A Scottish expat, Sir Sean Connery lived in Spain for many years before moving to this villa in the South of France. Nestled upon a hillside, the luxury home sits on the Cap de Nice, overlooking the city of Nice and the Mediterranean Sea. The property is widely considered one of the most beautiful spots in the region. And this elegant piece of celebrity real estate is now on the market with an asking price of $33.87 million. (Image Credit: Knight-Frank)
Connery. Sean Connery.
Sean Connery is synonymous with James Bond. In the role he himself made iconic, the star perfectly embodied the smart, handsome, refined, and debonair spy. However, though instantly recognized for 007, Sean Connery went far beyond Bond. Aside from winning an Academy Award for The Untouchables, he also earned three Golden Globes and Kennedy Center Honors for an acting career that spanned over 50 years.
At the time of his move to Nice, Sean Connery had achieved significant Hollywood success. In fact, the star even turned down roles that would have paid up to $450 million for just one film. Yet, in 1971, he insisted retirement suited him and he was done with acting, going so far as to suggest he would never return to the screen. However, when asked in 1983 to star in yet another James Bond film based on Ian Flemming’s novel Thunderball, he could not resist! Inevitably, he agreed to do the movie. And it was his wife, Micheline Roquebrune who named the film Never Say Never Again, a nod to the actor’s claim that he would never return to the character.
Never Say Never Again was filmed in Nice and nearby Monaco. Adding a touch of reality to the film, the star’s own luxury home appeared in the movie.
An Elegant South of France Villa
Sited on over one acre, the main stone mansion, styled in the classic French architecture of the 1920s, exudes romance. Dressed in colorful wisteria vines, the five-level home hovers above the waters of the Mediterranean. Within, the entrance opens to the grand hall, abundant with sunshine from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The main level also houses a family room, bonus room and a kitchenette currently serving as an office. The dining room and main kitchen, located on the lower floor, open to a garden terrace. Common living areas also include a fitness complex with gym, hammam and a large indoor swimming pool that opens to the gardens, shower and dressing areas.
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Five bedrooms and baths are distributed between all the floors. And an elevator makes access easy. The upper-level master suite boasts his-and-her baths, a dressing room and a private balcony.
But it’s the little touches and period details that make this South of France villa really shine. Inside, wide-planked parquet floors run throughout the home. And outdoors, landscaped terraces flank a winding path to the sea. The saltwater pool at the edge of the cliff has incomparable views of Nice, the Promenade des Anglais and the Old Port. Wrap-around and garden terraces invite lounging, sunset cocktails and dining under the stars. Life just seamlessly blends between the indoors and outdoors in this luxury home.
Sean Connery’s elegant villa in the South of France, his home for many years, is now for sale. Edward de Mallet Morgan, Knight-Frank in Nice France lists the property with an asking price of $33.87 million.
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