Friday, September 23, 2016

Now You Can Buy Europe’s Most Expensive Home: Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace




Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace

Pierre Cardin’s Bubble Palace is Europe’s most expensive home and currently for sale at $456 million; featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com

Round houses were the architecture of choice for eons dating back before the Iron Age. They were built in Europe, Africa, Polynesia and almost anywhere humans congregated. In John Hawkesworth’s “The Flame Trees of Thika,” it was duly noted that Afrikaners believed evil spirits would collect and live in the corners of square homes and couldn’t understand the British penchant for residing in square buildings.

Mid-century architect Antti Lovag expressed similar feelings when he designed Le Palais Bulles - the Bubble Palace - in Cannes, France, which was built between 1975 and 1989. He concluded that “ . . human beings have confined themselves to cubes full of dead ends and angles that impede our movement and break our harmony.” 

He went on to say that the straight line was “an aggression against nature.” Another in agreement was fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who purchased Le Palais Bulles at auction in the early 1990s as a vacation home. He was drawn to the property saying, “Round shapes have always inspired me,” and compared it to a woman’s body saying “. . . everything is absolutely sensual.” After all, Cardin did design the famous Bubble Dress in 1958 and is known for dressing The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.

Currently for sale and by far Europe’s most expensive home at approximately $456 million, the connecting bubbles representing one room each is spread over six levels on 1.75 acres on a cliff with 180-degree-views over the Mediterranean. With not a straight line on the property, the 10-bedroom residence has all spherical formal and private rooms including curved bathroom fixtures. 

The lush gardens contain ponds and swimming pools that artistically reflect the architecture both during the day and when lit at night. At the edge of the cliff is a 500-seat, open-air auditorium with spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Bay of Cannes. Many notable events have been held here such as the recent Dior Resort Show and the James Bond 40th birthday event. On occasion, the estate has been rented to private individuals for $1,100 per night per person. Michaël Zingraf Real Estate in Cannes, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate for the South of France, holds the listing.

Pierre Cardin’s retreat in the South of France - for sale at $456 million - is Europe’s most expensive listing.

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Luxury tech company Goldgenie opens its order book for iPhone 7 pre-orders


Apple sold over 13 million units within three days of their launch of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. This was a phenomenal sales record and with the imminent release of their iPhone 7, demand is expected to meet an all-time high.

Goldgenie know from experience that when a new iPhone launches, demand for their luxury customised 24k gold embellished iPhones outstrips supply, so to avoid disappointment in getting your hands on an Apple iPhone 7 customised in genuine 24k Gold, Rose Gold, Platinum or even encrusted with certificate quality Diamonds, they are encouraging customers to secure their device which will include the iPhone 7 Plus and Pro versions when make them available for pre-order.

The company is launching the new iPhone 7 on August 25th, and you will be able to pre-order your device in a range of precious metal finishes directly online from www.goldgenie.com, as well as from their new luxury retail experience showroom situated at the new innovative shopping centre, the iMall, in the United Arab Emirates or from their London Victoria based offices with just a 50% deposit.

Goldgenie are working closely with several Apple re-sellers and have secured a commitment for devices the minute that they are available. This will mean that orders of the customised phone will be delivered to the customers who ordered early. The luxury brand is seeking only a 50% deposit to secure the new iPhone 7. The skilled artisans at Goldgenie will then hand craft and customise your phone in your chosen finish which can also include personalisation of images, company logo or even your signature laser engraved onto your device.

Founded in 1995 this pioneering luxury gift and customisation company has earned an unprecedented reputation as the go-to customisation service for luxury cars, gadgets, bathroom accessories, antiques, jewellery and even religious artefacts.

In preparation for the iPhone 7 launch, Goldgenie have taken on several new International Master Franchise partners to help with the highly anticipated global demand for the iPhone 7, the most awaited smartphone for 2016.

Founder of Goldgenie Laban Roomes said, "We are very excited about the iPhone 7 and have had literally thousands of enquiries asking when our luxury customised range will be launched. Having customised the first iPhone when Apple launched their device in 2007, I predict this will be the best selling iPhone to date and so encourage our customers to not delay in pre-ordering from us when we open our order books later this month with just a 50% deposit to secure this highly anticipated luxury device”.

