Those, for example like Elton John, who comes here to bask in the Mediterranean sunshine rather than bank lights, need secluded places. During his stay in Nice the famous singer very rarely comes out of his mansion on the mountain Mont Boron, and basically it is clear why: a small paradise is located directly opposite the beach and has a complete overview to 360 degrees (by the way, our real estate agency offers for our customers to rent a villa on Mont Boron, quite near the celebrity residence). Beckhams, Liz Hurley and Joan Collins are regular guests of his estate. Nevertheless, the British artist sometimes goes out for antique shopping in the Ségurane district near port or for dinner in his favorite restaurant of old Nice La Petite Maison. The list of celebrities, Elton’s neighbors, who own luxury real estate on the French Riviera, is very long.
There is a villa of Irishman Bono from U2 in Eze-Bord de Mer. He comes here often in the winter and summer with his family and friends. Villa Les Roses is located directly on the beach of Eze and decorated in Art Deco style. Penélope Cruz and Queen Rania of Jordan are Bono’s frequent guests. The father of four children, Bono enjoys yachting, secluded restaurants and top clubs, such as Le Zebra Square and Le Sass in Monaco.
Tina Turner’s house rising above the Villefranche raid is located on the Hill of Vinegrie Mountain. Tina designed her villa herself, it is simple and harmonious, and she made the Buddhist altar in one of the rooms. The bedroom has a spectacular view to Nice, Cap Ferrat and the surrounding area.
Rod Stewart with his wife and family spends summer moths and Christmas holidays on the luxuries heights of Saint-Paul in La Colle-sur-Loup, nearby the house of Michael Schumacher. Rod bought the property for $ 6.5 million back in 2005. Further in land, beyond the village of Valbonne, lives Mel Gibson.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt bought a property near Cannes for 35 million pounds and spent 10 million more for the renovation of their villa. Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis own a villa in the village of Plan-de-la-Tourback since 1998.
But it’s not only the stars who have taken the Riviera by storm. On Cap Ferrat and Cap d'Antibes, peoples from the former Soviet Union are buying up the best and most desirable properties. When Leonard Blavatnik, stockholder of TNK-BP, first laid eyes on the Villa Eiffel in Beaullieu, the Russian-American billionaire signed a cheque for 100 million euros without any hesitation. More recently, the Russian businessman spent “the modest” sum of 140 million euros buying a villa on the Cap Ferrat coast. Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea and the Chateau de la Croe; Andrey Melnichenko, Villa Altair’s owner and other billionaires from all over the world, have one thing in common- they have spent millions of euros decorating their various properties, hiring the world’s leading interior designers. They frequently fly by helicopter from their guarded villas to parties in Monaco, Saint-Tropez and Cannes.
In contrast to the noveau riche, the original Cote d’Azur residents live far more discretely, as befits old money. Take Michael David Wale, ex-president of Lazar Bank, who spends his holidays from the 14th July each year, at his house-“Under The Wind” - built on the rocky spur of Cap d’Antibes.
Marnier-Larostolle, producer of the famous liqueur, has been the owner of the Villa Les Cedres on Cap Ferrat for more than 80 years. The Villa Les Cedres, the former property of Leopold II of Belgium, is famous for its botanical gardens, considered one of the most beautiful in the world. There are 16,000 rare and exotic plants, one of the world’s great bamboo collection, rows and rows of palms and 25 greenhouses. The gardens are open to the public, but only by private invitation.
Last centuries Cote d`Azur became a place of interest for members of the Royal families and nobles. Queen Victoria visited French Riviera year by year; according to her story Cote d’Azur was the only place where she was truly happy. In 19th century British Prime Minister, Lord Salisbury, built his villa La Bastide in the hills behind Beaulieu. Nowadays royalty also like to spend time on Riviera. Even though there are not too much Royal families in our modern world, those who still rule their countries also like to rest from their duties on Cote d’Azur. For example, Saudi Arabian Royal Family, which has luxury villa in Golfe Juan.
Each year Cap Ferrat is invaded by numerous celebrities who take up summer residence: ex-top model Karen Malder with her daughter Ann; Manchester United ex-coach Sir Alex Ferguson; Andrew Lloyd Webber, who can often be seen eating in Le Sloop in the port of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Another place with a high concentration of celebrities per square meter is Monaco, where Shirley Bassey, Ringo Starr, Ornella Muti, Claudia Schiffer and Scorpions live.