New kids on the block

Monaco is a Mediter­ranean idyll to the rich and fa­mous as well as lovers of high-speed rac­ing. As the Prin­ci­pal­ity con­tains some truly cov­etable prop­er­ties, its new-builds are among the finest. Eleanor Doughty picks three to in­spire

Country Life Every Week - - Monaco -

IN the heart of Monte Carlo, this two-bed­room loft-style home has panoramic views over the har­bour, the sea and the palace of the Prin­ci­pal­ity.

It’s also mere steps away from the Hô­tel de Paris, the Casino and the spa Les Ther­mes Marins, with its salt­wa­ter swim­ming pool.

In­side the apart­ment, one can dine over­look­ing three dif­fer­ent as­pects, giv­ing the im­pres­sion of be­ing on board an ocean liner, so say the par­tic­u­lars. There are two am­ply sized bed­rooms—one with a har­bour view and ad­join­ing bath­room, the other with a view of the town. A third room could be used as ei­ther an of­fice or an ex­tra bed­room on week­ends when you’d like to en­ter­tain a few more friends. 98000 Monaco, Christies, 22.5 mil­lion (020–3824 1951)

Bring back the Belle Epoque For a unique restora­tion project, look no fur­ther. With the sale of this four-storey, four-bed­room Monte Carlo villa, you get plan­ning per­mis­sion. How­ever, it’s not any old re­furb project: this would be the trans­for­ma­tion of a Belle Epoque-style, late-19th-cen­tury villa into a state-of-the-art six-storey, six-bed­room palace. A pro­posed de­sign by Mor­pheus opens up the build­ing, fo­cus­ing each floor on the south-fac­ing win­dows with their sea views and max­imis­ing light. 4, Rue des Giroflees, Knight Frank, POA (020–7861 1553)

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