By Ruth Doherty
Are you even a property-lover if you don't spend half the day browsing inspirational pads on real estate sites? It appears we're not alone in our high-end virtual viewing as Rightmove's most-viewed luxury homes so far this year are a blend of upscale, multi-million-pound super-pads.
Rightmove’s Director of Property Data Tim Bannister said: 'Travelling abroad has been restricted for quite some time now, but these measures haven’t stopped the public from scrolling to discover their favorite European villas and American mansions.
'There remains a huge appetite to view stunning overseas homes and this round-up includes a bulletproof New York fortress and a wonderful home on the southwest coast of Mallorca.'
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1. A sublime waterfront Florida retreat
This breathtaking Florida mansion is on the market for a cool $23 million and the waterside home offers sublime vistas of Biscayne bay and Smugglers Cove.
The six-bedroom residence is luxuriously elegant and some of its best features include a Koi pond with magnificent fish, a waterfront summer kitchen, a home movie theatre and a glorious outdoor swimming pool.
The property is also bordered by a seawall and even boasts a private dock that can accommodate your 100 ft yacht... What more could you need?
On the market for a cool $23 million; see the full details at Rightmove.
2. A bulletproof fortress in New York
This incredible New York townhouse is somewhat of a modern day fortress, as the six-bedroom property boasts a bulletproof exterior.
A complex feat of impressive engineering has resulted in the construction of a grandiose, Herculean-strength glass façade on the $50 million pad
The glass, which travelled from Germany to Spain where it was given its characteristic curved shape, was later laminated multiple times, while the seven-storey structure also comes with a private roof deck with 360-degree views across that iconic city skyline.
On the market for £50 million; see the full details at Rightmove.
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3. A masterclass in contemporary Mediterranean chic in Mallorca
Like the idea of soaking up the sun in a cool and contemporary coastal villa on the Med? This one's for you. A $18 million mansion on the southwestern side of Mallorca, it boasts a striking modern design, reminiscent of a home you’d expect to see on a Californian hilltop celebrity enclave.
Almost every room of the nine-bedroom villa has an amazing view of the sea, and the massive floor-to-ceiling doors and windows make the entire place bright and sunny.
Among the many high-spec features included are the two swimming pools – one indoor and one outdoor. Sometimes one pool just isn’t enough...
On the market for $18 million; see the full details at Rightmove.
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4. A spectacular, sprawling ranch in California
A stunning six-bedroom Californian equestrian ranch, this magnificent home is on the market for almost $42 million, beautifully encapsulates all that is great about the Golden State.
Rancho Latigo is tucked away deep in 4,600 acres of gorgeous rolling hills, boasting unparalleled vistas of the natural landscape surrounding it. To this day, this huge parcel of land remains largely untouched.
A helipad offers a conveniently modern bonus, with access to Los Angeles and beyond, and in between games of tennis or horse riding trails, you can take a dip in the pool and enjoy breathtaking sunset views. And, when you want to head to town, try Montecito, where you may find yourself rubbing shoulders with power-playing locals like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Ellen DeGeneres and Tom Cruise.
On the market for $42 million; see the full details at Rightmove.
Ruth Doherty is an interiors writer who has worked for Homes & Gardens and Ideal Home magazines among many others.
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