What is left of Michael Cretu's (from Enigma) 18 million mansion - Ibiza Dec 2016

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J_a_t_33

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Quite the crazy story...

Tractor trailers worked without a license during six months in 1996 to shave the top of a hill in Santa Agnes, Ibiza. French musician, Michael Cretu, the soul of music group Enigma, obtained a construction permit one year after initiating the construction of a dream home that measures 3,150 square meters.

Here it stands in all it's glory:
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Michael in his studio:
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Fourteen years and a pile of lawsuits after... other tractors are tearing down the house since a judge ordered this action. Cretu has valued his house at over 18 million Euros.

Beginning of 2009... in they come:
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Ouch...
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Flattened
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If anyone wishes to follow the story in more detail, here is a forum where a guy was following the story as it happened: http://forum.ibiza-spotlight.com/threads/demolition-of-the-cretu-mansion.51249/


Here is how it stands today. On Google you can see the size of it. The big patch where the big house was and to the bottom left there is a smaller house with pool still standing and top left the tennis courts

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The weather was poor today and the sun was setting so I am really not best pleased with the quality of the pictures but nonetheless, let me take you on a little tour...

The main gate
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One of the first things you are greeted by is what was a top of the range black V8 Range Rover
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Rusty rear window
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Behind the Range Rover appears to be some sort of security cabin and in the back the first signs of luxury with the palm trees poking out from the top
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Egyptian art in the cabin
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2009 calendar
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Fridge
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Palm trees looking very sad
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Then off along the long forested drive way
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Once lit up
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The first proper building tucked to one side
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Just houses a big ass generator (I believe?)
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And some retro radio
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Chimneys on top
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Time to continue further up the drive
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Little storage building in the woods
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Then, greeted by the large walls that the mansion once proudly sat on top of
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At the top... the view once enjoyed from the balconies of the mansion
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Nothing but dirt and palm trees
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The view
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The famous San Antonio bay where most of the partying in Ibiza happens... This is the bit that gives the island it's dodgy reputation
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Looking right out to sea... what a blissful location this must have been to live
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More palm trees, standing wondering why they've been left abandoned
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What was the drive up to the house
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More palm trees... I hope you guys like palm trees...
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Back on the super long drive to see where it takes us
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More surrounding walls
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Climbing plants
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Still looks pretty good from this side
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TREE HOUSE!!
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With a vodka bottle in it
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Trampyline
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Something at the end of the driveway
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The house on the Google Earth image...
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Oh... still looks pretty well kept... Does someone live here?
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statue
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It doesn't look like anyone is living here but someone is keeping an eye on this place
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Camel statue... Naturally...
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The back garden
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Ok... The pool is still going and full of chlorine...
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Wow just look at these views
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After our little inspection, we were pretty certain no one is living here... But if they are... Sorry for roaming around your garden...

Onto the tennis courts!

The bar
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Looking out
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Basketball net
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Seating
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Sorry this one didn't work out for you Michael
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Thanks for looking, hope it was enjoyable.
 

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What a stunning mansion this once was! The location is simply amazing. What a huge shame about that beautiful Range Rover Classic just rusting away...it should just be restored again. :)
 

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Nice to see somebody with more money than sense actually getting their comeuppance, rather than getting away with greasing the palm of some corrupt official. The whole story of this place does not make very enlightening reading, but then Cretu was not the only monied individual to shove it in the faces of the local inhabitants.
 

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Nice work, something a bit different, like this. Had the best 2 week holiday in san Antonio bay in 1995 ish! Lots of clubbing, lots of drinking...
 

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I plan on making the journey to this location in December or the first part of 2022 if Covid allows. Do you have any advice for me? I am an Enigma super fan and I hope to visit where Michaels old house was as you appear to have done. Thank you for posting this!
 

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I plan on making the journey to this location in December or the first part of 2022 if Covid allows. Do you have any advice for me? I am an Enigma super fan and I hope to visit where Michaels old house was as you appear to have done. Thank you for posting this!
Hey Shaun, drop me a private message and I'll get some info together for you.
 

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