Wouldn’t you just love to own this Promenade des Anglais palace? A mansion with a gold-embossed rococo façade. A ‘house’ that accommodates an incredible 1,093 guests. One crowned with four golden statues to represent the four Muses: Music, Tragedy, Comedy and Dance.
Well read on, as Pebbles consistently have a little bit of history on their sales books.
But first the backstory. Back in 1881 Nice was a boomtown. The city had been part of France for just 20 years, and money poured in from Paris to secure its new possession in the south.
The stunning Crédit Lyonnais building on avenue Jean-Médecin was under construction. Queen Victoria would visit a year later, bringing with her a larger retinue than that of an Emirati sheik (we’re talking over 100 Highland soldiers plus her Indian attendant, Abdul Karim).
That year, Nice’s ancient (wooden) opera house hosted a packed auditorium for Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Tragically, a gas explosion lit up the stage midway through. The fire spread. The once grand edifice was razed to the ground.
In its place, city authorities decided to build big. In terms of both safety and sophistication they had an obvious point to prove. Local bigwigs drafted in Francois Aune, a student of Gustave Eiffel (who worked for many years in Nice). The work was overseen by none other than Charles Garnier, who built both the Paris Opera House and its little brother in Monte Carlo.
The new Opéra de Nice opened in 1885 with a performance of Verdi’s Aida. This pièce de résistance, plus the adjoining rue Saint-François de Paule, were built to showpiece the city at its elegant best.
Ever since, Nice Opera has gone from strength to strength. This year’s 2016/17 season includes star-studded performances from Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Rigoletto.
For better or for worse, they don’t need to sell off the silver – or hive off an apartment or two.
However Pebbles consistently have surrounding properties for sale including one bedroom apartments and former servants’ attic spaces at the neighbouring Palais Hongran (one of 15 ‘palaces’ in the Old Town).
Larger properties on the royal row between Opera House and Hotel Beau Rivage regularly breach the €1 million mark.
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