A VIEW TO A THRILL
Glamorous Riveria living at Villa Le Roc Fleuri
Guide price: €30,000,000
The full-throttle glamour of the French Riviera makes it an iconic destination, its natural beauty captivating international artists, royals and celebrities for well over a century. This magnificent property directly above the Mediterranean Sea, comes loaded with even more stardust thanks to an illustrious former owner: actor Sean Connery, the original James Bond.
Villa Le Roc Fleuri sits in substantial grounds on Cap de Nice at the eastern edge of Nice below Mont Boron. The main villa faces west, a rarity on this precious coastline, providing wonderful views over not only the sea but also the sleek yachts berthed in the Port of Nice and inland towards the surrounding hills. It’s a highly coveted panorama explains Edward de Mallet Morgan from Knight Frank’s Super-Prime Sales Team.
“Cap de Nice is perhaps less well-known internationally than Cap St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat or Cap d’Antibes but it has the same beauty and waterfront location with the additional benefit of glorious sunsets. It offers significant value too with homes almost half the price of similar residences on Cap-Ferrat. Villa Le Roc Fleuri provides complete privacy and security yet you can stroll down to Nice, swim or paddle board from the protected coves and inlets below the house or dine in several nearby Michelin-starred restaurants.”
Villa Le Roc Fleuri is a handsome Belle Epoque-style mansion of 1,000 square metres that maximises its outstanding waterfront location. Floor to ceiling windows and grand proportions in both the main salon and the extensive master bedroom suite along with wide terraces capitalise on the Riviera’s legendary light while providing dramatic entertaining space. Accommodation in the main villa is over six floors, with a lift, including four bedrooms, a large gymnasium and an indoor pool where double doors open directly onto the gardens. A spiral staircase leads up to a substantial terrace spanning the entire roof and providing more showstopping water views.
Outside the newly landscaped and terraced grounds, over 5,000 square metres in all, centre on a saltwater swimming pool hovering over the sea in true spectacular James Bond style.
Nearby, two independent two-bedroom villas provide further flexible accommodation while a large garage includes independent staff accommodation.
Nice Airport is twenty minutes away and excellent road and rail links give swift access to the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Enjoy a day in Monaco, a long weekend in Portofino, a Provencal vineyard tour or winter skiing.
Initial interest in the property has been worldwide from Japan to Canada says de Mallet Morgan, encouraged by Roc Fleuri’s winning waterfront location and connection to one of cinema’s most iconic names.
“The link to the original James Bond has certainly stirred and shaken many people’s imagination and should also ensure good rentals,” he says. “The Riviera has been a magnet for famous names with Coco Chanel, Winston Churchill, Pablo Picasso and Grace Kelly among those who loved this location and its popularity is as strong as ever.”
Today, the view from the wide terrace of Villa Roc Fleuri remains solid gold.