The iPhone 7, Plus and Pro will be available to pre-order from their website or luxury retail store in genuine 24k Gold, Rose Gold and Platinum in memory sizes 64gb and 128gb from August 25th. Prices will start from £2,400 or USD$3,100.

To pre-order your luxury iPhone 7 device go to their registration page which will change into the iPhone 7 pre-order page on August 25th 2016:  https://www.goldgenie.com/gold-iphone-7/ 

Monday, August 1, 2016

Buy Donald Trump's Home for $1.65 Million

Donald Trump's Childhood Home


How would you like to own a home that was the home of a presidential candidate? Well now is your chance.  Donald Trump's childhood home is for sale.

The New York City home in Queens where Donald Trump lived until age four is for sale at $1.65 million.

The six-bedroom, five-bath, tudor-style home includes a finished basement and hardwood floors.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Why Don't You Buy Cher's 1970's Beverly Hills Mansion?


During Cher's fifty years as the Goddess of Pop, there is precious little in the creative world she hasn't accomplished. Starting out her singing career so shy on stage that she had to talk Sonny Bono into standing with her so she could look at him instead of the audience, to branching out as a soloist in the mid 1960s and on to award-winning actress on film, stage and television, 

Cher has successfully tested the water in multiple entertainment categories. Having hit their peak record sales in the early 1960s selling over 40 million records, their careers began to nose dive in the late '60s with the advent of hard rock and the surging drug culture. It wasn’t until the early '70s that they experienced a resurge in popularity with Cher's new exotic wardrobe, their hit television show, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” and simultaneously cutting four new albums. However, with their marriage failing, Sonny and Cher divorced in 1975.

As a young girl whose mother was often divorced and short of money, Beverly Hills might as well have been on the moon. But by the 1970s, Cher had parlayed her talent and personality into wealth and was able to buy four acres of land on Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, building a mansion that she was active in designing and decorating. Cher later sold the estate to Eddie Murphy. The current owners purchased the property in 1994 and began buying up the surrounding land and started the huge project of developing it into the 16-acre equestrian estate it is today.

Privately hidden from view by mature landscaping is the 20,000-square-foot main residence, currently at the beginning of an interior remodeling, with its 11 bedrooms, 17 baths, brick walls, stone flooring, wood-burning fireplaces and wood-beamed ceilings, combining the elements of elegance with rusticity. Outside are stone terraces, pool, spa and outdoor kitchen. The detached 7,000-square-foot guest house has exotic appeal with its walk-through arches, Moroccan tile, coffered ceilings, hand-carved wooden doors, five bedrooms and five baths. Also within the main house complex is a tennis court with seating and a large equestrian center with five stables and two riding rings. In addition to the rings, there is also a network of riding trails throughout the property.

The listing agent is Aaron Kirman of John Aaroe Group in Beverly Hills, California. Price is $85 million.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Buy Your Own Gated Rural Town for $1,000,000


It’s not the first time that an entire American town has gone on the auction block, but it might be the most unusual. Sugar Grove Station, West Virginia was originally a United States Navy military base to support part of the National Security Agency’s surveillance operation. Though the array of giant parabolic dishes that continue to track location and content of international telecommunications activity is still in operation and not part of the sale, they are completely obscured from view behind thick forest on their ridgetop one mile distant. When it became unnecessary to house related analytical staff at the base, it was retired in the fall of 2015 and put up for auction to the highest bidder over $1 million.

Built between 1960 and 2014, the fenced and gated rural town has private full-service utilities to support as many as 500 people on over 120 acres. Included are 80 homes on tree-lined residential streets in like-new condition, a swimming pool, bowling alley, youth daycare center, community center with fireplace which was designed to function as a restaurant with bar, a gym, full-sized indoor basketball court, tennis and racquetball courts, a football field, large playground with kiddie pool, and twelve guest cabins for visitors. There are also several large buildings for multiple use as well as a four-section hobby building for working on cars, woodworking shop and other creative pursuits. For community safety, a police station and fire station are already in place.

