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.