Villas in Nice
The vast majority of the villas, mainly situated on the hills overlooking Nice and on the seafront, date from the turn of the 20th century, with a few fine art-deco, modernist or contemporary examples dotted around the Nice countryside. The oldest of them, the Furtado-Heine villa, known as the ‘Officers’ villa’, was built in 1787 by Lady Penelope Rivers on the Promenade des Anglais. The Villa Marichu and its art-deco style dominates the Cap de Nice. The villa, built during the Roaring Twenties, played host to Hemingway, Cocteau, Picasso and Maria Callas, among others. On the rocky slopes of Mont-Boron, the Château de l’Anglais is fascinating for its architecture in an exotic whimsical style and a neo-classical rotunda. Thanks to its eclectic style and botanical gardens, the building has been classified as a historical monument.