2-Bedroom 2-Bath Sea-facing Terrace Apartment
- €1400 – 2050 per week (see all property prices)
- Penthouse apartment at the beach, newly remodeled, two bedroom, two bath with panoramic views of the bay, the beach, Cap Ferrat and the Old Town of Villefranche.
- South-facing terrace with full sun all day with French doors leading from the living / dining / kitchen area and from the master bedroom to the terrace.
- Fully equipped apartment including Wi-Fi, phone with free international calling, AC in the bedrooms, stereo with inside and outside speakers, washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, gas cooktop, hair dryers, beach towels, beach chairs, sun lounging chairs, bbq, etc.
- Fantastic location — literally steps from the beach, the Old Town, restaurants, shops and public transport.
- Colorful, mid-century modern décor with a few antiques thrown in, and our signature wonderful lighting.
- Private, quiet, yet in the midst of it all.
Plage Privée Availability
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About the Apartment
Plage Privée enjoys a commanding position on the bay. Located on the waterfront quai of Villefranche, just at the entrance of the beach, it has a privileged position in Villefranche. It is south facing and receives sun all day long, winter and summer. It is a very bright and sunny apartment — so much so that you can wear your sunglasses all the time. The Old Town is just steps away so shops and restaurants are a very short walk away — less than 5 minutes. The beach is below you and one of the best places in the world to swim and when you don’t want to swim, the walk along the 800-meter long beach is stunning. From the main living space you feel as though you are on the bridge of a ship sailing through the bay. The bay is with you day and night — the sounds of the waves lapping the shores, the sun rising and setting from one side to the other of the bay, the changing color and texture of the sea, the coming and going of boats — you are aware of it always changing — it is magical and so beautiful. And at night the lovely old street lights cast their pretty glow on the village making it look mysterious and something out of an old movie and the street lights dance on the bay in a romantic and mesmerizing way. And for much of the year you are treated to firework displays from time to time for which you have a front row seat. It is hard to pull yourself away from the beauty. In fact, you won’t want to leave the apartment so we have tried to make it very comfortable to just hang out in.
When I walked into this apartment for the first time 8 years ago when the elderly lady invited me in, it took my breath away. My jaw dropped with the sight of the views and I was accustomed to the views in Villefranche so for me to be this reaction was a surprise. Later I found a way to delicately say to the lady that if she ever wanted to sell, would she think of me. She told me the line was long and I could get in line! So I didn’t bring it up again but over the years we became friendly as we were neighbors (our apartment Beachfront Bliss is in the same building). Her husband had built the building so through her we learned a lot about it. One day she approached us and asked if we wanted to purchase it. She and her daughter decided that they wanted to sell it to us if we could afford it. We moved heaven and earth to make it happen. We purchased it in the late winter of 2014 and our first guest moved in the summer of 2014.
The building was largely built in the 1950’s. It was only just after the war that the road was extended to arrive to the beach. Prior to that you arrived to the beach via an upper walking path as the road ended just before the building where our apartments Le Petit Bijou and the Waterfront Penthouse are located. Because of this we attempted to do a décor that was more fitting to the era of the building — a déecor we are not very familiar with, 1950’s / 60’s mid-century modern. As I am more naturally drawn to French antiques, it wasn’t a natural for me even though I do appreciate and like a modern look. So we did a mix of mid-century modern pieces and an antique thrown in here or there, original art work and vintage original posters from the couple who sell them at the brocante in Villefranche. I always struggle with the floors when we redo an apartment. Wood doesn’t work very easily here and I didn’t want a new floor as I wanted to try and keep to the style of the building so we choose a hand made (ridiculously expensive) poured, single slab terrazzo floor in black with white marble and blue glass pieces. It was a common floor of the era. The original floor was a terrazzo floor made from terrazzo tiles but was in very bad condition.
The apartment excudes comfort. The views and the design and comfort of the furnishings make it so you don’t want to leave. Every chair is comfortable, every sofa, bed, etc. and all designed so that you can enjoy the view from every position. One of our hallmarks is our lighting. We try and make beautiful lighting to create the ambiance you want and all our lighting is on dimmers, plus we provide good reading lights where you want them. All of our beds have great reading lights, plus next to the sofa, the desks, etc.
