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The view of the sea and the trees from the blue room
The view of the sea and the trees from the blue room
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Marseille

Villa Medjé

An ideal grandmother’s house on the Corniche Kennedy

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If a candy necklace were a house, it would be Villa Medjé! Guaranteed childhood nostalgia amidst pastel walls and delightfully vintage decor, all while enjoying a garden and breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.

An ideal grandmother’s house on the Corniche Kennedy

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"When you enter the house, it feels like it has always been this way... Each time, visitors are pleasantly surprised."

After a few years as a lawyer in Paris, Pénélope bid farewell to the rain and gray skies and returned to her hometown of Marseille, welcoming the blazing sun and mistral wind. Alongside this return to her roots, a new project emerged: the renovation of Villa Medjé, a charming 20th-century house along the Corniche Kennedy. Without hesitation, Pénélope and her partner Yohann became the proud owners of this abandoned building and transformed it into a ‘dream grandmother’s house.’ Nestled among plane trees and umbrella pines, Villa Medjé can accommodate four travelers who will spend the summer mesmerized by the sweeping view of the Mediterranean. It’s impossible not to fall under the spell of this house perched above the sea and its hidden garden!

Renovation among friends

 

 

 

The mint green shutters echo the sea and the surrounding greenery.

The mint green shutters echo the sea and the surrounding greenery.

Guided by friends who are architects and interior decorators—Apogée Architecture and Lola Garcia—Pénélope and Yohann breathed new life into Villa Medjé. The name, a feminine Arabic first name possibly inspired by a love song, and the original building were kept intact, including the stone staircase leading to the entrance and the charming courtyard wall. Since returning to Marseille, Pénélope has witnessed changes in her city and was adamant about preserving this typical structure of the 7th arrondissement.

The renovation proceeded gently, revitalizing the villa while maintaining its charm. The old decor and flashy colors, considered somewhat kitschy, were replaced, but the renovated house is far from dull. Bedrooms in mint green and blue nod to their respective views of the sea and valley gardens. The living room features a playful “Malabar” candy-inspired theme, and ochre terracotta tiles add warmth. Life at Villa Medjé is truly seen through rose-colored glasses!

A house
that takes you back in time

 

 

 

To decorate the freshly renovated villa, Pénélope scoured Le Bon Coin and flea markets in Marseille. Each piece of furniture was carefully selected, resulting in a decor that “feels timeless.” Indeed, one gets the impression of reliving childhood at Villa Medjé! Pastel-colored gingham curtains and tablecloths, a yellow soap nestled in its soap dish, a floral tablecloth in the kitchen, vintage crockery… All these nods make you feel at home while enjoying modern comforts: hotel-worthy bedding, Aesop cosmetics… With a touch of nostalgia, one dreams of spending every summer there, baking clafoutis and reading in the garden.

View of the Vallons gardens from the mint green bedroom.

View of the Vallons gardens from the mint green bedroom.

Exploring
Marseille

 

 

 

On one side the sea, on the other the lush gardens and rooftops of Marseille.

On one side the sea, on the other the lush gardens and rooftops of Marseille.

Ideally located just two minutes from the Corniche Kennedy, Villa Medjé is the perfect starting point to explore Marseille. If the call of the sea becomes too enticing, it’s only a 100-meter walk away. The Calanques National Park is just a 20-minute drive from the villa. Excursions to the Frioul Islands, a pastis in Cours Julien, a stroll in Les Goudes… It will take more than one summer at Villa Medjé to discover all the great spots in Marseille.

After watching the local youth dive from the famous Anse de la Fausse Monnaie, return to the villa for a peaceful end to the day. Lounging in the small courtyard garden is a delightful way to unwind! Under the blooming Judas tree, you can listen to the parakeets sing while being sheltered from the sun by the foliage. Take a dip in the small outdoor pool or cool off under the garden shower. In the early evening, enjoy a festive atmosphere under the string lights and prepare a local specialty in the summer kitchen. And in the background? A playlist curated by Pénélope!

Dedicated to all
grandmothers

 

 

 

Inspired by her grandmother, with whom she is very close, Pénélope wants the villa to come alive and organizes events for this purpose. The first ones? An exhibition by Yegan Mazandarani titled “The Scent of Fried Onions,” featuring photographs in homage to her grandmother and her house. There are also dinners prepared by chef Minou Sabahi, drawing inspiration from her grandmother’s Persian cuisine, of course!

Summer lunch in the garden.

Summer lunch in the garden.

The 3 things

we love the most

The sweeping view of the Mediterranean
The lush garden in the heart of the city
The Malabar-colored house

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Destination Marseille

Transports

Marseille Station

19 min

Marseille Airport

33 min

Restaurants

AM

11 min

Ripaille

14 min

Regain (local and seasonly cuisine)

15 min

La Mercerie (local and seasonly cuisine)

15 min

Shops and Craft workshops

Moutchou

4 min

Pétrin Couchette (bakery)

15 min

L’orangeraie (fresh produce market)

15 min

Maison Empereur

17 min

Nature, Culture and Heritage

Maldormé beach

3 min

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde

9 min

MUCEM

14 min

MAC Marseille

14 min

Les Goudes

22 min

Villa Medjé

15 Traverse de la Baudille, 13007, Marseille, France

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