Gay Open House: Rich and famous in the French Riviera
If only walls could talk. There’s nothing quite like the whiff of celebrity when it comes to owning a house with a fascinating story to tell.
This month takes us on a tour of French Riviera properties previously owned by some well-known celebrities. From a villa which the iconic French actress and animal activist Brigitte Bardot called Chez Moi to a panoramic sea view pad paid for by the handsome royalties of British synth legends, Eurythmics.
Our monthly real estate feature sees us team up again with Welshman Rhodri Ellis Owen and Canadian Jameson Farn at LGBTQ Real Estate to bring you some of the finest vacation rentals and real estate on the planet. Based in the south of France, but covering properties all over Europe, the guys at LGBTQ Real Estate pride themselves on their VIP level of personal service which is always delivered without prejudice. The business is dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ sellers, buyers and their friends to find their perfect property match.
On the very same slope where the author of Jean de Florette and the La Gloire de mon père wrote several of his most famous depictions of Provence, you’ll find the valley’s oldest property, le Castelet, where parts of the foundations are from Roman times. Here, with a glorious view of the Esterel Mountains and with the Mediterranean in the background, lies a unique property for someone who longs for the true Provencal combined with all the modern features that are expected in the 2020s: Swimming pool, outdoor spa, hammam, air conditioning, elevator between pool level and different terraces, floor heating, cold room, sound system (even underwater), complete outdoor kitchen with barbecue and Italian pizza oven, wine cellar, large screen cinema and of course wifi almost everywhere.
This beautiful 7 bedroom Bastide is the epitome of French glamour and as Brigitte Bardot once owned it you can’t get much more French and glamorous than that.
Built in the 15th century, its historic beauty demands attention. Its romanesque design and romantic character ensure that the villa remains true to its regional roots. Yet, this remarkable villa remains unique with its magical allure.
As we enter this beautiful home we first notice the elegant high ceilings and delicate cornices. The impressive entrance evokes presence with its grand staircase. The living area has a cozy fireplace, original wood beams, and exposed stone walls. The entire villa has been designed with large windows which flood the home with daylight. The natural light lifts the intimate atmosphere to an airy presence.
The beautiful landscaped gardens and grounds complement the villa and add an extra element of grandeur. Naturally, this impressive villa has a large infinity swimming pool, spa, and pool house. There is a large sunbathing terrace with Provencal trees. There is a magical ambiance as you wander around the ancient property.
Yours for 5,900,000 Euro
Sweet Dreams are definitely made of this.
When you are a global musical sensation you need to find somewhere to match your rock star lifestyle and this was certainly the case for this seaside villa once owned by the Eurythmics.
This sublime home enjoys privileged access to the sea accompanied by a large sunbathing terrace and a jetty to dock your own boat. This secluded home is hidden from view, whilst overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It offers a soothing panoramic view between the coves and the red rocks of the Esterel hills.
In addition to the heavenly views, this spacious property spread over 330m2, includes a living room, dining room, two kitchens – including a summer kitchen close to the alfresco dining terrace. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms as well as a dressing room and fitness suite.
In addition, there is private parking, easy access to shops and only a few minutes’ walk from the port. This recently renovated villa is fully air-conditioned throughout the entire home.
Yours for 5,950,000 Euro
We can’t find any record of a celebrity who has owned this place, but it certainly ticks all the boxes for anyone needing privacy from the paparazzi.
This is a secluded villa with iconic views and excellent links to Cannes, Monaco & Nice.
This luxurious hilltop villa is found just a short distance from the medieval village of Biot, which is conveniently located between Antibes and Nice. This spacious property sits on over 6000m2 of land, including a beautifully manicured garden with mature trees, tennis court and a swimming pool, all secured within a gated community.
The villa itself is over 390m2 and is situated on a hillside that provides a breath-taking unobstructed view over the village of Biot, and the rolling hills leading to the Mediterranean sea.
This luxurious villa has a spacious and contemporary design – with an abundance of natural daylight and an elegant staircase. The living area includes a cosy living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace – leading to a formal dining room.
The traditional kitchen has a large amount of marble countertop space and an informal dining area. This floor also hosts the master bedroom complete with a dressing room and ensuite bathroom and luxurious hammam. Additionally, this floor has another two bedrooms that have their own ensuite bathrooms.
The garden level of this beautiful villa faces the 14x7m swimming pool, landscaped garden, and an alfresco dining terrace. This level has a further 2 bedrooms and one bathroom, as well as a laundry room, gym, and games room.
This property is completed with a double garage which can host up to three cars and an independent workshop or office space.
Yours for 2,990,000 Euro
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