To mark our 45th year, we scoured the world to find 10 dream homes, from waterfront estates to country manses.

By Samantha Myers, Kirsten Niper and Kelly Potts

To commemorate our November/December “Global” edition of Unique Homes in this, our 45th year, we scoured the world to find 10 dream homes that could be purchased with $4.5 million. We discovered a diverse array of offerings, from waterfront estates to country manses, and historic properties to Contemporary works of art.

Marbella, Andalucia, Spain

La Zagaleta is one of Europe’s most exclusive residential and golfing estates, attracting celebrities, business people, even nobility.

With just two entrances, the community offers 24-hour security, two golf courses, a clubhouse, equestrian center and a helipad. This sought-after villa is built in the Andalusian style, with extensive terraces, a fountain, courtyard and views of the countryside and mountains. The heated swimming pool and gazebo are the centerpieces of the landscaped gardens. Enter the immaculate villa through a double-height entrance hall.

Features of the home include air conditioning, a spacious lounge with a fireplace, a fully fitted kitchen with a breakfast area, a staff bedroom with an en suite bath, and a three-car garage. The villa is offered for about $4.3 million and is listed by Diana Morales Properties of Knight Frank.

Photo courtesy Diana Morales Properties

San Jose, Costa Rica

On the west side of San Jose, in a gated, exclusive community that offers a private entrance, 24-hour security, tennis courts, a basketball court, swimming pools and a clubhouse, the setting could not be any better for this impressive home.

Listed by John Ordoñez with Luxury Homes C.R. for $4.5 million, the residence features its own award-winning pool, maid’s quarters, a meeting room, independent office space, spacious bedrooms with panoramic views, social areas and first-class luxury finishes.

This mansion is only minutes from Santa Ana, Escazu’s business area and commercial areas.

Photo courtesy Luxury Homes C.R.

Vancouver, British Columbia

On Erwin Drive in one of West Vancouver’s most prestigious neighborhoods is this Contemporary home.

Listed for $4.388 million by Tim Webb with Royal LePage Sussex Realty, the 4,046-square-foot residence offers indoor/outdoor living via an expansive patio with a fireplace and hot tub, plus open-design entertainment rooms and a gourmet island kitchen with granite counters and stainless steel appliances.

The planning and construction was incredibly thoughtful, with the highest-quality finishes offered, including radiant heated flooring for cooler nights, four fireplaces and a two-car garage.

Photo courtesy Royal LePage Sussex Realty

Stockholm, Sweden

On the very edge of a crag, with views of Lake Mälaren in Höglandet, Bromma, this property boasts a total area of about 6,450 square feet, and adjacent space.

The home was designed in 1962 by a top architect of the time, Anders Tengbom. After purchasing the property in 2004, the current owners hired architect Anders Landström for renovations beginning in 2005. With horizontal lines often seen in the residences of Frank Lloyd Wright and in the spirit of James Bond, this home is one of the best for the discerning buyer.

While walking among the houses on Grönviksvägen in Bromma, in an out-of-the-way location, it’s hard to imagine what lies there, half-concealed behind a row of terraced houses. From the other side, on the water, you can see just how fantastic the home is, occupying the most magnificent setting on the Bromma side. This top-quality villa is being listed for $4.306 million by Anders Alf of Eklund Stockholm New York.

Photo ©Jesper Florbrant

Long Beach, Indiana

Luxury living awaits you in this pristine home, big enough to entertain the whole family, with six bedrooms, seven full baths and living spaces for all ages to enjoy.

Wake up to the sound of waves lapping along the shore of Lake Michigan. Spend your day at the beach enjoying sunshine and a refreshing breeze. Hang out on the grilling deck while cooking and enjoy the benefits of your lower lakeside patio and pool that extends the season of swimming. Retreat into the master suite that boasts views of Lake Michigan with the Chicago skyline in the background.

Only 1 hour from the city, this 7,950-square-foot beach house is the ultimate getaway destination. Listed by Line Mullins of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for $4.15 million, this home offers the finest finishes and craftsmanship, with an open-concept floor plan and a coastal design.

Photo courtesy Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Newburyport, Massachusetts

Built circa 1773, the Lowell-Tracy-Johnson House is billed as the finest mansion in historic Newburyport.

Listed by Anne Neal and Melissa Corkum, of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, the home is on over three private acres, just a short walk from downtown. The home has been modernized and outfitted with state-of-the-art systems, but remains true to its historic elegance — the main staircase is considered one of the architectural treasures of the city.

The circa-1850 carriage house has been reimagined, and now offers a cutting-edge music chamber/performance space, a two-car garage and two apartments/guest quarters. This home is offered for $4.1 million, and this is its first time back on the market in 20 years.

Photo ©Jeremiah True

Coventry, England

Listed for up to approximately $3.662 million (asking price is £2.5 million to £3 million), Coton House has a long, exciting history.

The Manor of Coton was held by the monks of Coombe Abbey before it was sold in 1551 to the Dixwell family after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The Dixwell family built a moated manor house on the property, and in 1787, Abraham Grime replaced the home with the present house, built to the designs of Samuel Wyatt. From 1948 to 1968, Coton house served as a hostel for a nearby Rugby industrial company before being purchased by the post office in 1970.

After suffering a fire in 2010, the current developer has remodeled the residence with luxury features throughout, while being mindful of the historical features. Coton House is listed by Fine and Country.

Photo courtesy Fine and Country

St. George’s, Grenada

Laluna Villa Estate is a very private and exclusive development on the dramatic coastline of Morne Rouge, just 10 minutes from both the capital of St. George’s and the international airport.

Nestled on 30 acres of prime waterfront land and designed by two acclaimed Italian architects, the property offers a warm and intimate atmosphere where you can enjoy the casual and unique Caribbean lifestyle. The development consists of seven five-bedroom villas, all uniquely designed to offer stylish surroundings, privacy, unobstructed sea views and resort access.

With the purchase of a villa, you can get all the benefits of a Caribbean vacation home, with bonus access to amenities and services of Laluna resort. This villa is being listed by Peter Wallace of Coldwell Banker Grenada Realty for $3.95 million.

Photo courtesy Coldwell Banker Grenada Realty

Angwin, California

Surrounded by vineyards offering stunning views all around, this Italian-inspired estate offers privacy, style and ease of living. Sitting atop Staples Ridge, the 5,900 square feet offers five bedrooms, five baths and a separate apartment.

Enjoy the expansive and peaceful decks that offer vineyard and valley views, creating the perfect setting to enjoy the custom-designed infinity pool.

Offered at $4.25 million by Cyndi Gates of Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty, the gated residence has stunning views of the surrounding California area from every window.

Photo ©Jack Journey Photography

Milton, Ontario, Canada

This unique home situated on 8,483 square feet backs onto lush conservation land and offers a luxurious lifestyle. Relax in the master suite that offers a gas fireplace, dressing room, five-piece en suite with jetted soaker tub and a walkout to a private covered terrace.

Find the heart of the home in the gourmet eat-in kitchen, featuring custom Barzotti cabinetry, marble countertops, a walk-in pantry and an 11-piece stainless steel Gaggenau appliance package, or the great room with coffered ceilings and oversized windows.

Listed at $4.089 million by Brad Miller of The Goodale Miller Team Century 21 Miller Real Estate, the home also has an eight-seat Hydropool hot tub and a raised deck overlooking the lush forest.

Photo ©Brad Quan with Q Studios