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The cost of living in a bubble: $455m
If you are into unique properties, then look no further than “Palais Bulles”, the French Riviera estate of Italian-born designer Pierre Cardin that has just gone on the market.
Looking like a terracotta cluster of bubbles, the $455 million property (insert joke about frothy real estate valuations here) is found atop a cliff in Massif de L’Esterel, a volcanic mountain range by the Mediterranean Sea.
Designed by Antti Lovag, the estate spans 13,000 square feet and consists of 28 spherical rooms including 10 suites with round beds. It also has three swimmings pools, several gardens, and a 500-seat amphitheater. Forbes reports that the style is typical of the Hungarian architect who believed the straight line to be “an aggression against nature,” given its rare appearance in the organic world.
The property is famous for hosting countless star-studded bashes over the course of Cardin’s 20-year residency, including James Bond’s 40th Birthday Party.