You’ve seen the best million dollar listings from coast to coast. But these international abodes — newly up for sale — make for seriously priceless vacation homes. Want to make like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and routinely holiday in Europe? Consider these two options added incentive to spend more time in the French or Italian countryside. (Decisions, decisiones.)
1. Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa
The legendary artist once dreamed up frescoes from this Tuscan villa. In a stunningly scenic town between Florence and Siena, the restored home is newly up for sale. The cozy villa is set on six hilly acres; it has eight bedrooms, seven baths, and (fret not) appliances that aren’t original to the 1500s. But its history remains intact, with giant stone fireplaces, beamed ceilings, and a hearth set to whip up feasts using fresh lemons and olives from the groves outside. The asking cost is around $8.1 million.
2. Julia Child’s French Villa
Top chefs, this is for you. A villa in Plascassier, France — about half an hour outside of Cannes — just became available. And, it formerly belonged to Julia Child. (Pause for swoon.) With four bedrooms, the cottage seems plucked from the pages of a French fairytale. Lush, flower-strewn greenery outside sets the perfect backdrop for strolling and daydreaming about beef bourguignon. Speaking of which, the kitchen is a miniature replica of the storied one from Child’s home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Did we mention the swimming pool? For around $860,000, it can all be yours.
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