In today’s challenging property market, spare a thought for nonagenarian fashion designer Pierre Cardin, who just can’t seem to offload his Côte d’Azur holiday home, the ‘Bubble Palace’ (Palais Bulles). Two years after the curvaceous compound was first listed, it’s still for sale.
Spilling down the volcanic hillside of the Massif de L’Esterel like a cluster of pink lava baubles, the Palais Bulles was designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag and took 14 years to build. It’s been the scene of countless jet-set parties, fashion shows and music videos, even making a cameo in last year’s Ab Fab movie. Cardin snaffled it in 1991 following the death of its original owner, industrialist Pierre Bernard.
With sumptuously psychedelic décor, water ponds, an infinity pool (naturellement), a 500-person outdoor amphitheatre, swoon-inducing Mediterranean vistas and nary a straight line or right angle in sight, the Bubble Palace is yours for €350 million. If you’re interested, get in touch with real estate agent Michael Zingraf.