Bricks abroad: The best homes to buy in Europe right now

Luxury London

13 October 2021

Whether looking for a palatial second home in the sun or an alpine retreat, these are the most desirable properties to snap up in Europe

13 October 2021 | Luxury London

As travel restrictions continue to ease and the continent opens up once more, the demand for holiday homes in Europe is on the rise. Satisfy your thirst for wanderlust with snow-capped lodges, sun-drenched villas and modern developments in Europe's most sought-after cities. 

Lisbon, Portugal

Lumino Lisbon is a stylish new property development in Portugal's capital city

The great and the good have been sunning themselves this summer in Comporta, Porto and the Douro Valley. Portugal’s golden visa scheme, which is the quickest and easiest way to achieve residency following Brexit, ends in January 2022, meaning now is the best time to buy.

Put down roots in Portugal’s vibrant capital city by snapping up one of 97 new apartments currently being built in Campo Pequeno – Lisbon's creative neighbourhood renowned for its thriving arts and cultural scene, with plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and entertainment offerings.

Designed by local firm Saraiva + Associados, alongside British architect TP Bennett, the Lumino development features light-filled, luxury apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, showcasing far-reaching views over Lisbon. Residents’ facilities will include a 15-metre rooftop pool, accompanied by a vast mango wood terrace and shower area, as well as a south-facing courtyard enveloped in greenery.

To register your interest and find out more visit luminolisbon.pt

Read more: Introducing Lumino – Lisbon’s most vibrant new residential development

Lake Como, Italy

Dwell on the banks of Lake Como in modern splendour in this newly built, five-bedroom home, located near the famous Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Light pours into two large living rooms, with high ceilings, parquet flooring and an inviting marble fireplace. There are no less than seven bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen and a wine cellar, as well as space for two cars. The vast outdoor area is soaked in buttery sunlight, with panoramic views over Italy’s lush greenery.

€3,050,000, savills.com

August, holiday homes throughout Europe

A stylish home in the south of France, available through August collections and homes

Want to own a home abroad, but don’t want to commit to the upkeep? August allows you to own a holiday home (or five) without the hassle of maintenance. Each August co-owner has access to an entire portfolio of properties, which they can stay in for approximately 12 weeks of the year.

Founders Mélie Dunod and Nico Watzenig buy properties in desirable areas across Europe, with spectacular homes in the Cotswolds, Barcelona, Chamonix, Tuscany, Mallorca and the south of France. This is so you don't have to just choose one home and keep going back to the same place. You can expect spacious light-filled properties with charming characteristics that are fully renovated to the highest standard, with stylish, modern interiors. August handles everything, from renovations to utility bills, meaning all you need to do is pack your bags.

Discover why more families are buying and owning holiday homes in Europe with August, augustcollection.co.uk

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Homes in Monaco average about £43,222 per square metre, making it the most expensive property market in the world. These are at their peak in Carré d'Or, also known as the Golden Square, in Monte Carlo. Apartments overlook the famous Monte Carlo Casino, with fine dining restaurants and luxury boutiques on your doorstep. Freshly renovated with flair by British property developer Candy and Candy, this art-filled, three-bedroom apartment occupies an entire floor, complete with its own outdoor terrace. It comes with two private parking spaces and one cellar.

£POA, savills.com

Chamonix, France

What we wouldn’t give to up sticks to this peaceful five-bedroom chalet in the picturesque Grands Montets ski area in Argentière, with views of the area’s snow-capped mountains. A rare find, it is one of very few ski-in/ski-out properties in the Chamonix valley. Built from warm wood with dramatic vaulted ceilings, the spacious open-plan living room is flooded with natural light. The chalet boasts a spa and games room, as well as a self-contained guest house in the garden.

£2,890,000, knightfrank.com

Saint-Raphaël, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France

If you’re looking for a place in the sun, they don't come much better than this secluded, sun-drenched villa perched on the edge of the Mediterranean's azure waters. Ideally located between St Tropez and Cannes, the bright and airy space has been designed by interior designer Jean-Loup Darau in a palette of stone and wood with creamy white walls. It boasts four bedrooms, one of which opens onto a private terrace. Visitors can take a dip in the sea or the heated private swimming pool, then dry off in its very own hammam. On the garden level, there is also an independent, ready-to-rent studio with a kitchenette.

£6,717,000, knightfrank.com

Read more: How to buy a holiday home abroad