At the end of 2012 internationally famous actor, filmmaker and entrepreneur, Gerard Depardieu listed his 95 Rue du Cherche-Midi Parisian historical estate allegedly for a whopping €50 million, following the sky-high tax rate that was to come into force in France in 2013.
The 6th district dwelling, purchased in 2003 for an amount roughly equal to $4.6 million, is an admirable piece of work, considering the splendid architecture and design. The actor had planned to convert it into a luxury private hotel which was to have been opened in 2013. Comprising two separate structures and totaling 20 rooms, out of which 10 bedrooms, the property sits on approximately 19,375 square feet of interior space. Built in 1805, the historical part of the estate, also dubbed the Hôtel de Chambon, was named after the Baron of Chambon, who lived there between 1813 and 1833.
Renovated in an empire-like style with quality materials and craftsmanship by renowned contemporary artists, it is separated from the second, much more modern multi-level living quarters, by a lushly landscaped private garden. Its main living space boasts a master room which has the appearance of a loft and which includes living, dining and cooking areas. Besides, there are two bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool in the basement, and an elevator. This astounding property is still awaiting its discerning buyer.