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Location: Como, Italy
Price: $262,095 per year

For those dying to live in a historic European manor but don't want to worry about the upkeep and commitment, this 19th-century villa on Italy's picturesque Lake Como may be the answer. Located on a little over half-an-acre of private waterfront parkland, the well-preserved and updated Villa I Platani offers antique furnishings, coffered ceilings, silk wallpaper, and frescoes, but also comes ready with modern appliances for a comfortable stay. The grand foyer of the 5,166-square-foot residence opens to a living room, music room, dining room, and kitchen, and all have direct access to terraces or gardens. A grand stone staircase leads to seven bedrooms spread over two floors, each of which can accommodate up to six people.

Renting for $262,095 a year, which works out to about $22,000 a month (comparable with other extravagant rentals around the world and decidedly cheaper than NYC's priciest apartments for rent), the villa, of course, ensures unobstructed views of the lake and the hilly promontory of Bellagio, the famous little village in Italy's Lombardy region. The site, accessible via a gated pathway or by boat, also comes with a wharf, boathouse, and greenhouse.

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