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Villa Granada : Belle Epoque jewel on the Pointe de la Croisette

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Villa Granada : Belle Epoque jewel on the Pointe de la Croisette

Villa Granada, formerly known as Villa Madrid, is an exceptional residence built in the 19th century, around 1875. Ideally located at the junction between two sought-after areas, the Pointe de la Croisette and Basse Californie, and 500m from the Palm Beach in Cannes, it is a perfect example of Belle Epoque architecture on the French Riviera.

Among its successive owners, we will name André Capron, who lived there from 1895 to 1929.

André Capron, emblematic figure of Cannes

Parisian by birth, it is in Cannes that André Capron will distinguish himself in the political life: elected municipal councilor of Cannes in May 1892, he will become mayor in January 1902, will be elected general councilor in July 1902, then will become deputy of the Alpes Maritimes in 1928.

In June 1890, he married in Cannes Adela Von Weisweiller, widow of a German financier and daughter of Baron Daniel Weisweiller, financier and representative of the Rothschild bank in Madrid.

Today, in tribute to the influential politician, remain street, college and other monument in the heart of several municipalities of the Alpes Maritimes.

Social life and pomp of the early twentieth century in Cannes

To the original villa, André Capron and his wife will have two wings added and a small theater where plays and recited poems were performed.

The large living room gave access to an elegant winter garden, decorated with exotic plants and housing the cages of parrots.

In the salons of the villa, decorated with tapestries more fabulous than the others, Madame Capron regularly organized, in winter, balls. The couple received hundreds of people and Madame Capron, a polyglot, welcomed all the foreign high society.

The garden of the property was quite extraordinary - extending from the avenue Maréchal-Juin to the boulevard Alexandre III, wooded in places and benefiting from a charming stream.

When the couple died, the park was subdivided and the Villa Madrid was put up for sale in 1932. In 1941, the villa was divided into three parts and its west wing - which housed the theater and dressing rooms - became the Villa Granada.

The Villa Granada today

Decorated with splendor, Villa Granada is an example of the harmony between interior and exterior architecture. Its facades embellished with turrets and lined with carved garland cornices give the building a worked and opulent signature. Its interior is not to be outdone.

Floral wallpapers, hangings, painted ceilings, worked parquet floors, moldings and gilding decorate each room in a classic and colorful style.


The furniture, partly custom-made, brings pomp and luxury to each room with a selection of Belle Epoque style fabrics and shapes that resonate perfectly between the golden mirrors and the omnipresent chandeliers.

Filled with authentic decorative elements, the villa also relies on the presence of lush vegetation in the living areas. A green touch that brings the outside inside for an immediate effect of opulence while recalling the plant motifs of the wallpapers.

Its French garden offers calm and serenity around a large pool with pool house and summer kitchen. Embellished with numerous fountains and sculptures in white stone, the garden is decorated with a luxuriant vegetation of palm trees and flowering trees.

The bougainvillea that runs along the balustrades of the villa contrasts with the blue of the swimming pool and the garden furniture that borders it and sets the tone of the colorful and shimmering interior of the house.

A perfect example of Belle Epoque properties in Cannes and on the Côte d'Azur, Villa Granada offers style and history in the heart of one of Cannes' most sought-after neighborhoods. Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty, your expert in luxury real estate and Belle Epoque properties on the French Riviera offers Villa Granada for sale.

To learn more and schedule a visit, contact the real estate agency in Cannes at 74 Boulevard de la Croisette or at:

Pointe de la Croisette and Basse Californie, sought-after areas

Known throughout the world thanks to the Palais des Festivals, whose famous red-clad steps host the Cannes Film Festival every year, the Croisette is also home to major five-star hotels and luxury brands. Around it are articulated prestigious neighborhoods where we find among the most beautiful examples of real estate on the French Riviera, the Pointe de la Croisette and Basse Californie are part of it.

La Pointe de la Croisette

A highly sought-after residential neighborhood in Cannes at the end of Boulevard de la Croisette, it forms a peninsula facing the Lerins Islands.

Gateway to the Mediterranean and the islands from Cannes, the Pointe de la Croisette has 3 ports: the Port Canto, the Port du Mouré Rouge, and the Port Pointe Croisette. It is from there that the regattas organized by the Yacht Club of Cannes start.

Lively area in season, its private beaches bring celebrities from all over the world and its stadium hosts every year the Longines Global Champions Tour of Cannes, equestrian championship of world scale.

This area is also nicknamed "Palm Beach", in response to the name of the Palm Beach Casino, built in 1929 in the Art Deco style, which contributed to the reputation of the area. Now under renovation, the Casino was used as a set for the 1962 film "Melody in the basement" with Jean Gabin and Alain Delon.

Now undergoing renovation, the Palm Beach is being transformed into an upscale multi-purpose complex with a surface area of over 23,000 m². It will include a conference and event hall, boutiques and restaurants with recognizable names such as La Petite Maison, a true culinary institution in Nice.

The project also includes the restoration of the mythical saltwater swimming pool and the creation of a private beach, all within a structure that will respect the original Hispano-Moorish architectural style while bringing the contemporary look for which the architects in charge of the project, Caprini & Pellerin, are known.

La Basse Californie

A sector where the most luxurious properties in Cannes rub shoulders, Basse Californie is a residential haven of peace while remaining very close to the beaches of Palm Beach or the Croisette and the shops of Rue d'Antibes.

The gateway to California, also known as the Hill of the Billionaires, these two neighborhoods are built around exceptional Belle Époque villas such as La Favorite. A true value in terms of luxury real estate in Cannes, Basse Californie combines prestige and proximity to the city.

To realize your next real estate project, whether it is an apartment with sea view or a Belle Epoque villa, call on the experts of the California area at Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty on the Croisette via +33 (0)4 92 92 12 88.


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