These are the most viewed overseas properties of 2019
From a Spanish villa that helped catapult One Direction to fame on The X Factor to a bulletproof New York townhouse, these are the most viewed overseas properties on Rightmove this year.
Our data scientists have counted all your clicks to reveal these five incredible homes as the most popular overseas properties on the UK’s biggest property website in 2019.
Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside said: “We’re very fortunate at Rightmove to have such a varied and diverse catalogue of properties for the British public to view and it’s always interesting to see which special homes have captured the hearts and minds of our users. These properties, from right around the world, are all mesmerising in their own unique ways and it really is fascinating to peek behind their front doors to see how the rich and famous live away from the cameras. Whether you’re seeking interior inspiration or just want to peek inside truly remarkable homes, Rightmove is the place to satisfy all your property desires.”
Step inside the four homes that’ve captured your imagination this year…
An authentic Californian ranch
Marlena Shaw sang about California Soul and this Santa Barbara equestrian ranch beautifully encapsulates all that is great about the Golden State.
The estate reveals itself through the miles of rolling hills to deliver unparalleled vistas; to this day, this single massive parcel of land remains preserved, rested, restored, and unvarnished.
Accompanied by numerous dramatic equestrian structures, water wells and seasonal running streams, Ranch Latigo is a real haven for outdoor lovers. It boasts polished tennis facilities, and allows for hours of riding the rolling hillsides, while you can finish your days with breath-taking wine country sunsets.
A helipad offers a conveniently modern touch, with access Los Angeles and beyond, and in between hacking adventures you can take a dip in the pool or workout in the gym.
This property is listed for sale with American Farm & Ranch.
A bulletproof (literally) New York townhouse
We’ve all rushed to check the backdoor is locked after watching a scary film, but imagine how safe you’d feel settling down on movie night knowing that your pad is a bulletproof fortress?
That’s the unique selling point of this plush New York townhouse; a complex feat of impressive engineering has resulted in the construction of a grandiose, Herculean-strength glass façade.
The glass, which travelled from Germany to Spain where it was given its characteristic curved shape, was later laminated multiple times, while the seven-storey structure itself is a crescendo-building property where each floor becomes increasingly more spectacular.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the private roof deck with 360-degree views across that iconic city skyline. What better place to enjoy some Friday night cocktails with your pals?
This property is listed for sale with Sphere Estates.
The villa that helped catapult One Direction to stardom
Often referred to as the most luxurious villa on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Villa Moana is truly a jewel nestled in the heart of paradise. It also played a starring role in One Direction’s pursuit of global pop domination.
Enjoying stunning 180-degree ocean views, this sprawling home sits idyllically among 7,000 square metres of beautifully landscaped gardens – and was Simon Cowell’s filming location for judges’ houses on the 2010 series of The X Factor.
Villa Moana has previously welcomed royalty, presidents, billionaires, sheiks and many more superstars, some of whom return year after year.
This property is listed for sale with I Find Marbella.
Escape to your private island in the Bahamas
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own private island surrounded by all the luxuries that paradise has to offer, the chances are your dream looked something like this.
This listing isn’t a mirage, but in fact a remote idyllic island in the Bahamas – where crystal clear waters gently lap on white sandy beaches and tropical trees offer shade from glorious sunshine.
The residence, known as Little Pipe Cay, is on the market for an eye-watering £65million. The island is located in a stunning part of the Exumas island chain, bursting with the most incredible natural beauty.
A sea barn contains boats and water sports equipment and there are several hundred feet of dock frontage to accommodate small and large boats, with a deeper draft dock by the operations end of the island. There are a number of suitable surrounding locations to moor a super yacht.
This property is listed for sale with Knight Frank.