Hua Hin, Thailand, $972,000
A 2013 COLONIAL TROPICAL-STYLE HOME WITH SEVEN BEDROOMS AND SIX BATHROOMS.
In the seaside town of Hua Hin, about a two-and-a-half-hour drive south of Bangkok, this house is on a hillside and has views of the town and the northernmost part of the Gulf of Thailand. Besides the two-story main house, the property includes three single-floor guest homes. Banyan Golf Club Hua Hin, a championship 18-hole golf course that was designed by the Thai golf architect Pirapon Namatra, is a five-minute drive away; the course is regarded as one of the best in Asia. The cost to play a full round starts at around $199 a person, and a 10-year golf membership is around $38,000.
SIZE: The total plot size is around 33,000 square feet.
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $29.45
INDOORS: Built in a colonial style and with a distinct tropical feel, the house is spacious and airy with high ceilings, columns, wood detailing and redwood parquet floors throughout. The living room alone is nearly 800 square feet and has nine-foot-high ceilings; it opens out onto a large veranda. The large kitchen has Western appliances. A wide polished wood staircase leads to the second floor, which has a master bedroom and a second smaller bedroom, both with attached baths. The home is surrounded by wide verandas.
Two of the free-standing guest bungalows have two bedrooms each, and the third has a study that can double as an extra bedroom. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.
The main house has an expansive basement.
OUTDOOR SPACE: The property has sprawling sloped lawns and a walled garden with tropical plants, ferns and coconut and palm trees. One of the verandas on the upper part of a lawn has a 55-foot-long saltwater pool and hot tub.
TAXES: Thailand generally has no annual residential property taxes, but transfer taxes and associated costs for the buyer would be a one-time payment of around $4,800.
Paarl, Western Cape,
South Africa, $999,250
A FOUR-BEDROOM, FOUR-AND-A-HALF-BATHROOM MODERN HOME IN A GATED GOLF COMMUNITY.
In South Africa’s Winelands region, near the vibrant cities of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, this house is in a golf community, Val de Vie Estate. The picturesque Simonsberg Mountains surround the community, and Cape Town is a 45-minute drive.
Val de Vie Estate, which has several man-made lakes, is prized for its safety and has a long list of amenities, including biking and jogging paths, an equestrian center, a spa, tennis and boule courts, multiple swimming pools and restaurants, a bar, polo fields and children’s play areas. Golfers may appreciate that the property is alongside the 18th fairway of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The annual leisure activities charge of around $1,600 includes access to the course.
SIZE: 7,416 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $135
INDOORS: Decidedly contemporary with white marble and light wood finishes in nearly all the rooms, this home has a grand front hall with floor-to-ceiling windows and marble floors. The entry level also includes a formal living room, a dining room that opens to an outdoor deck, a family room, a fully equipped kitchen with light wood cabinets and a black granite countertop, a small study, a half bath, an en suite bedroom and a three-car garage. The additional three en suite bedrooms are up the white marble staircase. The master suite has a bathroom with a separate bathtub and a roomy sitting area.
A standout feature of this home is the large wine cellar that has a long olive-green leather banquette and storage space for at least 500 bottles.
OUTDOOR SPACE: There’s about a third of an acre of outdoor space consisting of front, back and side lawns; the backyard has a pool and a deck.
TAXES: Around $275 a month.
Scottsdale, Ariz., $999,000
A THREE-BEDROOM, THREE-AND-A-HALF-BATH CONTEMPORARY HOME BUILT IN 1998 AND PART OF A GATED GOLF COMMUNITY.
This home is within Desert Highlands, considered to be one of the most luxurious residential communities in Scottsdale, with views of both the city and Pinnacle Peak, a popular spot for hiking. Residents have access to a clubhouse with a farm-to-table restaurant and a large fitness center with a pool, a racket club with 13 tennis courts (they are a combination of grass, clay and hard courts), a dog park and an 18-hole putting course.
The community’s biggest draw is the golf club with the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed course that has panoramas of the peak, and desert elements such as cactuses. The one-time $75,000 initiation fee to live in Desert Highlands includes access to the amenities. Golf costs $775 a month, and the homeowners’ association fee is $1,375.
SIZE: 3,825 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: $261
INDOORS: Built in a desert contemporary style with a coffee-colored exterior, the home is on a quiet cul-de-sac and was recently renovated. It has vaulted, high ceilings, a mix of limestone and wood flooring and numerous large windows, allowing for an abundance of natural light. The main floor has a sprawling feel and a three-car garage. A walnut island is the centerpiece of the eat-in kitchen, which also has granite countertops and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances.
Off the kitchen, there’s a family room, a living room with a working fireplace, a dining area and a half-bath. Two of the bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms, are on the entry level and down a long hallway next to the living room; one has its own exterior entrance. Upstairs, the master suite takes up the entire floor and has a large walk-in closet, a balcony and bathroom with a hot tub.
OUTDOOR SPACE: A long driveway dominates the front exterior. The back has a heated pool and hot tub and a covered deck with a dining area and built-in barbecue. The landscape in both the front and back is dotted with small cactuses and native flora such as purple, pink and red lantana flowers.
TAXES: Around $4,800 a year.
Algarve, Portugal, between $950,000 and $1,050,000
30 FURNISHED TWO-BEDROOM, THREE-BATHROOM APARTMENTS THAT ARE SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED BY THE END OF 2019 IN A PRESTIGIOUS GOLF COMMUNITY.
IN THE SMALL TOWN OF VILA NOVA DE CACELA, IN THE EASTERN ALGARVE, ON PORTUGAL’S SOUTH COAST, THESE CONTEMPORARY, SLEEK APARTMENTS — CALLED CLUBHOUSE RESIDENCES — ARE PART OF MONTE REI GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB, A 1,000-ACRE MEDITERRANEAN-STYLE UPSCALE GOLF COMMUNITY. THE BEACH IS A 15-MINUTE DRIVE, AND RIA FORMOSA NATURAL PARK, A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION BECAUSE OF ITS WILDLIFE, BEACHES AND WALKING AND BIKING TRAILS, IS 10 MINUTES AWAY.
Amenities at Mont Rei include a clubhouse with three restaurants, a bar, tennis courts, a pool, a gym and a spa. The clubhouse staff organizes off-property excursions, such as visits to local wineries, sailing, kayaking, surfing and bird watching, and the concierge staff can arrange for services such as babysitting and housekeeping. A free daily shuttle bus transports residents to and from the beach.
These new apartments overlook the 18th hole of the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, which has several man-made lakes. The apartments are a short walk from the clubhouse and course entrance; construction for a second Jack Nicklaus course is scheduled to begin in 2020.
Owners pay an annual fee ranging between $3,300 and $3,700 to live in Mont Rei and have access to its amenities, excluding golf. Playing a round costs around $235, and a 25-year golf membership is around $85,000, with annual dues of around $5,600.
SIZE: 1,650 to 1,730 square feet
PRICE PER SQUARE FOOT: Around $448.
INDOORS: With their off-white color theme, these apartments have a clean, crisp aesthetic and an open-plan design where the living room, dining area and kitchen are all one large communal space. They come furnished with cream-colored couches and a light blond wood dining table and chairs. There’s a stainless steel fully equipped kitchen and a laundry room with a washer and dryer. Bedrooms have light hardwood floors.
OUTDOOR SPACE: All the apartments have terraces with views of the sea and of the countryside dotted with orange groves.
TAXES: 0.03 percent annually of the total apartment price.