Property search: London SE1, Islington or Mousehole?

Which would you choose: an über-chic penthouse in one of Europe’s tallest apartment blocks, a handsome houseboat moored in Islington or a Cornwall gift shop with flat upstairs?
Trophy home of the week: London SE1, £1.75 million
This über-chic penthouse is on the 37th floor of Strata, one of Europe’s tallest apartment blocks, soaring 43 storeys over SE1. Floor-to-ceiling windows give breath-taking views from Big Ben and the Eye to St Paul’s, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Stadium. Two double bedrooms and bathrooms sit either side of a stunning 43ft open-plan reception, kitchen and dining space. There’s a 24-hour concierge, a swift lift and secure parking. Through Cluttons.

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Buy of the week: Islington, £108,000
Central London living can be done on a budget if you cast off from dry land and buy this handsome houseboat named Peg, custom-built two years ago and moored in sought after Wenlock Basin, Islington, N1.
 
The roomy, open-plan living area has reclaimed oak floors and a log burner, the Shaker-style kitchen has a Butler sink and breakfast bar, the neat bathroom features a Japanese soaking tub and shower, and there’s a spacious double bedroom. The engine is shipshape, too, so you can take off along the Regent’s Canal whenever you fancy. Through Fyfe Mcdade.

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Life-changer of the week: Mousehole, Cornwall, £475,000
The glittering waters and white beaches of Mousehole in Cornwall will ensure you wake up happy at this charming whitewashed home with blue shutters. The ground-floor gift shop is a tourist attraction, while the roomy flat upstairs takes full advantage of the sea views, with a dual-aspect living room, open-plan kitchen/dining room and three bedrooms. A few steps from your door is the medieval harbour, with art galleries and restaurants. Through Savills.
 
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