The mansion is owned by José Mestre, who managed a company that operated container terminals at Barcelona’s port. In 2010 he was arrested after Catalan police allegedly found 186 kilograms of cocaine camouflaged in a scrap metal container, according to local media coverage.
Early this year Mestre, described by The Local as a “business tycoon turned drug villain,” was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
The mansion, described by The Local as the most expensive in Barcelona, is located in Pedralbes and includes two houses on 2,500 square-metres of land, according to the listing on idealista.
The main house is described as a “magnificent modernist house” and a “gem of the 1920s”. The nine-bedroom four-story home has been completely renovated, “top to bottom,” and includes nine bedrooms, seven bathrooms and a variety of amenities, such as a wine cellar, gym and a 12-car garage.
The property also features a tower with “the best views in area,” according to the listing.
The second building was completed 10 years ago, apparently to relieve any overcrowding in the main house. The three-story home covers 369 square metres, including a ground floor that is “an open space composed of a large living room with high ceilings and large windows… with sliding doors that open onto the lovely terrace with wood floors overlooking the courtyards”.
“Words do not suffice to accurately describe the lavishness and sheer variety of style Mestre’s mansion offers,” The Local breathlessly reports.
But is it worth €30 million? Only if someone is willing to pay it.