Condos and country retreats, townhouses and traditional manors: there's something for everyone on today's property market. With so much choice, it can be difficult to know what type of home will suit you best. Use this guide to evaluate your options.
Luxury apartments provide contemporary open-plan living spaces and are perfectly situated for cosmopolitan life. Opt for a high-level condo or penthouse and you can expect striking skyline views, while floor-to-ceiling windows will add ambience at dusk or dawn. Look out for properties with generous balconies or roof terraces – your own outdoor oasis in the heart of the city. Amenities are likely to include concierge, security, garage, gym and swimming pool.
More spacious than a typical apartment, townhouses are multi-level buildings with the ideal degree of privacy for a family home. Period buildings in sought-after neighbourhoods come with a certain cachet – Greenwich Village brownstones and Georgian townhouses in London's Belgravia are prime examples. These properties are ideal for interior design schemes that combine the townhouse's rich heritage with more modern details. Such neighbourhoods often have a tight-knit sense of community, creating a quaint village atmosphere.
A detached country home offers unparalleled space and seclusion, away from the distractions of fast-paced city life. Purchasing a property with surrounding land will allow you to develop an estate that accommodates your interests and activities. Consider space for facilities like tennis courts, stables and landscaped gardens.
Villa properties, whether situated along the Mediterranean coast or nestled on the shores of a Caribbean island, are idyllic warm-weather retreats. Designed with the climate in mind, these homes feature heat-reflecting expansive white walls and cool shaded courtyards. The spacious, open-plan architecture typical of a villa makes it suitable for hosting extended family and entertaining friends. Villas are often located in rural areas, allowing you peace and quiet while relaxing in a hammock, dining al fresco on the terrace or taking a dip in the pool.
From lighthouses and windmills to moated castles and ancient monasteries, converted properties make for truly unique homes. Conversions are characterised by unconventional architecture and charming historical features such as candelabras and stained glass windows. Listed buildings often have development restrictions in place – it's worth looking into this before investing, particularly if you're planning any structural changes.
Whether you know exactly what you want or need help narrowing your search, speak to Engel & Völkers. Our trusted advisors are located in 37 countries across four continents, and have in-depth knowledge of our extensive portfolio. We can help you find the perfect investment property, family home or holiday getaway, from the sandy beaches of Miami to the rural mountains of Germany.