Luxury Outlook 2022
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Single Family Homes
Athena, a 19th century neoclassical listed building, in one of the most sought after neighbourhoods in Athens, Thissio.
Thissio is perhaps the best area in Athens to appreciate the magnificence of the Parthenon, a glorious awe-inspiring sight, more amazing by night, illuminated like a golden crown, looking down over the city. The views are quite remarkable.
Athena is a lovely, spacious and comfortable home with high ceilings decorated with frescoes and adding to the feeling of space. During the renovations, in 2012, which were carried out in strict compliance with archeological rules and regulations, a wall dating back to the 4th century BC and Roman mosaic were found. The owners were granted permission to keep them both and they are now a feature of the home, and proudly displayed.
The layout of Athena consists of three interconnected quarters centered around a beautiful courtyard.
The main quarter has a large living room with a separate dining area as well as a modern kitchen with breakfast area. There are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on the first floor.
A separate 1 bedroom guest quarter on the ground floor has a living room, kitchen and bathroom. The living room can be used as an extension of the main quarter’s living space.
Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are found in the basement. The basement is also where ample storage, pantry and laundry facilities are located as well as a fully a humidity and temperature-controlled wine cellar.
The second floor has another guest apartment with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. Also on this level, a study and large terrace with panoramic views of the Acropolis. A second terrace enjoys even more spectacular views of Mount Lycabettus, The Observatory, Mount Parnitha and Mount Hymettus. The total outdoor areas distributed in two (2) terraces and a courtyard are in total of 150m2.
Athens centre is a vibrant hub of history, archaeology and urban vibes. Stroll around its scenic cobbled streets, smart boutique-lined avenues and cosy piazzas to discover a city that moves to a modern beat coloured by unique traditions.If you really want to get to the heart of Athens, scale the ancient citadel of the sacred Acropolis and check out the urban landscape sprawling before you like concrete arteries of a throbbing city. Discover secret rooftop bars buzzing with unadulterated energy like Colour Locale in Monastiraki or step into one of the world’s leading ‘best bars’ and Athenian favourite for a deftly made cocktail at The Clumsies. Gastronomy is taken very seriously in Athens, with hip places like Funky Gourmet sporting its shiny Michelin status and classy restaurants like Spondi setting the standard for fine cuisine. Of course there is the deluxe Grande Bretagne Hotel if you want to stop for afternoon tea in its Winter Gardens, where the line-up of famous guests has included Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Maria Callas and Brigitte Bardot, not to mention Sean Connery, Francis Ford Coppola, David Bowie and Jay-Z.Shopping is a blissful pursuit with Ermou Street catering to fashion-conscious shopaholics, whilst a walk up to Voukourestiou Street is true soul therapy for those who want to add to their collection of Louis Vuitton bags. Then head for up-town Kolonaki, the place to see and be seen while sipping on the newest ‘boutique’ coffee blends. Check out the spectacular remains of the Hellenic past, testimonies to the Ottoman occupation and old Byzantine churches, all nestled amongst elegant 19th century neo-classical buildings and designer stores.The modern Athenian is in love with every part of this city’s past yet embraces the modern vibes of the new with vigour. Colourful street art, gastro eateries, trendy bars and a feeling of living in the moment make this a destination which continues to be an all-time classic.