24 Nov 2023 | 2 mins

Hot property: five homes for sale where the weather is still warm - Financial Times

Hot property: five homes for sale where the weather is still warm - Financial Times

From an elegant villa in Barbados to a beachfront penthouse with views of Cape Town’s Table Mountain

Villa, Sandy Lane, Barbados, $9.95mn

Where On the Sandy Lane estate in St James, on the west coast of the island. Grantley Adams international airport is about half an hour away by car.

What A villa with more than 1,300 sq m of living space including seven bedrooms, two of which are in separate apartments and most of which have walk-in closets. There are also eight bathrooms, a children’s playroom, a gym and home cinema.

Why The property is on more than an acre of landscaped grounds, with a circular driveway on one side of the house and a glass-tiled pool on the other. Its owners also have access to a beachside cabana on the Sandy Lane estate.

Who Knight Frank


House, Melbourne, Australia, A$17mn ($11.1mn)

Where In Hawthorne, an inner suburb of Melbourne. It’s just over half an hour by car or public transport to the Central Business District and about 45 minutes to the international airport in Tullamarine, depending on traffic.

What A late 19th-century house with five bedrooms and three bathrooms, a billiard room, playroom and a cellar with a wine tasting room. Outside there is a swimming pool and tennis court.

Why Originally designed for a local merchant family, the house has been updated but retains period features such as tall sash and stained-glass windows, fireplaces, plasterwork and ornate balcony railings.

Who Private Property Global/Forbes Global Properties


Estate, Mittagong, Australia, A$11mn ($7.18mn)

Where In Mittagong, a town in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales between Sydney (115km, 1 hour 20 minutes’ drive) and Canberra (180km, 2 hours’ drive).

What A 100-acre estate with a four-bedroom main house and a two-bedroom cottage. The house has sheltered verandas and a heated outdoor pool. There’s also a children’s playhouse.

Why The estate includes grazing pastures for cattle, olive groves that produce about 1,500 litres of oil per year, a paddock, orchard and vegetable garden, as well as a machinery shed and other outbuildings.

Who Savills


House, La Barra, Uruguay, $15mn

Where In La Barra, a coastal resort just outside Punta del Este. Montevideo is about 2 hours 20 minutes by car and flights from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires take an hour or less.

What A modern finca-style home on 5ha. It has seven bedrooms, a gym, a spa, large terraces and views of the Maldonado river.

Why The grounds feature landscaping by the Italian garden designer Stefano Baccari, a pool and a separate caretaker’s or guest lodge.

Who Engel & Völkers


Penthouse, Cape Town, South Africa, R28,875,000 ($1.56mn)

Where On the beachfront in Bloubergstrand, a suburb 13km (about 35 minutes’ drive) north of Cape Town. The city’s international airport is a 40-minute drive.

What A duplex penthouse with 380 sq m of living space, including three bedrooms. There’s an open-plan living area on the lower floor, and the upper floor has a dual-aspect roof garden and a Jacuzzi.

Why The property has stunning views of the sea and of Table Mountain, with the city of Cape Town at its base.

Who Savills