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If you thought Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s recent real estate purchase was extravagant, you’ll be absolutely shocked by this historic mansion in the South of France, currently owned by Italian distiller and former Campari executive Davide Campari-Milano Spa.
Situated just outside of Nice, France Villa Les Cèdres, a 187-year-old, 18,000-square-foot, 14-bedroom mansion, has recently been listed for sale and is predicted to be crowned the most expensive home in the world — once they find a buyer, that is.
Built in 1830, Villa Les Cèdres originally operated as an olive tree farm (olive trees more than 300 years old still remain on the grounds) until it was sold in 1904 to the Belgian King Leopold II, who was responsible for expanding and cultivating the magnificent gardens. Home to roughly 14,000 plant species, Villa Les Cèdres’ grounds are reportedly ranked among the top ten botanical gardens in the world.
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History has been preserved inside the opulent residence where French doors lead to grand sitting rooms that are adorned with chandeliers, silk wallpaper, and floor-to-ceiling 19th century portraits. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, there’s even a wood-paneled library that holds 3,000 books on flora and naturalism, including a 1640 edition of a botanical codex worth several hundred thousand euros.
Set on 35 acres, it’s expected that the sheer size of the grounds and the prime location along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat will be the biggest selling point for potential buyers.
So how much is it expected to sell for, you ask?
Rumors of a billion-dollar price tag have been shut down, but the reported price guide of €350 million (that’s more than $412 USD!) doesn’t make our eyes water any less.
Villa Les Cèdres is currently listed through real estate Savills.
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This post was written by Olivia Clarke. For more, check out our sister site Homes to Love.