Must-See International Dream Homes From The Beaches Of Costa Brava To Dubai

As travel restrictions to and from foreign countries continue to tighten, I’ve sourced luxury properties and must-see dream homes from Forbes Global Properties members that will transport you to those foreign shores. If you are considering buying a chateau in France or an apartment in Hong Kong, you might find a must-have property to add to your real estate portfolio.

European villa-style home in Costa Brava Spain with eight bedrooms and swimming pool

The European villa-style home in Costa Brava has eight bedrooms and overlooks a roomy lot with a tennis court and swimming pool. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

A Mediterranean Estate In Spain

A Spanish estate on the Mediterranean in Rosas, Costa Brava, has unmatched sea views from the upper and lower terraces. Enjoy direct on the sand access to 213 feet of prime beachfront. The 14,500-square-foot gated estate is big on privacy. There is a main house with multiple stone fireplaces and exposed beams. The home’s rustic European style welcomes extended family with eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The double-height living/dining room’s oversized windows overlook the sea.

must-see luxury home in costa brava spain with direct beach access

Blissful sea views and direct access to the Rosas, Costa Brava, beachfront make this a must-see luxury home. (Inmobiliaria Rimontgo)

In addition, staff has their dedicated private quarters. Landscaped gardens with mature flora and fauna can be found throughout. Elsewhere on the grounds are a tennis court, swimming pool and dedicated boat storage. The listing is with Inmobiliaria Rimontgo and priced at about $17.8 million, or EUR 15 million.

renovated 19th century chateau with outbuildings in langeais, centre, france

This 19th century French chateau with numerous outbuildings offers a taste of both luxury and Old World sophistication. Asking price: $1.47 million, or EUR 1.238 million. (Groupe Mercure)

Loire Valley 19th Century French Chateau

Groupe Mercure specialists in fine French real estate offer a 19th-century chateau in Langeais, France for about $1,47 million, or EUR 1.238 million. Set in central France, Langeais is a popular stop when visiting the Loire Valley. The area has a population of about 4,560 who enjoy the area’s food and wine.

south-facing lounge in a langeais centre france chateau dating to the 19th century

A formal dining room, two lounges and a library are among grand spaces found within the chateau. All the reception rooms inside the 8,611-square-foot main house are south-facing. (Groupe Mercure)

The estate is perfect for landmark celebrations. There are numerous “outbuildings” on the property. The chateau is 8,611 square feet consisting of 10 bedrooms. Children and grandchildren can enjoy the swimming pool, guest house and a 16-acre enclosed park. The castles of the Loir Valley are nearby making for perfect day trips.

garden duplex for sale in hong kong's discovery bay features open concept living and pool

The three-bedroom garden duplex in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay neighborhood offers flexible living space and the largest private pool in the area. (

Resort Living in Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay

Hong Kong’s Discovery Bay is an upscale resort town on Lantau Island yet just a ferry ride from downtown Central. offers resort-style living in a garden duplex residence with three bedrooms and two bathrooms in a low-rise development in Positano, one of Discovery Bay’s most desirable neighborhoods.

spa-like bathroom in a garden duplex for sale in positano discovery bay hong kong

A spa-like bathroom with views of Discovery Bay and the South China Sea highlights the primary suite. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in all. (

Listed for about $4.37 million, or HKD 34 million, the buyer will find the best of indoor-outdoor here. The residence’s largest private pool beckons, as does the garden. Walls of glass doors open directly from the dining area to the garden and pool for alfresco entertaining. An upstairs primary bedroom suite with spa bathroom overlooks Discovery Bay and the South China Sea.

Urban Oasis project by Missoni located in the business bay waterfront section of dubai

The Urban Oasis project by Missoni combines beautiful modern spaces and cutting-edge architecture with unprecedented views of the canal and Dubai skyline. (Driven Properties)

Urban Oasis in Dubai

If global business interests bring you frequently to Dubai, you might consider investing in the luxury Urban Oasis by Missoni development. The Business Bay project offers waterfront living “inspired by the fresh and unique style of Miami.” This is a new luxury property currently in development (or “off-plan,” as is the term in Dubai residential real estate). Driven Properties is marketing the project.

upscale luxury residence inside urban oasis dubai development by missoni and dar al arkan

Residences at the Urban Oasis tower range from upscale penthouses to studio apartments. The project, developed by Dar Al Arkan, is located five minutes to Downtown Dubai. (Driven Properties)

The location is five-star by Dubai standards and minutes from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure (topping out at a height of just over half a mile), and downtown Dubai. Residences range from studios to one to four bedrooms. Penthouses offer utmost privacy and security with private elevators. Enjoy panoramic views of Dubai’s distinct skyline and interiors designed by the Italian style icon Missoni. You can register your interest here.

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I have covered the business of real estate (both residential and commercial) for over 25 years, including more than a dozen years working in the Forbes Los Angeles bureau reporting and writing about as I call it, Adventures in Real Estate. From the first tear-downs turning into mega-mansions in Beverly Hills to luxury condos as investments in Las Vegas, I follow the ups and downs of real estate markets around the country just for the fun of it.