For years the Cote d’Azur has attracted millions of visitors and many famous people who either rented or owned properties in the area. Of course we can only discuss properties that were previously owned by famous people, for confidentiality and we dont want to upset anybody 🙂 Here are a few Famous houses along the Cote d’Azur:
Roquebrune Cap Martin
La Pausa is large property located on the Cap Martin (Roquebrune), which is located in between Italy and Monaco, and is famously known as Coco Chanels old mansion. Coco bought the piece of land which was used by the Grimaldi family as a hunting ground, and designed the property with the help of a young Robert Streitz. Named “La Pausa” as it was a place that Mary Magdalene paused close by on her plight back to Jerusalem after the crucifixion of Jesus. The property was later used as the name of one of Chanel’s exclusive perfumes.
Please find several interesting articles from the New York Times of the lovely story of the history of La Pausa:
According to reports, La Pausa has been acquired by the House of Chanel, and will be restored to its deserved glory.
Villa La Vigie is actually located at the far East of the Principality and is an iconic property which is often referred to as the “Karl Lagerfeld Villa” as the designed lived in the property for approximately ten years. It is truly spectacular and impressive to see, both from the outside and inside. Built in 1903, being one of the very few private residences in the area, long before the Principality skyline was constructed, it now is ideally located next to the Monte Carlo Country Club and the Monte Carlo Beach.
The current owners maintain the property to perfection, and proudly offer the villa for rent. For those lucky enough to reside in the Villa La Vigie, access to the swimming pool of the Monte Carlo Beach is one of the many benefits of renting the property.
Read Karl Lagerfelds Monaco address book in Monte Carlo in the following link of where he likes to eat and spend his time in the Principality.
For Karl fans, see his stylish apartment in Paris and the swimming pool that he redesigned for the Hotel Metropole in Monaco.
Karl and Coco in a fabulous chalet in Valberg
There have been several properties owned by heads of international fashion houses – such as Coco Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana in Roquebrune Cap Martin, Givenchy in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Estée Lauder in Cap Ferrat and in Cannes.
Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
- Saint Jean Cap Ferrat is the home to many famous houses, notably, the Jean Cocteau villa, named Santo Sospir which is open to the public
- La Mauresque previous residence of Somerset Maugham
- La Fiorentina
- The David Niven villa – La Fleur du Cap
- Nellcote – the Rolling Stones villa – One of the most famous houses along the Cote d’Azur
- Grand Marnier villa – Villa les Cedes
Villefranche sur Mer
One of the most famous properties on the Cap d’Antibes is a beautiful modernist villa on the water front, the Villa Aujourd’hui, previously owned by Jack Warner in the 1950s.
Pablo Picasso owned several houses in and around the Cannes area – one located in La Californie and another sublime old mas in Mougins. The Mougins property has been sublimely renovated with the finest materials and care by the current owner, adding modern amenities with a strong intention to maintain as much history and memories of the late artist.
Chateauneuf de Grasse
George Michael’s previous property is located in the Marres area of Ramatuelle, which reportedly was named “Chez Nobby”, which has now been fully renovated and renamed.
- Villa Octopussy – one of Saint Tropez most famous houses – Une Villa à Saint Tropez (in French)
- Featured in the UK Telegraph – The Most Luxurious European Villas to Rent This Summer
- Photos of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Saint Tropez and Cannes
- Georgio Armanis stunning property in Saint Tropez featured in Vogue Australia