11 celebrities who own a property in France
PUBLISHED: 13:02 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 16 June 2017
Thinking of buying a house in France? You’ll be following in the footsteps of these famous faces...
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
In 2011 Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie purchased the €44m Châteu Miravel estate in the Var departement of Provence, close to the town of Aix-en-Provence. The château was the location for their 2014 wedding. However, since Jolie filed for divorce there have been rumours that the property may eventually be sold.
The three-time Oscar nominee hit the headlines last year when he put his village-like compound near Plan-de-la-Tour on the market for €50million. The actor bought the 37-acre estate in 2001 for an undisclosed sum and spent millions restoring it. The property’s main features include a deconstructed church, an art studio and a private restaurant called Café Marcheline.
English actor and producer Tom Hardy, who is well known for his role in films such as Inception and Mad Max:Fury Road has a house in St-Rémy-de-Provence where he was married. He apparently goes there for long weekends and he has described it as “very romantic”.
Bono and The Edge, from rock band U2, both own beach-front mansions in Eze-sur-Mer on the French Riveria. The band’s frontman bought it back in 1993 for around €3.8million, and since then it has become a celebrity mecca entertaining many Hollywood royalty, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Elton John and David Furnish
Grammy-winning singer and composer Elton John and his husband David Furnish have an opulent 1920s mansion on Mont Boron that overlooks the sea and the town of Nice. Elton John calls his French property his “summer house” and, as it is close to an airport, it is a good base for exploring Europe and reconnecting with friends.
David and Victoria Beckham
A 75-minute drive from Toulon and Nice airports lies the secluded Bargemon, a quiet commune in the Var area of south-eastern France. It’s here that David and Victoria Beckham bought a £1.4 million property to use as their holiday home back in 2003. They reportedly spent £5million renovating it but the property is now on the market for €2,750,00.
Robin Ellis, the actor who played the original swashbuckling Poldark in the 1970s production now lives permanently in south-west France in the Tarn department in a four-bedroom, eighteenth century rectory. Robin now runs cooking workshops at a small hotel near his own home in Lautrec.
Brazilian philanthropist and socialite Lily Safra owns one of the world’s most expensive properties, Villa la Leopolda in the village of Villefranche-sur-Mer in Alpes-Maritimes. Valued at €500 million, the 20 acre estate once belonged to King Leopold II and was used as a military hospital during World War One.
Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich bought Château de la Croe in Cap d’Antibes on the French Riviera in 2014 for a reported €15million. The property once belonged to the exiled Duke of Windsor who moved here with Wallace Simpson when he gave up the crown. A biography on Abramovich says the château “is his greatest love”.
Of course many celebrities live in Paris, including one of France’s favourite actresses, Marion Cotillard. Very popular with younger actors and actresses is the 6th arrondissement around the Left Bank, especially St-Germain-des-Prés. Le Marais as one of the trendiest parts of Paris is also very popular with this set and it spreads across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
Legendary British rock singer and songwriter Rod Stewart owns a property in St-Paul-de-Vence, a commune in Alpes-Maritimes. Rod bought the property for £3.3 million back in 2005 and he spends the summer months and holidays there with his ex-model wife and children.
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