Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The House That Coco Built

The ghosts of 2 girls — one French, one yank — haunt the villa referred to as La Pausa in Roquebrune-cap-Martin, on the French Riviera. each were successful, rail thin, high maintenance, ambitious, wealthy, elegant, social and social-climbing. They used La Pausa, a 10,000-square-foot house high on a hill commanding the Mediterranean, to entertain with associate abundance of servants and elegance.

The Frenchman was coconut palm Chanel. She engineered La Pausa within the late Nineteen Twenties for one.8 million francs, a superb add at the time. She was target-hunting by her lover, Hugh Richard Arthur Grosvenor, the second Duke of borough, and parliamentarian Streitz, associate creator still in his 20s.

The yank was Wendy Reves, associate ex-model whose third husband, Emery, a Hungarian-born agent, writer, publisher, art collector and financier, bought La Pausa in 1953. coconut palm determined to sell the house when the Duke of borough died and she or he lost the desire to pay time there. once mineral Reves died in 1981, Wendy stayed on. when her death in 2007, the house was frozen in time and shut tight.

Now La Pausa is purchasable for forty million euros — regarding $52 million — for the second time in 2 years. (It was placed on the market by Sotheby’s in 2011 however done the subsequent year due to unfinished legal proceeding. The legal problems are smooth out, and also the London-based firm Knight Frank place it back on the market in early might.)

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