Engel & Völkers is now brokering the historic Villa Marizzina in Cap d’Ail on the Côte d’Azur. The property has been home to high-profile owners including the Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, a first cousin of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II. After extensive refurbishment, the listed property is now on the market for an asking price of 27 million euros.
Property with a fascinating history
The Countess of Morla commissioned the building of the villa on the French Riviera in 1901. Before acquiring the property in 1913, the Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich had already rented it as a retreat for him and his future wife, the famous Russian ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska. The next prominent owner of the residence was Princess Odescalchi. For several centuries, the Odescalchis were one of the most influential aristocratic dynasties in the whole of Italy. It was Princess Odescalchi who gave the Villa Marizzina its current name. She passed away in the 1980s and bequeathed the property to one of her servants who later resided in part of the residence. The current owner purchased the listed villa in 2010 and had it renovated with painstaking attention to detail and to preserving the historic character of the mansion. Just two examples of this are the replicas of the original windows, and of the period doors with their silver-plated handles.
Sprawling grounds with a sensational outlook
The Villa Marizzina is set in grounds of around 1,200 square metres, complete with a garden. A generously sized pool area boasts direct views over the Mediterranean. Spanning some 506 square metres in total, the interiors include seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two kitchens and a room that can be used for playing video games or as a cinema room. The premium finishes and amenities in the property include stucco cornicing and marble flooring, as well as modern technical fittings such as underfloor heating, video surveillance and an alarm. There is also parking for up to six cars.
Mild climate and incredible scenery
“For national and international buyers, the luxury residential property market on the French Riviera is one of the most attractive in the whole of the Mediterranean,” said Marie-Claire Sangouard, Managing Director of the Engel & Völkers Market Center Côte d’Azur. Cap d’Ail itself is located very close to Nice, Monaco and Italy. The mild climate and incredible scenery make this region extremely desirable.