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Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for rent and sale across the world. Among our discoveries this week is a clifftop military base seeking a new civilian life and a fashion icon’s island home.

Pasadena post and beam in California, USA

Courtesy of Sotheby’s International Realty

3 bedrooms; $2.089m via Sotheby’s International Realty

Architect and USC professor Calvin Staub designed this Pasadena property in 1954 as his personal residence, and it’s just emerged from total renovation by local design form HabHouse to bring back its midcentury features. Expect cork floors, walls of glass and exposed ceiling beams throughout – take a closer look.

Villa Dolce and Gabanna on Stromboli, Italy

7 bedrooms; POA via Lionard Luxury Realty
Fashion duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have owned this island property since the 1990s, and it’s been a testbed for their creative ideas. Originally three smaller homes, it’s now one large 235 sqm dwelling, and each room has its own bold colour theme and is outfitted with D&G furniture and fabrics, as well as Sicilian tiles and historic features. Find out more.

World War II Naval base in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scotland

Gin Head - abandoned WWII naval base in Berwick-Upon-Tweed in Scotland
£3.5m via Domus Nova
The Gin Head was used by the Navy during WWII but is now seeking a second life. Planning permission has been granted for its adaptive reuse as two private dwellings (totally 26,000 sq ft) and plans drawn up by Italian practice Lazzarini Pickering. Interested?

Architect’s Penthouse in Antwerp, Belgium


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3 bedrooms;  €2,750,000 via Architecten Woning
Architect Jo Crepain’s duplex penthouse in Antwerp features towering concrete ceilings, double-height glass walls and wooden floors.

The Water Castle in Split, Croatia


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2 bedrooms; from €300 per night
Game of Thrones fan will recognise this 16th-century Croatian castle on the Adriatic Sea, which served as the set for the city of Braavos in show.

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