Sugar Grove is surrounded by the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests between the Allegheny Mountains and the south fork of the Potomac River. It is located within a 13,000-square-mile area known as the National Radio Quiet Zone, so cell phones, WiFi and any equipment operating on radio frequencies are restricted from use. The Quiet Zone was established in 1958 by Congress so as not to interfere with the operation of the nearby parabolic dishes or the National Radio Astronomy Observatory 30 miles away.
Former U.S. Navy base, Sugar Grove Station, perfect as a corporate retreat, academic campus, corporate training center or left to one’s imagination is up for auction by the U.S. General Services Administration with a minimum bid of $1 million. Auction ending date not yet determined.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Cary Grant’s Palm Springs Movie Colony Home Is For Sale

Cary Grant’s longtime home in the Palm Springs Movie Colony is for sale and featured this week at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com


Cary Grant House

“Cary Grant’s Movie Colony Home”

A British subject by birth with the given name of Archibald Alexander Leach, Cary Grant had a miserable childhood. His father was an alcoholic who committed his mother to an institution for chronic depression, telling Grant she was dead. At that point, his father essentially gave him away to a Vaudeville theater troupe at the age of six, with whom he lived and spent many years traveling and performing. When the troupe performed in New York, he fell in love with the city and decided to stay. It was the beginning of a prolific stage career that led to a Hollywood screen test and memorable films including “Notorious,” “An Affair to Remember,” “North by Northwest” and “Charade.” Grant was nominated for two Oscars and five Golden Globe Awards but never won. In 1970, Frank Sinatra presented him with an honorary Oscar at the 42nd Academy Awards.

Out of five marriages, only his fourth marriage to actress Dyan Cannon produced a child, Jennifer. He retired in 1966 in order to raise her, not wanting Jennifer's childhood to be anything like his own. One of the most important actors of the Golden Age of Film, Grant died in 1985 at the age of 82, still almost as handsome as he was at age 35 but with a shock of thick, carefully coiffed white hair.

Grant attained great wealth through his acting career and was a perfectionist when it came to clothing, cars and homes. He owned two Rolls Royces and homes in Beverly Hills, Malibu and Palm Springs. His Palm Springs home, where he lived for most of his retirement years, is now for sale.

Cary Grant Pool
Palm Springs was a popular desert vacation home for many Hollywood stars in the 1950s and no one had more A-list friends than Grant including Sophia Loren, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Clark Gable. One of the home's casitas is named after his good buddy Alfred Hitchcock. The neighborhood is still known as the Movie Colony because so many Hollywood stars such as Cary, Jack Benny, Marilyn Monroe and Dinah Shore owned homes there.

Built in 1930 and designed by John Byers in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the 6,000-square-foot, six-bedroom, six-bath residence is an exact replica of a 19th century Spanish farmhouse. Main features include thick stucco walls with original shutters, a 40-foot beamed ceiling in the great room, original terracotta floor tiles and fireplaces and a master suite with fireplace and balcony overlooking the pool. Carefully maintained and restored in 2009, the estate home, its two casitas and outdoor terraces and pool area is sited on 1.5 lush acres of mature landscape.

Cary Grant’s former romantic Palm Springs estate is listed by Eric Lavey and Mauricio Umansky of The Agency in Beverly Hills. Priced at $3.495 million.  

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Jennifer Lopez's Hidden Hills Mansion is Available


Fresh from the final airing of American Idol where she has been a fan-favorite judge for five years, Jennifer Lopez might be America’s favorite do-it-all singer, dancer and actress since Doris Day was a best-selling recording artist and the #1 box-office star in the 1950s and ‘60s. Just as inspired and full of energy as she was at 15 when, against her parents’ warnings, she decided she wanted to be a professional entertainer, Jennifer recently started her All I Have Las Vegas residency at the AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. And, after a hiatus of six years, she just re-signed with Epic Records for a multi-album deal. In the business world, Jennifer has her own production company, clothing line, cell phone company and a best-selling fragrance line.

While it might seem that Jennifer doesn’t have time to sleep, she and then-husband Marc Anthony bought a home with nine bedrooms in ritzy Hidden Hills, California in 2010. Divorced from Marc in 2014, Lopez listed the estate in early 2015 for sale at $17 million. Since that time it has been on and off the market and has recently been relisted and reduced. The home is located in the Ashley Ridge section of the equestrian community, a bedroom neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Sited on over three gated acres overlooking lush green tree tops and panoramic mountain and city views, Jennifer designed the home for the way she wanted to live, work and raise her children. In addition to the nine bedrooms, the 17,129-square-foot traditional-style home has thirteen baths, formal living and dining rooms, a large gourmet kitchen and adjoining family room that opens to the outdoor living room and pool area. The master suite has an additional sitting room, large closets, private terrace and master bath. But the pièce de résistance is the entertainment wing separated by a breezeway from the main house. This wing contains a bar, game area, a 20-seat movie theater, gym, dance studio with its own laundry facilities and kitchenette, dressing room, closet wing, recording studio with sound booth, beauty salon and large guest suite. The house has eight fireplaces and an eight-car garage with large motor court. Outside is the pool and spa, long brick driveway, large expanses of grassy lawn, children’s play area, outdoor kitchen, mature plantings and access to riding trails. Her neighbors include Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson.


