Once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase the country estate built for Helena Rubinstein, one of the 20th century's most fascinating business women.
The Villa and Estate 'Maison Blanche' comprises five separate dwellings with the main house offering stunning views across the lush valley in the hills beyond Cannes.
The villa is beautiful, distinguished and luxurious, without the slightest touch of excess. The facade shows simplicity and is characterised by purity of line.
Ms Rubinstein's former villa is surrounded by Florentine cypresses and lies in full sunshine, the bright light that stirs up the scent of roses.
Constructed at the beginning of the 1950's by Louis Süe with more recent design and decoration by interior designer, Bert Quadvlieg. The beautiful grounds were lovingly supervised by the legendary architecte paysagiste, Jean Mus.
There is also a production ofbeautiful organic olive oil on the estate.
Enclosed by fencing, the Canal de la Siagne. and stone walls, the park features a pond and many old, regional trees. A heated outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a terrace and shrubbery, is located in the west corner of the park. A 6-car garage, is situated in the eastern section of the park under the Caretaker's House.
La Maison Blanche offers a total surface area of 600m2 , featuring five bedrooms and five bathrooms , the Maison des Amis 115m2 two bedrooms, two bathrooms, the Caretaker's House 70m2 one bedroom one bathroom , Maison Lupatelli 100m2 three bedrooms and three bathrooms and Maison de l'Artistes 110m2 one bedroom one bathroom , in all a living area of about 1000m2 with 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms on a plot of 31523m2.
Grasse, just 15 km away from Cannes with its fine sandy beaches and exclusive marina. Nice lies to the east, just 30 km from the town centre and acts as a gateway airport with daily direct flights to an extensive number of European capital cities. Thanks to its relatively high elevation, between 300 and 400 metres above sea level, its Mediterranean climate is very pleasant and the summer heat is never unbearable.
The historic town centre is exceptionally beautiful and interesting. Most of the houses that line the narrow streets date back to the 17th and 18th century. There are also many Romanesque and medieval sights which give the town its unique atmosphere. In the 16th century the renowned French perfume industry was centred in Grasse. This gave the town great prosperity and fame, particularly from the 18th century onwards. The numerous beautiful gardens in the residential neighbourhoods remind us of this glorious past.
This is a unique, stunning and distinguished property in a superb location with a mountain backdrop, stunning sea views, yet still with easy access to Cannes as well as Nice International Airport.