In May, singer Céline Dion and her husband René Angélil put their 24,000 square foot private island mansion in Québec, Canada on the market. Due to the singer’s touring schedule, the couple seldom used the property. The magnificent estate is currently listed for a staggering $29.6 million CAD, and is the most expensive property ever listed on the Québec housing market.
The listing agent, Joseph Montanaro of Sotheby’s International Realty Québec, takes us through a guided tour of the estate. In addition to an accomplished real estate broker, Joseph also holds a degree in Architecture and worked in New York City for over 10 years as a successful high-end interior designer and architect.
Accessing the Island
The ultimate in privacy and security, the palatial estate is only accessible via a single stone road which connects the 83,000 square foot, entirely fenced in island to mainland Montréal. The private gated entrance is staffed with 24 hour security.
True to its French Normandy-style, the castle-like property boasts a dramatic slate roof and a romantic cone-shaped tower. There are numerous stone terraces to appreciate the surrounding water views and natural forested environment. “At one time there were 200 people working on the house during its building,” explained Montanaro. “It took two years to build and was completed in 2001.”
Design and Décor
Luxurious and classic, the interior of the home has exquisite detailing and furnishings, most of which are included in the sale. A majestic winding staircase with ornate iron and wood details welcomes entrants into a grand foyer. The main floor features marble and wood flooring and custom-made Persian rugs.
The main floor also features a formal living room and dining room with seating for eighteen and are appointed largely in a crimson, ivory, gold and mahogany palette. Lavish chandeliers and gilded wall scones adorn the coffered ceiling and custom-paneled walls.
A true gourmet kitchen, the completely custom “La Cornue” design is truly exceptional and includes three granite topped islands, four prep sinks, three ovens, four fridges, and an espresso machine.
The second level of the home presents an interesting dichotomy of traditional master suites (yes, there are two) and a strikingly more contemporary children’s suite. With cool grey walls and clean-lined furnishings, the children’s suite is a nod to the couples’ Jupiter Island, Florida home. “The Florida house is more contemporary and in a Bahamian style which reflects the local climate, while this home is more classic and settled and characteristic of Québec architecture,” explains Montanaro.
The home includes a custom elevator which makes moving through the residence a breeze. On the lower level, there is a handsome game room and a vaulted stone wine cellar with integrated tasting room that is second-to-none.
Outside, there is a large in-ground pool and fabulous pool house equipped with its own kitchen and built-in grill.
The property comes fully-furnished, including artwork (with the exception the owners’ personal affects), and can be viewed by pre-qualified buyers only. For more, see listings details or contact Joseph Montanaro, Sotheby’s International Realty Québec at 514-660-3050.