An elegant flat in a residence reflecting an Italian Renaissance style,
dominating the sea and overlooking gardens in Cannes
, ALPES-MARITIMES provence-cote-dazur FR

Location

On the slopes of a quiet, wooded hill, overlooking the sea, the neo-classical style residence, inspired by the Italian Renaissance era, historically stands out as instigator of the early 19th century trend of holidaying in Cannes. Over time, it has retained its distinction and its tranquillity, on a discreet enclosed estate, just a 10-minute walk from the town centre and the sea.
The hillside, covered with listed natural parklands which continue towards the sea front, was highly sought-after by the English aristocracy as of the 1800’s and the district still has a wealth of illustrious houses, including Château-Saint-Georges, Château-Vallombrosa and Villa-Rothschild.

Description

Once through a wide set of gates opening off of the road below, a large driveway goes right across the estate, composed of several small villas, and leads to the residence, standing on the heights of the property.
The palace, constructed in 1836, comprises a square section with two upper floors, set between two protruding wings, both straight and slightly taller; their axis of symmetry is constituted by a Doric order porch, with a pediment, and the building’s main entrance stairway.
Two wings extend the ends of the first floor. On the south side, a Doric order portico, covered by a terrace, follows the building’s projections. Crowning balustrades enhance the miscellaneous walls and balconies have been added to the facade, on the second floor.
Gardens extend outwards from the foot of the building. Once exotic, they comprise two gently-sloping areas laid to lawn, dotted with copses of palm and magnolia trees, and including an uphill pathway lined with trimmed cypress trees.

The flat

One through the residence’s main entrance door, a central vestibule opens on to a stairway, whose symmetrical flights of steps go up to the first floor where this flat is laid out.
A discreet entrance hall leads to a vast, panelled lounge, the main room in the flat which is said to have been Queen Victoria’s bedroom during one of her stays in Cannes. All the walls are lined with wooden panels, decoratively carved in a neo-classical style and including door pediments. The panelling, all dating from the original construction period, gives depth to the walls and a unique elegance to the flat, its fine moulding enhancing the height of the ceilings. And lastly, a large picture window and a French window open on to the south-facing terrace.
The lounge gives access to a dining room which stands out courtesy of its green and white marble floor as well as its wooden wainscoting that integrates many cupboards. This last room communicates with a fully-fitted, functional kitchen.
Large double doors, flanked by two Corinthian order pilasters and lined with the same panelling as the lounge, open off the living room into the main suite: a large bedroom adjoining a separate bathroom and a small, additional room with a picture window looking out over the back gardens. The latter room could be used as a child’s bedroom or a conservatory.
The lounge further provides access to a hall area which leads, via a slight difference in levels, to another bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom, all of which could form a self-contained studio flat, with its own rear entrance and its own private garden.

Our opinion

A flat with a sea view which still has all the elegance of a historic residence, emblematic of the French Riviera, in a tranquil, verdant setting, near to the town centre and just a stone’s throw from the beaches: a rare luxury.
Its interior layout, with period features and modern-day home comforts, makes it possible to experience the character of the premises and to perpetuate the Riviera’s art of living.
Its south-facing terrace, with its view of the sea on the horizon, is one of its outstanding assets. Away from the hustle and bustle, it receives the last rays of the sun over the Bay of Cannes and, with them, an incredible palette of colours of a lush vegetation which, continuing towards the sea, is set ablaze at dusk.
Residents can but become artists or writers given the great inspiration existing in these premises, their vast rooms forming multicoloured compositions and their windows an infinite variety of landscape paintings.

1 490 000 €
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Reference 280801

Ceiling height3.5
Living space94.25 m2
Number of rooms 4
Number of bedrooms 2
Possible number of bedrooms 3

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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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