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    Chateau Louis XIV – A $300 Million Mega Mansion In France (PHOTOS)

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    Dubbed “Chateau Louis XIV”, this jaw-dropping castle-esque estate is located in France (coordinates 48.8499°N 2.1204°E). It was designed by renowned French architect Pierre Bortolussi and built by Cogemad. Construction started  in October 2008 and finished in June 2011. It was modeled after Vaux-le-Vicomte and built around a moat. It sold for a record-breaking $301 million in 2015 to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
    The grand interior features over 53,000 square feet of living space with extensive marble and gold leaf throughout. Rooms include a grand foyer with marble staircase, amazing 50 foot high grand salon, gourmet kitchen, multiple reception rooms, home theater, wine cellar, indoor racquetball court, indoor swimming pool with spa, steam room and sauna, massage room, ball room, nightclub, lounge areas made of glass with views of the fish and much more. The rear of the home features a grand terrace with double staircase leading to a swimming pool. The grounds feature spectacular formal gardens, fountains, a stable and more.

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    €68 Million Villa In Saint Tropez

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    LOCATION: Saint Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France
    SQUARE FOOTAGE: 15,338
    BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 7 bedrooms & 14 bathrooms
    PRICE: €68,000,000
    This luxurious villa is located in Saint Tropez, Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur, France.

    It features approximately 15,338 square feet of living space with 7 bedrooms, 6 full and 8 half bathrooms, open concept living & dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, breakfast room, home theater, gym, steam room and more.
    Outdoor features include terraces, swimming pool and gardens.
    It is listed at €68,000,000. More

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    Johnny Depp’s $55 Million French Village Has a Bistro, Wine Cave and Skate Park. Now It’s Up for Sale—Again.

    When Johnny Depp first listed his French estate back in 2015 and 2016, the asking price wavered between $25 million and $63 million, according to Variety, and the place never sold. Now he’s now preparing to re-list the property for about $55.5 million, according to news reports.
    It’s possible the quirky actor, known for his role as Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, is reading the times right. After months of being cooped up in private residences, who wouldn’t want to own an estate like this: It’s actually an entire village, complete with a bistro, a wine cave, a skate park and several houses. Once abandoned, the village sits in Provence’s Le Plan De La Tour, a small region about a dozen miles outside of the Côte d’Azur hot spot of Saint-Tropez. It’s loaded with charm, as well as bathrooms—count them, 14—and bedrooms (15), dispersed over six guest cottages and one main residence.

    The village church was converted into a guest cottage.  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    Depp purchased the compound in 2001 for an undisclosed amount and went on to spend millions renovating the 19th-century buildings, according to Toptenrealestatedeals.com. All this was during the 14 years he spent in a relationship with French actor and singer Vanessa Paradis. The couple spent time there with their two children, Lily-Rose and Jack, enjoying the village’s two swimming pools, dining at the onsite bistro Depp named Chez Marceline and exploring the lush surroundings, featuring 300-year-old oaks, olive trees and vineyards, until their split in 2012. Depp is reported to have decorated the structures himself.
    The 4,500-square-foot main residence includes five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, while one of the six guest homes was originally the town’s church. The village also includes a covered wagon with a bath and kitchen, a full gym, a pirate-like lair and an art studio, along with outdoor dining in the town square. Square footage for the living spaces has been reported to be between 12,900 and 14,500 square feet.
    Depp is reported to have decorated the restored spaces himself.  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    A cave suited to a pirate  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    One of two pools on the property  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    The lush grounds  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s

    The once-abandoned village is just miles from the port of Saint-Tropez.  Photo: Courtesy of Gibson Sotheby’s More

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    Home of the Week: Brigitte Bardot’s Former French Riviera Retreat Lists for $6.5 Million

    When sultry French actor and model Brigitte Bardot split from her film director husband Roger Vadim in 1957, she needed a sanctuary to escape the paparazzi.
    The then 24-year-old found it at Le Castelet, a villa on the Côte d’Azur, up in the hills behind Cannes, with views of the earthy-red Esterél Mountains and the blue, blue Mediterranean.

