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The Price for the New Most Expensive House on the Market Was Just Shattered By This Outlandish 'Bubble Palace'

The 29-room house was designed by the architect Antti Lovag.


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There is no shortage of unique properties hitting the real estate market right now. We recently got a peek inside the world's most expensive home listed for $350 million, and now an even wilder house is up for sale and with a bigger asking price: the "Bubble Palace" in Cannes, France.

The nearly 13,000-square-foot mansion in the South of France was recently listed for an undisclosed price, although it's expected to fetch around $390 million (the property hit the market in 2016 for $456 million), and is expected to attract a unique buyer. Why? Well, the 10-bedroom home consists of dozens of bubble-shaped spaces connected by various walkways. Plus, the pale pink facade only adds to its otherworldly appearance.

As you can imagine, the interior is equally striking. There are built-in curved couches and orb-like fireplaces throughout the sprawling space, whimsical winding staircases, circular beds, arched sinks, and countless spherical windows and skylights. According to the listing, there is also a panoramic lounge, reception room, and 10 suites decorated by contemporary artists.

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Gardens, ponds, and an infinity-edge swimming pool make up the home's grounds while staircases wrap in and around the bubbles creating spectral pathways. And you'll find hidden fountains cascading over the exterior into private soaking tubs. Oh, and there's a 500-seat outdoor auditorium overlooking the sea.

In fact, the view of the bay of Cannes is arguably the best amenity the house has to offer (besides its one-of-a-kind design).

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Hungarian architect Antti Lovag was the mind behind the design. She created the "Palais Bulles" in the 1970s for French industrialist Pierre Bernard. The revolutionary property was built over five years—1979 to 1984—and fashion designer Pierre Cardin later purchased it in 1992, known for his Space Age designs and avant-garde style.

After Cardin passed away in December, the iconic dwelling is being made available again, giving a buyer with bold taste a chance to own one of the most expensive homes on the market.


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