Open House | Inside a Quintessential French Villa

There are few fantasies as appealing as making a home in a romantic villa in the South of France. With its proximity to the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean, rustling olive groves, revelatory seafood and wine, and historic villages that will win over even the most unsentimental traveler, the South of France is a popular destination for good reason. Thanks to a tranquil pace of life and picturesque seaside architecture, the South of France has a habit of charming all who venture to its shores.

While travel is slowed, envision a future escape in a quintessential French villa. Set in Cannes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte D’Azur region, this grand villa checks all the boxes.

Cannes, France | Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty

From the outset, this estate embodies the sophistication of one of Cannes’ most sought-after neighborhoods, La Californie: the classical-meets-tropical landscaped garden sets the tone for the rest of the villa. A large swimming pool provides panoramic views of the sea that gives the Côte D’Azur its name—the cool blue of the pool almost appears to merge with the sea itself—while multiple outdoor lounge areas encourage time spent under the Riviera sun. 

The home itself is newly built, but clearly carries on in the rich tradition of French villas through its multiple storeys, plentiful symmetrical windows, and crisp architectural details that harken back to the Baroque period. The overall effect is one of grandeur and luxury, where history and modern comforts blend seamlessly.

Inside, every corner of the villa has been thoughtfully considered. A muted palette of neutrals guides the home’s design, where glossy white marble, dark wood, and sandstone ground the living spaces. The main reception room features high ceilings with inset lighting, while wall-to-wall windows and sliding doors open up to a spacious balcony and dining area.

The serene design scheme is carried through the rest of the villa’s five levels, seven ensuite bedrooms, two spacious reception rooms, and two kitchens. Sculptural lighting fixtures, rich drapery, and hints of pattern give the home life and a sense of joie de vivre

Whether the villa serves as a year-round home or an occasional escape, it is emblematic of the Provençal lifestyle, where a deep appreciation for beauty is part of everyday life. And with two guardian apartments, an onsite gym and spa, private theater, and garage space for three vehicles, there’s plenty of room for family and friends to come for the sea air and stay for extended visits.

The villa is designed to reflect the region’s ample sunlight, while inviting in the cooling breeze off the sea. In the evenings, the home glows thanks to carefully considered exterior lighting. Whether your ideal evening consists of drinks on the terrace or a midnight swim, you’ll be able to enjoy Cannes to the fullest by making this palatial home your point of origin.

Stately, grand, welcoming: whatever words come to mind when you think of a French villa are present in this classically reinvisioned residence. And while we may have our feet firmly planted far from Cannes, it doesn’t hurt to dream of distant shores.

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