Multi-million pound mansions, gilded gold streets, the sparkle of swimming pools, and celebrity neighbours – these are the very things you seek when you want to invest in one of the world’s most exclusive addresses. From the mountains of the French Alps to the casinos of Monaco, take a look at the most prestigious stretches of property in the whole world and start dreaming of making your move to join the property elite.
Boulevard Du Général De Gaulle, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat
Situated along the Mediterranean Côte d’Azur, this exclusive peninsula is no stranger to glamorous property. The centre of Old World style in the French Riviera, the perfectly preserved charm of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has brought in the rich and famous in their droves for years. Boulevard Du Général De Gaulle deserves special mention for its incredible beachfront villas, where notable residents include Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and the average price per square metre exceeds $80,000. With stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, the nearby harbour and fabulous luxury restaurants for evening dining, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the perfect slice of French prestige.
Courcheval, French Alps
If you dream of a holiday home nestled in the great white Alps, then Courcheval is the only place to buy. This is the epitome of winter luxury with chalets and snug properties soaring in their hundreds. Courcheval is hailed as one of the most prestigious places to own a property, with its extravagance of fine Michelin-starred dining, its easy access to all the best runs, and its signature après-ski lifestyle. This small town has certainly created a splash for winter sport enthusiasts seeking spa pampering, glorious apartments and a highly sought-after address high in the mountains.
Chianti Hills, Tuscany
Tuscany is famed for its fertile farmlands, its full-bodied red wines, its soft buttery light and its rustic romance. Yet the Chianti Hills are quickly growing to be one of the most exclusive areas in the world, particularly for those who want to escape the city splendour of Florence. This is the place to buy a home if you dream of faded frescoes, acres of vineyards, infinity pools, antique furnishings and dreamy views. The Chianti Hills has become one of the most expensive areas in the world to buy rural property. An old farmhouse, even in need of dramatic restoration, will still set you back by at least half a million pounds. But it’s made up for by the opportunity to own something truly unique: you could even splash the cash on a pretty little villa owned by Michelangelo himself.
Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona
Gaudi’s palaces, the sweet sea breeze blowing in from the Mediterranean, tapas after dark, and a lively energy any time of day – Barcelona is one of Europe’s most beloved cities. In terms of property, you’re not limited by choice. Paseo de Gracia gives you a fabulous opportunity to dig deep in your pocket. This may be Barcelona’s most expensive street, but it is also the most visually alluring. This is where some of the best architecture of our time can be found, wonders from Gaudi, Montaner and Cadalfach. Pretty facades and designer shops set the tone for the price of a simple apartment coming in at a cool million.
Platinum Coast, Barbados
Home to some of the most exclusive resorts in the whole of the Caribbean, the Platinum Coast of Barbados is every bit as exclusive as it sounds. Sun-drenched sands, swaying palms and an endless stretch of glorious turquoise sea makes it the perfect place to invest. At the infamous Sandy Lane, you can indulge in plenty of five-star pampering and even rub shoulders with the Beckhams. A five-bedroom villa in this exclusive spot will set you back by a considerably hefty amount – but it’s worth it to live a truly envious lifestyle.