Jennifer Lopez’s work, live and play Hidden Hills estate is listed by Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate, and Tomer Fridman of Ewing Sotheby's International Realty. Originally listed at $17 million, the home has been relisted at $12.5 million.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

You Can Buy the House of Jackie Gleason, Mike Tyson, Julia Roberts, Jackie Collins


“Jackie Gleason's Final Florida Home”

One of the most innovative and popular television entertainers of the 1950s and '60s,  Jackie Gleason, lovingly referred to as Mr. Saturday Night, was born 100 years ago in 1916. His final Florida home, almost unchanged since he died in 1987, is for sale.

“The Jackie Gleason Show,” with the second highest ratings in 1955, was dominated by Jackie who not only was a huge man but with an even larger and brash personality. He never rehearsed with the cast but adlibbed his way through the show making each performance a surprise to his director. His shows consisted of song, flashy dance numbers by The June Taylor Dancers, celebrity guests who enjoyed appearing in his comedy routines and his special characters such as Ralph Kramden in “The Honeymooners” skits.
Until 1964, Gleason’s variety show was recorded with live audiences at Studio 50 in New York City. But then a friend told him he could play golf all year in Florida so Jackie loaded his cast and crew onto train cars and set off for Miami. There he performed his show at the Miami Beach Auditorium, now the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, until 1970.

Jackie Gleason fell in love with Miami and Miami Beach, its most popular celebrity and staunchest supporter who drew tourists and new residents while spending as many hours on the golf course as possible. In 1971, Jackie moved a bit north to the Inverrary golf community near Fort Lauderdale where he hosted the PGA Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic attracting the big name golf pros, celebrities such as Bob Hope and Joe Namath, and politicians including Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. It was his last home and where he lived with the one true love of his life, Marilyn Taylor (June Taylor’s little sister), who he fell in love with in the 1950s but couldn’t marry until 1974 due to divorce/marriage restrictions by the Catholic Church. Marilyn continued to live in the house for several years after Jackie’s death and sold it with the condition that everything in the house would remain, including furniture and Jackie’s personal mementos. The buyer agreed, and now upon his death, the house is once again for sale.

Only a few steps from Inverrary Golf Course, the 4,123-square-foot home has six bedrooms, three bathrooms and Jackie’s famous entertainment room with sunken bar and chairs that fit up to the bar “preventing one from falling off” should they enjoy a little too much. Most of Jackie’s and Marilyn’s furnishings and decor are still intact.

The Great One’s last party and golf lake home in Lauderhill, Florida is for sale, priced at $299,000. The listing agent is Andres Aguilera with Bayview Realty in Hollywood, Florida.


“Mike Tyson's Las Vegas Home”

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has made his home in the wealthy Las Vegas bedroom community of Henderson, Nevada since 2008. Retired from boxing in 2006, Mike holds a career record of 50 wins, including 44 knockouts, in 58 career bouts. Tyson traveled a long rough road from troubled Brooklyn street kid orphaned at age 16 to a brilliant boxing career and later controversy about his outrageous conduct in his personal life and in the ring. Loved by much of the media and millions of fans, Tyson has performed as an actor in “The Hangover,” a comedian and singer on late-night television, best-selling author, a one-man Broadway show and a video game character.

He has recently purchased another larger home in Henderson and has placed his current house on the market. Only 16 miles from downtown Las Vegas, Henderson is a good location for the changed Baddest Man on the Planet - a quiet, upscale family life and raising children away from the Vegas glitz and glitter. Henderson is near the top of the FBI safest cities to live in the United States, making it attractive to celebrities and Las Vegas gambling executives.

