Waking up to the sight of superyachts gliding across the Cote D’Azur is the way to start the day well, and with the Monaco Yacht Show sailing into port, now is the time to turn your attention back to the Cote D’Azur. Snapping up property in Monaco is always a challenge, torn between wanting a private hideaway and being close to the fast rolling action – it’s not easy to do without making a sacrifice. Fortunately, this seven-bed villa on the Western edge of the world’s glitziest city doesn’t believe in compromise.
600 sqm stretched out across five floors and surrounded by 4600 sqm of luscious landscaped Mediterranean garden, a myriad of terraces, and captivating Cap Ferrat views – these numbers are surely enough to rouse interest. The Cap d’Ail is a charming space, only five minutes from the haute couture hive of Monaco but far enough to lounge on the terrace and sleep like a dream without being disturbed by the roar of Ferraris and superyacht soirees that last all night.
Built beautifully into the cliff, the architect had a romantic eye when creating this striking white villa with its stairwells meandering around tiered gardens, leading to terrace after terrace of wrought iron, warm wood, and endless sink down sofas for spritzer afternoons in the sun. A beautiful swimming pool sits on the edge of one of the terraces, shaded by olive trees and if you keep spiraling down the stairwells, along coastal paths splashed with native flora you will find yourself on the exclusive beaches that make this area so famous.
Moving down through the property, the first floor offers a grand sized terrace for elegant outdoor living, complemented by rooftop views of the whole bay laid out before you. If you can bear to tear yourself away from al fresco living then the second floor makes way for guest quarters, with four beautiful bedrooms, five shower rooms, and another terrace for star gazing.
The third floor takes you to the living room that leads on to the terrace. The grand living room is a vision of marble floors, contemporary cream furnishings and black trim, with floor to ceiling windows delivering those unrivalled views out across the bay.
Side by side you will find the ultra-modern kitchen bedecked in stainless steel and glass – a fabulous backdrop for having a private chef demonstrate their skills.
The contemporary dining room matches the modernist style, with onyx blacks and creams pulled together by impressive art deco touches in emerald green. The wine cellar is another much appreciated feature, especially in France when ruddy Bordeaux’s and the region of champagne are such a short helicopter ride away.
Take the stairs down to the fourth floor where the majestic iced white master bedrooms are waiting. Three in total, flanked by fabulous bathrooms and even more terraces for tearing apart French pastries in the morning. The master beds boast wrap around windows for yacht views as soon as you open your eyes, and the design almost calls on a hotel like quality – a simple blank canvas that would easily accept more of that bold art deco touch.
Below, is the fifth floor where endless relaxation takes place in the form of another lounge space, a hammam and sauna, a jacuzzi and shower room. An elevator to all floors is the final note of contemporary convenience that makes this home a marker of the 21st century.
For buyers wanting to invest in a timeless property a mere stone’s throw away from the most coveted city in the world, then this waterfront home is sure to capture the imagination. For a price upon request and more information, contact Sotheby’s.