What $13 Million Buys Right Now In The French Alps, Hong Kong And Maui

In this week’s look at real estate abroad on Forbes Global Properties, my search landed on three distinctly different homes for sale France, Hong Kong and Hawai’i. From a chalet-style home on the banks of Lake Geneva to a bachelor-ready residence in the wealthy Mid-Levels area of Hong Kong, here’s a look at what about $13 million buys right now in the international housing market.

Messery, Haute-Savoie, France

luxury home at 53 chemin de Vétrau Messery Haute-Savoie France

Exterior framework creates a series of balconies along the front and sides of this chalet-style home abutting Lake Geneva. (Comptoir Immobilier)

Located in Messery, a commune in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps, this charming chalet-style home sits on more than 12 park-like acres abutting Lake Geneva. Gabled rooflines with wide eaves, balconies and hand-carved flourishes define the home’s timeless exterior. Inside, living spaces display an artisan’s touch and feature beautiful hardwood floors and fine millwork.

Features: High ceilings with exposed beams lend a refined note to the public rooms, including a grand receiving room with a fireplace on the main floor. A total of six bedrooms and five bathrooms are spread throughout the two-story floor plan, including corner bedrooms perfectly positioned to take in the lake.

inside the chalet home at 53 chemin de Vétrau Messery Haute-Savoie France

High ceilings with delicate beams and handsome hardwood floor are among features of note found inside the six-bedroom chalet-style home. (Comptoir Immobilier)

Other perks: Some 400 meters of private beachfront along Lake Geneva add to the roughly 6,500-square-foot chateau’s appeal. A jetty and boat garage complete the lakefront offering.

Price: EUR 12,000,000 (US $13.465 million)

Represented by: Quentin Epiney, Comptoir Immobilier

Makena, Maui, Hawai’i

swimming pool at 7381 Makena in maui hawaii

The home’s lap swimming pool sits next to a detached Oahu across from the main house. (Hawai’i Life)

Called Hale Makana Ola, this custom compound overlooking the sapphire-blue waters of Ahihi Bay combines Balinese-inspired details with a range of high-end amenities. Designed for year-round living, 16-foot-wide pocketing glass walls seamlessly blend indoor-outdoor living spaces. Elsewhere on the property is a detached Ohana — known to many on the mainland as an accessory dwelling unit — provides additional flexibility.

Features: Designed by Maui-based architect Jim Niess, the home’s open-concept layout features a vaulted-ceiling great room and a chef’s kitchen with two islands that adjoins a casual entertainment area. The main living spaces open directly to a lanai that wraps around much of the home’s exterior.

living room at the luxury home at 7381 Makena in mauai hawaii

Soaring ceilings top the living room, which opens to the outdoors through 16-foot-wide pocketing walls of glass. (Hawai’i Life)

Other perks: A heated saltwater spa provides the perfect spot for taking in the sights of Ahihi Bay. Elsewhere on the lush property is a heated lap swimming pool with an infinity-edge.

Price: $12.99 million

Represented by: Josh Jerman and Peter Neu, Hawai’i Life

Mid-Levels East, Hong Kong

luxury home at 6 Shiu Fai Terrace Mid-levels East Hong Kong

Formerly a three-bedroom residence, the bachelor-ready home in Mid-Levels East now features a lone bedroom suite with a separate dressing room and study. (OKAY.com)

Regarded as one of the world’s priciest housing markets, Hong Kong’s Mid-Levels area is known for being a vibrant cultural destination full of trendy art galleries, restaurants, and high-end boutique shops. This residence, located within the desirable Chantilly luxury development, pays homage to the area’s youthful energy with a mix of fanciful details.

Features: Originally designed as a three-bedroom residence, the home now features one expanded bedroom suite complete with a glamorous walk-in wardrobe and a private study. Accent lighting creates a playful mood in the main living area, incorporating a wet bar and a platform for a grand piano.

living room and bar at 6 Shiu Fai Terrace Mid-levels East hong kong

The main area incorporates a wet bar, sitting area and accent lighting. Artistic ceiling panels top the space. (OKAY.com)

Other perks: A living wall and ornamental vines hung from exposed rafters lend a relaxed note to the bedroom and primary bathroom. The galley-style kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances, custom cabinetry and a wealth of counter space.

Price: HKD 99,800,000 (US $12.877 million)

Represented by: Joshua Miller, OKAY.com


Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.

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