Blind items: fun to read, usually hard (for me) to guess. Luckily, this real-estate riddle isn't too difficult. Join me on a tour of this château-style mansion and see if you can figure out which celebrity's private island could be yours for nearly $30 million.
The listing coyly describes the owner of this stone expanse as "one of the world's most illustrious entertainers and her family." Once upon a time, the entertainer's manager — now her husband — mortgaged his home to finance her career. But it's all coming back to them now: by 2001, she was successful enough to build her own 24,000-square-foot home in her native Quebec.
Like the owner's greatest hits, the home's interiors are heavy on the drama. If you like the plush look of dark wood and red velour, you're in luck: the property is being offered with nearly all its furnishings and contents (save the family's personal effects).
Let's talk about love — mine, for this incredible La Cornue kitchen. I'm not sure you could actually cook anything in it without a small army of sous-chefs (especially since the formal dining room is meant to seat 18), but I just adore the sparkle of the copper pots on gleaming brass racks.
Perhaps green is the colour of this entertainer's love, as the principal bedroom and this adjacent seating area are done up in shades of celadon and mint. The staircase at right leads to a landing with an enormous canopied bathtub and walk-in closet that's really more of a separate room with clothing storage.
For entertaining, there's a stone-vaulted wine-tasting room, billiards room, pool and a pool house with its own kitchen. Guests do have to make it over the gated bridge, or arrive at the island via helicopter, but luckily the estate is in Laval, conveniently just outside Montreal.
I'm sure they're sad to be selling, but her heart will probably go on. (Just in case you hadn't guessed by now!) Are you interested?
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