Architect-designed homes with Miami-style cool
Recently introduced financial incentives are encouraging migration to Miami, particularly from less-favoured tax regimes elsewhere in the US. But money is not the only motivation to relocate and the sunshine state, home to the world-renowned Art Basel Miami, also has a global reputation for fine art and design – a reputation clearly underlined in its new residential offerings. Emigrés can take their pick from a raft of high-style condos, which include contributions from Shard maestro Renzo Piano on North Beach: Eighty Seven Park (eightysevenparkcondo.com; elliman.com; from $3m to $68m); Pritzker Prize winner OMA/Rem Koolhaas in fashionable Coconut Grove: One Park Grove (park-grove.com; elliman.com; from $2.9m to $11.25m); and the French interior designer and Architectural Digest superstar Jean-Louis Deniot in Edgewater: Elysee Miami (elyseemiami.com; elliman.com; $1.8m to $10m), encircled by the city’s top destinations for shopping and art.
Living the high life in Sydney
Ask any child to describe the Sydney skyline and they’ll immediately conjure up the sail-like silhouette of the city’s iconic Opera House. Now, however, a challenger is poised to set the landscape alight. One Barangaroo, designed by British firm WilkinsonEyre, has taken a modern twist on the skyscraper to create a habitable work of art composed of three petal‑like structures that rise and twist to form a tower. The building is also breaking new ground in terms of location, helping to define born-again East Darling Harbour, once an important container terminal, now 22 hectares of dynamic urban living in the Central Business District. For those who want to enjoy city life at the top, the 82 Crown Residences (knightfrank.com; from £5.2m) not only offer the country’s first six-star, fully serviced homes, but a postcard perspective of Sydney Harbour and its celebrated attractions.
London’s first and only newly built Grade I-listed street
London is acquiring a unique, more affordably priced, then-and-now offering in Regent’s Crescent, the city’s first and only newly built Grade I-listed street. The reasoning behind this anomalous distinction is that this graceful architectural curve, which fans out from the northern end of Portland Place, is fronted by a painstakingly reconstructed façade designed in the early 19th century by Regency genius John Nash. Behind its elegant neoclassical proportions buyers will discover 67 magnificently finished apartments and nine expansive villas (knightfrank.com and savills.com; from £2.9m), all with exclusive access to the eight acres of gardens at Park Crescent and Park Square, underground valet parking, a cinema, swimming pool and spa.
Vintage glamour meets modern elegance in New York
New York is getting a new high-rise landmark: 111 West 57th Street, a super-tall, super-thin skyscraper located on the city’s Billionaires’ Row. The development is an old-meets-new marriage of Steinway Hall – the piano manufacturer’s showroom designed by Grand Central Station architects Warren & Wetmore in 1925 – and a thoroughly 21st-century tower by SHoP Architects. Fans of vintage can opt for one of the 14 condominiums in the listed beaux arts masterpiece, while those intent on dominating all they survey should adopt a more Rapunzel-like position in the sky. The tower apartments are large in scale and dramatic in outlook, but all the units enjoy over 20,000sq ft of luxury facilities, including a Busby Berkeley-style pool. The pricing (knightfrank.com: from $18m to $57m) is anything but vintage, however, and in this respect, the building joins an elite international club whose other members include London’s One Hyde Park.
Charming villas in Italy’s favourite historic beauty spots
Italy has had rather a bumpy property ride in recent years – with a giddy drop of up to 30 per cent in prices since the financial crash – but top‑of‑the range living here has recently found much firmer footing due to altered tax arrangements, which allow those taking up residence to pay a flat rate of €100,000 on their global income. Unsurprisingly, the bel paese has seen a notable boost in demand from the world’s wealthiest wishing to take advantage of this and other attractions and, as a result, properties over €10m are on an upward trajectory. Cosmopolitan buyers here – as always – favour historic beauty spots such as Florence, where Savills is selling a charmingly restored 16th-century villa (savills.com; price on request) with original frescoes and 18 hectares of woodland, and Lake Como, where Sotheby’s International Realty is offering a historic Louis XV-style villa (sothebysrealty.com; €20m) overlooking the lake at Brunate.