Now for sale, Tyson’s 5,800-square-foot contemporary home on a third acre has five bedrooms, six bathrooms and three fireplaces. The two-story house is industrially styled with skybridges, open ductwork and vaulted ceilings with materials of marble, wood, steel and slate. Outside is a pool with waterfall and two spas. Iron Mike’s Las Vegas area home is for sale priced at $1.5 million.


“Julia Roberts' Beach Home”

“Pretty Woman” star Julia Roberts purchased a beachfront property on Hanalei Bay, Kauai in 2011, the original vacation property owned in 1915 by the family of sugar plantation manager H.P. Fayé. Fayé built a large beachfront home for his family of ten and a small house for the servants they would bring with them. Their summers were filled with fishing, games, relaxation and enjoyable socializing with other sugar executive families who also had vacation homes on the bay. In 1957, a tidal wave washed the main home to the back of the property but the top floor was left intact. 

The family decided that instead of reconstructing the original, they would instead turn the top floor into a house and continued using the property until 2011, when it was finally put up for sale. Julia Roberts was the buyer, and although the property is permitted for up to 9,000 square feet of living space on the two acres allowing for additional buildings and a swimming pool, Julia left the historic property in its original form. Existing structures consist of 3,792 square feet with seven bedrooms and four bathrooms on two acres with approximately 200 feet of beach.

With Julia’s attention focused on her new Malibu beach house, she put her Hawaiian retreat back on the market in 2015 for $29.85 million. Yet without a buyer, she recently reduced the price to $21.95 million.


“Jackie Collins’ Beverly Hills Mansion”

Queen of Hollywood romance, steamy sex and scandal novels, author Jackie Collins, took her readers to Hollywood behind the celebrity scenes. Though born and raised in London, Jackie followed her older sister, actress Joan Collins, to Tinseltown in the 1960s. At first, Jackie had tried acting but after a number of B-rated films and television series, she realized it wasn’t her talent. However, what she had learned about celebrities behind closed doors inspired her to start writing books about what she knew.

Jackie’s mother was a nightclub hostess and father a show-business manager whose clients included the Beatles and Tom Jones. In her teen years, Jackie was expelled from an all-girls London prep school amid rumors of an affair with 29-year-old Marlon Brando. Her second husband of 26 years (her first husband died of a drug overdose soon after their divorce) was Oscar Lerman, a nightclub owner who convinced Jackie to give up acting and become a writer. Her first novel, “The World Is Full of Married Men,” about a married London middle-aged advertising executive who falls for a much younger woman was published in 1968 and made the “New York Times” bestseller list. The content was so hot that it was banned in Australia and South Africa. 

Collins went on to write 32 novels garnering 500 million in sales worldwide. Several of her novels and screenplays were made into films and television mini-series. Her most successful book was 1983’s “Hollywood Wives” that hit #1 on the “New York Times” bestseller list, sold over 15 million copies and became a hit television series starring Candice Bergen and Suzanne Somers. Jackie updated the format in 2001 to “Hollywood Wives: The New Generation,” also made into a television movie starring Farrah Fawcett.
Jackie’s last novel was “The Santangelos,” the last of a series, published in 2015. She died that same year after a six-year battle with breast cancer. It is said that only her three daughters knew about the cancer and that she finally told her sister about it two weeks before she died. Her family has recently put her custom-designed Beverly Hills mansion on the market.

Jackie purchased the land for her dream home in the late 1980s for $3 million, but it wasn’t until 1991 that the contemporary mansion was built. By that time, Jackie had been inside practically every star-studded mansion at Hollywood parties and knew exactly what she wanted. The Collins sisters thrived on glamour and Jackie wanted to be surrounded by it.

Sited on a prime gated lot of just under an acre, the 21,784-square-foot home has eight bedrooms, fifteen baths and a dramatic two-story entry art gallery that connects to major rooms. Included is a guest apartment, offices, gym, screening room and a large chef’s kitchen with three islands. The master suite attests to Jackie’s glamorous lifestyle with living room, office, his-and-her baths and large walk-in closets. The balconies overlook the grounds with views of the Hollywood Hills.

The perfect setting for a Jackie Collins novel, her custom Hollywood mansion is priced at $24.5 million. Susan Smith and Brett Lawyer of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, hold the listing.

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Buy Your Own Baseball Field - Baseball Mansion Auction

Southern California Mansion with Pro Baseball Field Going to Auction



The Southern California mansion of sports agent Jonathan Weisz with pro-style baseball field and lighted batting cage is going to auction on February 23rd. 

