Karl Lagerfeld's former “haute couture” home is back on the market. The fashion designer's nineties residence in Hamburg, Germany, is now listed for 10 million euros ($11.7 million) with the European real-estate company Engel & Völkers. Lagerfeld inhabited “Villa Jako”—which he named in remembrance of his partner of 18 years, Jacques de Bascher (who died in 1989)—between 1991 and 1998.
The three-acre estate is situated in Hamburg’s Blankenese, an exclusive area that features views of the River Elbe. The stone-exterior mansion was constructed in the 1920s and is an exercise in classical architecture with columns (as well as other characteristics) that are reminiscent of ancient Rome. The two main floors boast nearly 4,800 square feet, including a center atrium and three en suite bedrooms. During Lagerfeld's inhabitation of the home, the interiors were a collaboration between the fashion designer and Renate Kant, the art conservator.
Lagerfeld has had homes around the world, including in New York, Paris, and Monte Carlo, Monaco. But the villa in Hamburg was of particular significance to the fashion icon. He chronicled it in his book, Ein Deutsches Haus (A German House), and shot the advertising campaign for his Lagerfeld Jako fragrance on the premises. But, as he has shared with Engel & Völkers’ GG: “It’s impossible to live on the Elbe. You spend all your time looking out at the river. You ended up becoming lazy.”