This summer, I finally read Tender Is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald's tale of the glamorous, sun-soaked escapades of wealthy Americans in the French Riviera. It's not lighthearted, but I've been fantasizing about a Mediterranean escape ever since, especially when I saw that this 8,600-square-foot villa in Cap d'Antibes — where the author himself once supposedly stayed — is now for sale. Join me as I imagine a summer of sunshine, salade niçoise every day and ocean-view cocktails every night.
The warm stucco walls and shutters of the 19th century villa reflect the sun-and-sea hues of the Côte d'Azur. Lush gardens continue on the rooftop terraces, and there's even an outdoor pool.
Pillow-lined sofas on the terrace are the perfect perch to watch the sun set over the bay. The only thing missing is a glass of wine!
When you need some shade, brush up on your French in the opulent, high-ceilinged study. I love the unexpected tufted white armchair in the otherwise traditional room.
Though the villa is historic, a recent renovation updated the seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom property with a modern wine cellar, sauna, projection facilities and on-trend decor like this turquoise paint.
For more information on the house, contact Sotheby's International Realty. Price is available upon request.
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