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Historic elegance at the Palais Maeterlinck on Cap de Nice

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Historic elegance at the Palais Maeterlinck on Cap de Nice

Located on France's sumptuous Côte d'Azur, the Palais Maeterlinck on the Cap de Nice is an architectural marvel that bears witness to the elegance and refinement of its era. Nestled in peaceful, enchanting surroundings in the hollow of the waves, this historic gem embodies the very essence of Belle Époque opulence and charm.

The history of the Palais Maeterlinck

Discover how the property became famous for its fascinating parties and a center of the Riviera's artistic life, attracting personalities from all over the world before being transformed into the prestigious residence we know today.

The Palais Maeterlinck: the beginning of the Grande Époque

Originally conceived as a private residence for American businessman Frank Jay Gould, the building was acquired in 1920 by the Count de Miléant, a Russian aristocrat. His ambition was to create a rival to the Monte Carlo casino, and he named the building Castellamare. However, this project was abandoned when the Palais de la Méditerranée opened in 1928, in direct competition with the casino.

The Comte de Miléant invested a considerable fortune in this venture, but in 1930, following a decision by the Nice court, the building was put up for auction. It was bought by Maurice Maeterlinck, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and husband of actress Renée Dahon, for two million Belgian francs. The property then became Villa Orlamonde, in reference to a poem from the opera "Ariane et Barbe-Bleue" by Paul Dukas and Maurice Maeterlinck. Maurice Maeterlinck continued with the project, completing the building of which only the basic structure had been completed at the time of his acquisition.

The villa, covering an area of 6,000 m², is surrounded by a four-hectare garden. Its design stands out thanks to a terrace offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean. Notable features include two basins inspired by Louis XV aesthetics, solid onyx bathtubs, coffered ceilings, artistic frescoes and a vast 200 m² hall. This residence becomes a worldly meeting point where Maurice Maeterlinck organizes sumptuous festivities, attended by celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The Palais Maeterlinck today

As a tribute to Maurice Maeterlinck, the municipality of Nice names part of the boulevard Carnot overlooking the villa "boulevard Maurice-Maeterlinck". Following the death of the owners, the heir joined forces with a property developer to transform the site into a condominium of around twenty apartments.

From 1987 onwards, a Swiss businessman, Henri-Ferdinand Lavanchy, gradually acquired the apartments and had the "Mélisande" pavilion built on an adjoining plot. This transformation transformed the property into a luxurious four-star palace, which opened its doors in 1990 under the name "Palais Maeterlinck".

In 2008, the hotel ceased operations, and in 2012 the property was purchased as a luxury residence with 18 sumptuous apartments, marketed exclusively by the real estate agency group Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty.

The dazzling architecture of the Palais Maeterlinck

The Palais Maeterlinck captivates with its opulent architecture that blends neo-Gothic and Renaissance elements. The elegant lines, delicate balustrades and sculptural details bear witness to the talent of English architect Sir Edward Lutyens, renowned for his work in designing gardens and prestigious buildings, suc as the Chateau Lérins in Mougins.

The palace's impeccable symmetry, enhanced by turrets and domes, makes it a true work of architectural art.

A Haven of Cultural Treasures

In addition to its remarkable architecture, the Palais Maeterlinck is also home to a collection of cultural treasures. Its vast gardens offer breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, creating a romantic and peaceful setting conducive to meditation.

Visitors can also admire exquisite wall frescoes and period decorative elements, reflecting the luxury and refinement that reigned at the time.

Transformation into Luxury Apartments and Exceptional Services

The sumptuous apartments that now make up the palace combine the timeless charm of the original architecture with modern amenities and state-of-the-art technology. Each apartment offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the lush gardens that surround the property.

The amenities on offer live up to the palace's grand history, with facilities including private pools, spa areas, spacious terraces and private gardens. Residents can enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in a setting that evokes past elegance while meeting contemporary needs.

The transformation of the Palais Maeterlinck into luxury residences represents a perfect fusion of the glorious past and modern comfort, creating a living experience unrivalled on the Côte d'Azur.

Top-of-the-range services for a sophisticated clientele on Cap de Nice

With its sumptuous residences overlooking the sparkling sea, Cap de Nice attracts an international clientele in search of discreet refinement. The clean lines of the architecture blend harmoniously with the natural landscape, creating a perfect symbiosis between man and nature.

The luxury apartments of Palais Maeterlinck offer breathtaking views, capturing both sunrises over the sea and blazing sunsets behind the hills.

The luxurious Palais Maeterlinck

A veritable haven of peace facing the sea, the residence is right on the water and offers privileged access to the Mediterranean. A funicular provides access to the Palais' private pontoon. What's more, the residence offers a top-of-the-range concierge service and 24-hour security, all in an ultra-secure environment.

There are large garages suitable for the finest classic or sports cars, a dazzling garden and a superb swimming pool of almost Olympic dimensions surrounded by columns, giving it a most luxurious style.

Nice's Cap de Nice district epitomizes an exceptional lifestyle, harmoniously blending luxury, elegance and a privileged geographical location. Nestled between the majestic Mediterranean and the verdant hills of the Côte d'Azur, this corner of paradise offers an incomparable living experience.

Living on the Cap de Nice

The mild Mediterranean climate means you can take full advantage of the enchanting setting all year round. Sunny days invite you to stroll along the coastal promenades, enjoy relaxing moments on the pebble beaches, and indulge in a multitude of water sports activities. Evenings, meanwhile, take on an enchanting atmosphere thanks to the renowned restaurants, chic bars and cultural events that punctuate Nice's nightlife.

The geographical location of Cap de Nice is a priceless treasure. In just a few minutes, you can be in the heart of the lively city of Nice, with its luxury boutiques, colorful markets and rich cultural heritage. What's more, proximity to other Côte d'Azur gems, such as Monaco and Cannes, makes it easy to explore prestigious destinations. Nice's Cap district embodies an exceptional lifestyle, offering a perfect blend of timeless elegance, natural beauty and modern amenities. It's a place where every moment is a celebration of Mediterranean life in all its splendor.

The Palais Maeterlinck at Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty

Côte d'Azur Sotheby's International Realty presents two exceptional apartments in this unique residence on the Cap de Nice:

A 213 sq.m duplex apartment with 3 bedrooms on the top floor of the Palais (CA8-251) 

A 175 sq.m duplex apartment with a superb 97 sq.m terrace and 2 bedrooms (CA7-881)


CA8-251 et CA7-881

The Palais Maeterlinck in Nice is much more than just a historic building. It's a living testimony to the opulence and sophistication of the Belle Époque, offering visitors a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in a bygone era.

Its remarkable architecture, cultural treasures and fascinating history make it a must-see for anyone with a passion for history, architecture and timeless beauty. A visit to the Palais Maeterlinck is an invitation to travel back in time and immerse yourself in the splendor and rich heritage of the Côte d'Azur.

Contact us today to discover these exceptional apartments, offered for sale by Peter Illovsky for the Private Desk and Camille Salat, with your own eyes.

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