Heavenly estates that have it all
From Chianti to Aspen to Marrakech, Zoe Dare Hall tours the ultimate luxury homes that are up for sale
If there is a vision of property heaven that unites the world’s wealthiest investors, it looks something like the Tuscan Chianti Estate, a historic hilltop pile near Florence. The 20,451 sq ft renaissance villa presides over 10 acres of formal gardens, olive groves, vineyards and forest. “To have such a large estate all together in an extraordinary setting like Chianti is extremely rare,” says Marta Brunellini Romolini from Christie’s International Real Estate, which is marketing the grandiose Dutch-owned property for €17.15 million (£13.4 million) and expects it to appeal – in this order – to American, northern European, Russian and Chinese buyers.
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