We thought the record-breaking Jule Pond in the Hamptons was a real estate reach, but the most expensive home listed in New York has nothing on the world's priciest mansion, Villa Les Cèdres, in the South of France.
The 187-year-old villa was once owned by Belgium's King Leopold II and boasts 14 bedrooms, a massive man-made pond, and a garden featuring around 14,000 different species of plants. For 80 years, the 35-acre property located along the coast of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat housed the Marnier-Lapostolle family, whose famed Grand Marnier Liqueur is said to have been inspired by the bitter orange orchards on the grounds.
Now owned by Italian distiller, Campari, the home has hit the market for $410 million, which, if sold, would make it the most expensive residential sale in history. While its grandiose decor is certainly a bit dated (all wood everything and fashioned in the style of the Belle Epoque), the stunning villa's rich history of luxury and wealth is likely worthy of a pretty penny.
[Photo by Ambroise Tezenas for Bloomberg Businessweek]