Monday, 8 September 2014

French Rivera: Celebrity houses

It’s hard for anyone to not fall in love with the FrenchRivera after a sun filled trip with beautiful white sands, busy local markets filled with fresh produce, lush vineyards and stunning sights and views. The South of France has been a fashionable and celebrity filled destination for decades as either a luxurious holiday with friends and family in privacy or to mingle with fellow celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. Luxury rentals and holidays evolved into investing millions into incredible properties after celebrities got a taste for the wonderful Riviera lifestyle and culture.

Angelina and Brad Pitt, one of the world’s most famous couples have been regular visitors of the Cote d’Azur for the past 7 years and who last week got married in a small, intimate,  family focused ceremony in the chapel of their home; the Chateau Miraval. They initially leased the Chateau Miraval in 2007, whilst expecting their twins Knox and Vivienne and were became instantly hooked. During their lease the following year the couple purchased this incredible traditional estate which includes its own vineyard, a lake, 13 varieties of olives, an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, two gyms and a large banqueting room.

Brad and Angelina are not the only ones who are enjoyed renting this property. The chateau also has a state of the art recording studio that has seen the likes of The Cure, Pink Floyd , ACDC and Sting, just to name a few. The most famous recording at the chateau was the huge, worldwide hit of ;The Wall’ by Pink Floyd. 

The incredibly famous, Pirates of the Caribbean actor, Johnny Depp, fell in love with the French Riviera during the filming of ‘The Ninth Gate’ in 1998. Mr.Depp and his former wife Vanessa Paradis, a French born singer, bought a £1 Million property in a small village, Plan De La Tour, just 30 minutes from St.Tropez, which has a number of stunning properties and beautiful local markets and surroundings as well as most importantly being a little retreat with population of only 2000. The property has 3 bedrooms, a private pool and a garden for the children to play but Johnny Depp also reportedly bought a nearby vineyard to celebrate one of Vanessa’s albums. He describes he love of the French way of life ‘I love having a patis at the local bar and talking about whether it will rain tomorrow and not about the box office results on Monday morning.’

Bono, The lead singer of the world famous band U2 owns a fantastic, secluded villa in the seafront village of Eze-sur-mer. This great location is completely private apart for a railway to Nice running behind. The lead guitarist, ‘The Edge’, also bought a property in the same town as the both love the incredible sea views and privacy allowing them to ‘get away from it all’ with the local laidback lifestyle. Bono has often been pictured with his wife on a yacht in the local area and cruising round the coast with their close friend Penelope Cruz.

The Legendary singer, Elton John and his partner David own a breath-taking villa on the top of Mount Boron which has some of the most spectacular views in the area, overlooking all of Nice down to the coast line. Mount Boron is highly exclusive and is filled with the best in luxury properties due to its immense privacy, stunning woodlands and walks. The house has stunning gardens and interiors, all of which were designed by Elton himself and can be seen in his book 'Elton John's Flower Fantasies: An Intimate Tour of His Houses and Gardens'. He can also be spotted with enjoying the Cote d’Azur sunshine with friends such as Liz Hurley and Victoria and David Beckham on a yacht in St Tropez or Cannes.

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