The $28 million that one anonymous buyer spent on a Floridian home may seem an extortionate amount. But the property, previously owned by superstar Céline Dion, is so incredible that you’ll soon believe the new owner bagged an absolute bargain. Here’s a look at why the waterpark mansion is worth the cash.
Born in Charlemagne, Quebec, in 1968, Céline Dion first began singing at a piano bar owned by her large family. She then released her first album aged just 13. And her career continued apace – so that by the time she won the Eurovision Song Contest for Switzerland in 1988, she’d released a further seven LPs. Dion subsequently made her English-language breakthrough in 1990 with the platinum album Unison.
Then, a year later, Dion teamed up with Peabo Bryson on the Grammy-winning theme to Disney animation Beauty and the Beast. And perhaps because of the exposure brought by that collaboration, her self-titled 1992 album achieved even greater sales than her English-language debut. But it was 1993’s The Color of My Love that launched Dion into superstar status, as it both shifted an astonishing 20 million copies worldwide and spawned the massive hits “Think Twice” and “The Power of Love.”
After that, 1996’s best-selling Falling Into You was crowned Album of the Year at the Grammys. And 1997’s Let’s Talk About Love, which features collaborations with Barbra Streisand, Bryan Adams and Carole King, continued her remarkable run. That record also contained her signature track “My Heart Will Go On” – the Oscar-, Grammy- and Golden Globe-winning theme to blockbuster Titanic.
Then after having taken a well-earned break, Dion returned in 2002 with A New Day Has Come. And she later added to her English-language catalog with 2003’s One Heart, 2004’s Miracle, 2007’s Taking Chances and 2013’s Loving Me Back to Life. In addition, the singer has enjoyed two separate lengthy residencies at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.
In fact, Dion is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time. As of 2018, she has five Grammy Awards to her name and has shifted more than 220 million records across the world. What’s more, she can boast of having the highest-grossing concert residency in Vegas history. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the star possesses a reported net worth of $400 million.
Dion certainly hasn’t been afraid to splash the cash, either. For example, in 2008 she and her husband, René Angélil, spent $7 million on a five-acre plot in Jupiter Island, with the pair starting to turn the area into their very own waterpark two years later. However, due to Dion’s Vegas residency and Angélil’s increasingly poor health, the couple struggled to spend as much time there as they’d hoped.
And, tragically, the singer became a widow in 2016 when Angélil passed away from cancer. The pair had first met in 1980, and they became a couple seven years later when Dion was 19 and Angélil was 45. After getting hitched in 1994, the pair welcomed their first son, René-Charles, into the world in 2001. And their family unit grew even further in 2010 with the arrival of twins Eddy and Nelson.
Now it was upon Angélil’s diagnosis with cancer that he and Dion decided to sell the mansion – complete with its luxury amenities. As well as featuring aquatic elements such as the waterpark, lazy river and three swimming pools, the property also includes its own theater, golf simulator and private beach. And the interior is just as impressive as the outside.
Indeed, as well as five bedrooms – all with en-suite facilities – the main house features an elevator, a media room and a pair of spacious kitchens. And with a further two guest homes – each with four bedrooms – and a pool house, the Dion family could have invited dozens of guests to stay.
Of course, it’s the water features that make this property so unique, though, even if they do need considerable upkeep. The pool system – which includes two water slides, a tree house and several water cannons – requires approximately half a million gallons of H20 to run by itself. And yet despite the mansion’s splendor, Dion and Angélil initially had trouble attracting interested buyers.
The couple first put the property on the market for $72.5 million in 2013. Then, after three years without a buyer, the asking price was cut to $45.5 million. But even this didn’t have the desired effect, for in 2017 Dion found herself forced to drop the price tag even further.
In the end, then, the mansion sold for a reported $28 million – way less than half the original asking price. Sotheby’s International Realty, which had kept the property on the market for the previous four years, refused to disclose the identity of the buyer; however, it’s thought that the proud new owner is intending to use it for vacations.
And Dion isn’t the only superstar celebrity to have bought a place on Jupiter Island; the exclusive Florida neighborhood also boasts the likes of Burt Reynolds and George H.W. Bush as residents. Meanwhile, a number of golfers, including Tiger Woods, Gary Player and Greg Norman, have properties in the area too.
Living on Jupiter Island doesn’t come cheap, however. Not one property in the neighborhood is priced below $1.45 million, while some houses are reportedly worth up to $38 million. Perhaps, though, Jupiter Island manages to draw in so many wealthy names thanks to its sense of privacy; in 2014, for example, only around 850 people resided in the area.
Furthermore, Dion’s Jupiter Island mansion isn’t the only super-impressive property that she’s attempted to offload in recent years. In 2017 the star also put her Parisian home – located in the ritzy neighborhood of Villa Montmorency – on the market. That said, this particular house had a relatively more affordable asking price of $9.3 million.
Dion and Angélil had purchased the property in 2008 – the same year they bought the land on Jupiter Island. The house, which was constructed in the 1990s, is part of a gated community with round-the-clock security. And there’s more.
Yes, in 2016 Dion sold a Norman French property in the style of a chateau in Quebec for $25.5 million. The 24,000-square-foot home sits in the center of the Montreal River on its own 20-acre island. And alongside its nine bathrooms and six bedrooms, the house also boasts its own stone-clad wine cellar and wood-paneled library.
With all this said, Dion may ease up on selling her homes, since her singing career is taking center stage again. In 2018 she returned to the world of film soundtracks with single “Ashes,” which was recorded for Deadpool 2. She then hit the road for a tour of the Asia-Pacific region – and the studio for a new English-language LP. Plus, the star is returning to Caesars Palace to conclude her second Vegas residency. Some people have all the fun.