Overseas: Six to View

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Coral Gables, Florida

Price: £2m

Agent: Mayfair Office

Tel: 020-7408 1400

They say: Fabulous, architect-designed contemporary house of over 650sq m. Built in 1981, the property has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and is light and chic with a beautiful garden.

We say: An unusual open-plan home that has been created as a gallery space for art. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass patio doors add to the feeling of space and the designer garden has a lovely swimming pool.

I can see for miles

Quinta Shantimar, Algarve, Portugal

Price: £5.26m

Agent: Quadrant Overseas Property

Tel: 01276 507 513

They say: Beautiful house in a clifftop location with ocean views and direct sea access. The estate is spread over eight acres, and the main home has four bedrooms plus a top-floor apartment and separate three-bedroom annexe.

We say: Pretty amazing villa with well-thought out interior design, which has a master bedroom over the entire top floor, a vast living room that makes the most of the views and a huge pool area.

Riviera rental

Cannes Francia, Cannes, France

Price: from £115,400

Agent: Pierre & Vacances

Tel: 0800 001 5551

They say: This redevelopment of 30 studios and apartments is located in one of the most sought-after and glamorous addresses in the south of France. The homes have views of Cannes bay and are just one kilometre from the beach.

We say: The location is undoubtedly popular and buyers are being encouraged to see these residences as an investment rather than a second-home option. Apartments are being sold under the leaseback system, which offers a guaranteed rental income.

Swiss hit

Le Hameau des Liches, Valais, Switzerland

Price: £416,000

Agent: Chesterton International

Tel: 020-7201 2070

They say: A development of three three-bedroom chalets, built from wood and stone. Properties will be very modern with picture windows offering superb views.

We say: With lots of snow in Europe this year, these lovely, large homes will appeal to those who want to get close to the slopes. And, for those who don't, there's the option of adding a sauna or hot tub.

Let's talk Turkey

Forest Apartment, Altinkum, Turkey

Price: £40,000

Agent: Turkish Homes

Tel: 0845 331 2644

They say: This two-bed apartment is located right by the beach in this popular tourist resort. The town's amenities are on your doorstep and the property comes fully furnished.

We say: Ideal cheap-and-cheerful bolthole for those who want low-key resort living. Altinkum is more than an hour from the nearest airport, which keeps tourist numbers down. Planned improvements, including a new marina and golf course, will raise the town's profile.

Snow business

Kicking Horse, British Columbia, Canada

Price: from £132,000

Agent: Pure International

Tel: 020-7331 4407

They say: A wide selection of apartments, minutes from superb ski terrain in a resort that is expected to rival Whistler. Other amenities include a championship golf course and spa facilities.

We say: This part of Canada is taking off as both a summer and winter destination, and these modern units provide a good year-round base. The downside is that you'll have to put up with building work until 2017.

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