in a wooded garden in Marseille’s Saint-Just district
This villa and its annexe house stand on a strategic site in the heart of Marseille’s very lively Saint-Just district, 30 minutes from the airport, 20 minutes from the old port, 15 minutes from Saint-Charles train station, in the immediate proximity of underground and bus transport services and one of the city’s best schools, as well as shops, entertainment halls, hospitals and the region’s road network.
Constructed in the 1870’s from dressed stone and quarry stone blocks, this unpretentious and sober three-storey house has little ornamentation. Two features enhance its main facade: a horseshoe-shaped stairway and a large veranda dating from the 1950’s.
The gable roof, concealed by the gable walls of the lateral facades, is covered with Roman tiles.
The facade is further embellished with striated consoles supporting the balcony, running alongside the second floor, and moulded panels on the bays.
This property comprises a small guest house on the east side, its independent entrance opening on to an adjacent street, and a swimming pool, a garden as well as a shady terrace on the west side.
A garage and miscellaneous sheds used for storage purposes complete this property.
This villa spans a floor surface area of approx. 270 m² over three levels.
The horseshoe-shaped stairway goes up to a porch, sheltered by a glazed canopy.
The house is entered via the veranda which, with its wrought iron framework, dominates the garden. Fully restored in 2016, insulated and air-conditioned, it still has its cement floor tiles and its 19th century architecture. The vestibule, also laid with cement floor tiles, is separated into two sections via elegant, double doors, featuring small bevelled panes and a glazed fanlight. It provides access, on the west side, to a lounge, with a marble fireplace and finewood parquet flooring, inlaid with motifs. The ceiling is adorned with moulding and a rose. An opening has been created so as to link the lounge to a vast, fully fitted kitchen. A French window opens laterally on to a terrace, shaded by plane trees. On the east side, the vestibule leads to a study, with parquet flooring, inlaid with motifs, illuminated via three large, curved windows. On the north side, a children’s games room, a toilet and a very small workshop complete this level.
A balanced stairway, with terracotta tiled steps and wooden nosing, is illuminated via a lightwell. A wide landing provides access to the main bedroom, with a shower room, another two large bedrooms, a toilet and a bathroom. All the bedrooms have a fireplace, terracotta floor tiles, large, single-glazed windows and air-conditioning.
The landing gives access to four spacious bedrooms, widely illuminated by French windows opening on to a balcony running alongside, a dressing room in use as a little sewing room, a bathroom, with a toilet, and a shower room, decorated with Moroccan Tadelakt rendering. The air-conditioning on this level is centralised, the floors are covered with terracotta tiles and all the bedrooms have a marble fireplace.
A stairway goes down from the vestibule to the basement comprising an air-conditioned wine cellar, with gravel flooring, a boiler room, a music studio and projection room, a workshop and miscellaneous hall areas.
This space has been ingeniously divided between the area given over to swimming, the elegant rose beds, a garden area for the children and a gravel terrace under the plane trees as well as a small garden laid out in front of the annexe house. Immaculately kept and thought out so as to provide additional living areas, the garden gives the impression that it was designed to enhance the beauty of the villa.
The little house
With its independent entrance, this 2-storey annexe house spans a total surface area of approx. 76 m². On the ground floor, a large, tiled, reception room, with an open kitchen, is extended by a veranda, facing west over the garden. The landing on the first floor, with Provencal terracotta floor tiles throughout, leads to two bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. The house is air-conditioned and fitted with numerous storage areas: cupboards inside and a storage room outside.
This property, included on the list of Outstanding Villas in the city of Marseille, is a haven of peace set in the midst of the surrounding hustle and bustle.
Ideally located and within easy reach of all amenities and the cultural life of Marseille, this large, luxurious home is elegant down to the last detail and is rightly reminiscent of the fact that the Saint-Just district was much appreciated by the Marseille middle-classes who eagerly sought a holiday home there.
After working from home on the veranda, where the eye is drawn to the rose bed, or following a day’s outing in the Mediterranean creeks, where “water, vertical stone, the sun and the sky meet” (Gaston Rebuffat), residents will find it pleasant to linger under the plane trees or in the little lounge, with its refined decor.
The annexe house will comfortably accommodate family or passing guests.
Modernity and old-fashioned charm are perfectly combined in these lovingly maintained premises.
|Land registry surface area||1735 m2|
|Main building surface area||270 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||9|
|Outbuilding surface area||93 m2|
|including refurbished area||76 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.