A unique offer of sale of an Austro-Hungarian villa right by the sea, next to the famous 100-year old Lungo Mare promenade in beautiful Opatija.
The villa renovation project offers a truly sumptuously designed interior with a dance/cinema hall, a large kitchen, boiler room, two toilets for guests, dining room with service elevator from the kitchen, 6 – 7 bedrooms with adjoining bathroom and toilet, 2 cloakrooms, an apartment with bathroom and toilet, kitchen, dining room, bedroom and living room. The property offers 3 spacious terraces and a large garden with beautiful tall trees and palm trees. There is also space for parking and a garage for 4 vehicles.
The name of this beautiful town, which radiates an AustroHungarian ambience, is based on the Benedictine Abbey (“opatija” in Croatian), located here in the 15th century. Present-day Opatija was a small and insignificant village until 1844. Construction of roads and railroads from Rijeka near the village was a great advantage. Wealthy businessman Iginio Scarpa from Rijeka discovered the village in the aforementioned critical year and he had the magnificent Angiolina Villa built here with an extensive sub-tropic and coastal park. During the warm months, he invited his most influential and wealthiest friends from the Habsburg monarchy to stay here, for example Archduke Maximilian, the subsequent Mexican Emperor. In 1882 the director of the Austrian Railroads, Friedrich Schuller bought a villa in the village and transformed Opatija into a recreational centre. The Austro-Hungarian nobility began to build luxury hotels, private villas and sanatoriums here soon afterwards. In 1899 the town was awarded the status of climatic spa and became a sought-after coastal destination by European high society, mainly during the cold winter months.
The villa was built in 1890 by the Austrian South Railway Company. The property was briefly occupied by well-known Viennese physician Julius Glax, who was the founder of spa tourism in the town. However, the history of the villa is then linked to the secret scandal concerning Archduke Otto Franz Josef Karl Ludwig Maria of Austria, who was the younger brother of heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne Franz Ferdinand d’Este, who was murdered in 1914 in Sarajevo. Otto Franz was known for his wild lifestyle and he was unfaithful to his wife Maria of Saxony extensively. He also had two illegitimate children from his affair with ballerina Maria Schleinzer and this villa was allocated to Dr. von Hortenau, who married the ballerina and declared the children his own, so that the affair was kept hidden from the public. This villa was consequently home to the niece and the nephew of the crown prince of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
• This magnificent villa, with a beautiful view of the sea, was built in 1890.
• The property is in the centre of Opatija right next to the historic and beautiful Lungo Mare promenade, which stretches for 12 km.
• There are a number of high-quality restaurants and bars near the villa.
• There is a paved beach below the villa.
• There is a large hotel swimming pool next to the villa.
• The villa is near a luxury yacht marina. The owner will be able to see his yacht from the window.
• Opportunity to create a garage for 4 vehicles.
• The villa requires renovation – estimate of costs for luxury renovation - EUR 1,000,000.
• Land 1,059 m²
• Living area 530 m²
• Entrance lobby
• 1 hall
• Boiler room
• 2 toilets for guests
• Magnificent stairway
• 6 bedrooms with bathroom and toilet
• Living room with bathroom and toilet
• Dining room with service lift from the kitchen
• 2 cloakrooms
• Apartment with 2 rooms + kitchen
• 3 terraces
• Garage for 4 cars
• Beautiful spacious garden