The main room of the apartment has two large, breathtaking picture windows (south facing) that bring the entire bay in, plus a French door (east facing) leading to the terrace that brings in the views of the terrace and entire beach. The living room consists of a large sofa, from which while sitting or laying down, you can see the beautiful views unobstructed. There is also a day bed opposite the sofa that is the perfect place to curl up with a book, take a nap, and you literally feel you could roll over into the sea. In the winter, when the sun is low in the sky, it floods the entire room with sunshine most of the day. It is so nice to lay on the day bed and read a book with the sun on you while outside it is cool. Thankfully in the summer the sun is higher in the sky so doesn’t flood into the apartment nearly as much and with the sea breezes the apartment is always a very comfortable temperature. There is a an entertainment cabinet with a large TV with French and English stations as well as an Apple TV with movies. There is also a music system that can play any number of devices direct or with Wi-Fi and includes inside and outside speakers. There are French doors that open onto the terrace.
The dining table can seat 6 and from every seat you have a wonderful view. The swivel, cushioned chairs are very comfortable and the Knoll-designed table is a classic beauty. There is a period buffet filled with dishes and glasses.
The kitchen is fully equipped for someone who loves to cook including a dishwasher, microwave, gas stove top, full sized refrigerator, great knives and pots and pans, plenty of counter space and all the kitchen gadgets you could want. There is also a gas bbq on the terrace. The kitchen has a window with mirrored glass so it reflects the view of the bay while you cook away.
Bedrooms & Bathrooms
The master bedroom includes a queen sized bed with an extra thick mattress (we buy all our beds from Lit de France). Whether sitting in bed or laying down, the view of the bay unfolds in front of you completely unobstructed. There is a vintage chaise lounge that looks out to the bay where you can enjoy reading a book. There is plenty of closet and drawer space. There is an antique mirrored chest of drawers with a Murano mirror, plus lovely pieces of original art. The lighting in the master bedroom is very romantic at night (all on dimmers) and the fixtures very pretty during the day. The bathroom is ensuite to the bedroom and includes a large stall shower, lots of counter space and storage in mirrored cabinets with great lighting, a toilet and douchette. The master bedroom has French doors that open onto the terrace.
The second bedroom includes a double bed with an ensuite bathroom. The bedroom is designed a bit like an old fashioned “wagon lit” (French for sleeping cabin on a train) with lovely hand-made cabinets that surround the bed for convenient clothes storage, plus a hanging closet and a desk with a wonderful view of the bay. There is also a window looking to the back garden and the beautiful lush cliffs that surround the bay. There is plenty of storage space for clothes. The bathroom includes a wonderful Villeory & Boch soaking tub with a shower and a sink with plenty of counter space, excellent lighting, a toilet and douchette.
The terrace includes a dining table that can seat 4 to 6 plus there are lounging chairs that you can pull up to the knee wall and put your feet up and enjoy a coffee or glass of rose and watch the day or evening unfold in front of you — hard to pull yourself away and the chairs are really comfortable. There are also two sun lounging chairs plus a bbq. We have a few plants and herbs for you to enjoy as well.
You enter the apartment through the back garden. When you enter the apartment, the view immediately takes your breath away. There is a large hall closet with plenty of hanging space for coats, bags for shopping and a shopping cart. There is also a closet with the washing machine and dryer. In the living room, conveniently designed in a cupboard is an office with supplies, and excellent lighting.
You can enter the apartment from either the waterfront, in which case you walk up 3 flights of stairs that are all outside and through a garden. Or you can enter from above, on a little lane that leads from the train station into the Old Town. There is a locked gate onto this lane and when you access from here there are no stairs. This is a convenient way to come when you are bringing your suitcases or lots of groceries.
Located right on the waterfront quai of Villefranche, at the entrance to the beach, it has a great location. You are steps from all the restaurants along the quai, steps from the Old Town with all the shops (boulangerie, butcher, taiteur, green grocer, etc) and additional restaurants, a stone’s throw to the beach for swimming or walking, and just a few steps to the train station. It is super convenient. It is also very convenient to walk along the beach and continue on to the neighboring village of St. Jean Cap Ferrat or to Beaulieu sur Mer. The walk to St. Jean is along a water’s edge path that is one of the most beautiful in the world. The walk to Beaulieu also includes walking along the water’s edge plus you can walk to their lovely, daily fresh market and then take the train back if you have purchased too many things (a 2-minute train ride)!
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