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La Gatounière in Mougins, an exceptional property

A French Riviera's property full of history

Engel & Völkers French Riviera offers for sale one of its most exceptional properties. Ideally located in the town of Mougins near Cannes and Antibes, "La Gatounière" its beauty and the rich history that surrounds it are appealing.

Indeed, many artists, writers, and even politicians have resided there for many years. Edith Piaf was the most famous resident of the villa, where she stayed in the spring of 1963, a while before her death. The famous singer was sick, and decided to move into this villa in Mougins to recover. She confided that she did indeed feel healthier in this property in the heart of the countryside. After several stays in the hospital, Edith Piaf returned to the Gatounière in August 1963, before passing away on October 10th the same year.

Georges Simenon wrote some of his most famous novels during his stay at La Gatounière, such as The Black Ball and The Accomplices. When he chose to definitively leave America in 1955 and go back to Europe, the French Riviera seemed to be the ideal place for him. The mild climate and the proximity of the Mediterranean Sea were sources of inspiration for the writer. Then, he chose to settle in Mougins in April 1955 at La Gatounière. In his own words, he admitted that he was seduced by this house, especially by the exceptional views and the quiet of the area. During six months, Georges Simenon stayed in the villa and worked on three novels.

Finally, the politician Maurice Thorez also chose to live in La Gatounière, considering the property as a place of retirement and rest.

- La Gatounière

Characteristics of the property

The reason so many artists and famous people have chosen La Gatounière as a place to live is mainly because of the location of this exceptional home. Located close to the heart of Mougins, the villa faces south on a small private hill in the middle of a park of over 11 000 m2 and offers a 360° view of the sea; from the Bay of Cannes to Esterel and the hinterland.

The ground floor of the villa has a 335 sqm total living area, and includes an independent kitchen with a scullery equipped with a large pantry, a dining room and a lounge with fireplace overlooking the terraces, the pool and a summer kitchen. On the first floor are 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a shower room and plenty of storage space. 

The villa has been preserved in a charming and authentic style. However, renovations can be made according to everyone's tastes.

Mougins, the town of artists

Mougins is a famous French Riviera city, which has always attracted many artists and international celebrities such as Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, Edith Piaf, Paul Eluard, Christian Dior, or Jacques Brel. Located between Cannes and Grasse, this small town has become one of the most attractive places in the region and is now very attractive for investors. Known as a garden town and also as a capital of gastronomy and the good life, Mougins offers a privileged lifestyle and an incomparable quality of life. This city represents a safe investment in the light of the international economic situation.

Renowned as a prestigious golf destination, Mougins has become a must-see destination in a breathtaking environment in which La Gatounière villa fits perfectly.

Link to the property and E&V ID : W-029IUZ

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