Besides movie stars and luxurious hotels, Cannes also has an incredible chateau fresh on the market—and it may be one of the greatest properties ever on offer in the French Riviera. The Chateau de la Croix des Gardes is perhaps most famous for acting as the backdrop of Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 classic film To Catch a Thief, which stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly—who would later go on to become Princess of Monaco, the tiny principality about an hour east of Cannes. It's also said to have been featured in Alain Resnais' Last Year at Marienbad.
Available for the first time in 56 years, the legendary chateau is listed with Sotheby's International Realty as "Price Upon Request." However, the New York Times reports that the property is seeking offers in the 50 to 100 million euro (or $57 to $113 million) range.
Aside from its Hollywood pedigree, the chateau boasts impressive original details and amenities, including immaculately-maintained formal French gardens, a winter garden with an indoor waterfall, and an infinity pool. And, of course, because it holds court on top of La Croix des Gardes (a hill named for the cross that still stands there today), expect spectacular panoramic views of Cannes and the Mediterranean Sea.
Built in 1919 by Swiss industrialist Paul Girod, the 13-bedroom, three-story house was designed in the Belle Époque style and features a pale-pink stucco Florentine facade. The roughly 13,000-square foot property sits on 25 acres of land and comes with a guest house, staff and other accommodations, a Turkish lodge, and an orangery.
- High Above Cannes, a House With a Hitchcock Past [The New York Times]
- Cannes' Most Luxurious Hotels: Sneak a Peek at Where the Stars Stay [Curbed]