5 of the most luxurious rental properties in the world
The Beverly House® – Los Angeles, California
You might recognize the estate from scenes in blockbuster Hollywood movies such as The Godfather and The Bodyguard. For less than $800,000 per month, you can sleep in the same room where John Marley found a horse head in his bed or sing your heart out on the terrace like Whitney Houston.
The Beverly House was designed by Gordon Kaufmann and built in 1927 for local banker Milton Getz. Later, it was owned by publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies. In 1953, Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy honeymooned there.
Located just blocks away from Sunset Boulevard, this luxury Beverly Hills estate has 19 bedrooms, a two-storey library, a living room/ballroom with a 22-foot-high arched ceiling, a 82-foot-long main hallway, a large swimming pool and lighted tennis court, and gorgeous terraces and grounds suitable for entertaining hundreds of guests.
Here’s a link to contact The Beverly House when your current lease is up: www.beverlyhouseestate.com.
Price per month: $790,000 CAD
One Hyde Park – Knightsbridge, London
If the London life is more your speed, rent a flat at One Hyde Park and enjoy the posh Knightsbridge area, with its high-end shops, such as the famous Harrods department store and Jimmy Choo flagship store, Michelin-starred restaurants, and chic nightclubs.
Four towers of glass, steel, and concrete stand out against the brick and stone Victorian architecture of the neighbourhood and the treed oasis to the north. The complex has a private movie theatre, a squash court and gym, a stainless steel ozone pool, a golf simulator, and a full spa run by the Mandarin Oriental.
Because your neighbours will be wealthy sheikhs, business tycoons, politicians and international pop stars, you’ll find that security is ridiculously tight. There are high-tech panic rooms and bulletproof windows, and the building’s guards are trained by the British Special Forces. All the incoming mail is X-rayed!
This property is too private to have its own website. You’ll have to contact a London estate agent to arrange for a viewing.
Price per month: $82,000 CAD for a furnished three-bedroom suite
Villa Alang Alang – Cannes, French Riviera
Enjoy the south of France in total and complete luxury with views of the Bay of Cannes and the Alps. When you lease this 1,600-square-metre villa in the hills, you can expect a private chef, personal butler, housekeeper, driver, concierge, personal trainer, yoga teacher and babysitter will be looking after your every need.
Alang Alang’s wine cellar has space for hundreds of bottles of wine and can be stocked with all your favourites prior to your arrival. The tasting room is the perfect place to relax with a glass and a cigar from the villa’s collection.
Although Alang Alang is ultra-private and secure (protected by both human security and guard dogs), it’s only a 15-minute walk from the centre of Cannes. But why would you walk when you have your own private driver?
Scoop up this steal at villa-alangalang.com.
Price per month: Roughly $363,000 CAD
Tour Odéon – Monaco, French Riviera
Modern living meets the Mediterranean lifestyle in the Tour Odéon building in Monaco. Designed by Alberto Pinto, the private residences were carefully planned and feature some of the finest finishes and materials available.
At 170 metres, the double-tower complex is the area’s tallest building. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer breathtaking views of the Principality and the Mediterranean Sea — you can also enjoy the panorama from your elegant private terrace.
Just steps from your front door is the exclusive Odéon Spa, featuring facial and body treatments, a fitness studio with a personal trainer, and a private suite for two with steam room and jacuzzi.
As for the residences themselves, well … just take a look at the photos. In 2009 Tour Odéon was built to represent the pinnacle of elegance and modernity, and nearly a decade later it still leaves us speechless.
Price per month: Unavailable — we can’t even quote you on this one, but you can inquire at www.odeon.mc
The Opus – The Peak, Hong Kong
The Opus in the exclusive Peak neighbourhood — the highest point on Hong Kong Island — is one of Asia’s most unique and expensive residential properties. It was designed by famed Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, known for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, the Binoculars Building in Los Angeles and the renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (our local readers may want to visit and take a tour).
A masterpiece on a hillside, the Opus was inspired by the breathtaking views of the greenery surrounding it, Victoria Harbour and the city below. Glass-enclosed columns twist up around the structure like reeds swaying in the breeze, creating a sense of energy and movement.
There are only 12 luxury units in the building: two double-level apartments with private swimming pools and gardens on the lower levels, and 10 apartments above — each occupying an entire floor. The building turns as it rises, giving each apartment its own unique floor plan and series of wraparound balconies reminiscent of boat decks, oriented to make the most of the dramatic views — no two are alike. Plan your move here: www.opushongkong.com.
Price per month: Unavailable — if you have to ask, you can’t afford it!
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