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Villa Les Cèdres

World’s costliest home

What’s large, green and worth billions of dollars? No, not (just) the Hulk, but a €1 billion property in the south of France, known as Villa Les Cèdres. True to its name, which roughly translates to ‘The Cedars Villa’ (according to Google translate, at least), the 35-acre property houses one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe with wide, manicured lawns, 15,000 plants and around 20 greenhouses holding rare tropical vegetation.

And perhaps this is only fitting, for the Villa used to be the holiday home of Belgian ruler King Leopold II.

The celebrity list doesn’t quite end there either, expanding to people such as Winston Churchill, who was known to paint the gardens on occasion, Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Prince Rainier III of Monaco and writer William Somerset Maugham, who described the estate as “the escape hatch from Monaco for those burdened with taste.”

The chateau overlooks the sparkling Mediterranean waters and if the sea isn’t water enough, then perhaps the Olympic-size swimming pool dug into the rocks will do.

The estate also features a ballroom and a concierge, as well as a stable that can house up to 30 horses. Isn’t it funny how in the past the rich had cars and the poor had horses, but now it’s the rich who have horses and the poor have cars?

Horse-storage aside, the 10-bedroom property is now on the market, welcoming all potential buyers.

Situated a couple of kilometres away from Nice, it was previously owned by Suzanne Marnier-Lapostolle, part of the Grand Marnier liquor dynasty, but has now passed into the hands of the Campari group who have put it up on the market. The proceeds from the sale will be distributed among the shareholders.

> Located in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, known for being the traditional celebrity playground

> Fitted with 10 luxury bedrooms that face the sea

> Famed botanical garden on 35 acres of manicured lawns

> Has a ballroom, concierge, and Olympic-sized pool

> Not far from Nice, this is where the rich and famous come for yachting and sunbathing

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