Italy’s Lake Como is shaped like a wishbone. You can take that as a sign. It’s a place where wishes, such as owning a piece of the dramatic Italian landscape, can come true for those with imagination. All that’s needed is the courage to pursue them.
Who might dream of a home in such a place?
“We can imagine an international buyer who loves Lake Como and spends holidays with friends in Italy,” says Cinzia Romanelli, CEO and founder of Building Heritage, a high-profile real estate firm representing fine properties in Italy. Among them is a restored 18th-century villa draped along the western leg of the lake, a short ferry ride or drive from the town of Como.
“The lifestyle on Lake Como is serene and calm,” she says, “and this home is ideal for those who would enjoy a private residence with all the comforts.”
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To the north are the Alps, Switzerland, skiing and fondue. To the east is France with wine, food and some of the world’s greatest art. To the south are all these things plus Grana Padano cheese, which is made in the area and alone worth the trip.
Lake Como itself is surrounded by lush, towering hills peppered with historic grand structures. Because of these charms, it has long been a popular retreat for affluent captains of industry, international notables and A-listers with taste. There are numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, gorgeous walking paths and historic villas. But there are few like the one Romanelli is marketing.
Lakefront properties generally are set at an angle that does not allow space for much in the way of gardens. But this villa in Blevio is surrounded by expansive gardens, terraces for outdoor dining and flat green lawns, along with a swimming pool. Care has been taken to landscape the property with indigenous flora, including olive and cypress trees.
There also is a private dock that includes a loft apartment overlooking the water with a berth beneath. The loft is designed with a fully retractable glass window so the view and sounds of the lake can be enjoyed any time of day or night. Both the dock and the apartment are currently made available for short- and medium-term rentals, generating income for the property.
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The four-level main house is entered through what once was a chapel. Meticulously restored, the villa retains the original entryway floor, which dates back to 1720, the paintings on the walls and the 18th-century framework over the top floor hobby room and office.
Each of the three living rooms contains refurbished and fully functioning wood-burning fireplaces. The floors are parquet, hardwood, stone and tile, and the ceilings are painted. Every room boasts a view of water, mountains or gardens.
This is more than a home―it’s a lifestyle: elegant, interesting and aristocratic with access to cultural events all over Italy and Europe. Plus, it’s an easy drive to an international airport. Milan Malpensa Airport is just under an hour from Blevio.
Federico Arnaboldi of Building Heritage is the listing agent for the property, which has six light-filled bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 12,000 square feet. The price is available upon request.
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