The World's Most Expensive House Will Set You Back $410 Million

Jean Christophe Magnenet/Getty Images
Jean Christophe Magnenet/Getty Images

With mortgage rates at near-record lows, there’s never been a better time to buy a $410 million house. And there's just one candidate at that price point: Villa Les Cèdres, a 35-acre property in the south of France that makes royal palaces look like empty appliance boxes.

An Instagram post of Villa les Cedres

An Instagram post featuring Villa les Cedres

An Instagram post featuring a Villa les Cedres sitting room

Currently owned by Italian distiller Davide Campari, the Villa Les Cèdres property includes an 18,000-square-foot home with 14 bedrooms, 25 greenhouses, an Olympic-size swimming pool, olive trees (built in 1830, the estate used to be an olive farm), and a library with at least one book valued in the six figures. According to Bloomberg, the price reflects the home's exclusive location along the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat coast and its history as the former residence of King Leopold II of Belgium. Current neighbors include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

If the price is realized, it would become the most expensive residential real estate sale in history. And at a 3.92 percent interest rate, it would set you back just $1,938,540 a month.

[h/t Thrillist]

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You Can Now Buy Your Own Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak 

Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001).
Warner Bros.

Harry Potter fans, prepare to go nuts. Toy group Wow! Stuff has officially come out with an invisibility cloak and pre-orders begin on July 1.

According to CNET, the cloak works like a green screen and uses an app to show the wearer disappearing in photos and videos. The user can then save the photos and videos to their phone and show everyone their vanishing skills. The toy company felt compelled to warn users that they won't actually disappear, which is hilarious but worth clarifying in case someone thought they now had access to invisibility cloaks and real magic.

The creators actually examined the original cloak used on Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, now housed at Leavesden Studio, to make sure it was as close to the real one as possible.

The cloak, which is not transparent to the wearer, comes in two different versions: The standard cloak costs $70 and includes a stand to situate one’s phone for pictures. The deluxe version, which costs $80, has a serpent-themed border and a tabletop tripod so you can really go wild with photos.

The cloaks are set for an August 1 release, and have already made an impression on toy lovers, winning Innovative Toy of the Year at Sweden’s Toy Awards.

[h/t CNET]

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