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Living History and Luxury in a Belle Époque Residence in Grasse


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Living History and Luxury in a Belle Époque Residence in Grasse

A haven of peace in the heart of the perfume city

Located just a few steps from the historic center of Grasse, Villa La Rivolte is a unique Belle Époque property from the 19th century that offers an idyllic living environment, steeped in history and refinement. Former home of the illustrious writer Ivan Bunin, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, this exceptional villa exudes the very essence of literary inspiration and invites you to experience an extraordinary life.

Grasse: World Capital of Perfume

Grasse, often referred to as the world capital of perfume, is a charming town located in the hinterland of Cannes. Renowned for its perfume factories, pleasant climate, and picturesque landscapes, Grasse has been the beating heart of the perfume industry for centuries, attracting visitors from around the world eager to discover its olfactory secrets. Strolling through its narrow streets, visiting its museums and botanical gardens will immerse you in a unique atmosphere where tradition and modernity meet.

Ivan Bunin: The Russian Soul in the Heart of Grasse

An Author Immersed in Nature and Nobility

Ivan Bunin, the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1933, was born in 1870 in Voronezh, to a noble yet poor family. Deeply influenced by the nature of his childhood, he quickly distinguished himself with his talents as a poet and translator, receiving the Pushkin Prize in 1901. Sharing aesthetic affinities with great names such as Chekhov and Tolstoy, Bunin established a reputation as a distinguished prose writer. Opposed to the revolution, he first found refuge in Paris in 1920, and then in Grasse in 1923.

The Enchantment of Grasse and Its Inspirations

Charmed by the altitude, fragrant air, and lively old town, Bunin discovered in Grasse a peaceful haven conducive to literary creation. He first settled in the villa "Mont-Fleuri," later renamed "La Rivolte," and then in the villa "Belvédère." In 1939, he chose the villa "Jeannette," made available to him by an English couple, the Pooles, despite its proximity to the Kommandantur. This did not prevent him from sheltering Jews during the war. In Grasse, he wrote "The Life of Arseniev" and learned of his Nobel Prize while at the cinema.


A Discreet Life punctuated by Artistic Exchanges

Bunin preferred tranquility and mingled little with the people of Grasse, contenting himself with rare outings. However, he was sometimes seen in Antibes on the "Bel-Ami," Maupassant's last boat. At home, he received numerous writers and artists, such as Rachmaninoff, Chaliapin, Nina Berberova, and André Gide, with whom he shared a passion for chess.

An Enduring Artistic Legacy

The famous Russian sculptor Andrei Kovalshuk, winner of the French Renaissance Prize in Russia, offered the City of Grasse a statue of Ivan Bunin. Inaugurated on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the garden of Villa Saint-Hilaire, this two-meter statue is a lasting tribute to this illustrious writer. The inauguration ceremony was attended by His Excellency Mr. Alexandre Orlov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to France, and Mr. Andrei Kovalshuk, President of the Union of Painters of the Russian Federation.

A Breathtaking Panoramic View

Benefiting from a privileged and dominant position, the property offers a stunning panoramic view of the sea, adding a touch of magic to this exceptional place. This breathtaking view will accompany you daily, offering an unforgettable spectacle at every moment. Immediately in front of the villa, a large terrace allows you to enjoy this spectacular view, with tables and chairs for cocktails and outdoor dinners.

"Sitting in a dilapidated wicker armchair, I watched the misty light rise from the mountains beyond Nice... What a heavenly region... and how many years I've been able to see it, to smell it. Yes, I live in Paradise. I can't get used to such days, such panoramas." - Ivan Bunin

Sumptuous and Refined Living Space

Villa La Rivolte features eight spacious Provencal-style bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The two light-filled lounges invite relaxation and convivial moments. The large kitchen/dining room with an open fireplace is ideal for gourmets. The outdoor terrace, equipped with a dining area and barbecue space, completes this sumptuous setting with a pétanque court for leisure moments.

Lush Garden and Pool for Unforgettable Moments

The lush garden, a true green setting, houses a large 12.5-meter swimming pool, heated upon request, ideal for refreshing and relaxing with family or friends. Surrounded by exotic plants and trees such as Mexican agaves, a huge cedar of Lebanon, palm trees, pine trees, fig trees, cypresses, mimosas, oleanders, roses, and 60 century-old olive trees, this oasis of serenity will transport you to a peaceful and enchanting universe, which also has a well. The pool terrace also houses a sauna for moments of absolute relaxation.

An Ideal Location to Explore the French Riviera

Villa La Rivolte is the ideal starting point to explore the French Riviera. The cities of Nice, Cannes, and Antibes are a short drive away, while Saint-Tropez and Monaco are easily accessible for a day trip. Activities abound in the region, from golfing to paragliding, hiking, sailing, and even creating your own perfume.

An Exceptional Property Offered by Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty

This luxurious period villa is offered to you by Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty, your luxury real estate expert in the hinterland of Cannes. Our team of professionals will accompany you in your acquisition project and offer you a tailor-made service meeting all your requirements.

Contact us today for a visit

Don't wait any longer to discover this exceptional property and experience a unique life at the heart of the French Riviera. Contact us today for a visit and let yourself be charmed by this Belle Époque residence steeped in history and refinement.

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