A Napoleon III style mansion house, awaiting renovation, and its wooded garden
in the Saint-Barnabé district in the midst of Marseille’s 12th arrondissement
Marseille, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13012 FR


This traditional Bastide house, spanning approx. 300 m² of living space, stands in a highly enviable setting. Its ideal, totally tranquil location, in a first-class residential area, is just 5 minutes from motorway slip roads and the underground, 15 minutes from Saint-Charles train station and 30 minutes from Marseille airport.
Facing slightly west of south and depending on the time of day, this house is bathed in sunlight or the cool shade of the plane trees.


A driveway, bordered by trees and copses, leads from the street to the property entrance. Standing at the back of the plot, facing a vast, sunny garden and a wooded area, the main building is flanked by a more recent extension, housing a summer kitchen, a large garage and workshops.

The traditional Bastide house

Constructed in the late 19th century, this building has a multi-sloped roof, covered with Roman tiles. It is extended on the east side by a more recent annexe building, housing the outbuildings. The various construction periods have resulted in a harmonious property. The main facade features wide windows with lintels, curved in a pseudo-three centred arch. The wrought iron entrance door is topped with a canopy and flanked with wrought wall-lights that match the finely wrought, ironwork railings enhancing corbelled balconies and windows.

Ground floor
A few marble-clad steps go up to a porch, where heavy, glazed doors, embellished with wrought iron, open into an entrance hall, with marble flooring. This hall provides access, on the east side, to a dining room, behind which a back kitchen leads to a vast, fitted kitchen in a large, glazed room built in the 20th century. The hall also leads, on the west side, to two adjoining lounges and a ladies’ sitting room. The walls in the reception rooms are lined with panelling and the floors laid with Versailles pattern, parquet flooring. Plain moulding embellishes the ceilings. The ground floor also includes various hall areas, a laundry room, a cellar and a toilet.
First floor
A balanced stairway, made of exotic wood, goes up to the first floor. A long corridor, running from east to west, provides access to three south-facing bedrooms and one west-facing bedroom. Floors are covered with parquet flooring laid in a herringbone pattern and the view takes in the garden. A bathroom and two shower rooms awaiting full renovation works complete this level.
Second floor
A balanced stairway, with wooden nosing, goes up to a south-facing, fifth bedroom, with a dressing room and a separate toilet. A French window opens on to a covered terrace, looking out over the garden and the roofs.

The outbuildings

A building houses a summer kitchen, a large, 2-car garage as well as small workshops and garden sheds.

The garden

Cedar, plane, spruce and other Mediterranean species alternate with thick copses and a sunny meadow.
This property is sold with approx. 1,200 m², but it would be possible to purchase additional land.

Our opinion

This Bastide still has all of its charm and its period features: ironwork, parquet flooring and panelling, bearing witness to an era when Prince Philippe, then a child, came to spend his summer holidays with his governess.
A real haven of peace, this district is highly sought-after, the address is enviable and the squirrels in the garden proof of the tranquillity of the premises. Few addresses in Marseille offer, like this one, verdant, family surroundings, whilst having easy access to the motorways leading to the town centre, to Aix-en-Provence or to Toulon. Furthermore, the nearest underground station is just a stone’s throw away.
It is, however, in need of major works which should be carried out in subtle keeping with the property’s timeless charm.

1 260 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 644930

Land registry surface area 1200 m2
Main building surface area 305 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 90 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


Marie-Hélène Wisdorff +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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.

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