between the Saint-Barnabé and Beaumont districts of Marseille
In the midst of Marseille’s 12th arrondissement, on a vast, quiet, wooded and verdant, residential estate, this building is just a 5-minute walk from the nearest shops and a 7-minute drive from slip roads on to motorways, providing access to Marseille town centre, Aix-en-Provence and Toulon. It takes but 20 minutes to reach Saint-Charles train station and the airport is 35 minutes away.
The centre of the Saint-Barnabé district, with its village air, is nearby and that of Beaumont just a stone’s throw away.
A gateway opens off the street on to a driveway which, bordered by bay leaf, cherry, almond, cedar and yellow poplar trees as well as houses and gardens, leads to the entrance to the farmhouse.
Facing west-north-west, this property is part of a large, very secure, family estate.
The building is quite plain: a barn converted into a home, extended on the south side by an old cowshed housing the current kitchen and, on the north side, by a vast workshop and a laundry room. The overhanging roof, supported on carved corbels, is covered with Roman tiles.
The facade features straight windows, French windows and a wide picture window.
The entrance door opens into the kitchen, laid out on the south side. A picture window looks out over a vegetable garden and lets in copious amounts of light. The stable door acts as a reminder that this room once housed cattle. The kitchen provides access to a lounge-dining room, with its marble floor tiles. A large picture window, opening on to the garden, takes in all the verdant hues from the lightest through to the darkest green. Adjoining, a study, with a marble fireplace, extends the lounge northwards: a cosy atmosphere exists in this room with its terracotta floor tiles. A vast laundry room, accessed from outside of the house, completes this level.
Two stairways go up to the first floor and its four bedrooms, facing west-north-west. At the northern end of the building, a large bedroom, with solid parquet flooring and a marble fireplace, precedes a bathroom, with a sloping ceiling, whilst, at the southern end, three children’s bedrooms and a bathroom, awaiting renovation, are topped with a vast attic space which could be converted. Indeed, this old haybarn, with its very high ridge, has yet another large area illuminated via a wide roof dormer.
The garden is planted with miscellaneous species: rare kinds of bamboo coming from various countries, medlar, plane and horse chestnut trees as well as irises, violets, rosemary and other Mediterranean plants, all of which compose a landscape which appears to have been created as a model for budding impressionist painters.
This universe is pleasantly extended by tall trees beyond the property.
This area, standing at the northern end of the building, could be used for arts and crafts or as storage space.
From a time when locals came to fetch eggs and milk, coming across hens and rabbits along their way, there remains a countrified air which is very pleasant to find in town. This property, looking out over the other surrounding gardens, appears longer than it is, without any limits.
Major works need to be scheduled, but the charm of the garden and the tranquillity of the premises as well as the layout of the farm building makes it possible for potential buyers to easily imagine themselves here.
|Land registry surface area||797 m2|
|Main building surface area||167 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Marie-Hélène Wisdorff +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.