Karl Lagerfeld, who died on February 19th 2019 in Paris, was a regular visitor of the French Riviera. His residence was the famous villa La Vigie in Roquebrune Cap Martin, on the border of the Principality of Monaco.
It is a prestigious address overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and located just above the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. An ideally located address, 5 minutes from Monaco and its Larvotto beach. “La Vigie” means watch tower, and the property is well named because it is located on the top of a hill overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Accessible by a private road, La Vigie is surrounded by a wooded park overlooking the sea. The Villa is available for rent and offers a maximum capacity of 10 to 12 people.
As a fashion designer, photographer and collector, Karl Lagerfeld, represented an “art de vivre” and the address of this property gave him easy access to high cultural places and restaurants, bookstores and galleries.
The Vigie was built in 1902 by Sir William Ingram, an English lord living on the French Riviera. In 1952 the Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) bought the property and Karl Lagerfeld rented it and undertook major works to restore the residence while keeping its neoclassical charm.
The property offers 600m² of living space on three floors and a magnificent exotic garden and terrace with panoramic views of the sea. For Karl Lagerfeld, such a setting was the ideal place to display his art collections, especially those marked by classicism.
Villa La Vigie offers a sober and modern décor with elegant and classic furniture. On the ground floor, the monumental entrance hall with its magnificent staircase leading to the upper floors highlights the property’s main assets: space, light and prestige. The hall leads to the central living room, then to the dining room and the large living room opening onto the terrace. The ground floor also includes a billiard room/library.
The modern kitchen is equipped with the latest household appliances. Karl Lagerfeld transformed the trio of living rooms on the first floor into a party room with a ballroom that also served as a photo studio and billiard room. On the top floor were located his private quarters. The views are oriented to the east for the morning views of the Mediterranean Sea and to the west the view of Monte-Carlo at night.