Historic Estate with Heated Pool in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, €47,000,000
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Sitting on the biggest plot in the French Riviera resort town of Villefranche-sur-Mer is La Rêve d’Azur, an exceptional 545-square-meter property on 16,500 square meters of land, with a substantial price tag of $47 million.

A rare opportunity indeed, the Belle Époque château was built in 1911 and completely renovated in 2016 by renowned Italian architect Alberto Mariotti, incorporating high-end services and finishes throughout, including top-quality marble and heated wooden flooring.

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Previously owned by the Voisin brothers – creators of luxury automobiles and Europe’s first crewed aircraft – the estate features multiple balconies, a two-bedroom apartment for staff with a kitchen and separate entrance, a studio for guests, and a veranda-type gym house with a massage room and bathroom, plus laundry and storage rooms. In total, La Rêve d’Azur spans 800 square meters.

The primary residence is spread over three floors and has a reversible air conditioning system, video surveillance, a fully equipped Miele kitchen with an eye-catching island, a spacious open-plan living and dining space, and each of the four bedrooms has an en-suite (some have a dressing room). Wherever you are in the historic mansion, savor unobstructed views of the Mediterranean and Cap Ferrat.

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Head up to the roof and enjoy more of those fantastic vistas from the sprawling terrace, complete with a seating area and summer kitchen. Down in the verdant garden, take in the manicured lawns, relax around the nearly Olympic-size heated pool, or wander just three minutes along the private stairs to a small sandy beach and the azure-hued sea.

It’s worth noting the degree of privacy on offer: Gated, surrounded by forest on three sides, and home to a private entrance road, there’s also a security guard on hand. Meanwhile, the villa opens up at the front to unparalleled picture-postcard outlooks.

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At just 33 meters above sea level and ideally located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, the château lies six kilometers east of Nice, 10 kilometers southwest of Monaco, and the nearest international airport is a mere 14 kilometers away.

Picturesque Villefranche Bay, said to be among the most beautiful in the world, boasts one of the deepest harbors in the Mediterranean – La Darse. The area also benefits from a one-kilometer-long coarse sandy beach – a rarity on a coastline where pebbles dominate.

Cascading down the hillside, the charming waterfront Old Town is steeped in character and filled with restaurants, cafés, and shops. Above is the citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer, dating back to the 16th century.

This one-of-a-kind estate is currently the most expensive listing in Villefranche-sur-Mer; an average listing price in the area is €2,700,000, with the average price per square meter of €15,200.

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