Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly Often Visited This Idyllic French Retreat Asking €11.5M
If you’re ready to feel like a royal, movie star, or both, look no further than this villa in the South of France. It was a frequent stop of Grace Kelly’s in the early 1980s. And, while €11.500.000 (approximately $12.8M USD) is no nonchalant purchase, there’s a reason why the Princess came here so often…
The Rear Window and To Catch a Thief star was born in Philadelphia, but her movies were not the only thing she was famous for. In 1956, the beloved actress married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, gaining a whole new status as a style icon. Kelly then lived in Monaco with her husband and their three kids but would head north to Gilette for time away at this very villa.
The Princess visited Les Moulins du Villars between 1980 and 1982, just before she passed away. The home spans almost 6,500 square feet and sits atop over five acres, exuding a chateau-like vibe. From the outside, the home could not be any more picturesque–characterized by a square build, French stonework, classic shutters, and layered outdoor areas, the estate is a Europea dream.
One of the Princess’ first visits was with her daughter Princess Caroline and Prince Louis de Polignac, godfather of Albert II, the current Prince of Monaco. Although the structure, which originally served as a 14th-century olive oil mill, was renovated in 2012, a High Society feel continues to carry throughout all of the spaces.
Much more than just a “Rear Window” here, the colorful home holding seven bedrooms is up for grabs for a year-round stay. Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty holds the special listing.