July 6, 2012 9:17 pm

Hot property: Collectors’ pieces

Five residences that are perfect for displaying works of art, including a castle in Italy and a manor house in Portugal
Apartment

Apartment, Place des Victoires, Paris, France, €12.5m

Where Close to the Place des Victoires, in the 2nd arrondissement, on the right bank of the Seine. The apartment is roughly half an hour by car from Charles de Gaulle international airport.

What A four-bedroom apartment owned by an art collector, with a courtyard and two terraces. The internal living space of 460 sq m has a mix of architectural styles: the original 17th-century building has had a contemporary loft space added, with a 5.3-metre high glass roof.

Why This bright and spacious apartment is perfect for displaying art. The interior includes an original ceiling painted by the 18th-century artist François Le Moine, official painter of Versailles. Le Moine was appointed premier peintre du roi (first painter to the king) in 1736, and the ceiling here is a typical example of the Rococo style, gilded with gold leaf and painted in bright colours.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +33 1 53 23 81 84

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Manor House

Manor House, Sitio dos Quartos, Algarve, Portugal, €2.995m

Where West of Almancil in southern Portugal, 20 minutes’ drive from Faro international airport.

What A six-bedroom villa built in 2006 with a large hallway, dining room, and two sitting rooms with log fires. The lower ground floor houses a wine cellar and sports room. There is an outside dinning area, a swimming pool and walled garden.

Why The property currently houses 170 works of art belonging to the London art gallery owner Gillian Catto, including some by Picasso and others by the British artist Ken Howard.

Who Savills, www.savills.com/international, tel: +44 (0)20 7016 3740

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Number 4

Number 4, Walpole Mayfair, 4-5 Arlington Street, London W1, UK, £11.5m

Where In central London, near the Ritz hotel and next to the Wolseley restaurant. Two minutes’ walk from Green Park underground station.

What One of five newly renovated apartments in a Grade II-listed Georgian building, formerly the home of Britain’s first prime minister, Sir Robert Walpole. The apartment has three bedrooms, four bathrooms, a kitchen and living room, with 24-hour concierge service and security.

Why Art curators from the Halcyon Gallery have selected pieces that are suited to the apartment and which are available at extra cost.

Who Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.com, tel: +44 (0)20 7499 1012

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Arbor Hill

Arbor Hill, Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, US, $30m

Where In Montgomery County, 22 miles from downtown Philadelphia, with its international airport. The train to New York City takes 90 minutes.

What A contemporary, eight-bedroom 40,000 sq ft house, divided into three wings and set around a central courtyard. There are two guest cottages, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, and a swimming pool.

Why The architect for Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Rafael Viñoly, designed the house with an art collection in mind.

Who Christie’s International Real Estate, www.christiesrealestate.com, tel: +1 212 468 7140

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Castle Valer

Castle Valer, Trento, Dolomites, Italy, offers over €30m

Where In Trentino province, northern Italy, 60km from Verona’s international airport.

What A 16-bedroom renovated castle with 35,520 sq ft of living space, two private chapels with frescoes, and 18.5 acres of land (mainly forest). Built in the 12th century, the 80-room castle has impressive views over the Alps.

Why Included in the sale is a collection of antique paintings and artifacts that have been curated by the family of Count von Spaur over a period of several hundred years.

Who Rome Sotheby’s International Realty, www.romesir.com, tel: +39 (0)669 9239 96

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