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Princess Margaret’s French Riviera estate up for auction

A majestic French Riviera estate once owned by Princess Margaret of Denmark has been listed for sale at a no-reserve auction by Concierge Auctions on May 16th. 

La Carriere, the stunning residence where the princess and her husband resided during World War II, is located in Villefranche-sur-Mer, between Nice and Monaco. 

Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the one-of-a-kind villa is situated in a fortress, providing privacy and security for its residents.

The villa, which dates back to the 1920s, has a list price of US$12 million prior to the auction. 

The rustic manor house is built into the stone walls of the fortress and has been updated with modern luxury amenities, providing a unique blend of old-world charm and modern convenience. 

The estate features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a spacious kitchen, and a gorgeous formal dining room, perfect for entertaining guests. 

The living room boasts antique high-beamed ceilings and a majestic fireplace, adding grandeur to the villa’s ambiance. 

Multiple terraces provide stunning views of the Riviera, the Villefranche Bay, and the surrounding fortress. 

The rooftop deck includes a Jacuzzi, while the landscaped grounds feature a pool surrounded by a stone grotto, lush lawns, mature trees, beautiful gardens, and a detached studio.

Villefranche-sur-Mer is a charming village known for its well-preserved historic downtown and thriving arts scene, marked by numerous galleries, museums, and events. 

The town is also a short distance from the Côte d’Azur international airport, making it a convenient location for visitors. 

The region has long been a summer destination for Europe’s royalty, world celebrities, and artists, including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. 

With over 310 days of sunshine per year, the 114km of coastline and beaches are home to 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, and 3000 restaurants.

Princess Margaret and her husband fled the Nazis during World War II and worked odd jobs in New York City until they could return to Paris after the war ended. 

Princess Margaret passed away in 1992. The estate will be auctioned off by Concierge Auctions, with photos courtesy of the auction house. 

Other celebrities with nearby villas include Bill Gates, Elton John, and Bono. 

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