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Hot Properties: 5 sumptuous residences in Milan, Cape Town and more

Welcome to “Hot Properties”, a monthly column in which we scour the market for the most stylish, extravagant and covetable residential addresses around the globe. From condos jointly designed by Liebskind, Isozaki and Hadid to a lofty penthouse perched atop Singapore’s “District 10”, here are 5 of the most desirable places to call home — provided price is no object!


Cape Dutch Homestead, Cape Town

Nestled in the heart of the Constantia Valley — Cape Town’s very own cellar door — this private estate, offered by luxury realtor Greeff, is ideally suited to a number of applications. It’s already primed to be the perfect summer home, but with some minor refurbishment could be easily transformed into a business proposition (spa retreat anyone?). A Cape Dutch homestead is at the heart of the property, with enough space to sleep 20 people and recreational facilities to match. Individual rooms are verdantly high-ceilinged, enabling natural light to careen through the multitude of large windows, awnings and a positively palatial courtyard. For those who are keen to tee off, the estate is also bordered on two sides by the Steenberg Golf Club — so you’re never too far from one of South Africa’s best courses.

Listed Price: prices upon request
Greeff Properties, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, +27 82 600 8846


CityLife Residences, Milan

To say that CityLife, the mixed-use precinct in northwestern Milan, is unlike anything the Lombardian capital has ever seen is to put things mildly. Set across 25 hectares of sprawling walled-off greenery, the site was developed by a veritable who’s who of international architects (i.e. Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid, Arata Isozaki). Office towers, a shopping district and Milan’s third largest public park are all boons to denizens; and the area’s Libeskind-slash-Hadid designed apartments have introduced the vertically challenged Milanesi to an urbane style of contemporary living. Housing clusters are arrayed for maximise exposure to sunlight, while each building’s facade is coated in a travertine-esque tiling that is actually proprietary self-cleaning porcelain. Apartment internals (particularly those designed by Libeskind) emphasise fluidity: offering a unique breadth of customisation when it comes to exposure, layout and functionality.

Listed Price: prices upon request

Agent: CityLife S.p.A., 5 Viale Duilio, Milan, Italy, +39 02 9143 7300


Fifteen Hudson Yards, New York

Set between the Hudson River and the glittering skyline of Manhattan, Fifteen Hudson Yards is a luxury residential address befitting of North America’s greatest cosmopolis. The 88-storey high rise offers five different types of layout, typified by floor-to-ceiling windows and dramatic views. Variety is one of the development’s core strengths: with everything from one-bedroom Highline-facing apartments to 5,000-sq.-ft. penthouses up for grabs. Fixtures and appliances are uniformly lofty, available in muted tones of champagne on dove gray or ink & bronze. Naturally, this being Manhattan, lifestyle is a strong part of the bargain. The entirety of the 50th floor has been dedicated to wellness: offering residents more of the panoramic views they’re accustomed to alongside the latest in fitness, aquatics and yoga.

Listed Price: prices upon request
Agent: N/A, for sales inquiries please use the Fifteen Hudson Yards contact form.


The Dumont, London

Part of premiere developer Berkeley’s trio of residences on the southern bank of the River Thames (the London Eye and Palace of Westminster are within eyeshot), The Dumont is an address that’s certain to attract gilded one percenters from all around the globe. There are the usual bells and whistles commensurate with luxury residences of this calibre — spa and pool facilities, even a few in-house lanes for bowling — but the real draw is interior design courtesy of Spinnochia Freund. The firm’s eponymous founder crafts interiors which embody the zeitgeist of British design: employing mixed media, sleek glass and bespoke lighting in service of an overall look that perches comfortably on the edge of contemporary.

Listed Price: 2-bedroom apartments starting at approx HK$23.7 million
Berkeley Group, 21 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TJ, United Kingdom, +020 8108 1655


Leedon Heights, Singapore

Trust Sotheby’s to list this property (with no discernible trace of irony) as a “bungalow in the sky”. More closely resembling the presidential suite of some long-favoured SoCal boutique hotel, this is one of two penthouses atop Leedon Heights — the 381-flat complex located in Singapore’s prestigious “District 10” — offering sprawling square footage and unrivalled exclusivity. Accessible only by private lift, this Leedon penthouse features five bedrooms, wine cellar and rooftop pool, making it the ideal location for a raucous get-together behind closed doors. If only you could sample the place on AirBnB first.

Listed Price: approx HK$72.3 million
Sotheby’s International Realty, 991A Alexandra Road, #02-06/07, South Region, 119969, Singapore, +65 9688 2200

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