Above the sea, in a beautiful landscape, Chateau La Cima grandly overlooks the Cap Ferrat and the bay of Villefranche sur Mer.
From 1949, David K.E.Bruce, then US Ambassador to France, inhabited Chateau La Cima. The Ambassador was a charismatic character and a bon viveur who liked to mingle with the “upper crust” of the French society. He was a good friend of writer Francis Scott Fitzgerald, from their days at the University of Princeton. This former resident knew how to enjoy an exceptional property on the French Riviera. Thus his crest still remains on the wall above where he used to sleep.
Facing South East, this French Riviera property for sale offers splendid panoramic views over the Bay of Villefranche sur Mer as well as the peninsula of Cap Ferrat, Eze and of Monte Carlo and the Italian Riviera in the distance.
The almost 4,000 square meters of surrounding grounds include the main garden sprinkled with decorative stone sculptures, the orchard, the vegetable garden, the ornamental pond with water fountain as well as a magnificent parterre.
The new 14 metres heated swimming pool with infinity overflow effect is tiled with mosaic and equipped with a jet stream and electrically controlled cover. A wet bar adjoins the sun-bathing area, but there is probably nothing more heavenly relaxing than enjoying the shade of the mature umbrella pines.
Sited in a natural landscape, this historical luxury real estate in Nice is surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. As an example of rich Mediterranean flora the garden is shaded by pines, walnuts, avocado and olive trees, bougainvillea, grape vines, while the orchard offers fresh oranges, mandarins, grapefruits, cherries, kiwi etc.
To reach Chateau La Cima, this luxury real estate for sale in Nice, head toward Mont Boron hill. Chateau La Cima lays in the Park of the Forêt Nationale de France, on Route Forestière. It can easily be reached by a carriage driveway which, in addition to secure garaging, offers the space to park ten or more cars. Over 11 km of paths cross the forest, studded with beautiful umbrella pines, cypress and carob trees.
At the other end of the road the traveller will find the iconic Fort du Mont Alban. The Fort was built in the 16th Century by the Duke of Savoy, Emmanuel Philibert, and overlooking Villefranche-sur-Mer to the East and Nice to the West.
7 minutes drive separate the Chateau La Cima from the beach, the Old Town of Villefranche-sur-Mer and Nice city center. Nice International Airport and Monaco are at approximately 20 minutes drive.
Chateau La Cima’s vast living spaces provide the perfect setting for entertaining on a grand scale.
A bespoke kitchen with luxurious fittings serves generous living and dining areas on the ground floor.
On the first floor lays the master suite. It features a large sitting room, a dressing room and a bathroom. It gives magnificent views over the gardens as well as out to sea. Adjacent is another elegant suite whom the wall above the bed still bears the crest of the former US Ambassador.
On the second floor an ample multi-functional room – bedroom and study – occupies the space. A circular Moustier style bathroom situated in the tower enriches it. The garden floor includes two more en-suite bedrooms, a fitness room, a wine cellar and provision for sauna or hammam.
Chateau La Cima deserves its place among the most distinguished French Riviera properties. For instance the interiors display beautiful combinations of vintage details and contemporary living solutions. The kitchen showcases the finest fixtures, while the en-suite bathrooms meet today’s highest standards.
The interior decorators integrated original features like carved stucco into the overall design. By doing so, they managed to achieve the ideal balance of strong character and modern convenience.
Recently added facilities include a fitness room with provision for sauna, a utility room, a wine cave as well as a guest house with garage.
Set in the proximity of the main entrance, the guest house includes also two beautiful en-suite bedrooms, lounge and kitchen.
Furthermore, like all the living spaces in Chateau La Cima, the guest rooms offer unobstructed views over Cap Ferrat, to Pointe Hospice and out to sea.