Detached 4 bedroom 150m2 villa, 5 minutes from Monaco, with sea view and pretty terraced garden of 1500m2, stunning views over the palace and old town of Monaco, pool possible
This spacious villa, built in the mid 1970s, sits high up on the hill overlooking Monaco – the beautiful Le Rocher quarter – with stunning views of the palace, the old town, and the glittering sea beyond. Well appointed and solid, the villa has 4 bedrooms – including a spacious master bedroom with stunning views and a large dressing room (and potential for en-suite bathroom), a large kitchen and generous sized living room (40m2). There are also wonderful views from the pretty garden, which is laid out in traditional provencal style – stone terraces with numerous places to sit and admire the views. There is parking for two cars. The villa is in need of redecoration and some straight forward modernisation, offering huge potential for the new owner to create a lovely home. In all, a very rare find, at an affordable price.
The ground floor of the villa is perfectly designed for modern living, the large salon (40+m2) leading onto the kitchen/dining area (25m2) creating an open plan space of nearly 70m2, all leading out onto the south facing courtyard with views over the palace of Monaco and the old town and surrounded by bougainvillea, rosemary, yukka and olive trees. The main salon benefits from two large sets of sliding French doors which lead straight to the courtyard, whilst glass double doors lead from the kitchen to a covered terrace/outdoor dining area. The whole feel of the ground floor and outside area fits perfectly with the dream of the summer Riviera lifestyle, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. At one end of the large salon is a substantial traditional style fireplace, and the high ceilings and open plan layout of the living room all combine to give the feeling of space and comfort. Off the main area is a room which used to be the old kitchen (8m2), with doors leading out to the courtyard, which would make an ideal study/private office. The salon – like the whole villa – is decorated in the 1970s style, and whilst it is in need of refreshment and some straight forward modernisation, is in good condition, obviously having been well looked after throughout its life -meaning the house is perfectly habitable as it is.
Likewise, the kitchen is very much in the traditional style, and whilst in good condition, would benefit from modernising, perhaps creating a more integrated space with the dining area, making a large modern style kitchen ensemble of over 25m2. From the kitchen a corridor leads to an independent bedroom suite, with French doors leading through to the covered seating area and out on to the courtyard – the perfect setting for a pool.
On the first floor there are two double bedrooms (12m2 and 11m2) and a suite of conjoined rooms measuring 22.5m2 and 14m2 respectively. The larger room is the perfect master bedroom, with a set of three huge south facing windows looking out over the private courtyard, with simply stunning views over Monaco and the sea beyond. The smaller of the two rooms makes for a perfect dressing room, and there would be ample scope to install an en-suite bathroom within the available space, which would also command stunning views over Monaco old town. There is currently a large bathroom at the far end of the corridor, with WC.
Outside, the large, pretty garden is very much in the tradition of a Mediterranean garden, with stone walled terraces, a waterfall, and many fruit trees – cherry, peach, apricot and almond – ancient olives, and climbing bougainvillea, yukka, and flowering laurel. There are many enticing places to sit, eating areas and a good-sized vegetable patch, all with breath taking views of the sea and Monaco old town. The southerly exposure of the garden means there is sunshine all day long, but typical of the region there are many cool and shady spots to enjoy, when the sun reaches the peak of its power. In the courtyard in front of the house is the perfect private space for a pool, meaning it would be possible to walk straight from the house into the pool, and bathe with superb sea views.
To the north of the house, the driveway down from the road leads through electric gates into the front courtyard, with parking for two cars. To the side of the house, hidden from view is an area suitable for storage of logs and garden materials, with a secure tool shed and covered shelter. Attached to the side of the property is a fully functioning green house.
From the property, the drive to Monaco takes just over 5 minutes. The villa is midway between the Grand and the middle Corniche roads, giving fast access to the A8 Autoroute (Nice airport 30 minutes/Italy – Ventimiglia with its famous market – 25 minutes). There are many beaches nearby – Monte Carlo (Larvotto) and Mala are within 15 minutes and Villefranche -sur-Mer less than 25 minutes.
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