From Brangelina to the Beckhams and Bono, any celebrity worth their salt has a French holiday home where they can take a much-needed breather, escape the paparazzi, and enjoy la belle vie — and some good food and wine. But Brange's Château Miraval (bought in 2012 for $60 million) and Becks' Domaine Saint-Vincent (recently put on the market for $3.1 million) pale into insignificance next to what is thought to be the world’s most expensive house, now up for sale for a reported $1.1 billion.
Named Villa Les Cedres, the posh pied-à-terre is located in the billionaire sanctuary of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, in the southeastern corner of France. The house comes with a 35-acre botanical garden (a national heritage site), Olympic-size pool, 30 stables, and its own chapel. However, perhaps surprisingly, it has a mere 10 bedrooms.
Built in 1870, Fortune reports, it was once a holiday home for the King of Belgium, Leopold II, and has also hosted such luminaries as Charlie Chaplin and Elizabeth Taylor. Owned since the 1920s by the family that created Grand Marnier, Villa Les Cedres came as part of the package when Campari Group bought the liqueur brand last March for $760 million. But the Italian company decided it had no need for the house (not enough rooms?) so decided to sell it. And now it can be yours.
Thinking $1.1 billion is just a wee bit out of your budget? Take comfort in Campari CEO Bob Kunze-Concewitz' comment to Bloomberg: He said that he really only expects a minimum of $338.5 million for the property. Mere pocket change in comparison (or the equivalent of about a hundred Beckhams' houses).
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