Three of the best apartments

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Bar Lodge, a late-Victorian house divided into three apartments, is perched above the Bar at the entrance to Salcombe Harbour in Devon. The property has spectacular views of the open sea and across National Trust coastline. The upper apartment has four bedrooms, with two balconies and a sun terrace. Residents have access to a private beach. pounds 275,000 through Marchand Petit (01548 857588).

The Old Bakery in Brixton Hill, London SW2 is an unusual warehouse apartment converted by the owner, a property developer. Instead of carving up the 3,252 square feet into flats, he's created an enormous two-bedroom apartment. The 42ft by 36ft sitting room has a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and brickwork, and leads to a custom-built kitchen. The main bedroom is equally roomy, at more than 36ft by 19ft, and the guest bedroom is a generous 15ft by 17ft. pounds 375,000 through Friend & Falcke (0171-498 0736).

Flat 5 in Little Walden Hall, near Saffron Walden in Essex, is on the first floor of a Victorian country house. The one-bedroom flat has a fitted chandelier in the drawing room, elaborately carved doors leading to a study, and an 18ft kitchen. Garages are in the courtyard and there is a communal summer-house. No ground rent is payable, but the annual maintenance charge is currently around pounds 1,200. Price pounds 120,000 through Bruce Munro (01799 522628).