It's baseball spring training time in Florida and Arizona. The time of year when fans in the cold big league baseball towns such as Detroit, Toronto, Milwaukee and Boston realize that winter won't last much longer and hope that their favorite team has enough pitching to last into October and maybe the World Series. Always an optimistic time for fans, many baseball experts are even picking the Chicago Cubs to win it all this year for the first time since 1908.

Just in time for spring training, a Southern California mansion with a pro-style baseball field and lighted batting cage is going to auction on February 23rd.

Located about a half hour north of San Diego in a gated community called the Heritage in Poway, California, it’s baseball season all year with the local spring-like temperatures and plenty of sun. Not hard to round up a casual game considering it’s a popular neighborhood for many professional athletes and was chosen by sports agent Jonathan Weisz for his own palatial residence. Ideally situated on a hill crest looking down over two valleys, the 42-acre estate contains the three-story Mediterranean-style main house, separate guest house, stables with an apartment, grazing pastures, riding ring, trails, a half basketball court and the major league-sized baseball field that comes with its own lighted batting cage. 

With living space totaling 18,000 square feet, the property has six bedrooms and fourteen baths, along with luxurious living spaces including a pool with a lazy river configuration and waterslide as part of the main house, a game room, media room, wine cellar, full gym with sauna and steam shower.

Currently listed for sale at $8.995 million, the estate will be put up for auction on February 23rd with a starting bid of $3.2 million. Anna Houssels and Brittany Hahn, in cooperation with Mary Jo Atkins of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, are handling the sale and auction.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Robin Williams' Napa Vineyard Estate Sold $18.1 Million

“Robin Williams' Napa Estate”


When Robin Williams died in 2014, he left behind hundreds of friends, millions of fans, a long legacy of stand-up comedy, several classic movies and a home in the Napa Valley that has just sold after almost four years on the market. Robin built Villa Sorriso (Villa of Smiles) in the early 2000s while married to his second wife, Marsha Garces. They divorced in 2010 and he married Susan Schneider in 2011. With extensive marital debts and most of his big movie and television roles gone, Robin put the estate on the market in 2012 at $35 million. With no buyer, he took it off the market and relisted it several months later at $29.9 million. After his suicide in 2014, the home passed to his three children who lowered the price to $25.9 million and months later to $22.9 million. The vineyard estate recently sold for $18.1 million to French winemakers Alfred Tesseron and his niece Melanie Tesseron.

Villa Sorriso is located in the Mayacama Mountains, straddling the Napa and Sonoma Valleys, set majestically among 23 acres of vineyards and olive groves on 653 acres. Views over the valley are classic Napa and the land is blessed with a natural spring-fed fishing pond, groomed and landscaped grounds with tennis court, large infinity-edge pool, nine-stall horse barn and riding trails. There are over 100 olive trees which can produce 30-50 gallons of oil per year, approximately 18.4 acres of vineyards producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc wines. The three-level Mediterranean-style villa measures about 20,000 square feet with five bedrooms and eleven baths. It has a picturesque bell tower, a 12-seat theater, billiards room and climate-controlled cellars. The separate guest house includes four additional bedrooms.

Although Robin’s estate sold at a substantial discount from the original $35 million list, the value of Napa area boutique vineyards has fallen after surging during the early 2000s. NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana tried to sell his 9,700-square-foot Montana Villa estate with 17 horse stalls, olive tree farm, moat and drawbridge in 2009 for $49 million, later reduced to $35 million in 2011 and taken off the market in 2012. The Robert Mondavi 11,900-square-foot home on 53 acres with guest house, pool and tennis courts went on the market in 2010 at $25.9 million but didn’t sell, eventually going to auction where it sold for less than the reserve price of $13.9 million.

The Tesserons own and operate Château Pontet-Canet, a vineyard and winery in the Bordeaux region of France. With today’s trend of natural wine growing, the family turned their French vineyard into an organic operation using biodynamics from the 1920’s agricultural lectures of Rudolf Steiner. This more traditional method of wine making includes working the vines with horses instead of tractors and controlling pests without chemicals. With such huge success in France, it is likely they will go the same route with Villa Sorriso.
Robin Williams’ Napa vineyard retreat has sold for $18.1 million. The listing agents were Joyce Rey and Cyd Greer of Coldwell Banker Previews International.

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