Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine's Day dilemma: perfume or Coco's estate?

A bottle of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle would be nice for Valentine’s Day, but imagine being given the keys to Coco Chanel’s romantic estate, Villa La Pausa, in the south of France! OMG! The estate overlooks the Mediterranean and has more than 10,000 square feet of glorious living space.

Picture yourself sitting on the balcony chatting with the likes of Stravinsky and Picasso, Luchino Visconti and Somerset Maugham? When the literary agent and author Emery Reves (Anatomy of Peace) owned the estate guests included everyone from Sir Winston Churchill and the Duke of Windsor to Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. 

If joining the past was a matter of wishes I would wish for a hearty chat with Princess Grace, Churchill, and Picasso. Afterward, I would take a little drive on the Grand Corniche to Monte Carlo or the walled town of Eze.

On Fridays it is the outdoor market in Ventimigelia that attracts the crowds that purchase their wine and cheese for an afternoon picnic at the sea. And is there anywhere more romantic than Nice or sweeter than a warm chocolate filled croissant from Monsieur Petite’s on the waterfront in Vellefranche?I think not.

But alas, a bottle of perfume is $105. Coco’s estate is $50 million-plus.

Still one can aspire to such dreams, which is why TopTenRealEstateDeals.com presents its annual Valentine’s Day top ten list of most romantic homes for sale. It’s interesting to review and you never know when the right buyer might happen along.


Also on the top ten list and a little closer to home is Katherine Hepburn's family estate on the New England coast. This 8,368 square foot beauty is selling for $28,000,000.

One of six bedrooms in the Hepburn estate with a beautiful view of the sea. 

Now make your way into the kitchen and cook up a batch of blueberry crepes.

This year’s Valentine's Day listing of homes span the country from a romantic New York penthouse and 1852 Mississippi historic inn with Civil War ties, to the Tammy Wynette and George Jones Florida love nest, said Terry Walsh, project coordinator for the Top Ten site.

William Pitt Sotheby International Realty video.


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