This mansion sold for $410 million.
Multi-millionaires have chosen the South of France in the last century. Industrialists, princes and bankers built themselves palaces on the Mediterranean coast, and when fortune turned his back on them – as the Russian aristocracy after 1917, the Americans after the stock market crash in 1929 many members of the European higher light after the Second world war – they lost their homes to the rich of the next generation.
Today the owners of Villa Les Cèdres – 187-year-old mansion with 14 bedrooms with an area of 1670 m2 with adjacent territory of 14 hectares – I hope that their homes will soon have a new owner. Italian manufacturer of alcoholic beverages Davide Campari-Milano SpA, which owns the Villa, gave their property to 350 million euros, believing that the historical value of Les Cèdres, luxury decor and location in a highly prestigious area of Saint-Jean-cap-Ferrat will allow them to take the most expensive residential real estate in history.
Les Cèdres was built in 1830, and in 1850 the Villa was bought by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer, which was grown on the estate olive trees (there are now olive trees older than 300 years). In 1904 the heirs of the mayor sold the estate to the king of Belgium, Leopold II became rich by mining and rubber production in a Free state of the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
Leopold II increased the area of the garden, which today surrounds the house. Outside the mansion is painted in a sandy-pink color, characteristic of the style of the Kingdom of Sardinia, which until 1860 belonged to the commune of Saint-Jean-cap-Ferrat. From the terrace on the roof offers panoramic views of Villefranche-sur-Mer, a viaduct, near the medieval town of Eze, and if you look to the East, the Alps, where the border between France and Italy.
From the gate of the estate the house is long, winding path, lined with palm trees and cedars. In front of the house there is a bronze statue of Athena. Inside, the house remained the same as was in the heyday of the Belle époque – decadent with a touch of decadence: luxurious living rooms, chandeliers, glazed sliding doors and portraits of the XIX century in carved frames from floor to ceiling.
In the wood-panelled library houses 3000 books on botany and science, including published in 1640 the Botanical code costs several hundred thousand euros (furnished house also for sale). In 1924, 15 years after the death of king Leopold, the estate of Les Cèdres acquired the family Marnier-Lapostol, known primarily for its production of Grand Marnier cognac liqueur with distillate of green oranges.
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