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In Cannes, get your hands on a piece of the French Riviera's history

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14/11/2019

In the Croix-des-Gardes neighbourhood, BARNES is advertising this property dating back to the 'creation' of the French Riviera in the 19th century.

This grand townhouse, although not listed as one, has everything one would expect from an official historical monument! Indeed, the property was built between 1850 and 1860 by the British Ambassador to France, on land sold to him by Lord Brougham, a legendary aristocrat who 'created' Cannes and the French Riviera in the 19th century. Apart from the Villa Eléonore-Louise, Lord Brougham's home, at the time there were only two other properties on the Croix-des-Gardes hill, two almost identical residences, including this one, 'Hurlevent', which is currently being offered for sale by BARNES. Overlooking the Bay of Cannes and its islands, with a view extending from Palm Beach to the Esterel Massif, 'Hurlevent' nestles in an almost 3,500 sq.m (40,000 sq ft) garden equipped with six terraces sheltered from public view.

Its current owner remembers the summers he spent there with his parents in the 50s. Cannes has changed, of course, but not the ambience of this house that he fully renovated just a few years ago now. He notably knocked down several walls to let the Mediterranean light flood into each room, and put in a footbridge to enable easier access to the swimming pool and its panoramic terrace.

The great layout of its 400 sq.m (4,300 sq ft) makes this house the perfect family home, with five bedrooms, not counting the ones in the pool house and in the caretaker's house in need of renovation, plus a former utility room that has been converted for use as an office. Five minutes from the shops in Le Suquet and the beaches, this eminently discreet property cannot be seen from the street. Much to the delight of the property's occupiers, who can bask in its deliberately rustic ambience created by the fruit trees, vegetable patch and attic bedrooms with exposed beams...

Has this prestigious property's charm swept you off your feet? Contact our consultant responsible for the listing. She will be happy to answer any questions.

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