Beautiful property set among the hills of Liguria. It overlooks a typical Ligurian village and is located only 10 km away from the sea and from Sestri Levante; the closer airports are Genova Cristoforo Colombo (at 50km) and Pisa Galileo Galilei (at 110km). The village (shops, bars, groceries, newspapers, etc.) is within a short walk through a steep pedestrian track. The property enjoys beautiful panoramic views of the mountains and the sea.
The old Ligurian house, on 3 floors and 350 sqm, has been recently completely renovated and is surrounded by 4000 sqm of beautiful terraced gardens and an orchard. The swimming pool, set next to the house, is a converted water cistern of approximately 8m x 8m with overflow and a splendid view over the mountains. The west terrace offers a spectacular view of the sea and Sestri Levante.
The house has been completely rebuilt with traditional materials though in a contemporary fashion. It is fully equipped with all comforts. Tastefully furnished, the interior design blends contemporary and Scandinavian vintage pieces.
The house has been published in several important design and decoration magazines such as Coté Sud, Ville e Casali, Casaviva, Case di Campagna.
Entrance, living room with a double-sided fireplace, open kitchen and dining room, bathroom. Several doors open on the surrounding terrace and the swimming pool.
The kitchen is fully equipped with all necessary kitchenware and household appliances (built-in gas hob, oven, microwave oven and dishwashing machine).
Sitting room with flat TV and satellite, 3 double bedrooms (two double-bed rooms and 1 double room), 2 bathrooms (1 with shower and 1 with shower and bathtub).
2nd floor (attic):
Sitting room with flat TV and DVD player, 2 bedrooms (1 double-bed with a third bed/sofa and 1 double room), 1 bathroom with shower.
In the cellar there is a washing machine, a dryer and an additional fridge with refrigerator. Internet access ADSL + Wi-Fi; PC and printer for guests use.
Parking space for 4 cars.
The house is not suitable for small children because of the high terrace, unprotected staircases, high walls, overflow pool...
A cleaning lady is included for 2 hours everyday.
Additional services can be provided: transportation to and from the airport/railway station, private chef, cooking classes, etc.
I was brought up in a challenging cultural and political environment in Warsaw. In 1969, after the dramatic 1968 upraising in Czechoslovakia, my family moves to Brussels where I finish high school and graduate in architecture at 'La Cambre', the post Bauhaus school founded by Henry Van De Velde.
I spent two years in Cambridge and got my masters degree in Environmental design from MIT.
I then move to Italy where, after an architecture stage with Giancarlo De Carlo, I join the Corporate Image department of Olivetti in Milan.
A passion for modernist furniture, I collect XX Century Design pieces from Scandinavia and Brazil.
I pursue my career as an architect and art director for private and commercial projects.
I have a passionate approach to architecture adn design and my interests embrace visual arts, communication and new media. I love our country retreat where I spend as much time as possible...The property is named after my father, Leopold Unger, journalist and writer who loved this place as much as I do
I fell in love with a romanitc ruin, embraced by a Wisteria tree overlooking the small Ligurian village of Castiglione Chiavarese, with views of the mountains to the east and sea to the west. A lot of hard work to push the project through the Italian bureaucracy, the property was finally ready in the summer of 2008...
The property is located 10km from the Sestri levante highway exit and 15km from the Sestri levante downtown and beaches, 15km from Moneglia, 30 km from Portofino and the Cinque Terre, 50km from Genoa, 100km from Pisa airport.
Walking distance, through a steep path, to the village of Castiglione Chiavarese (café, groceries, pharmacy, butcher...)
Intersting spots inland: Varese Ligure, Sarzana, Lucca, Florence
Great small towns along the cost towards Genoa: Chiavari, Rapallo, Santa Margherita as well as Portofino and the city of Genoa.
Great spots towards La Spezia: Cinque Terre, Porto Venere, Lerici, Tellaro...