at the entrance to the Calanques National Park in Marseille
Standing in the peace and quiet, just a stone’s throw from shops and schools, this large, luxurious home, spanning more than 550 m², and its 2 ha of wooded parklands back on to a wooded hillside. It is possible to reach Luminy University in 5 minutes, Saint-Charles train station or the old port in 20 minutes and the airport in 30 minutes. The nearest “Calanque” (cove) is a 15-minute drive or just over an hour’s walk.
The building is divided into two sections: the main house, on one side, and studio flats for let, on the other. Facing west, it stands in a dominant position.
The tiered garden, with its multitude of pathways, is extended by the thousands of hectares comprising the Calanques National Park.
On the south side, a swimming pool has been installed on a sunny terrace, bordered on one side by a stone balustrade and on the other by rocks.
Composed of two sections constructed at two different times, respectively dating from around 1850 environ, and an extension dating back to 1920, the house was entirely renovated by an architect some 20 years ago.
The roof is covered with interlocking tiles and an overhanging cornice enhances the pediment on the oldest section.
The architecture of the building, with its wooden balconies, is fairly surprising in this region, the decorative guardrails being somewhat reminiscent of mountain chalets.
The large, luxurious home
The main house is spread out over two levels. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall leading, on the south side, to a large lounge-dining room, with a fireplace; at its end, a wide picture window opens on to the swimming pool terrace. The kitchen is fitted with a wood-fired cooking range. A door provides direct access to the cellar. A study and a laundry room complete this level. Floors are laid with terracotta tiles. The walls are lined with wainscoting. Tall, wide windows let in copious amounts of light and provide views over the natural surroundings. A wide, balanced stairway, with wooden nosing, goes up from the lounge to the first floor. This level is taken up by four bedrooms, one of which is a large, main bedroom, with large windows overlooking the vegetation and communicating, on one side, with a bathroom and, on the other, with a dressing room. Two bathrooms and a shower room.
This entire section is clearly separate from the studio flats, although it would still be possible to re-establish a link between the two areas on both the ground and first floors.
The studio flats
A separate entrance provides access to 11 studio flats laid out in the most recent wing and under the roofs.
Spanning surface areas of between 20 and 30 m², every flat has a kitchen area and a shower room. They are all immaculately kept. Some of the flats have a little balcony.
Applicants seeking accommodation are numerous every year as Luminy University is very near.
A large garage, spanning more than 50 m², can take several vehicles. Furthermore, the flat tenants have a space reserved for them at the entrance to the property.
Under the stone stairway leading to the entrance are a woodstore and a storage area where firewood can be kept.
The garden and the greenhouse
Typically Mediterranean, this garden has numerous pathways under the pine trees where white rockroses, box holly, Kermes oak, crown vetch, wild irises, wild sarsaparilla and, of course, rosemary grow. Rocky benches, ornamental ponds and picturesque grottos are but invitations to take a break. Below the house, a vegetable garden spanning more than 500 m² and a 30 m² greenhouse make it possible to grow cuttings and sow seeds all through the year. There are also a few cherry, apricot and fig trees.
A borehole can be used for watering purposes throughout the property as well as for filling the ornamental ponds.
Several cellars with jack arch ceilings can be used for storing all the family’s requirements. The vast basement also includes a boiler room and a cellar housing the borehole machinery. It also communicates directly with the garage, on one side, and the kitchen, on the other.
This property gives new owners numerous options: they can decide to continue letting the 11 studio flats or to recreate a large family home, they might wish to use it as a company head office or to develop it for an artistic activity. No matter the choice, the setting and the site so near to the town centre and Luminy science and technology park are ideal.
Residents can take advantage of a lovely fire in the fireplace, or cook vegetables picked from the vegetable garden, take a walk along paths bordered by rocks and meditate under the pine trees, or get together with friends by the side of the swimming pool in the shade of the oleander bush after a day’s work or a hike in the Calanques where, in the words of Sylvain-Tesson “water drives its turquoise wedge into the alabaster-white limestone”.
|Land registry surface area||2 ha|
|Main building surface area||550 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||16|
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.