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    A Historic French Villa That Once Hosted Grace Kelly Just Listed for $8.6 Million

    A French villa near Nice where Grace Kelly, the late Princess of Monaco, used to vacation is up grabs. However, this isn’t the first time that the palatial property has been on the market.  

    Dubbed Les Moulins du Villars, the Provence-Alpes Cote d’Azur residence was listed for a whopping $12.5 million back in August 2023. After failing to find a buyer, the estate is now back up for sale six months later at a discounted €7.95 million (or roughly $8.5 million) with Jack Harris of Knight Frank. The home itself, which was originally built way back in the 14th century as an olive oil and flour mill, has been completely transformed in the years since. The swanky spread was renovated in the ‘70s by Count Jean Fernand Joseph Gouin de Roumilly and entirely rebuilt over a decade ago in 2012. In 1980, Princess Grace was reported to have frequented the property with her daughter, Princess Caroline. The Hollywood starlet later died in a car accident in 1982. 

    A 14th-century olive oil mill in France that was converted into a lavish estate is back on the market.

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    Located on the French Riveria in the village of Gilette, the digs measure 6,000 square feet and there are seven bedrooms split between the main dwelling and guest house. The roughly five-acre property also holds a slew of modern comforts too—though, you wouldn’t assume it based on its medieval surroundings. There’s an elevator, a tennis court that doubles as a helipad or soccer pitch, a wine cellar, and a fitness studio. At the same time, dotting the grounds are tons of citrus and olive trees, two vegetable gardens, a Koi pond, and a natural spring that, according to the listing, “is believed by locals to possess healing properties, historically making the mill a pilgrimage site and sanctuary for treating chronic ailments.” 

    The residence was a frequent hideaway for Grace Kelly, the late Princess of Monaco.

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    Spanning four stories, the manse is made from local, indigenous stone and is decked out with original period furnishings and bespoke artwork. Another design detail is a glass-encased wrought iron wheel that was replaced in 2012. Inside, there’s essentially double of everything—two living rooms, two kitchens. However, there’s only one media room. Outside, the lot features several outbuildings, including a ruin that has been recently restored and a heated infinity pool that overlooks the picturesque Latti Valley. 

    Click here to see all the photos of Grace Kelly’s vacation villa. 

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    In the South of France, a Former Home of Charles de Gaulle Charges Onto the Market

    A hillside estate along the Côte d’Azur that was once home to Charles de Gaulle has hit the market for $30 million. The decorated military officer and statesman, who served as President of France from 1959-69 and died in 1970, occupied the property in Beaulieu-sur-Mer, between Nice and Monaco, shortly after WWII. Indeed, as the story goes, he wrote his famous speech about the liberation of France while staying here.

    The 1.2-acre spread sits behind imposing gates in the rocky foothills that rise above the charming seaside commune. Indeed, the house is just a block from the wealthy resort village’s main square, Place du General de Gaulle. Though he’d likely recognize the estate’s various Tudor-style outbuildings, it’s unlikely de Gaulle would recognize the main residence today, as it’s been transformed into a glass-walled contemporary villa that is now for sale with an asking price of $30 million. The property is represented by Andrea Wohl Lucas at Douglas Elliman.

    With its contemporary updates, it’s unlikely de Gaulle would recognize the Tudor home today.

    Just inside the gates, there’s a carriage house and a parking area. A cobblestone drive sweeps up the hill, through professionally lighted and landscaped grounds, to the front of the approximately 11,000-square-foot residence. An elevator services all three floors of the home, which has nine ensuite bedrooms and a total of 11 bathrooms.

    Glass towers, one of which houses a floating staircase, flank the glass front door. There are wood floors and floor-to-ceiling picture windows in a trio of reception rooms, including an enormous living room that overlooks the pool and a spacious formal dining room with built-in cabinets for linen and tableware storage. According to listings, there are two state-of-the-art kitchens on the main floor.

    Curtain walls of glass overlooking the mosaic-tile pool fill the house with natural light.

    All nine of the bedrooms are on the upper two floors, each with extensive storage, a dressing room, and a private bath. The principal suite spans nearly 1,000 square feet and includes two dressing rooms and a large bathroom, while a penthouse-level guest bedroom is housed within an all-glass aerie that opens to a private terrace with gorgeous coastline views.

    There’s a large terrace for relaxing and entertaining, a mosaic-tiled zero-edge swimming pool for cooling off, and meandering, impeccably maintained grounds that have a stunning lighting program. In addition to the main house, the property includes caretaker’s accommodations and several studios for guests or household staff. 

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    Paul Allen’s Historic Villa in the South of France Has Been Sold to a Hedge Fund Billionaire

    Villa Maryland, Paul Allen’s hilltop mansion in the South of France, has just been snapped up by Millennium Management founder Israel Englander, Bloomberg reported.

    According to local agents, the palatial pad, one of the late Microsoft co-founder’s many prized real estate properties around the world, is worth upwards of €100 million (or roughly $105 million). Although the sale price has not yet been disclosed, the transaction, which was brokered by Savills, is positioned to rank among the biggest private-party transactions this year.

    Paul Allen’s home in the South of France sold to Millennium Management founder Israel Englander.

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    Prominently sited above the seaside fishing village of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a favorite summer destination for the beau monde, the 18-bedroom villa measures a whopping 27,000 square feet and sports 10 acres of terraced gardens. The Côte d’Azur spread dates back to 1904, when it was commissioned by shipping and railroad magnate Sir Arthur Wilson, an acquaintance of Edward VII.  

    Per the city’s website, Wilson held a number of grand receptions here, and Allen seems to have continued the tradition; according to the Wall Street Journal, Allen hosted a pirate-themed soirée at Villa Maryland in 1996 during the Cannes Film Festival. It was also reported that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie spent time at the estate in 2008 before they separated in 2016. Every summer, Allen would anchor his megayacht Octopus in the harbor of Villefranche-sur-Mer before journeying over to the estate. 

    The entrance to Villa Maryland in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

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    Englander, whose net worth clocks in at $11.4 billion, has recently been expanding his portfolio. At the start of 2022, he acquired a $20 million apartment in Paris, formerly owned by Jean-Victor Meyers, the great-grandson of the founder of L’Oréal. He’s also taken a lease on an office building in the French capital, Bloomberg reported. 

    Before Allen’s passing in 2018, he pledged that all of the proceeds from his trust would go to charity. Last year, his art collection was hammered down for a record-setting $1.5 billion at Christie’s, and several of the tech tycoon’s lavish properties have already been sold or are currently for sale. They include a sprawling Beverly Hills estate, a Bay Area mansion, a cluster of homes on Seattle’s Mercer Island, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s former home in New Mexico. More

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    13 Bedroom Villa In Théoule-Sur-Mer, France (PHOTOS)

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    Listed with Beauchamp Estates – Cannes
    LOCATION: Théoule-Sur-Mer, France
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 10,000+
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 13 bedrooms & 13 bathrooms
    PRICE: Available Upon Request
    This luxurious villa is located in Théoule-Sur-Mer, France and is situated on 6 acres of land. More

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    155 Acre Riverfront Estate In France (PHOTOS)

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    LOCATION: Bonnes, France
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 21,000+ (chateau)
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 24 bedrooms & 24 bathrooms (chateau)
    PRICE: €8,000,000
    This 155-acre riverfront estate is located in Bonnes, France and features a grand Chateau, caretaker’s house, housekeeper’s house and outbuildings. More