The six-bedroom, five-floor seafront mansion on the market last week for €30 million (£27 million, $34 million).
Built in 1928, Villa Le Roc Fleuri sits on top of the Cap de Nice overlooking the Port de Nice and Baie des Anges. Sean Connery, famous for bringing 007 to life, bought the rock-side mansion with his second wife, the painter Michelle Roquebrune, living there throughout the 1970s and 80s.
In 1983, it was even the set of some scenes in Never Say Never Again, Connery’s last film as James Bond.
The villa’s luxury features
The property boasts 1000m2 of living space, with a further 5000m2 of newly renovated terraced gardens running down to the sea. Two guest houses, one of which is currently used as a studio, are located on the grounds.
With an indoor infinity pool, outdoor saltwater swimming pool as well as a spa and gym, it truly is the house in which you would expect to see James Bond drinking a martini.
It is located about an hour’s drive from Terre Blanche – a plot of land once owned by Connery for 20 years who hoped to turn it into a five-star golf resort.
Neighbours still call it “Sean Connery’s house”, claims Knight Frank, the listing agent which specialises in luxury property in the South of France.
Interiors and living space
Stone steps lead you into a covered outdoor reception area, with mosaic tiled at the front door and in the grand reception and entrance hall. The floor-to-ceiling windows show off the mesmerising views of the wrap-around terrace and along the Riviera’s coastline.
The master bedroom, which has two bathrooms, comprises the mansion’s entire top floor and is accessible by a private cage elevator, decorated in wrought iron flowers. Four other bedrooms span across the mansion’s six floors, three of which include a walk-in wardrobe and dressing room.
Its Art Deco decor is coupled with the natural materials of the hill, taking guests of this Belle Époque mansion back to the decade in which it was designed.
Adjoining the main villa is a two-car garage with a self-contained staff apartment above. With automatic gates set into stone towers, the villa is very private despite its main position on Cap de Nice.
A unique Bond-esque dream
Acknowledging it as “one of a kind,” Knight Frank Cap Ferrat CEO Fredrik Lilloe understands its unique quality. “There’s definitely some Bondness to it. Even some Gatsby. There’s nothing like it and very few properties anywhere with this style, this size, with as large a plateau garden as this or the flows.”