Ritzy Côte d’Azur Celebrity Homes (French Riviera)

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Ritzy Côte d’Azur Celebrity Homes (French Riviera)
© Freesurf / Adobe Stock. The French Riviera (or Côte d'Azur).

Peruse this star-studded lineup of celebrity homes in Cote D’Azur, France, home to some of the world’s most rich and famous. In this hotspot, you’ll find the uber-wealthy and top-of-the-line A-listers. Miami doesn’t even come close with its “Millionaire’s Row.”

Elton John’s Villa in Nice, France

Photography By Scott Frances

It’s no secret that Elton John has a discerning taste for the finer things in life. Most recently, he scooped up a charming 1920s estate in Nice, France, which he dubs as his “summer house.” It’s perched high atop the province’s mountainside, leaving room for breathtaking views of the Alps and bay area. Click here for his home profile on Velvet Ropes.

Bono’s Estate in Eze-Sur-Mer, France (U2 Singer’s French Riviera Home)

Maison de Bono cote azur
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U2’s front liner, Bono, made the French Riviera his holiday play yard back in 1993. It’s speculated that he paid roughly €3.8 million for this pad. Since then, he has regularly entertained the likes of Cindy Crawford, George Clooney, and many other A-listers. Click here for his home profile on Velvet Ropes.

The Chateau Miraval (Brad and Angelina)

Aerial views Brad Pitt Angelia Jolie Chateau
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The media circus surrounding Brad and Angelina’s recent divorce filings leave many to question whether their luxury mansion on the French Riviera will be placed for sale. According to the Huffington Post, the former couple has indeed placed their massive estate on the market, which was purchased in 2012 for a whopping €60 million. It features 35 rooms on a 1,200-acre property. The couple and their brood were privy to winding vineyards, a private lake, and even a moat.

Paul Allen’s Villa Maryland

Villa Maryland
Villa Maryland, a hilltop mansion in the Côte d’Azur town of St. Jean Cap-Ferrat. He employs a staff of 12 and counts Bono and Andrew Lloyd Webber among his neighbors.

Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen has an impressive portfolio of real estate holdings. Among his swanky purchases is a lavish hilltop mansion known as The Villa Maryland in Côte d’Azur. The Real Deal reports that a team of 12 is recruited to maintain the property year round.

Bill Gates’ House in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes (France)

The Villa Léopolda
The Villa Léopolda

Rumors have been swirling for years that one of the world’s most expensive homes, The Villa Léopolda, was sold to one of the world’s wealthiest, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. According to media outlet Independent, there has been no evidence found supporting this purchase, but anonymity might have played a role in its hush-hush ownership. In 2008, it’s said that the estate was sold to an anonymous Russian billionaire for €200 million.

Top French Celebrities That Call the French Riviera Home

Among these celebrity neighbors, you can also find a staggering list of local celebs that choose to stay close to home. Acclaimed French writer Aldous Huxley and French freediving champion Aurore Asso, for example, have called the province their stomping ground for several years. So what’s the draw? Think seclusion, privacy, and the warm and sunny breezes of the Mediterranean Sea.

Home of the Creatives

You will find that many of the current and former residents of Côte d’Azur have a very creative streak, including historical figures, such as Pablo Picasso, Robert Louis Stevenson, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and countless others.

Make Your Bucket List

If you’re a jet-setting international traveler who would love to embark on a journey to see celebrity homes up close and personal, these are some of the top picks for gawking at the province’s historical architectural marvels. Bear in mind that many celebrity homes feature state-of-the-art security teams, so be sure to play it safe by observing at a distance.

Sources:

Architectural Digest: Elton John’s Lavish Residences in London and Nice
The Nicolas Pisani & Associates Group French Riviera Stars & Homes: Bono & U2, Eze-Sur-Mer
The Huffington Post: Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie Are Selling Their French Estate Château Miraval
The Real Deal: Check Out The Incredible Real Estate Portfolio Of Microsoft Billionaire Paul Allen
Independent: Villa In Nice Is World’s Most Expensive House