an astonishing mansion built in an eclectic style in the 1920s
On the slope of a hill, bordering a wooded area in the 12th arrondissement of Marseille, close to shops, medical centres, schools and motorway accesses, this pleasant house offers an unobstructed view across the undulating countryside. The airport is accessible in thirty minutes, the centre of Marseille, the Saint-Charles train station and the beaches are twenty minutes away and golf courses are nearby.
The building has two levels above the ground floor, with casement and French windows fitted with wooden shutters opening onto balconies paved with Terrazzo. Built in stone, rendered in cement, with patterned cast iron downpipes, the exterior architecture is characteristic of the 1920s with its clean lines, ironwork gates and sharp edges. The roof is covered with monk and nun tiles. The interior of the mansion is surprisingly eclectic, with many elements from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
After passing through the heavy glass door decorated with ironwork, a large entrance with granite floor opens onto a vast hallway of approx. 48 m². Here, the tone is set: Versailles-style parquet flooring in solid premium hardwood, walls covered with decorated panelling, windows ornamented with stained glass. The hallway opens on the west side into two large reception rooms of 40 and 48 m² with 3.5 m high ceilings. The walls are decorated with small entablatures carved with putti and flower garlands. In the reception rooms, the ceilings are moulded, and the parquet floors highlight the large, finely carved Italian marble fireplaces. The stained glass windows fill these three large rooms facing south with natural light. On the north side, the hallway opens onto a scullery with black and white Italian tiles, a professional kitchen, a laundry room, a cloakroom and a toilet with terrazzo flooring.
On the south side, a beautiful straight wooden staircase with metal railing in Art-deco style leads from the hallway to the rooms on the first floor. A service staircase on the north side also leads to the first floor.
A large landing of almost 25 m², currently used as a study, leads to three large south-facing bedrooms and a north-facing linen room. On the east side, a first bedroom with casement and French windows opening onto a balcony is extended by a bathroom with a period bathtub and terrazzo flooring. On the west side, there are two large bedrooms with French windows opening onto terrazzo tiled balconies. The largest room has retained its fireplace with polychrome marble inlay and blue ceramic tiles. It boasts a stunning en-suite bathroom that was once used as a film set, with a 1920's bath and elegant yellow and white vintage tiles from Italy. On this floor, the parquets in the bedrooms feature a wickerwork pattern, whereas the common areas have mosaic and terrazzo flooring. Here again, as on the ground floor, most of the windows have retained the original stained glass.
This floor used to consist of a corridor and four service rooms and is currently used as a small independent flat with a kitchen, a shower room and three bedrooms. These rooms are symmetrically located on either side of the corridor. A large attic with high ceilings, part of which could be converted, completes this level.
With a surface area of approximately 35 m², the basement consists of a corridor, a boiler room and a wine cellar.
Remnant of a time when wine was produced here, the large terrace is located above two former wine cellars under vaulted ceilings, with a total surface area of approximately 100 m².
The composition of horizontal terraces, linked by stairs, and the use of plants to create openings frames and enhances the landscape. The Italian-inspired garden is planted with Mediterranean species and a few centuries-old trees: plane trees, cedars, lime trees, hackberry trees, almond trees, mastic trees, acanthus trees and valerian. The adjacent gardens harmoniously extend the perspective, with the nearby buildings all hidden in the greenery. The rest of the property's large park will be retained by the family.
The building counts as one of the last bastides built in Marseille by the wealthy industrialist families who had found there a place of retreat far from the hustle and bustle of the town. The volumes and lines of the mansion are in perfect harmony with the vegetation and the undulating landscape. What Gustave Flaubert said about Marseille seems to have been written for this property: "...you walk at ease, you breathe contentedly, your skin opens up and inhales the sun like a great bath of light.” The descendants have preserved all the authenticity of the place, keeping the original floors, the woodwork and the stained glass windows. Film producers were not mistaken when finding in this historic house an ideal setting for shooting some striking scenes.
Like other remarkable bastides in the town, it deserves every consideration and is patiently waiting to be restored to its former glory.
|Land registry surface area||2680 m2|
|Main building surface area||400 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Outbuilding surface area||100 m2|
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.