Estée Lauder’s Former Vacation Home in Cannes Just Listed for $8.7 Million

Two decades after Estée Lauder’s death, the late cosmetic mogul’s “favorite vacation home” in Cannes is up for grabs. The French Riviera is, of course, synonymous with the perfume industry, and, interestingly, Lauder’s former summer home is where the savvy American businesswoman created some of her famous fragrances.

On the market with Hamptons for £6.7 million (or roughly $8.7 million), the stately villa is nestled on Avenue du Roi Albert in La Californie, an exclusive residential enclave in the city’s Alpes-Maritimes region. According to the listing, Estée and her late husband, Joseph, bought the palatial property together back in 1961. The self-made beauty magnate held onto the place until 2004, the same year she passed away at the age of 97.

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There are views of the Mediterranean Sea from every level of the house.

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The next owners purchased the sun-filled pad from the Lauder’s children shortly after and put the place through a thoughtful renovation. During the remodel, they stumbled upon some of Estée’s old documents, including a letter from Stanley Marcus, the founder of Neiman Marcus.

The villa dates back to 1926 and today comprises six bedrooms and six bathrooms in 4,305 square feet. Internally, you’ll find spacious living areas, a stunning primary suite, a marble and wood-clad kitchen, and a home office. There are sweeping Mediterranean Sea views from every level. Outside, the landscaped grounds are decked out with formal gardens, plus a covered patio and a heated swimming pool.

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The grounds feature a heated swimming pool.

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The leafy La Californie neighborhood has no shortage of high-end digs, with mansions ranging from $5 million to a whopping $35 million. Positioned on the “colline des milliardaires” or “billionaire’s hill,” the enclave is minutes from the historic city center and the area’s best beaches and luxury boutiques. Pablo Picasso famously lived here at his artist retreat, dubbed Villa La Californie, from 1955 to 1961. More recently, the neighborhood and the wider region have drawn a fair share of tech titans, private equity bigwigs and big pharma billionaires.

Estée co-founded her eponymous empire in 1946 with Joseph. The New York-based company is known for its portfolio of skincare products, makeup, and fragrances and now oversees brands like La Mer, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, and Clinique. In 2022, Estée Lauder acquired the Tom Ford brand in a $2.8 billion deal. More recently, the company announced that it had finalized the purchase of Deciem Beauty, which owns The Ordinary.

Click here to see more photos of Estée Lauder’s former villa in Cannes.

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