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In pictures: Where the super-rich live

The value of residential estates has increased tremendously among the super-affluent over the past decade for a number of reasons

The world’s top residential estates most sought after by the super rich have been unveiled in a new ranking, based on a survey conducted by global wealth intelligence and market research firm New World Wealth.

The value of residential estates has increased tremendously among the super-affluent over the past decade for a number of reasons, such as increased security with access gates and private, on-property security personnel; the activities one can do on-property using available facilities, such as gyms, swimming pools, golf, horse-back riding and tennis, among others; lifestyle and community perks residents can enjoy in nearby parks and schools; gatherings with neighbours; playgrounds for children; and, having limited or controlled traffic, considered to be safer for children.

Below are the world’s top-rated residential estates for 2016:

1 Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, Montana, USA

This private residential club sits at the top of the list. It features a world-class golf course and resort, ski slopes and hiking trails.

The estate offers different types of residences with prices ranging between $2,495,000 and $19,500,000.

(Image courtesy: Yellowstone Club) (Image courtesy: Yellowstone Club)

2 Wentworth Golf Estates – Surrey, United Kingdom

Formed in the 1960s, this historic estate is regarded as one of Europe’s premier residential areas. It is home to the Wentworth Club and golf courses.

(Image courtesy: Wentworth Golf Estates) (Image courtesy: Wentworth Golf Estates)

3 Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club – Boca Raton, Florida, USA

One of South Florida’s premier private club estates, this community has been standing for more than half a century.

(Image courtesy: Royal Palm) (Image courtesy: Royal Palm)

4 Kukio – Hawaii, USA

This private golf and beach club is located on the Kona Kohala coast on the Big Island of Hawaii, and is home to some of the most luxurious states on the island. It is adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel on the island and club membership is exclusive to residents of Kukio and its sister properties.

(Image courtesy: Kukio) (Image courtesy: Kukio)

5 Quinta do Lago – Algrave, Portugal

Founded in 1971, this golf resort and residential estate is part of three corners that have come to be known as Algrave’s Golden Triangle, a group of resorts comprising the most affluent tourist area in the region. Other resorts in the triangle include Vale do Lobo, Vale do Garrao, Dunas Douradas Beach Club, Almancil and Vilamoura.

(Image courtesy: Quinta do Lago) (Image courtesy: Quinta do Lago)