In what looks like a lovely respite from bitter winter weather, this 14-acre beachfront estate in Paget Parish, Bermuda offers a 17,000-square-foot main house, three guest cottages, a two-bedroom staff cottage, a pool house, and a massive beach pavilion—all for the measly price of $45M. Called Chelston, the sprawling property was first built between 1939 and1941 for filthy rich California oil baron Carbon Petroleum Dubbs (yes, that was really his name,) and was later owned by the government and used as the official Bermuda residence of the United States Consul General for over 30 years—starting in 1964.
During that stretch, the 15-bedroom mega-mansion entertained visiting celebrities like President George Bush, Senator John Kerry, General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, actor Michael Douglas, and model Brooke Shields, to name just a few. Unsurprisingly—considering the epic guest list—the place also gained a reputation for Gatsby-eqsue summer parties, taking full advantage of the home's enormous lawns and Olympic-size pool. Other luxe amenities throughout the "fully updated" home include hand-painted wallpaper from China and Italy, a salt-water aquarium with a living coral reef, a home cinema, and (of course) a rare Chinese stone fireplace in the shape of a five-armed dragon. By all means, do take a look, above.
· Chelston on Grape Bay Beach [Christie's]
· $45 Million Home For Sale [Bernews]