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Place: Lake Como, Italy
Price: €4.6 million (US$4.66 million)
Built in 1766 by an aristocratic Austrian family, Villa Gina is said to be named after a character in the 18th-century Stendhal novel Chartreuse de Parme, part of which is set on Lake Como. The character in question is a young noblewoman named Angelina, or ‘Gina’, while the novel is connected to the villa through its era, location and its association with nobility.
During the late 19th and 20th centuries, the historic Villa Gina belonged to the family of Italian artist Baldassare Longoni, whose paintings are still present in the villa, according to listing agent Lone Heron. Large windows throughout, as well as multiple terraces, offer beautiful views of the garden, lake and mountains, giving the historic interior an expansiveness.
In 2011, Villa Gina was completely renovated by the current owners, who according to Mrs Heron have brought it back from a very bad state. All historic details have been carefully restored, including stucco, gold-finish frescoes, handmade floor tiles and wallpaper, and silk fabrics.
“The people who renovated the ceilings and walls are experts at renovating historic properties,” said Ms Heron. In addition, all systems in the house have been renewed, including plumbing and electricity.
The 5,920 square foot home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms and sits on half an acre, spread over three floors plus a garden floor.
The villa is full of authentic artifacts, including paintings by Italian artists, silk tapestries, antique furniture and Murano glass chandeliers. There are several fireplaces throughout the house and the garden floor consists of laundry, storage and utility rooms, as well as a winter garden with large windows.
There are several terraces, including a beautiful terrace of 30 square meters with a view of Lake Como.
The lush half-acre garden is filled with exotic plants and antique fountains and sculptures.
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The property is located in the western village of Dizzasco on Lake Como, at the beginning of the famous Intelvi Valley, which connects Lake Como and Lake Lugano. Although the villa enjoys a lot of privacy, it is still within walking distance of the village center and the amenities of Dizzasco.
According to Ms Heron, Dizzasco is “a quaint and authentic little Italian village with a restaurant, bar and other essentials, just two miles from the more bustling lakeside town of Argegno, which offers a wider selection of amenities.”
The old village has reinvented itself in recent years as a sought-after holiday destination, surrounded by the slopes of green, terraced forests of the Intelvi Valley, ideal for walking and mountain biking, while the Lanzo Golf Club and the small ski resort of Monte Sighignola are only 10 and 17 kilometers away respectively.
Dizzasco is located 30 kilometers from the Swiss lakeside city of Lugano, the largest city in the Tecino holiday region, and an important financial and business center.
Intermediary: Lone Heron, Luxury Portfolio International
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