Welcome to our weekly property digest, where we bring together the best homes for rent and sale across the world. Among our discoveries are a converted firehouse in Brooklyn and a coastal home in New South Wales that’s perfect for whale watching.

Brutalist hillside home in Cerva, Portugal


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3 bedrooms; from €398 per night via BoutiqueHomes
Architect Alvaro Leite Siza designed this brutalist holiday home in Portugal’s Cerva. Its concrete geometric volumes appear to tumble down the steep hillside plot on which it hunkers, while MC Escher-like staircases and unexpected angles await inside.

Converted fire station in New York, USA

converted firehouse for sale in brooklyn's williamsburg: rustic meets industrial in the living room via exposed ceiling joists and wooden flooring
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1 bedroom; $5.3m via Compass
This 1920s fire station in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg is now an ample live/work space. It retains its historic raftered ceilings, floorboards, and exposed brickwork, and the upper level is mostly an open-plan space. There’s free reign in the unused basement which could be a workshop, office or further living space. Snoop inside.

Es Bec D’aguila villa in Menorca


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11 bedrooms; from € 11,000 per week via BoutiqueHomes
Architects Atelier Du Pont and local artisans were enlisted to restore this historic Finca in Menorca’s Es Bec D’aguila, and modernise its interiors with a soft colour palette. The sprawling estate accommodates up to 22 people – so gather your nearest and dearest.

Villa Mura Mura in Noto, Sicily

Villa Mura Mura, a hillside retreat in noto with a spectacular swimming pool
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3 bedrooms; via The Thinking Traveller from €3,550 to €6,190 per week
Built with local stone Villa Mura Mura beds into its rocky site above Noto in Sicily and is designed as three interconnected concrete volumes by architect Gladys Escobar. Whitewashed interiors are by interior designer Carlo Pintacuda, and rooms tumble out onto a dramatic swimming pool with far-reaching views out to sea. See more.

Way Way House in NSW, Australia

Way Way House, NSW: A covered breezeway connects the two volumes of the house
Photography: Natalie McComas (c) Courtesy of Modern House

4 bedrooms; POA via Modern House
Way Way House was built in 2004 by architect Luigi Rosselli on a subtropical plot overlooking Gumbaynggir country. The twin dwelling can accommodate two families, with communal living spaces in one side of the Australian property, and bedrooms in the other. Across the lawn is a separate studio with mezzanine bedroom. Take a closer look.

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