The 187-year-old Villa Les Cedres, located in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera, has just been put up for sale and may become the most expensive house ever sold. The price for it is EUR 350 million, or almost PLN 1.5 billion.
Details of the unusual offer are provided by Bloomberg Businessweek. A two-story residence with 18,000 square meters. square meters was built in 1830 on a plot of 14,000. hectares. In 1850, it was purchased by the mayor of the French town of Villefranche-sur-Mer. At that time, the impressive property was used mainly for economic purposes – olive trees were grown on the adjacent area.
The situation changed in 1904, when Villa Les Cedres fell into the hands of King Leopold II of Belgium. Considered by many historians to be a criminal, the ruler could afford the exorbitant expenses thanks to the exploitation of the Congo. In 1924, the villa was sold to the Marnier-Lapostolle family, and is currently in the hands of the owners of the Italian company Davide Campari-Milano, which produces, among others, popular Campari liqueur. They decided to put the residence up for sale.
The potential buyer will come into possession of a huge property, but also of the large garden adjacent to it, considered one of the most impressive in Europe – you can see 14,000 gardens there. plant species from all over the world. The starting price is GBP 315 million, i.e. just over PLN 1.5 billion. The main building has 14 bedrooms, and the villa also has a huge library with collections worth several hundred thousand. euro.