Location: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
Price: Around $50.7 million
Square Footage: 10,000+
Behold the home of the woman whose name graces Chanel No. 5 and who invented the little black dress. Anyone familiar with the story of the couture icon Coco Chanel knows about her home in the South of France, Villa La Pausa. (In fact, La Pausa has its own Chanel fragrance named for it.)
Chanel herself supervised the building of this property, which overlooks the Mediterranean. Her hand can be seen in the simple yet chic interiors, which were among the first to use a neutral palette. The stone staircase in the grand hall was modeled after the one in the Cistercian convent orphanage where she grew up.
The roster of guests reads like a who’s who of culture in the first half of the 20th century: Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, Luchino Visconti, and W. Somerset Maugham. Later, when it was owned by literary agent Emery Reves, visitors included Sir Winston Churchill, the Duke of Windsor, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Greta Garbo, Rose Kennedy, as well as Graham Sutherland, Prince Rainier, and Princess Grace. As estate back-stories go, they don’t come much more impressive than this one.