House hunting in Nice, France provides an opportunity to purchase the former home of singer Edith Piaf. The six bedroom, seven bathroom estate offers breathtaking river views, brilliant flower gardens, a sparkling swimming pool, and multiple rooms for entertaining, including a billards room, a formal dining room, and a sunroom.
French house hunters might consider the two-story home of the late Édith Piaf, Les Pirettes, just outside of Nice, France. The home on the Braque River provides a Mediterranean style rambling cottage with a terraced swimming pool and multiple gardens.
Earth toned exterior juxtaposed against colorful flower gardens welcomes residents and guests. An exterior staircase and wall-mounted wrought iron banisters. Enjoy its second-floor landing with a mosaic stone wall. The Provencal-style interior of the home provides seven airy bedrooms and six bathrooms.
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Recently restored and renovated, home works well as a vacation property or the main residence, especially for those commuting to Nice. The property lies a short drive from the Nice International Airport and the Old Town markets within the city of Nice.
Represented by Maria McLean of Sotheby’s International Real Estate, the expansive property has an asking price of about $4 million. More than simply an attractive estate home, the property represents the determination and perseverance of Piaf, who was born to an Italian cafe singer mother and street acrobat father.
She sang on the Paris streets as a child performing with her father but went to live with her grandmother, a brothel owner when her parents abandoned her. Piaf became pregnant at 17 and her child died at aged two of meningitis. Though just 4’8″ in height, the woman who belted out songs on Paris streets as a teen, landed a night club performance at Le Gerny in 1935.
She vaulted the club job into a recording deal and cut multiple albums, releasing the single “La Vie en Rose,” which continues in popularity today. She toured the world, appeared twice on The Ed Sullivan Show, and won the hearts of audiences everywhere she performed, eventually winning over the then-reserved American audiences. Known as “The Little Sparrow,” Piaf died from liver cancer in 1963, at age 47, at this home.
The home begs to host parties, its living room welcoming guests with its arched ceiling complemented by exposed beams and baths them in the natural light from its glass walls marked by vast arched windows. Its earth-toned tile floor seems to extend the outdoors into the interior. Let the guests spill over into the family room with its welcoming corner fireplace and the game area with its billiards table.
Caterers will enjoy working in the roomy kitchen with its wall-to-wall cabinets and a tall kitchen island that makes meal prep simpler by providing an additional workspace. Its single exposed beam ceiling and modern light fixtures provide a bright workspace while its breakfast nook offers a quaint space for family meals and an arched kitchen entryway.
Host formal meals in the home’s dining room with its stark white walls and hardwood floors. Skylights provide organic lighting and an indoor balcony links the dining area to the sunroom which also features natural light from above. Half of the room’s cathedral ceiling is crafted of glass.
Its seven bedrooms provide expansive living areas.
Most are so large they could easily accommodate two beds, but each is designed for one. The spacious designs feature hardwood floors and matching exposed ceiling log beams. Some bedrooms offer a white-on-white color scheme while others feature contrast molding in a bright color such as red or a single exposed log beam. If you wish to sleep in the same room as the singer, choose the smallest bedroom, her cozy retreat.
To experience this home’s quiet, cozy refinement contact McLean at Sotheby’s real estate division.