    Legend has it that she planned to buy the estate and call it home. That was until Bardot’s mother persuaded her to buy a less expensive villa “with a foot in the sea” in a sleepy fishing village called St. Tropez. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Now the owner of Le Castelet, Swedish economist Bi Puranen, is selling the estate for $6.48 million after running it as a boutique hotel—weekly high-season rates start at $15,000—after acquiring it 22 years ago.
    “Brigitte Bardot came to stay at Le Castelet in the spring of 1958, to the enjoyment of many young boys in the village,” explains Puranen in the hotel’s brochure. “One neighbor told us they climbed trees and walls along the alley to get a glimpse of the film star by the pool.” Maybe that’s another reason she sought out a different villa in once-sleepy St. Tropez.
    The guest villa and pool.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    Perched on a 1.46-acre hillside bluff a short croissant run from the quaint Provençal village of Peymeinade, the estate features a 6,458-square-foot, eight-bedroom main house and a separate five-bedroom guest house.
    Within its tall stone perimeter walls, the estate has two swimming pools, three vineyards, an olive grove, artist’s studio, boules court and a traditional bastide stone tower. Plus a massive poolside terrace with a table big enough to host 60 guests for dinner.
    The salon.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    While the main buildings date back to the 1800s, parts of the stone walls are from the 1200s. After “rescuing” the estate in 1998, Puranen spent more than 13 years restoring and modernizing the rambling, now air-conditioned, property while preserving its historic character.
    The covered terrace dining and lounge area.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    Inside the four-story main house, with its barrel-tile roof, exposed stonework, copper gutters and traditional jalousie shutters, it’s all rough-hewn beams, white plaster and stonework. The main living area has 12-foot ceilings, features a Louis XIV fireplace, ornate wrought-iron staircase and towering arched glass doors leading out on to a terrace.

    Views stretch to the sea from the master suite.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    The rustic country kitchen blends old with new, combining a state-of-the-art Le Cornue range with wall tiles from medieval Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
    The tower’s staircase to the master suite.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    A staircase inside that circular tower leads up to the second floor with its charming master suite. It comes with an adjoining library, a bathroom with ancient handmade tiles from Avignon and glass doors leading out on to a private terrace.
    But it’s the grounds of Le Castelet that set the property apart. Two tiers of enormous stone decks are perfect for al fresco entertaining.
    The upper deck, where Bardot basked in the sun, now features a serene Japanese reflection pool. Elegant stone steps lead down to a recently-added 75-foot-long infinity pool with underwater speakers.
    Another of the villa’s 13 bedrooms.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    On this deck are two huge covered loggias with an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, along with a 150-inch drop-down screen—perfect for showing Bardot’s And God Created Woman, a 1956 classic.   
    The separate five-bedroom guest house has its own 60-foot heated pool. Tucked out of sight is a stone cabanon, or cabin. With its fireplace, Bang & Olufsen sound system and comfy sofa, it makes the perfect hideaway for that sunset glass of wine.
    Another living room.  Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s International Real Estate

    From here you can gaze out over the three vineyards growing Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and the local Mourvedre grapes.  Or across to the ancient olive grove with more than 100 trees.
    As for the location, Le Castelet is a 35-minute drive from Cannes.
    Michaël Zingraf Real Estate, part of Christie’s International, holds the listing. More

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    Lavish €80 Million Home In Paris, France

    Indoor Pool LOCATION: Paris, France SQUARE FOOTAGE: 13,314 BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS: 6 bedrooms & 6 bathrooms PRICE: €80,000,000 This lavish, newly built home is located in Paris, France and was built behind a restored historical facade. It features approximately 13,314 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, foyer with staircase, formal living […] More