Amazing beachfront villa design in Opatija for sale
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January 24, 2021 – With stunning views over the Kvarner Gulf and the island of Cres, Opatija Villa Design is an award-winning triumph of contemporary architecture, its purchase a unique opportunity
Sitting on the coastal road to Rijeka, just about a kilometer and a half northeast of Opatija, the village of Volosko has almost been consumed by its famous and opulent neighbor. Indeed, many today refer to Volosko as a district of Opatija. But that was not always the case.
The beautiful seaside village of Volosko and its port © Visit Opatija
With its own microclimate and its own distinct bay in the Kvarner Gulf, Volosko is one of the best places in the region for windsurfing. Taking advantage of the best conditions in the early morning, as dawn sheds a brightening light on Volosko, surfers have a breathtaking view of its harbor. Before the village was considered part of Opatija, it was actually linked to the large walled city of Kastav, located about five kilometers above on the mountainside. Volosko was the city’s port.
Surfers watching the shore of Volosko might also catch a glimpse of the incredible Opatija Villa Design, sitting in the foothills above Volosko. Once you see it, it’s hard to miss it. It literally looks like nothing else on sight. An oblong box with wonderful windows looking out to the sea, truth be told, you have to get a lot closer to Opatija Villa Design to fully appreciate all of its award winning design.
While immediately noticeable as it runs diagonally, leaving half of the dwelling floating in space, this prominent rectangular box is actually less than half the story of Opatija Villa Design. The part you can’t spot from the surf is another entire half of the property – a brick-walled structure sits below, built into the hillside like a cave, covered in gardens and grass. There is also a stylish outdoor pool.
Opatija Villa Design was commissioned in 2010 and was originally called Nest and Cave House. In 2012, the villa won architect Idis Turato the National Drago Galić Award as part of the annual Achievement Exhibition for the Most Successful Achievement in Residential Architecture. Later that year, Opatija Villa Design was nominated for the International Mies Van der Rohe Award.
As impressive as its upper floor may seem from the sea, it is nothing compared to the view of the Adriatic afforded by the positioning of the Opatija Villa Design. The entire Kvarner Gulf stretches out in front of you on a wide screen – to the left is the bustling town of Rijeka, less than 20 minutes away by car, similarly perched in the rising foothills. In front of you, the island of Cres floats on the waves, under you the Austro-Hungarian grandeur of Opatija proper, between them the fast sails of windsurfers. To allow maximum time before this breathtaking view, the living space is located on the upper level, the bedrooms hidden from the intense heat of midsummer in the cave below.
On the top floor of 100 square meters there is a living room, dining room, kitchen, storage and toilet, next to a garage of 35 square meters. Beyond the driveway and upper lawns are solar panels that supplement the electricity of the Opatija Villa Design.
An open staircase leads to the lower level – also around 100 square meters – which contains a more formal living room for entertaining as well as a double bedroom and another bedroom. Outside the cave patio doors is a large outdoor dining area (sheltered from the sun by the floating part of the upper floor), a large lawn area and the swimming pool. The whole property is surrounded by hedges or walls to preserve privacy.
Ten years after its creation, the property is once again in the spotlight as it is put up for sale. His price? A not insignificant amount of 3,011,806 dollars, or 18 million kuna. According to the large regional portal Fiuman.hr, the property is listed on the pages of Croatia luxury real estate agent Sotheby’s International Realty. For someone who can hit the asking price, Opatija Villa Design offers the opportunity to turn the dream life into reality.
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