Two apartments plus a staff flat for sale together in a 15th-century historical villa in Florence. Gardens and fantastic views over the city. Furniture is included in the selling price.
Florence Apartments in a historical villa
Luxury apartments in a 15th-century ancient villa on the hills north of Florence, with a wonderful view of the historic city centre.
The two units (540 and 150 square metres) are completely separate: the larger one has been completely rebuilt, with magnificent original finishes perfectly preserved, while the smaller one requires reworking.
The Italian garden (3,500 sqm) is a private property with autonomous access and provides an unrivalled perspective of Florence, highlighted by Brunelleschi’s dome.
Basic services are accessible at the bottom of the hill (2km) and may be reached in less than five minutes by automobile.
The historic city centre of Florence is a little further distant (approximately 5 kilometres to the Viali di Circonvallazione) but only takes about 15 minutes to get to.
The well-connected Florence airport, which is just a 10-minute drive away, is especially convenient.
The property comprises of two contiguous but completely independent apartments on the villa’s ground floor, facing the Italian garden.
The main apartment has a surface area of 500 square metres / 5,380 square feet with 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms) has been completely refurbished.
The parquet-floored double reception hall overlooks the garden and includes a living space with an 18th-century fireplace, a library, and a movie nook.
The big eat-in kitchen, dining area, and office space all view the garden after passing via an impressive marble-floored gallery.
The sleeping section at the far end of the level comprises of five huge double bedrooms, all with private bathrooms tiled and equipped with Florentine Riccardo Barthel design items.
The outdoor loggia overlooking the garden (70 sqm – 753 sqft) is ideal for relaxation or outdoors dining
A cosy caretaker’s apartment (40 sqm – 430 sqft) is also located at the rear of the apartment and consists of a living space with a kitchenette, bedroom, small walk-in wardrobe, and bathroom.
The unit (which includes independent heating) can be accessible by a secondary door at the rear of the villa or immediately from the main apartment via an internal door, making it very convenient for service employees.
The guest apartment (150 sqm – 1,614 sqft) lies on the opposite side of the condominium entrance and has four huge rooms with highly frescoed 4 m ceilings.
The unit requires total renovation and may thus be tailored to the new owners’ preferences.
The apartment can also be accessed from the garden via a door in the villa’s main façade.
The home also features an exceptional cellar (60 sqm – 646 sqft) in the basement, which consists of a large room with storage.
The larger room in the cellar is windowed and has a fireplace, so it could easily be used as a tavern or games area.
The villa was built in the 15th century and passed from hand to hand until it came to the Pasquali family in 1713, who commissioned Alfonso Parigi to renovate it (the same architect had already overseen the extension of Boboli).
The villa was purchased in the nineteenth century by Jérôme Bonaparte (King of Westphalia and last brother of the well-known Napoléon I of France), who handed it to his daughter Mathilde and her husband Anatoly Demidov, who gave it its final and current form.
The building was purchased in 1908 by the Barons Ritter de Zahony, who invested significantly in its restoration.
Among the notable guests who stayed at or visited the villa were French statesman and historian Adolphe Thiers and American novelist Mark Twain.
The Italian garden (2,400 sqm – 0.6 acre) is elevated above the English-style park, which then surrounds the home.
The balustrade that encircles the garden is ornamented with fine 18th-century statues and echoes the terrace on the main floor of the villa in its lines.
The garden’s geometrically designed but sinuous and intricate boxwood hedges represent the French sense of elegance and frame a marble basin in the centre.
Below the garden is a charming park with 18th-century statues, a pond, and a plethora of flora and shrubs (buckeye, strawberry trees, Arizona cypresses, Tuscan cypresses, gingko biloba, laurels, pines, planes, holly oaks, English oaks, red oaks, redwoods, elms, laurestine…).
A gravel courtyard with hedges and beautiful plants (1,100 sqm – 0.3 acre) to the side of the garden is entered through a private entrance located on the side of the garden and locked by a gate.
This makes the ground floor of the villa very convenient by offering a separate entry from the other apartment owners (it is still feasible to access the back of the house and enter the two apartments from the condominium foyer).
- TYPE: Apartments in a historical villa
- CONDITION: Main apt restored, luxury finishes.
- LOCATION: Hilly, very panoramic
- ACCESS: Excellent, paved road with a private entrance
- MUNICIPALITY: Florence
- PROVINCE: Florence
- REGION: Tuscany
- INTERIORS: 750 square metres (8,070 square feet)
- TOTAL ROOMS: 17
- BEDROOMS: 6 (up to 8)
- BATHROOMS: 6 (up to 8)
- ANNEXES: No
- MAIN FEATURES: Parquet flooring, original marble fireplaces, marble flooring, frescoed ceilings, mouldings, loggia, monumental foyer, Italian garden, fountain, balustrade with 18th-century statues, keeper’s apartment, furniture included in the selling price, independent entrance gate
- EXTERIORS: 3,500 square meters (0.9 acres)
- GARDEN: Yes, Italian style
- SWIMMING POOL: No
- ELECTRICITY: Already connected
- WATER SUPPLY: Mains water
- TELEPHONE: Already connected
- ADSL: Yes
- GAS: Natural gas
- HEATING SYSTEM: Radiators
- CLOSEST CITIES AND TOWNS Closest services (2km; 5’), historical center of Firenze (5km; 10’), Fiesole (10km; 20’), Bagno a Ripoli (14km; 40’), Greve in Chianti (45km; 1h), Castellina in Chianti (56km; 1h), San Gimignano (68km; 1h 10’), Siena (90km; 1h 25’), Lucca (74km; 1h), Pisa (97km; 1h 15’), Forte dei Marmi (105km; 1h 15’), Montepulciano (128km; 1h 40’), Montalcino (124km; 1h 55’)
- CLOSEST AIRPORTS Firenze A. Vespucci (6km; 10’), Pisa G. Galilei (85km; 1h), Bologna G. Marconi (100km; 1h 30’), Perugia San Francesco (177km; 2h), Roma Ciampino (305km; 3h 20’), Roma Fiumicino (320km; 3h 10’)
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