a wonderful stone villa and outbuilding on a vast wooded plot
Just a few minutes from Cannes town centre, the renowned district of La-Croix-des-Gardes is set between Cannes castle and the sea.
Occupying the gentle hill to the west of the town centre, it is composed of villas, with beautiful architecture, laid out along winding, tree-lined roads.
This sector has all the advantages of being near to the centre, whilst benefitting from absolute peace and quiet as only its residents go there.
The grounds extend as far as the property below which is completely concealed by a tall bamboo grove and a copse.
As of the entrance hall, it is possible to see a perfectly clear view of the bay at the end of a through corridor. And what a view: to the west, the Suquet district and the tower of Castre Museum, followed by the Lérins Isles, to the south, the sea stretches for as far as the eye can see and, to the east is the Bay of Théoule.
On the edge of the grounds, next to the main building, stands a small caretaker’s cottage with a car park and a garden. It could be transformed into a pleasant guest house.
A few renovation works will give the buildings and the vast garden back their splendour of yesteryear.
The main villa
Typical of the 1940’s traditional architecture, this villa is constructed from local stone. Its traditional roofing framework supports a roof covered with Roman tiles.
The thickness of the walls not only bestows a feeling of solidity but also provides thermal insulation, extremely useful for a south-facing building.
Enhanced with several balconies and terraces, all the rooms take full advantage of the beautiful panoramic view.
This villa spans two levels. Originally designed to be independent, they are linked via an internal spiral stairway.
The paved courtyard provides access to the first floor of the villa.
An arched door opens into a vestibule, extended by a little, through corridor, at the end of which it is already possible to glimpse the blue of the sky and the sea.
A spacious, bright living room provides a clear view over the garden, the hills of Cannes and the seaside: the palette of colours goes from green through to blue. It is extended by a balcony, running the full width of the room.
The granite floors have a satin finish, the ceilings feature moulding and a large, stone fireplace enhances the end of the room.
Laid out around this central space are a dining room, with a sumptuous wall mirror and a little terrace, a kitchen, with an independent entrance, as well as a bedroom or study, with a bathroom and a private terrace.
Reached directly from the outside or via an internal stairway, the ground floor comprises a corridor which leads to two bedrooms, with alcove balconies, a large dressing room and a large bathroom.
The layout of this level, still in its original condition, needs to be redesigned to better suit a family way of life or leisure purposes with, for instance, an exercise or projection room.
This little, self-contained house, standing discreetly on the edge of the plot of land, can be reached via the street. It comprises two floors, linked via an external stairway. The garden level includes a bedroom, opening on to a little south-facing garden, a kitchen and a bathroom. Upstairs, a large garage is all on a level with a small parvis.
It is in need of some renovation and conversion works.
Steps on the side of the inner courtyard lead to a garage, with street access.
It is big enough to take a car and storage areas.
A small workshop, laid out under the garage, has direct access to the courtyard.
The tiers of this terraced, unusually large garden face the sea. One accommodates a large, tiled, infinity swimming pool with a wide deck. Its surroundings are such that it appears to be flowing into the ocean in the background.
A pathway leads gently down from there through a tall bamboo grove taking up the adjoining tier. A little greenhouse is still in its original condition. A pathway then leads to the last tier which is planted with tall trees, totally concealing the neighbours.
It is easy to imagine this lush, somewhat wild garden landscaped into leisure or other areas.
This villa, standing in a private road in the most pleasant district of Cannes, exudes the charm of a somewhat square style specific to the post-war years. Built of robust, local stone constituting lovely spacious rooms, it offers, above all, a splendid panoramic view from the windows, the balconies and the swimming pool, extending from the Bay of Théoule to the Suquet district, with the Lérins Isles as a backdrop. Set on a large, wooded, unoverlooked plot of land, this property is steeped in tranquillity and rare privacy.
|Land registry surface area||2258 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Main building surface area||210.27 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||70 m2|
Emmanuel Honold +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.