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The Flying Seagull

Modern architect designer villa with a charming garden and 360°-stunning views over the Tuscan Apennines and the Versilian coast.

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THE FLYING SEAGULL - Summary:

•        Located on the top of a 200-meter hill facing the plain and coast of Versilia. In clear days one can see the island of Gorgona, della Capraia, Elba and sometimes even Corsica.

•        This unique residence was begun in the second half of the 1970s; it was later abandoned and rebuilt in 1986 based on the original project under the direction of the architect Lorenzo Papi of Florence.

•        The inspirational figurative theme of the project are two seagulls in love resting on the top of the hill. Concretely, the wings of the seagulls are made in the two large cantilevered slabs of reinforced concrete superimposed and supported by a structure of steel pillars.

•         The unique and functional architecture involves a very modern management of the sun and natural light with a triumph of brightness.

•         For the sake of comfort, the villa has been divided into two large one-storey apartments, plus a small one, which can easily be re-united into a single living unit.

•        Overall, the villa consists of 10 bedrooms with 9 bathrooms plus two large living rooms. The main apartment has an overhanging structure in the shape of a glass pyramid and silver aluminium of about 45 square meters: seen from afar in the evening it looks like a lantern on top of the house.

•        The garage is about 100 square meters large and the main storage room for the garden is 45 square meters.

•        The infinity pool is 9x9 m and is located on the west side of the villa from where you can enjoy a breath-taking panorama over the Versilian Coast.

•        The garden develops over two floors accessed by two entrances from the private road. The private road is controlled by a network of cameras directly connected with the police.

•         Heating: 1) Central pellets stove 2) Air source / ground source heat pumps.

More about Lorezno Papi - The architect Lorenzo Papi worked together with the Syrian architect Ahmed Mourad in the reconstruction of the villa. Mr. Mourad is known also for having worked on other projects with Alvar Aalto and Le Corbousier; in addition, he directed the office of Luigi Nervi in the United States. His most important works were made in Florence and are the Marino Marini Museum at the Il Fiore Foundation.

Inspired by the central idea of a house of light and poetry, the architect reproduces the colours of blue, pink, white and silver of the fourteenth century in Florence, intertwined with the use of new materials like exposed steel beams, windows painted in blue, white marble in travertine, mirrors and crystals.

The blue and white of the terraces represent the sea and the sand.

Inside the villa there are marine motifs of the sails and the blue sky on the doors and doors of the cabinets.

Outside, the walls are covered with redwood staves painted in glossy white, closed off by a light blue stripe that gives the villa a marine brightness.

In the garden, the triumph of flowering roses, bougainvillea and jasmine is dominated by the blue of the plumbago; there is no lack of gardenias, camellias, lantana, cicas, pomegranates, mandarins and succulents.

The Flying Seagull is set out on two floors:

·       Ground floor with two apartments and large garage:

o   A small apartment consisting of:

§  Main entrance with living room and kitchen

§  Two bedrooms

§  One bathroom

o   A larger apartment consisting of:

§  Main entrance with large living and dining room

§  Kitchen

§  Three bedrooms of which two with en-suite bathroom

§  A third, independent bathroom

o   A 100 sqm/1076 sqf area including:

§  Garage

§  Technical room / washroom

§  Bedroom

§  Bathroom

·       First floor:

o   Main entrance

o   Living and dining room

o   Kitchen

o   Four bedrooms of which two with en-suite bathroom

o   Two independent bathrooms

 The villa is surrounded by 4 hectares of land with olive grove, orchard and Mediterranean forest.

 Key distances (approx.):

•         Lucca: 30km/18.6mi

•        Torre del Lago (opera festival): 18km/11.2mi

         •        Carrara marble quarries: 46km/28.6mi

         •        Pisa (closest airport): 43km/26.7mi

         •        Florence (airport): 99km/61.5mi

         •        Siena: 172km/107mi

         •        Cinque Terre: 99km/61.5mi

        •        Nearest shop/café bar – 3,8km /2.4mi

Info about taxes and other purchase costs

  • Purchase tax as Second home or Non-resident (approx.): 9% of cadastral value.

  • Purchase tax as a First home and Resident (approx.): 3% of cadastral value.

  • The cadastral value is typically far lower than the market value.

  • Registration of contract at Notary Public (approx.) € 2,000.00.

  • Notary Public fee (approx.) €3000

  • Technical report for Notary Public: can vary according to the complexity of the task – range € 2000 - 4000

  • No broker commission paid by the buyer

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