Luxurious Villa with Superb Views of the Aegean
In the heart of unspoiled natural surroundings, in absolute seclusion, this exclusive villa is one of the most beautiful and most interesting properties on the Halkidiki Peninsula.
Kassandra is the first peninsula of Halkidiki (or leg as called by the Greeks). The peninsula is considered to be the most developed tourist area of Halkidiki since it has very organised tourist facilities, luxury hotels and resorts with high quality services.
The basic idea of the design was to construct an extremely spacious house out of several individual structures. These structures differ not only in their special layouts that are conveyed in their roof coverings - flat roof, tiled roof or dome - but also in the texture of their façades: partly with ashlar panelling in high-quality workmanship, partly rendered with deep rills in rustic fashion and embossed window fascias.
Adapted to the hillside location of the 12,600 sq m plot, the main utilisation rooms are spread over three storeys. Thanks to the arrangement of at least three perspective axes in the layout and the use of organic shapes in the design, a lively building has been created.
The ground floor is divided into three levels. The main entrance is located on the north side of the house and on the middle floor leads into an open living room measuring 60 sqm. The alternation between ashlar and rendered surfaces lends the room a special character and blends with the exterior. A further accent is set by the free standing round columns that divide the room and mark the individual sections.
The heart of the living room - and, in fact, of the house itself - is the light-flooded "apsis" with skylights that lean inwards. The eastern arm of the niche forms an open fireplace facing the entrance area in the above-mentioned ashlar masonry technique. The special form of the layout is emphasised by the suspended ceilings with spot-lighting. The interior decoration of the house is by the Domizil Company (Basle). Here a variable armchair combination was chosen for the furnishings.
The mantelshelf is continued as a curve into the next room, the library, as the shelf of a masonry storage system. Two steps with mosaic give access to the higher level of the library. Its north side is occupied with book shelves and cupboards; one has a splendid view to the south from the desk. The library ends in a recessed niche where a couch offers comfortable hours of reading.
With wide French windows the living room opens onto a spacious terrace covered with a timber construction. The terrace is completely tiled as an extension of the living room and offers a wind-shielded area, sunny in winter, shady in summer, with a breathtaking view of the swimming pool and the sea with the Dodecanese group of islands in the background.
Two broad wooden steps running at right angles on both sides of am impressive round column lead from the living room to the lower level with dining room and kitchen. The perfectly equipped kitchen has custom-built fitted cupboards and an island (cupboards made of solid wood, working surfaces of granite).
Dining room and kitchen have a ceiling with continuous timber beams. The aesthetics of a villa rustica can also be found in the covered dining area on the patio in front of the kitchen, where flat transverse arches are suspended between stone columns.
A utility area and a WC with separate anteroom adjoin the kitchen which also has a staircase leading to the lower floor. This area also optically separates the kitchen from the main entrance.
The staircase immediately next to the entrance leads to the upper floor. The staircase has wooden steps and its form is reminiscent of a shell. It is very comfortable to climb, with a landing that offers sufficient space to exhibit an object of special interest.
The staircase leads into a hallway that through a larger opening resembles a gallery to the lower floor and allows an immediate connection between the two storeys.
On the upper floor are the private rooms of the owners and an office.
The office is on the southern side of the hallway. The room has three windows and its own 25 sqm terrace that is spanned by a wooden pergola.
On the other side of the hallway, one can through a wide sliding door into the spaciously designed master suite with its own separate dressing room.
The head of the bedroom is an "apsis" with slender windows and skylights with blue-tinted glass. A barrel vault (crown height 4.44 m) towers above the airy room that merges into a conch.
Wide French doors open the room out onto a spacious terrace with magical panoramic views.
A step leads to a corridor between bedroom and bathroom. The corridor also serves as a cloakroom, where a chest of drawers and a large cupboard stand on one side. The other side shows a masonry-built shelving system in maritime style.
The interior of the adjoining bathroom is in shades of bright blue in combination with wood. On the north side is a spacious open shower, on the southern side a tiled bench with two oval washbasins and floor cupboards with wooden lattice doors. Both sides have windows.
With diagonally positioned areas, the room leads into a three-quarter circle that accommodates a circular Jacuzzi bathtub for two persons. The circle is spanned by a dome in which small ventilation apertures are recessed in oriental tradition, just like above the bedroom.
The rounded wall encompassing the bath is interrupted by five windows so that one can enjoy the view of the whole south coast of Cassandra while bathing, a spectacle particularly impressive at night.
On the topic of relaxation and wellbeing, the villa has even more highlights to offer...
Concentric circular shapes dominate in the layout of the basement. Here an unusual wellness zone is fitted out in exquisite style: with a circular Turkish steam bath in the centre, a sauna, a shower room (also with a cold shower) and a spacious changing room.
The large uniform room (62.65 sqm) preceding the wellness zone is a professionally fitted fitness studio with the state-of-the-art gymnastic equipment, punching sacks etc.
Thanks to a high-set row of windows on the east and south side, the room is pleasantly light without a dazzling effect. The other half of the room is hung with mirrors.
The fitness studio has its own exit to the garden and leads to a heated outdoor jacuzzi (2.30 x 2.30 m) with superb views of the sea and the mountain scenery. The swimming pool is also located close by.
Fitness and wellness areas can, of course, also be accessed from inside the villa. In the hallway preceding the fitness studio, a comfortable daybed provides an inviting place for resting.
Beyond an anteroom with built-in cupboard there is a large WC with beautiful turquoise blue and emerald green tiles.
In addition, the hallway includes a self-contained guest apartment with two bedrooms with double bed, a guest bathroom and a spacious live-in kitchen.
In the basement one can also find some auxiliary rooms. Apart from the guest bathroom, there is a laundry; behind the fitness studio the boiler room is located with separate chamber for the oil tanks.
Several auxiliary rooms can be found on a fourth, even lower floor. There is, in fact, another cellar under the western half of the villa.
The cellar includes a large larder with deep-freeze, a room with a water supply in which the water pumps are installed, and a very large room divided by two columns, which is used as a wine cellar, workshop and storeroom.
All rooms are tiled and fitted with shelves. The large room has rustic rendering; the openings between the columns are spanned by segmental arches.
Several smaller storage rooms are skilfully arranged around the house, under staircases and terraces. The northern garden wall, to which a covered parking space is adjoined, is made of natural stone.
The swimming pool (max. length 14.20 m, width 6.60 m) is surrounded by a tiled terrace area of approx. 350 sqm with diverse outdoor seating arrangements. The pool is constructed with a surrounding underground service gallery.
The arcades below the pool terrace belong to a covered banqueting area (approx. 50 sqm), featuring a bar, a wide BBQ section, sink and a utility room.
To the west of the villa a railway car has been converted and fitted out to provide a comfortable extra guest house or for a caretaker.
The exiting, beautifully landscaped gardens are ornamented with unique objects of art and cult: figures created by a local sculptor: mediaeval fable characters, Buddha statues, a warrior of the Terracotta Army, a cow from the cow parade, even a dinosaur.
Everything the heart desires and the asking price is 20% lower than a recent valuation by the leading real estate group in Europe, Engel and Volkers.
Please phone me, Peter Stone +61 413 111 621 to arrange an inspection of this superb property.