The Epitome of Luxury: Exceptional International Retreats

July 20, 2021

In May of 2021, Engel & Völkers saw a 96 percent year-over-year increase in international luxury real estate sales, indicating both high demand and a strong overall market. While travel slowed considerably during the lockdown, the desire for luxury living has skyrocketed. The Coronavirus pandemic has intensified clients’ aspirations to reside in genuinely special homes that offer high-quality craftsmanship, top-of-the-line materials, and designer finishes. These homes stand out from the rest, thanks to their attention to detail, superior craftsmanship, and architectural interest. It goes without saying that these incredible estates also come at exceptional prices.

“Prices of truly exceptional estates can sometimes be double or triple the average property prices in a particular market.”

Sven Odia
CEO of Engel & Völkers AG

Explore this collection of exceptional international properties for a glimpse into Engel & Völkers’ global inventory.

Cap d’Ail, France

Located in Cap d’Ail, Villa Marizzina is at the gateway of the Principality of Monaco. Currently listed for $27.17 million USD, the Countess of Morla had the property built in 1901 and later sold it to the Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia and his mistress, the famous ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska. Princess Odescalchi then bought the Belle Époque villa in 1929 and bequeathed it to one of her servants after her death. The current owner purchased the estate in 2010 and renovated it to have all of the modern conveniences while paying incredible attention to detail and the utmost care to preserve historic elements.

Salzkammergut, Austria

Set in an idyllic location on the northern shore of Lake Wolfgang, in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, this unique estate was built in 1706. Currently on the market for $51.99 million USD, the property boasts a particularly impressive 2,475 square foot private wellness spa with a hammam (or Turkish bath), home gym, and sauna. The estate also features an indoor pool adorned with Italian glass mosaics. Outside, the property spans more than 25 acres and features a swimming pond, grotto, draw bridge, and fountains.

Marbella, Spain

Located on Spain’s Costa del Sol, this palatial villa is one of the most exclusive properties on Marbella’s Golden Mile. Due to the exceptional quality of life and the subtropical climate, the Nagueles district is known as a magnet for international buyers looking for an exceptional holiday home on the Mediterranean. The villa’s wellness spa features an indoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and several massage rooms. The grounds offer beautifully landscaped gardens and a large terrace boasts panoramic views of the African coast and Gibraltar.

Barcelona, Spain

Pedralbes is one of Barcelona’s most sought-after suburbs and one of the most expensive addresses in all of Spain. Its cultural wealth is reflected in the Royal Monastery of Santa Maria of Pedralbes, which gives this residential neighborhood its name. The peaceful setting and excellent international schools make it particularly appealing to wealthy families. Currently listed for $25.7 million USD, this newly built home offers state-of-the-art amenities, luxurious finishes, classic architectural details, and much more.

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