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California, Patricia Gucci’s house is up for sale
The granddaughter of Guccio Gucci is selling her luxury villa in the Californian desert: 7 million dollars for a home with a Mexican flavour
“House with swimming pool for sale in Palm Desert, California, overlooking canyons and the Coachella Valley. Ideal for a big family, it includes 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 3 garages, and a fireplace”. It could be your average ad for buyers of luxury properties, were it not for the fact that the person hanging the for-sale sign at the door is Patricia Gucci, daughter of Aldo and granddaughter of the fashion brand’s founder, Guccio Gucci. What are you going to do, even the heirs of iconic entrepreneurial families turn to estate agencies. And if Gucci House is for sale, who knows, maybe you too might want to contact The Agency. That’s if you have… hem… 7 million dollars at hand. Does that sound steep? Well, it’s still less than the 9M she was offered a few years ago, or the 45M for which Patricia Gucci’s cousins tried to sell an attic in Manhattan in 2015, to eventually lower the price to 35M.
But let’s go back to California. Does the ad for Gucci House tickle your fancy, but you’re concerned with the location? Well, the view is indeed reminiscent of a Sergio Leone film: the house stands halfway between the Mojave and Sonoran deserts. But this is exactly the reason Patricia Gucci bought the land for 1 million dollars as far back as 1989. The idea was just to build an isolated retreat, where to enjoy in total privacy her time with her young daughters — Alexandra, Victoria, and Isabella — and where to play host to her friends. The design was studied for the compound to blend harmoniously with the arid and exotic surrounding landscape, which already has a Mexican flavour.
The estate, over 7-square-kilmeters in size, today includes the main 2-storey villa and 2 guest houses, for a floor area totalling 1,000 square metres. This is how The Agency describes it: “A commanding front entry, heightened by a series of clerestory windows offering striking views of the desert panorama, leads to grand-scale living spaces. A sprawling, sun-drenched living room with a large fireplace features soaring ceilings, plentiful windows, and unique architectural touches. French doors throughout create a gracious indoor–outdoor flow and open to fabulous patios for dining and lounging”.
Every bedroom boasts its own private terrace with a panoramic view of the canyons, whereas the kitchen is simply massive, perfect for true chefs. Everywhere, from the private spaces to the communal areas, light reigns supreme. A luminosity accentuated by the bright colours of furniture, walls, and ceilings, characterised by an exotic and modern taste, thanks also to motifs that appear to be of North African inspiration.
If the Home Theatre or the bar inside the house bore you, in the park you’ll find a sinuous swimming pool that will make you dizzy, a spa, a tennis court, and hiking trails.
Less and less utilised, (her daughters have grown up and Patricia now resides in Switzerland) the house has of late been leased by the week, particularly during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which attracts plenty of young people anxious to take a dive into the swimming pool of the Guccis. But now, for the daughter of Aldo — the eldest of Guccio’s children, who’s also credited for making the Gucci and the Made-in-Italy brands take off in America — the moment has come to shed the property. Gucci House is just too big for Patricia to look after by herself.
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