Real estate writer Tom Bowden leads a tour of some of the world’s top property listings...

Real estate writer Tom Bowden leads a tour of some of the world’s top property listings…

See how the other half lives. Real estate writer Tom Bowden takes you on a tour of some of the world’s latest luxury real estate listings. This week’s offering features homes in Portugal, Ireland and a stunning property in Queensland, Australia.

ALGARVE, PORTUGAL- TEE OFF INTO LUXURY

There’s not much I enjoy more than hitting the golf course.

The green of the fairways, the white sand of the bunkers and the blue of the sky – I find it incredibly relaxing. The trouble is I’m too busy to play as frequently as I’d like. I reckon that’s where this place would come in handy.

Overlooking one of Vilamoura’s finest golf courses, this single-storey villa would give me the feeling of being on the golf course without me blocking out half a day for a round.

Offering five bedrooms and five bathrooms, there’d be plenty of room for my family, and the pool and entertainment terrace would definitely come in handy.

So where exactly is it?

Well, you’ll find it sitting within a 10-minute walk of Vilamoura’s marina, a five-minute drive from beaches, and 25-minutes from Faro International Airport.

How’s that for a convenient location?

The home is on the market with Christies International Real Estate. Price not disclosed.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND – LUCK OF THE IRISH

Europe’s got some truly grand homes, and this stunning Irish number – Monte Alverno in Dalkey, Dublin, is no exception.

Designed with flair and imagination in 1835, the home was later renovated and restored in 1895 and brought into the modern era by its current owner.

Built of Dalkey granite, the home, which has been described as one of the area’s best-kept secrets, is set on 1.2 acres and has a spiral staircase in its turret offering 270-degrees on the ascension, and 360-degree views from the top.

It’s also got a Chinese garden, lawns, a floodlit tennis court, a greenhouse and a bathing area. Complete with six bedrooms and offering sea views over Killiney Bay and Bray Head, this certainly is living on a grand scale.

To be sure, to be sure.

The home is for sale with Christies International Real Estate. Price: $12 million.

TALLEBUDGERA VALLEY, QUEENSLAND – TREETOP SERENADE

Looking for an Aussie dream home you can simply move into and enjoy?

This stunning Tallebudgera Valley Queenslander is just that, having been recently renovated to an exceptional standard both inside and out.

Offering 548sqm of living space over two levels, and set on a massive 1.23ha allotment, the luxurious family home is as close to a wilderness paradise as you could hope for.

On the market through Ray White Prestige Gold Coast Surfers Paradise, the home has five bedrooms, three living areas, a swimming pool with waterfall feature and poolside deck, and an expansive established garden.

I‘d be more than happy to spend the rest of my life waking to those views.

Price not discplised.

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