In the midst of Calanque National Park,
a 160 m², traditional Mas house in 7 hectares of land
Marseille, BOUCHES-DU-RHONE provence-cote-dazur 13000 FR

Location

Some 30 minutes from the centre of Marseille and 6 minutes from the shops and amenities in La-Ciotat (35,000 inhabitants), this traditional Mas house stands, free of all nuisances, amidst Calanque National Park. The nearest neighbour is some 600 m away as the crow flies, whilst the sea is 1½ km away. Marseille airport is a 45-minute drive; Marseille train station, with a TGV train almost every 30 minutes, is half an hour away.

Description

This traditional Mas house is reached via a little tarmacked road which, once past the property limits, becomes a dirt track able to take cars for the last 500 m. A few hiking trails border the property, isolated from the latter by gates. The traditional Mas house itself and its outside terrace are laid out where a main valley and a little, shallow, transversal valley meet. The property is therefore bathed in sunlight all year round. The swimming pool and its vast terrace as well as an enclosure and stalls for horses are in the main, south-west facing valley. Almond, mimosa, fig and cypress trees enhance the scrubland landscape which covers the neighbouring heights.

The house

Constructed as a part of a farmstead around the middle of the 18th century, this traditional Mas spans approx. 157 m². Recently fully and tastefully renovated, it still has traces of its old architecture, the load-bearing walls of which are almost a metre wide at the base. Similarly, amongst the outbuildings, there are still almost 20 linear metres of old pigsties, now used as cellars.


Ground floor
The entrance door opens directly into a lounge-dining room area with parquet flooring. Decorated in a contemporary manner, this room features a wood-burning stove. The Mas’ original architecture has been preserved and the luminosity reinforced through the addition of a French window and three glazed panels, two of which are set in the gently sloping roof. This room is extended by a study-library, under exposed beams, which also houses a stairway, with stainless steel railings, going upstairs. The kitchen, with all modern-day fixtures and fittings, is widely illuminated via a French window and a window. Two bedrooms, with built-in wardrobes and both overlooking the vast outdoor terrace, are laid out on this level. A shower room with two wrought, wash-hand basins and a separate toilet can be reached via a hall area between the two bedrooms. This level also includes a laundry room and a storage area.
First floor
The interior stairway leads up to a vast games room, which can also be used as a spare bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. This room opens into another bedroom, with a vast wardrobe and a window looking out over the main valley.

The grounds

The grounds comprise three separate sections of land which, nevertheless create an impression of wide, open space, due to the lack of fencing, apart from the two gates marking the junction points with the hiking trails. The first section, laid out at the entrance to the property, encompasses the access drive over approx. 8,000 m² with a small ruin and a flat, enclosed area where several horses were still recently grazing. The traditional Mas house and its vast outdoor terrace, the swimming pool and its terrace, an enclosure for horses, fitted with two 8x4 m stalls, as well as an old pigsty and miscellaneous outbuildings are on the second section. Spanning a surface area of approx. 4 ha, it follows the lie of the land in a shallow valley for some 350 m. A few terraced areas, supported by dry stone walls, go down along one side of the valley. And lastly, a third wilder section on slightly higher land, spanning more than 2 ha and featuring the ruins of an old house, is 300 m away from the Mas and can be reached via a track.
All the Mediterranean species are to be found on or around the property, the splotches of colour varying in keeping with the seasons.

Our opinion

This medium-sized, traditional Mas house has been fully and tastefully renovated. Given its location in a natural park area, it cannot be extended but it can be immediately lived in all year round by a family or used for holiday rental purposes. The proximity of La-Ciotat makes it equally ideal as a permanent residence or as a holiday home and the land can easily accommodate several horses. The astonishingly privileged character of the site, away from all nuisances and in a landscape completely protected from any future construction, will delight all enthusiasts of authentic, natural and tranquil surroundings. Furthermore, the vast grounds, spanning 7 ha in the midst of Calanque National Park, make residents feel that they are the only ones taking advantage of the surrounding countryside.

1 240 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 131652

Land registry surface area 6 ha 96 a 35 ca
Main building surface area 157 m2
Outbuilding surface area 100 m2

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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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