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Bold style and dazzling details: an architectural masterpiece nestled in a verdant and peaceful setting located in Pazzallo, a peaceful area overlooking Lugano and its spectacular lake, which is one of the most exclusive and sought after locations in the celebrated South of Switzerland.
Pazzallo, a charming village first named in year 932 as Paciallo, where, in old days, vineyard cultivation, agriculture and sericulture presented the main means of livelihood, offers the perfect setting for a relaxing Mediterranean lifestyle. Among the impressive features of this area, a cable car, built in 1890 and then renovated, located on the west side of the village which takes passengers to the very top of Mount San Salvatore, where an exquisite elegant restaurant offers a rare combination of gourmet cuisine and 360° panoramic views reaching the French alps and Italy.
The outstanding location is conveniently close to the lake, the airport, which is also suitable for private jets, and to Lugano, with it’s elegant boutiques in Via Nassa, it’s exclusive wellness centres, its charming cafés and its terrific dining venues on the lake front and to the renowned American school TASIS (all located within a five minute drive). World class shopping, international dining venues, glamorous rooftop bars and endless entertainment offered by the city of Milano are only a one hour drive away.
The South of Switzerland, legendary for its Mediterranean lifestyle, for the lovely climate, for its camellias, palm trees and vineyards, offers the perfect combination of Swiss efficiency and Italian lifestyle. Security, business opportunities, an international financial platform, solid health infrastructures and a great education system are some of the outstanding features which namely make the South of Switzerland the location selected by many celebrities, politicians and industry executives to settle in with their families.
Lovers of culture, fine food and wine will be delighted by the wide range of offerings that hallmark the area of Ticino. For budding cooks, a visit to the weekly gourmet markets in the pedestrian area of the old part of Lugano should not be missed. The vibrant colourful stalls sell fresh local produce and offer a peek into local daily life. An ample variety of cooking courses are also offered in the area that is known for its rich food heritage. Wine lovers can enjoy exploring one of the numerous wineries in Ticino where merlot, the local grape, is masterfully turned into precious nectar. A day trip to the mountains experiencing a lift on one of the many cable cars can provide the family joy and excitement. The fascinating history of the region can be discovered at the majestic medieval castles in Bellinzona while art lovers will be delighted by the many galleries scattered across the region and by the entertainment offered by local theatres and concert halls. For the ultimate romantic evening stroll through the charming medieval streets in the old centre in the town of Ascona, enjoy a toast in one of the elegant lounges and a savour memorable meal at one of the internationally renowned dining venues. Private institutes offer a range of Italian language courses: a highlight is presented by a two week full immersion course that promises the achievement of basic communication skills.
In winter the famous Swiss ski resorts afford endless slopes great for skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing or great sledge rides. Golf lovers can enjoy playing at one of the different local golf courses all year round.
The two striking residences are majestically sited on superb parkland spanning about 7’200 square metres (1.8 acres) affording the unique combination of complete seclusion and spectacular 180° panoramic views of Lake Lugano, of the buzzling city of Lugano and of the scenic Swiss Alps all the way across to Italy and to the legendary Mount Rosa.
A stately stone pathway leads to the lush park featuring unspoiled woods on the rear (at the base of the beautiful Mount S. Salvatore), and a unique selection of Mediterranean plants including elegant mature cypresses, gorgeous large palm trees, lush tujas in a range of green tones, deep pink rhododendrons, romantic hydrangeas and marvellous English roses in various lovely shades, on the front.
The bucolic setting frames the two impressive villas featuring a superb timeless design in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, hallmarked by a sumptuous combination of natural rock, timber beams and glass perfectly blending with the surrounding natural environment. The structural scheme of the buildings is mirrored by the layout of the oversized swimming pool: an exquisitely detailed combination of constructive and sculptural power making the whole property a majestic architectural achievement.
A range of large terraces, elegant gazebos, different seating areas exquisitely laid out and embellished by refined statues make the grounds heaven on earth: perfect for relaxing and supreme for entertaining. The views at night are as breathtaking as those offered in the day light. A sophisticated lighting system turns the whole property into a surreal dwelling at dusk. A surreal dwelling.
The grandly scaled villas, built in 1959 – 1962 encompass an approximately 250 square metre (2’690 square feet) living area each, laid out on two floors. The buildings, renovated in 1986, 1998 and 2008 are in impeccable condition.
The openness of planning and the effortless integration with the site anticipated ways of living that would not be widely adopted for several years but that ultimately shaped the new concept of blending the outdoor environment with the indoor areas which heralds the credo of Frank Lloyd Wright who viewed his buildings as an extension of nature. The layout of the buildings develops from an axis with an opening framing the splendid view leading to a subtle interplay of crossing axes that extend out into the garden. Geometrically pure forms and natural materials create harmonious living areas perfectly tuned with the surrounding grounds.
Among the luxurious amenities offered by this majestic dwelling is a large garage for four cars located under the property and offering the possibility of building an internal lift that would lead directly to the interiors of the main villa, two further covered park places and a large luxurious wellness centre.
The impressive main architectural structure is introduced through an august glass entrance which reveals a spatial complexity created by a balanced combination of axial lines that connect the interiors to the exteriors and diversified volumes boosting a masterful combination of natural materials such as local rock and timber with shimmering glass and metal. The resulting architectural morphology is a harmonious combination of finely tuned spaces.
An elegant staircase featuring irregular rock walls enhanced by drop lights, leads to the spectacular main living area where attention is drawn to the white glossy flooring, to the high ceilings and to the large glass windows framing the scenic outdoor setting. A dramatic fireplace featuring a soaring smoked mirror surface sets the tone of the jaw dropping living area. The glass expanses allow the space to flow seamlessly to the large terrace where alfresco dining can be enjoyed. Elegant repasts are a joy in the fine dining room which leads to an exquisite kitchen built to exacting standards and set to delight the most demanding culinarian.
A spacious library leads to the luxurious master suite, privately sited and bestowed with a sumptuous en-suite bathroom and with elegant in built timber shelving. Fabulous views can be enjoyed from this peaceful retreat: a tranquil sanctuary that delights all senses.
This outstanding floor is completed by a gracious guest bathroom.
The abundant offerings extend to substantial ground level facilities featuring a large well appointed bedroom with a spacious walk in wardrobe and a further large and graceful bedroom. Both light and airy rooms open up to the secluded garden and to the picturesque vistas.
Sheer luxury is offered by the shimmering wellness area encompassing a sauna, a whirl pool and a relaxing area, accented by impressive lighting, refined flooring and luxurious finishes: the perfect setting for healing and relaxing. Two gorgeous bathrooms and a cellar perfect for wine are among the other outstanding amenities offered on this level.
The structure, interiors and finishes of the second villa mirror those of the main one (except for the wellness area, which, in the second villa is replace by an amply studio) offering the ultimate heaven for guests or extended family.
A patio framed by a tasteful timber structure and covered by a lawyer of glass, a large outdoor fire place on one of the different terraces, perfect for taking advantage of the summer season, or a timeless natural rock well located in the garden, round off this fabulous dwelling.
The large part of the plot located beside the second villa, can be built on presenting an additional great investment opportunity.
An architecturally brilliant compound hallmarked by exceptional design, impeccable style, high quality finishes and luxurious materials in a heavenly setting enjoying spectacular views, in a prime location. Such a glorious set of properties is uncommonly available on the market.
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