Bono’s Villa in Èze-sur-Mer
You can occasionally spot a familiar face along the beaches of French Riviera among the many A-list residents living in the area. One famous resident in particular is often spotted; Bono is not that hard to spot, with those trademark glasses he usually wears.
Contrary to what some say, the beaches of Èze-sur-Mer are public land. It makes it easy for you to see a celebrity passing-by or overhear them talking about their next hit. And that includes Bono.
Here are all the details about U2’s frontman Bono and his grand villa residence on French Riviera, on the beach of Èze-sur-Mer!
Bono’s House in Eze, France
U2’s lead singer (Bono), with the band’s lead guitarist (The Edge), conjointly acquired the luxury property way back 1993, but it’s now owned by Bono. The rumored cost at the time was about €3.8 million, as it needed a lot of renovations. Nowadays, given Bono’s fame, it would be worth about €20 million.
The pink, four-story seaside deluxe mansion is called Villa Les Rose. The architectural design is a mixture of an overall Art Déco and southern France (Provencale) architecture.
Bono’s French villa has more than twenty rooms to accommodate his famous friends. Guests can enjoy their stay with pool and spa amenities. There is also a lush exotic garden. Looking over the large terraces is the breathtaking view of the Mediterranean. It is also the site of U2’s song Electrical Storm music video (see below).
Bono is also neighbors with Adam Clayton (bass player) and Larry Mullen Jr. (drummer). They join him in the mansion to practice in his white-walled recording studio in the basement. It is also where they rest and rehearse in between concerts and philanthropic works. Fans were reportedly leaking some of their unreleased tracks when they get a chance to record them when they get a little too loud.
It is conveniently located in Èze, between the vibrant Nice and glamorous Monaco. Bono’s neighbors in Èze-bord-de-Mer include fellow U2 member The Edge and singer song-writer Julian Lennon. Tina Turner and Roger Moore lived in the area. Princess Antoinette of Monaco is a resident. It is also relatively close to Johnny Depp’s old estate.
This video shows Bono’s villa at each stage of renovation, from several angles, giving you a sense of what it’s like to view it from the Beach and driveway:
Bono’s Many A-list Guests
Bono and the Edge regularly entertain VIP guests in their exclusive retreat. Brad Pitt spend a vacation there with heavily pregnant Angelina Jolie. His friend Robert De Niro took a video of the mansion with his camcorder. David and Vitoria Beckham are frequent guests, including Penelope Cruz, cyclist Lance Armstrong, George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isla Fisher, Bill Gates, and Cindy Crawford. It’s a true feast for paparazzi, especially during the summertime.
Where Bono Hangs Out
You may spot him partying at the plush beach clubs in Saint Tropez. Or he might be drinking in a bar in Antibes. Bono is also frequently spotted on bike rides with his wife of more than 30 years, Alison Hewson.
But your best chance to see Bono and his bandmates is in a beach restaurant in Èze-sur-Mer called Papaya Beach .
When not hanging out with his VIP circle of friends, he can be aboard his luxurious yacht Cyan, maybe playing a tune or two with the piano on-board. He also spends time catching a few rays with his old group of friends.
Here’s a video of Bono at a beach club in St Tropez:
You can often see Bono hanging on the luxury yacht named Cyan, which is owned by U2 guitarist David Howell Evans, better known by his stage name The Edge (who also has a vacation home in Eze). His yacht Cyan was built in 1997 and fully refitted in 2008. She is available for charter for US$185,000 per week. The Cyan is seen here leaving Monaco:
Bono: Some Quick Facts
- Name: Paul David Hewson
- Other Name: Bono Vox
- Nationality: Irish
- Origin: Dublin, Ireland
- Occupation: Musician, singer-songwriter, venture capitalist, businessman, philanthropist
- Music Genres: Rock, post-punk, alternative rock
- Instruments: Vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Website: u2.com
- Honors received: Honorary Knighthood (KBE OL), 2005 Time’s Person of the Year, French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
U2 Music Videos Filmed in Èze
Bono’s bank, U2, filmed many of their music videos in Èze. Here’s a video about the making of one of those videos:
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