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For sale: a James Bond penthouse in Vence

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These are those gems that make our profession extra fun; a James Bond-style penthouse with unobstructed views and a fast private elevator to the top. The building itself wouldn’t look out of place in a movie; cascading with terraces and on top of that spectacular penthouse with a view, you can’t get enough of. You drive unobtrusively along the winding road from the sea to the hinterland of Vence. Towards the medieval center, the road suddenly bends to the right, back to the green with the famous Baou mountain in the distance. Then turn up the driveway of a spectacular building and open the garage door with the remote control. As a privileged resident, you have no less than 3 parking spaces under the building and you are the only resident to have the badge of the secret lift.

For sale: a James Bond penthouse in Vence

For sale: a James Bond penthouse in Vence

Nobody knows where the elevator is because it is hidden behind an inconspicuous door. But once inside the elevator, your home starts. You can decorate the lift in any style you want, creating a smooth transition when the doors open.

Once on the top floor, the elevator doors slide open and you look at your favorite wall art. On the left are the sleeping quarters of which the Master bedroom has access to the large terrace. Turn right from your private elevator into the large lounge and living room with an open kitchen. The glass wall shows a beautiful view, unobstructed over the valley. On the immense roof terrace of 154 meters, you can enjoy absolute privacy and a lovely swimming pool (optional).

Life here is as picturesque as the traces left by great artists such as Henri Matisse and Chagall. In Vence, you can further refine art as a bon vivant in the South of France. After all, in Vence, you will find not only picturesque streets where you can stroll endlessly but also many picturesque restaurants and squares that are inviting. Vence is also known for its many cyclists; the Col de Vence is a great challenge for many.

For sale: a James Bond penthouse in Vence

Whoever buys a home in Vence, or in this case a great penthouse, is assured of a charming environment and a population known as ‘amicable’. In Vence, you will not easily encounter a golden Lamborghini. Vence is the domain of the people who are looking for that typical southern French feeling. With many Provencal villas, the sound of thousands of cigales, and the scent of lavender. You sometimes think that you are in Provence, but this is really the Cote d’Azur. Living like a God in France is well reflected in Vence.

Vence is located in the triangle Nice, Cannes, Monaco, and close to Grasse, Cagnes Sur Mer, and Antibes. What not many people know is that from Vence, you can be in the snow in just 45 minutes! The unknown ski area Greolières is located in the hinterland with ten ski slopes. Nice enough for a day of skiing with a delicious pizza or cheese fondue on the slopes in the sun. That is also the great thing about Vence; the village with 16,000 inhabitants is at an altitude of 325 meters and above all has a Provencal character. Neighboring Saint Paul de Vence 4 km away is a tourist highlight for many, given the many coaches full of tourists who all come to the city wall. Dozens of galleries and restaurants create a real holiday mood here.

But in Vence, life seems to be mainly about strolling; eating ice cream in the village square, and buying fresh fruit at the local market. The perfect undercover location. Those who like to live luxuriously and unobtrusively will feel at home here. But above all, it is especially relaxing in Vence, especially when you come back from a secret mission.

For sale: a James Bond penthouse in Vence

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Ab Kuijer

Experienced communicator and marketeer. Former radio, TV and advertising producer in Amsterdam. Author of ‘Think Small, Grow Big’ that explains why advertising is dead. Owner of an international marketing agency specialised in real estate. Lives in the South of France since 2006 for obvious reasons: sun, sea, wine and healthy food. Became on the Cote d'Azur the first Dutch President of the British Chamber of Commerce, later rebranded the Riviera Business Club. Happily married to Jojo. Ab reads and writes 2000 words per day about different topics.Living on the Côte d'Azur is the first real estate portal with a personal service. A daily fresh collection of more than 1400 high-value luxury properties and new construction projects along the French Riviera; from Menton to Saint Tropez. Clients recommend us for being responsive, professional, honest and accurate.With local multi-lingual teams, Living on the Côte d'Azur provides a 'Good old Dutch' Service for foreign buyers, helping them on the journey from a long-list selection towards visiting the short-list. We explain how French real estate law works, and guide the buyers through the impressive French paperwork and are finally present at the notary for the final deed.