Yves Saint Laurent's house in Morocco up for sale
August 18, 2009 - Morocco
The Tangier, Morocco, cliffside home of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is up for sale. Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé purchased the property in 1998.
Now Christie's Great Estates have announced that Marrakech broker Majorelle Investissement is offering the house for sale with an undisclosed asking price.
The 9,700 square feet home, Villa Mabrouka (House of Luck) is in a superb cliffside position overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar.
Villa Mabrouka is approached through a courtyard garden that opens into an entrance hall with arcades and black and white checkerboard floor tiles.
Beautiful gardens designed by Madison Cox surround the main house, which opens through a Moorish-style entry flowing into a lobby with white Moroccan arcades.
Cox laid out the garden with towering palms, citrus and rolling lawns to emphasise the unfettered view across the sea.
The pool was carved out of a large rock and has an adjacent red stucco pavilion by American architect Stuart Church.
The interior design was by the legendary designer Jacques Grange. It was based on the house of an eccentric Englishman who moved to Tangier in the 1950s,' says Grange.
There are a couple of sitting rooms in the house including the Blue Room which is all done up in blue chintz and the Yellow Room in, surprise, yellow chintz.
Other public rooms include a dining room with bamboo walls, and office and a library that, according to listing information, exudes an English club atmosphere and a Colonial era fireplace.
There are, according to listing information, three bedrooms on the main level including two master bedrooms with verandas and private poopers as well as a third bedroom that also includes a private pooper.
There are two additional bedrooms that share a bathroom on the garden level where the professionally equipped kitchen is located.
Christie's also says it will offer a second sale from the art collection of Saint Laurent and Berge with auction house Pierre Berge and Associates on Nov. 17, 18 and 19 in Paris.
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