The French Riviera, Ibiza, and Portugal are long-established second-home destinations for affluent house hunters. Demand is even higher today, with growing interest from American buyers boosted by a stronger dollar currency, and from British, German, Swiss, and French residents working and managing their businesses remotely.
While traditional, historic properties have their charm, many investors prefer a contemporary design, where lines are clean, amenities are state-of-the-art, and energy systems are cutting-edge and efficient.
We talked to our partner Bonte Filipidis™, who specializes in newly-built real estate projects and has a selection of up-to-date opportunities, including high-end developments and freshly-renovated villas in exceptional locations like Portugal’s Cascais and Ibiza’s Sant Josep de sa Talaia.
Here is our list of five properties going into 2023.
5 Outstanding homes in uber-desirable areas
Les Terrasses de Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, a contemporary new project on the French Riviera
Price: from €3,400,000
Completion: Spring 2024
This new development, which is located just 30 minutes from St Tropez, has 7 houses, each of them facing the sea and surrounded by unobstructed nature. The glass-fronted properties range between 5 and 7 bedrooms and feature vast areas that flow between the units, excellent sun exposure, and all the amenities you need to enjoy the Mediterranean, from an infinity pool to panoramic terraces.
Other highlights include the use of high-quality materials, an array of balconies, and large windows connecting the inside with the glorious surroundings.
Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer is one of the more tranquil spots along the exclusive coastline, consisting of several sheltered bays – Canadel, Rayol, and Pramousquier – where an array of nautical activities await, from kayaking to diving.
Because the area is in such high demand, not only does Les Terrasses offer people a wonderful home, but meaningful rental income potential as well. It’s worth noting that this is an opportunity to purchase off-plan, and Bonte Filipidis™ has exclusive rights to market the development.
The Townhouse at the Torres Heights Collection, Ibiza
Located just a 10-minute ride from the airport, in the resort of Talamanca, this modern 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom townhouse is a truly rare find on the Ibiza market.
The property boasts a slick interior design with a 6-meter ceiling on the ground floor and a 3.5-meter ceiling on the top floor (reportedly, the highest across the Ibiza real estate). The ground-level master suite has its own 22-square-meter swimming pool while another large en-suite bedroom situated on the same floor opens to a large 70 sqm west-facing garden.
Upstairs, the motorized glass roof brings you to the spectacular rooftop and garden, a swimming pool, and extra space for an outdoor kitchen, bar, and pergola. The rooftop also has arguably the most desirable Ibiza panoramic from Formentera and Talamanca Bay to Salinas and Delta Villa.
The spacious townhouse also features two en-suite bedrooms on the first floor and a large 100-square-meter living room with an open-plan kitchen on the top floor.
The property is located in one of the most coveted neighborhoods of Talamanca, just a 5-minute walk from Nobu Hotel and close to the marinas. The small resort of Talamanca itself is built around Cala Talamanca; a long, curved beach with shallow waters, a wooden boardwalk, and a promenade.
BOW: Iconic new development in Lisbon, Portugal
Price: from €800,925
Completion: Spring 2024
Say hello to BOW, a complex housing 23 properties ranging from one-bedroom units up to a five-bedroom penthouse with two private pools and panoramic views of the city. Located in the heart of the capital facing Marquês de Pombal Square, BOW is an impressive nine-story building that was designed by Ana Costa.
Each elegant apartment has a contemporary aesthetic and comes complete with a balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, premium finishes, and up to three parking spaces. There’s also a gym for residents’ exclusive use. From the sixth floor up, 360-degree panoramas span São Jorge Castle and the Tagus River. Eduardo VII Park is a stone’s throw away, and Cais do Sodré – voted Europe’s “coolest neighborhood” by Time Out (and second in the world) – is just a 10-minute drive.
Villa Maria Pia: Cutting-edge development in Cascais, Portugal
Price: On request
Villa Maria Pia is a magnificent 14-apartment estate spread across three buildings, where units start at 217 square meters and go up to 838 square meters. The Chalet has been completely renovated and houses four characterful condos. Each boasts an abundance of light, original features, vistas of Cascais Bay, and access to a communal pool and lush grounds. Ground floor number 11 is on the market for €6,500,000, spans 337 square meters, and has three bedrooms. It also comes complete with 497 square meters of outside space across a private garden and a covered terrace.
Meanwhile, the North Garden and the South Garden both contain five spacious and contemporary units; several have bonus features like private outdoor space and a pool. Cascais is an idyllic fishing town that sits on the Portuguese Riviera, just 10 minutes from Estoril and half an hour west of Lisbon. Once the summer getaway of Portuguese nobility, these days, the buzzy spot attracts people seeking a slower pace of life than the capital.
The Authentic Muda Villa developments, a new project in Comporta, Portugal
Price: from €950,000
The Authentic Muda Villa project is brilliantly located just 10 minutes from up-and-coming Melides and the long rolling beaches of Comporta. When finished, the complex will have nearly one hectare of green space, plus shops, a restaurant, a chapel, sports facilities, and a kindergarten.
The development has a total of 6 villas featuringunder the traditional Alentejo architecture of Alentejo, two of which are still available for sale through Bonte Filipidis™.
All the units have private land, a pool, and an alfresco dining area. Noteworthy features include large windows letting oodles of light in, sleek white décor, and high ceilings.
Lisbon is just over an hour away by car, and the region boasts 60 kilometers of pristine beaches surrounded by dunes, pine forests, and rice paddies. It’s no wonder the area attracts international A-listers.
For more information about these contemporary listings, contact Bonte Filipidis™.