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This $14M French chateau is the ultimate fixer-upper

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French chateau All photos via Le Bon Coin

Today in real estate fall from grace: The incredible Château d’Aubiry in Southern France, on the market since 2011, has been spotted on Le Bon Coin (the French equivalent of Craigslist) asking a mere €12.6 million (or roughly $13.7 million.) That’s a whole 50 percent price chop from its Sotheby’s listing five years ago.

Located in the foothills of the Pyrénées mountain range, right near the Spanish border, the Belle Epoque stunner was commissioned by Pierre Bardou-Job, who got rich off selling cigarette rolling papers. The 40-room, 16,000-square-foot residence was designed by Danish architect Viggo Dorph-Petersen and wrapped construction in 1904 after a decade of work. The result is at once grand and spectacularly intricate, showing off interior terraces with ornate balustrades, themed bedrooms, and frescoes by French painter Henry Perrault.

Beyond the extravagant and mostly well-maintained interiors, the property also comes complete with English gardens, a pool, and elaborate greenhouses designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel. All things considered, $14 million seems like a great deal for truly palatial digs asking much, much less than any of the blockbuster listings stateside.

Do head to Messy Nessy Chic for more historical images of the chateau, which earned historic designation in 2006 and remains privately owned.

Photo by Olivier Cabaret/Flickr

Via: Messy Nessy Chic

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