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Aix-en-provence
€763,200
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  • 5 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • 7 habitable rooms
  • 190 square meters of living space
Property description
30 minutes from Aix-en-Provence and Verdon, a traditional Bastide house in a dominant position - ref 906512
This Bastide house widely dominates a traditional Provencal village, with its houses displaying their warms hues, its cool-running river, its many fountains as well as its languid cafés and restaurants along the main street, lined with age-old plane trees. Perched on a rocky barrier acting as setting for the village, it has a 180° view stretching into the distance over the foothills of Mount Sainte-Victoire, much appreciated and immortalised by French painter Cézanne.
This property is the highest in the village and consequently, at the end of the garden, shares a perimeter wall with the old castle, now in ruins, and stands very near to a 12th century chapel dominating the valley. It is therefore completely private and free of all nuisances.
Wrought iron gates, flanked by tall stone pillars, open on to a drive leading to the house. The building’s entire south facade and west gable feature windows as well as French windows letting in copious amounts of light and providing an unobstructed view over the valley from all the living rooms.
A large, L-shaped terrace runs the length of the south facade and the west gable, leading to an infinity swimming pool and its deck dominated by a pergola, nestling in the vegetation.
Beyond the swimming pool, a pool-house, with a barbecue area, houses a self-contained studio flat.
The terraced land is laid out in tiers which adjoin the rocky barrier at the foot of which are shelters under the rock, including one which has long been converted into a basic artist’s studio, with a clear view over the village and Mount Sainte-Victoire. Another shelter has a room, with a tank for recovering water seeping through the vault, and adjoins the ruin of what could have been an old sheepfold.
A vaulted wine cellar nestles half-way down the land.
And lastly, a larger cave and a final terraced area, planted with olive trees, completes the property.

The traditional Bastide house

This house, surrounded by terraces, is in a dominant position, with an outstanding view over the village and Mount Sainte-Victoire.
It also includes a self-contained studio flat.
It is enhanced with an infinity swimming pool.
The 3,233 m² of land comprises a flat section and a terraced area, planted with olive trees as well as large succulent plants and reinforced by the stone walls so typical of Provencal gardens. There are also shelters under the rock and caves.
This property has two garages, an artist’s studio and three caves.

Swimming pool

A 7.5x5 m, infinity swimming pool, with its deck out of sight of onlookers, enhances the west side of the Bastide house. It faces south.

Pool-house

This pool-house also includes a 20 m² studio flat for visitors. It comprises an entrance hall, a shower room with a toilet and a bedroom. A patio and an area reserved for barbecues complete the pool-house.

Pergola

A pergola and a shady terrace have been laid out next to the swimming pool.

Garden

The grounds are composed of a flat section and a terraced area, the latter generously planted with olive trees as well as large succulent plants and dotted with the stone walls typical of Provence. A path, winding its way between the terracing, keeps a close watch on a vaulted wine cellar, completely hewn in the rock, followed a little further on by a series of caves and shelters under the rock, one of which has long been converted into an artist’s studio, spanning approx. 20 m², with an opening and a panoramic view over the valley. A ruin, which could once have been a sheepfold, is concealed by vegetation. The path comes to an end directly under the wall of the neighbouring ruined castle.

Alleyways

The terracing is dotted with old flights of stone steps, leading to alleyways, shaded by typically Mediterranean vegetation.

Artist's studio

Once a shelter under the rock, this old artist’s studio was no doubt converted in the 18th or 19th century. Spanning approx. 20 m² and enhanced with an unobstructed panoramic view, it is surrounded by large succulent plants.

Garages

This property has two garages. One of them is hewn out of the rock, the other is a traditional construction. They stand at the entrance to the property, next to the entrance gates.

Caves and cellars

This property also includes three vaulted caves/cellars. One is set in the terracing, the other two are under the main terrace.



Our opinion
In addition to its ease of access via miscellaneous communication routes, one of the major assets of this property is its dominant position with a 180° view looking down over the valley, the village and Mount Sainte-Victoire, as well as its southern aspect. This unobstructed view bestows the property with a feeling of well-being and privacy which can but appeal to potential buyers.
The authenticity of its setting, with its outstanding caves, cellars and shelters under the rock as well as its terracing dotted with olive trees and luxuriant succulent plants, is one of the most sought-after characteristics of this legendary land.
Aix-en-Provence, France
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