In this week’s Top 10 homes spotlight at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, we take a look at the former home of Brigitte Bardot, located in the hills above Cannes, France. Brigitte was the Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and Megan Fox of the 1950s and 60s, but prettier and sexier. Her former home in the South of France with ties to the 13th Century is now for sale.
Also, comedian Dennis Miller is asking $13.9 million for his 1895 mansion in Montecito, California, and a new Hawaii beach home with 120 feet of beach front, Kapalua blue rock walls and dramatic ocean and Molokai Island views is for sale at $20.88 million.
Andy Warhol painted her portrait, John Lennon and Paul McCartney idolized her and musician Bob Dylan dedicated the first song he ever wrote to her. French sex kitten, film and recording star, Brigitte Bardot, was the Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton and Megan Fox of the 1950s and 60s, but prettier and sexier. In 1970, sculptor Alain Gourdon used Bardot as the model for a bust of Marianne, the French national emblem. First becoming known for her film, And God Created Woman, Bardot made numerous films and recorded albums. Though she retired from the spotlight in the 1970s, she’s still going strong as a political and animal activist.
Brigitte Bardot was a beloved pop culture icon who introduced us to the French bikini, the “Sauerkraut” (beehive) hairstyle and the Bardot neckline – a fetching wide open neck that exposes the shoulders. When Bardot’s films first hit America, the dark days of censorship still existed. Movie goers were expecting to see a regular two-hour movie but wondered what they were missing when it abruptly ended in only twenty minutes.
Though Bardot was largely responsible for popularizing the Mediterranean seaside town of St Tropez, she also loved the hills overlooking the Cote d’Azur. Still in her young 20s, Bardot moved to her Le Castelet estate, a home with Medieval origins from the 13th Century. Within strolling distance of the village of Peymeinade, over time it has kept its original character with tasteful updating evolving to meet expectations of modern comfort. Currently used as a holiday rental, Le Castelet is now for sale. The property is made up of the main house, large guest house, an entertaining pavilion with fireplace and outdoor kitchen, a pool house, two infinity-edge swimming pools, cellars, wine cave and storerooms. The grounds are terraced with an olive grove of almost a hundred trees and three vineyards, all overlooking the Estérel Mountains and Cannes Bay with citrus trees in abundance. Buyers also have the option of placing it in the rental market at $18,560 USD or 13,500 EUR per month. Sale price by request.
Stand up comedy has come a long way from the nonsensical slapstick of W.C. Fields through clean fun Bob Hope and Danny Thomas to the smut nightclub comedy of Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor. A new type of comedy then evolved with an intelligent, sharp observant twist from George Carlin, Dennis Miller and Bill Maher, all three of whom, after becoming successful for their cutting edge wit, started sharing their opinions about religion and politics. Comedian Dennis Miller took that route and has been a five-time Emmy Award winner for his half-hour talk show Dennis Miller Live which ran for nine years on HBO. He received three Writer’s Guild of America Awards for the series and a WGA Award for his special, Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane. On Saturday Night Live, Dennis was the Weekend Update correspondent for six years. Adding a couple of additional jewels to his crown, since 2007, Miller has had a daily talk show on Westwood One national radio and is also a regular contributor for The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel. In June, he will perform in a special on EPIX TV, Dennis Miller: America 180, where he will be giving us his take on American life and politics.
But remembering for a moment that even busy comedians take the time to buy and sell houses just like the rest of us, Miller and his wife, Carolyn, put their historical 1895 mansion on the market. Sited on 3.76 acres, the 10,000-square-foot home is surrounded by mature landscaping and specimen oaks with views of ocean, mountains and rolling lawns. There are three gated entries, tennis court, pool, spa, outdoor fireplace and many venues for entertaining. Also on the property is a three bedroom, two bath second residence. Inside are the formal rooms, large fireplaces, remodeled baths and kitchen with butlers pantry, skylights and wet bar. The main house has nine bedrooms, ten bathrooms and was originally designed by noted architect Stanford White. The Millers put the house on the market three years ago priced at $17.5 million, but have now made a significant price cut.
Comedian and ranter Dennis Miller’s Glen Oaks mansion in Montecito, California, now priced at $13.9 million.
What could be more idyllic than living on a lovely private beachfront in Maui, famous for its shore breaks and overlooking Molokai? Award winning architect, Jeffrey Long, captured the spirit of aloha with Hawaiian style open air living and by using many of Hawaii’s natural island materials in the construction. Located in an exclusive gated Kapalua resort community on Oneloa Bay, the home has 120 feet of pristine beachfront.
The two-story, 6,631-square-foot home is on .64 acres with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The drama factor first comes when entering the two-story living area with Sapele walls of glass that slide back into their own pockets, instantly opening the whole house to sea breezes and dramatic ocean and Molokai Island views. Other special features include the use of Ipe wood and travertine floors, an exceptional free standing granite soaking tub carved from a single block in the master bath and Sapele glass doors and windows, cabinets and shutters throughout. The chef’s kitchen is filled with professional-style appliances and onyx and granite counters. There are three bedroom suites with ocean front lanais as well as a guest suite with a separate entrance. The property has stacked Kapalua blue rock walls, double gates and security systems providing excellent privacy. Nearby are fine restaurants, spas, championship golf courses, tennis courts and hiking and biking trails.
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