From the feedback we get, I know a lot of you love originality and the idea of a project. If that’s in France, check out this 1970s André Minangoy-designed four-bedroom property in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France.
As far as we can tell, this place has simply been left. The few internal shots show an empty shell, broken up only by the incredibly distinctive central fireplace in the living room. But the photos also show a unique build, set high over the tone and with ‘clear panoramic sea views’, which stretch ‘from Nice to the Esterel’ from every window. Hopefully the photos convey that, It looks a stunning location.
Details are pretty scarce, but we’ll go with what’s there. The architect Maningoy (who designed the stunning Marina Baie des Anges) is certainly an architect of note, so you suspect this wasn’t a cheap build back in the day.
What he created, apart from the best views in town, was a property with a ground floor of a spacious living room with fireplace, fitted kitchen and two bedrooms. Head up to the first floor to find two further bedrooms, a dressing room, two bathrooms and a WC. The lower ground floor also has two rooms which could be used as further bedrooms or an office. Outside there is a pond, boiler room, and a workshop. One thing that isn’t mentioned are those huge terrace areas over two floors – amazing places to watch the sun go down, you suspect.
According to the agent, this villa would benefit from ‘some light renovation in order for it to become the perfect family home’. It looks like it might need more than that, but I guess you’ll have to view to make up your own mind.
Despite that need for work, the location and the pedigree mean the price is £665,250. Not cheap by any means, but it just might be worth much more once that work is completed.