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.
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.
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.
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.