A villa exceeding a billion euros ?

18 November 2016

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has always attracted big fortunes, celebrities and crowned heads of the world. From Winston Churchill to Eduardo Saverin, the co-founder of Facebook, from the former King of Belgium Leopold II to the Ferrero family, owner of the eponymous agri-food group, the most famous representatives of the international gotha ​​settled there.

After the villa Leopolda in Villefranche, it is a property located on the peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat which maddening the market of the french riviera luxury real estate.

A billion euros is therefore the price mentioned for the property "Les Cèdres" which for a few months belongs to the Italian group Campari following the acquisition of Grand Marnier, the villa having passed in 1976 from the hands of the Marnier-Lapostolle family To those of the Société des Produits Marnier-Lapostolle.

Built in the 1830s under the name "Villa Les Oiseaux", the property was acquired by David-Désiré Pollonais in 1850. In 1904 its heirs sold it as well as its fourteen hectares of gardens to the King of Belgium Leopold II to lodge Blanche "Caroline" Delacroix.

The villa was then bought in 1924 by the owner of the liqueur "Grand Marnier" and the vineyard of Château de Sancerre, Alexandre Marnier-Lapostolle. Many works were undertaken, including the creation of an exotic garden with twenty-five heated greenhouses housing twenty thousand species, including fourteen thousand tropical trees, considered one of the most beautiful private gardens in Europe.

From Charlie Chaplin to Elizabeth Taylor, many were the distinguished guests during the years in which the property was regularly modernized.

It now has ten rooms, a ballroom, a concierge, an olympic swimming pool dug out of the rock, a winter garden, a stable that can accommodate thirty horses and even a chapel.

Far from the exaggeration of certain neighboring estates, it is the fourteen hectares of its sumptuous botanical park, maintained by fifteen gardeners employed full time, propel this property to the top of the world real estate market.

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