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The House Formerly Known as Prince's ; Home Once Purchased for Bride of Rock Star Still Bears Traces of His Style

Newspaper article International New York Times

The House Formerly Known as Prince's ; Home Once Purchased for Bride of Rock Star Still Bears Traces of His Style

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A home in southern Spain presented by the rock star as a wedding gift in 1998 still bears reminders of the singer's residence there.

It was a house that caused quite a stir when the rock star Prince presented it to Mayte Garcia, a young belly dancer, as a wedding gift in 1998.

Nestling as it does in the hills of the Paraiso Alto development here in southern Spain, with pink stucco walls, white trim and a colonial atmosphere, it shows what attracted the flamboyant singer to the property.

Surrounded by terraced gardens of subtropical plants designed for maximum privacy, the property has views across the Mediterranean Sea almost six kilometers, or about three and a half miles, away, and of the golf courses of the adjoining Villa Padierna Palace Hotel.

A driveway enclosed by 15 manicured cypress trees adds to the secluded feel of a house that was widely described as a "love nest" by the popular news media during the musician's residence there.

Prince's relationship with Ms. Garcia, whom he immortalized in the song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," ended in 2000. In 2004, Ms. Garcia sold the house, with a floor area of 700 square meters, or about 7,500 square feet, to the current owner, a Dutch businessman who prefers not to be identified.

Now the house is on the market with Engel & Volkers Estepona for 5.25 million euros, or $5.72 million, albeit with a more restrained decor.

When Prince bought the property, he installed a professional hair salon and a music studio in the basement. He also placed a ceiling mirror directly above the bed.

A mural depicting the couple walking hand-in-hand into a desert sunset decorated one of the bedroom walls.

The current owner repainted the home's interior, which had been largely decorated in shades of Prince's beloved purple and pink.

He converted the downstairs studio, hair salon and a party room into four small bedrooms for his grandchildren. …

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