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Ajaccio

Casa Santa Teresa

The ultimate beach house in South Corsica

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This splendid beachfront villa, constructed in 1958 along Sanguinaires Road in Ajaccio, underwent a transformative renovation led by a skilled duo in 2019. A house “feet in the water” where an unparalleled sweetness of life prevails.

The ultimate beach house in South Corsica

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"Stumbling upon this place in my childhood neighborhood, reviving it, and now making it thrive as a vacation home has given us new perspectives!"

Previously, this was the secluded retreat of an animated couple. Yet, when Stéphanie Caron and her husband stumbled upon this coastal residence in 2018, it was nestled in a charming residential area of Ajaccio, reminiscent of the Côte d’Azur, but had been overtaken by wild vines during its years of disuse. Acquired at auction following a long period of neglect, this 1950s Porto stone-built treasure, boasting two terraces with sea views, embarked on a true renaissance.

Living on the water.

The sea, the sea, the sea - © Olivia Thebaud

The sea, the sea, the sea - © Olivia Thebaud

Casa Santa Teresa, with its soft, luminous, sandy ambiance intertwined with lush, exotic, and untamed elements, beckons as an invitation to settle down. Here, embarking on the sea atop a paddleboard, especially when the waters are tranquil, turns into a cherished morning ritual. Its closeness to the water is remarkable, creating the sensation of being aboard a boat.

Childhood friends who grew up in the region, Amélia Tavella, a renowned architect, and Stéphanie, worked hand in hand to imbue this 1950s building with the spirit of a ‘house by the water’ that dispels any hint of city atmosphere. Together, they selected natural materials such as stone, wood, terracotta, and ceramics and introduced warm colors while making room for the lush green garden.

Considerable pruning and the expansion of openings have dramatically opened up the views, bringing them directly into the house’s core as if extending an invitation to the horizon. The creation of alcoves and the removal of partitions facilitate seamless movement to the terraces, accessible via elegant pivoting glass doors. These terraces have been thoughtfully redesigned to enhance the enjoyment of the sea, making the most of the breathtaking vistas.

A (genuine) vacation home
in the city.

Leveraging their years of experience in seasonal rentals, Stephanie and her husband have perfected the formula for the ideal vacation home. They reconfigured the space to comfortably host three families, each consisting of approximately four members. Spread across four levels, five bedrooms, and their corresponding bathrooms ensure privacy for all. The decor, which is both minimalist and inviting, pays homage to the ‘fifties’ spirit of the house, emphasizing simplicity and relaxation.

The expansive white walls capture the essence of Mediterranean living, celebrating the art of outdoor life! True to this spirit, the house offers delightful outdoor surprises uncommon for a city dwelling: 300m2 of external space featuring a gorgeous summer kitchen next to a shaded area perfect for gatherings around large tables and a raised pool with chic white edges, offering plenty of photo opportunities. The proximity to the water is remarkable. The beach, which remains uncrowded as it’s primarily for the use of villa residents, becomes an extension of the home. The polished concrete flooring inside mirrors the sandy shore, encouraging a lifestyle of barefoot ease (and it’s perfectly fine if a few grains of pink sand find their way indoors!).

A setting imbued with gentle charm - © Olivia Thebaud.

A setting imbued with gentle charm - © Olivia Thebaud.

The 3 things

we love the most

The direct access to the beach
The sleek retro design of the 1950s
The coastal home vibe, at the heart of the city

Photo principale : © Thibaut Dini

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Destination Ajaccio

Transports

Ajaccio Port

10 min

Ajaccio Airport

15 min

Restaurants

Le Cabanon

5 min

Le Bilboq

5 min

O Mà Cantinetta

7 min

Shops and Craft workshops

The Pretty Little Galery

7 min

Chloé Sorro (ceramics)

7 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Plage de Barbicaghja

5 min

Citadelle d'Ajaccio

7 min

Plage d'Isolella

40 min

Casa Santa Teresa

13 bis cours Lucien Bonaparte, 20000, Ajaccio, France

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