Exclusive Palais Maeterlinck – formerly Villa Orlamonde and once a luxury hotel – is being transformed into 19 state-of-the-art residences. And four of these upscale Cap de Nice homes are up for grabs on JamesEdition, like this impressive triplex spanning 3,974 square feet.
In 1930, Nobel Prize laureate Count Maurice Maeterlinck bought the site on the French Riviera. Fast forward to present day, and the historic seafront Côte d’Azur estate now houses luxurious units, attracting interest from wealthy investors and affluent homebuyers (or perhaps second home purchasers).
The centre of Nice is just a 10-minute drive away, and back at the residences, owners can enjoy 180° views of the Mediterranean from the prime location. Famous for its luxe real estate, Cap de Nice is one of the world’s wealthiest areas. Sitting within that is Palais Maeterlinck, offering top-class amenities and magical scenery.
History: A glam mansion with sea-facing terrace, Louis XV-inspired basins, and Charlie Chaplin as a guest
The stately complex was conceived in the 1920s by French aristocrat Count of Milléant. He had an ambitious vision of a high-society resort to rival Monte Carlo. That dream didn’t come to life and the property was purchased by Maurice Maeterlinck, who turned the plot into a glam private home – Villa Orlamonde.
With its sea-facing terrace, a pair of Louis XV-inspired basins lined with Ionic columns, and a 2,153 square feet hall, artists and socialites gravitated to the legendary mansion, with guests such as Chaplin and Saint-Exupéry.
Post World War II and until 2008, the estate became a well-known hotel – Palais Maeterlinck. In 2012, Czech billionaire Radovan Vitek acquired the property; his aim was to remodel the site into sophisticated residences.
And now, almost a decade later, JamesEdition lists a handful – more detail on these later.
The 19 homes offer complete privacy and security, plus glorious views out to the azure sea. The added extra? If residents wish, they have the option of custom-design and furnishings by Ralph Lauren Home.
Headed up by Gomis Architects, the plot spans three hectares of manicured grounds including a formal park with decade-old cypress trees, and a central fountain. There’s also a swimming pool flanked by 20-metre Greek columns – one of the French Riviera’s biggest, and ideal for lazing around on balmy, sun-drenched days.
What else? A private beach with a pontoon, plus a reception area with a capacious lounge deck designed by Ralph Lauren Home. Any whim is catered for by the resident concierge, be it a wellness treatment, private chef, or personal trainer.
Location: One of the most exclusive spots along the French Riviera
Cap de Nice: Situated between the port, the Med, and Mont Boron, the dinky, prestigious neighborhood is close to Coco Beach, a 15-minute stroll from elegant eatery La Réserve de Nice, and a 10-minute drive from the cobbled Old Town and harbor.
The exclusive spot offers rather lovely views to the exclusive peninsula of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat eastwards and Nice’s Bay of Angels to the west. Cannes is 35 minutes away by car, the glitz of St Tropez is an hour and a half, and Monaco is 30 minutes in the other direction.
Golf fans will be in their element: Royal Mougins Club is a 40-minute drive away, while Country Club de Nice is a half an hour journey. Oh, and there are no less than six Michelin-starred restaurants in the area, satisfying foodies.
The locality houses many eye-catching not to mention expensive villas, including celebrity homes. Take the former villa of Sean Connery, recently sold for $34,000,000.
Palais Maeterlinck residences for sale: Private gardens, individual pools, and interior design by Ralph Lauren Home
The 19 units are spread across a trio of buildings: The West Wing called Melissande, a central residence, and The West Wing named Orlamonde. Melissande is for lovers of modern architecture and clean lines; the central structure offers classic design with duplex and triplex apartments; and iconic Orlamonde houses six units with spacious private terraces, or gardens with individual swimming pools.
Floorplans are flexible, and buyers can use Ralph Lauren Home or other designers to decorate the unique spaces.
The quartet of impressive units JamesEdition currently lists are impressive and diverse. Take this waterfront triplex: At $7,896,000, the townhouse has four bedrooms and bathrooms and is housed in Melissande. A large terrace offers panoramas to the sea and there’s an elevator connecting all levels. The property also boasts a small private swimming pool, a covered parking area for five vehicles, and a landscaped garden.
Or how about this three-bedroom penthouse for $5,743,000? Spread over 2,487 square feet, the three-bathroom space features five-meter ceilings, a large terrace, and a master with a sea-facing balcony.
For those preferring split-level spaces, there’s this 2,358 square feet duplex with a south-facing terrace looking out to the Med and the funicular. With four bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a mezzanine and a balcony, this also comes in at $5,743,000.
Finally, we have this Orlamonde residence at $5,384,000 spanning 2,735 square feet across three bedrooms and bathrooms. Step out of the living room onto the sun-filled terrace and gaze out to the sculpted gardens and glistening sea.
Residences in Palais Maeterlinck are pricier than the average listing in Nice, which comes in at around $1.7 million. However, they have a reasonable price tag considering the Côte d’Azur location, where this historic villa near the tip of Cap Martin will set you back $30 million.