Henri Matisse’s Longtime Nice Apartment Comes to Market Asking €2.48M
Vibrant, colorful, details in all the right places…These are words used to describe any of Henri Matisse’s paintings, but also his scenic apartment in Nice. Recently listed, the small but elegant spot bore witness to Matisse’s evolution as an artist. Whether you’re an avid fan of his work or just ready to enjoy the beauty of the South of France, the apartment sitting in a circa-1897 palace is asking €2,480,000, which is roughly $2,666,667 USD.
The city itself is a vacation destination, but also rich with history. Matisse first moved there in 1917 and purchased the apartment only one year later. Sitting on the third floor of a palace and presenting beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea, the 1,776-square-foot residence has no shortage of manmade and natural inspiration. Matisse left the apartment in 1943 due to World War II, but he would return five years later in 1948 and live there until his death in 1954. The iconic French artist is buried only minutes away from the breathtaking spot.
Dubbed the Excelsior Régina Palace, the building itself is loaded with historical details and grand character features. It mostly reflects Art Nouveau style, with its floral details and curving lines, and was a place that Queen Victoria stayed back when it was originally Hôtel Régina. Matisse’s former two-bedroom apartment shares in this wealth with sophisticated chevron flooring and intricate fireplace moldings. The kitchen is a contemporary juxtaposition to the rest of the apartment, recently upgraded and holding a terrace.
The amenity-filled grounds outside also shine whether you love to get active or simply stroll. A fellow creative can paint the palm trees and flowerbeds next to a stunning pool and tennis court.
Close to Musée Matisse and the beach, the once-in-lifetime opportunity is listed with Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty.