, they are redeveloped using new designs and materials. Architects and developers are encouraged to push their imaginations, resulting in striking, modernist homes, such as this four-bedroom villa located close to the resort’s world-class golf and leisure facilities.

The sleek, minimalist interior provides flexible, comfortable family accommodation and has a natural connection with the outdoor living areas, perfect for enjoying the indoor/outdoor lifestyle of the Algarve. Stylish exterior spaces complement the tranquil location and feature a sun deck, swimming pool and terrace – all with inviting views over umbrella pines to the sea.

Details and contact
Bathrooms  4
Price  €3,100,000
Contact  Jelena Cvjetkovic
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Upper Grosvenor

Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London

With its beautiful architecture, pretty squares and quiet back streets, Mayfair has the character of a village, albeit one that is now home to the most famous names in international fashion, dining and culture. The arrival of a new generation of retailers, gallery owners and restaurateurs alongside classic Mayfair establishments has encouraged everyone to reach for even higher levels of creativity. These days, you can have a great lifestyle without ever stepping out of Mayfair.

Keeping in step with Mayfair’s revival and chic image, this imposing townhouse is situated on one of its most prestigious streets. The property has undergone its own stunning renaissance and now features an impressive entertaining space, a connecting mews to the rear of the property, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and spa, passenger lift, garage and two decked terraces.

Details and contact
Bathrooms  9
Price  £27,500 per week
Contact  Hannah Norton