World’s Most Expensive Home Hits Market For $1.1 Billion
There's a lot of rappers who like to ball out, but this is just another level.
The most expensive house in the world has hit the market... for a cool $1.1 billion. Called the Ville Les Cèdres, the mansion is located on the French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur)... on the Mediterranean coast of southeastern France.
It boasts 10 bedrooms, a ballroom, concierge, a chapel, 50-meter swimming pool dug into the rocks, a winter garden and stables for 30 horses, according to Forbes.
But, the most valuable aspect of the property is its botanical park, considered one of the most beautiful private gardens in Europe. It covers more than 35 acres with 20 greenhouses, is overseen by 15 full-time gardeners, and features some 15,000 rare tropical species -- considered to be Europe's largest collection of tropical plants.
The Ville Les Cèdres also has a lot of history, as reported by Forbes below:
Finally, there is its history: Leopold II, king of Belgium between 1865 and 1909, who’s remembered largely because he privately owned and despoiled the Congo Free State in Africa, was a big fan of that part of the French Riviera and also owned the entire west side of the Cap Ferrat. In 1904, he purchased the Villa Pollonnais, a 15-acre mansion built in 1830, changed its name to Le Cedres, made extensive renovations and used it as his main holiday home.
It’s also said that although the king lived most of the year in Monaco, he used Cedars to accommodate his very young lover Caroline Delacroix who he had met in 1899 when she was only 16 and he already 64 years old. He made her Baroness Vaughan and his morganatic wife by the end of his life – meaning neither she nor her children would have any claim on his possessions or title.
The villa was sold in 1924 to Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, the owner of the Grand Marnier liquor brand. Until June this year when Grand Marnier was bought by the Italian group Campari-Cinzano, Les Cedres was owned by Grand Marnier heiress Suzanne Marnier-Lapostolle. The house was included in the acquisition.
Grand Marnier started with Jean-Baptiste Lapostolle, who founded a fruit liqueur distillery in 1827. In 1876 his granddaughter married the son of a wine-making family from the Sancerre region, the Marnier. The company had been in the family for six generations.
The heiress of Le Cedars has said that she wants to downsize.