Venice, Italy, is known for many things—it’s the City of Water, Masks, and Bridges, among other titles, after all—but its signature feature would have to be its gondola-traversed canals.
Equally as impressive as these watery roadways, though, are the canal houses that tower on either side of them. Here, we have a rare opportunity to peek inside one of these centuries-old buildings. An apartment in the Palazzo Molin del Cuoridoro, a restored palazzo, is going to auction December 20, and its open floor plan and easy Venetian elegance has us ready to book a trip to the City of Canals.
The building was constructed in the 15th century, and the exterior maintains its original Gothic façade while paying tribute to its Moorish and Byzantine influences.
The property for auction—called Apartment Piano Nobile—is waterfront, with canals on two sides. One of several apartments in the restored palazzo, Piano Nobile has been carefully updated so it maintains its 15th-century character while offering contemporary luxury.
The apartment—which spreads across two floors of the building—has an open-concept floor plan, with large spaces for entertaining and displaying prized art collections. Twenty-foot-tall beamed ceilings add to the sense of openness. Best of all, the surrounding canals can be seen from rooms all around the apartment or from one of the four balconies.
With six bedrooms, this apartment can sleep a crowd. Even better, the tall ceilings make even a smaller room feel huge, though no one would call this apartment—which boasts more than 6,500 square feet—cramped.
All of the four and a half bathrooms have been updated carefully and tastefully to reflect the same casual grace as the rest of the property.
Views of the quiet canals throughout and a location near the Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal make this apartment picture-perfect. The one thing that could make it even better? Its price has been cut almost in half as it heads into auction. Previously listed at €7.6 million (about $8.5 million), the property is now set to sell at or above €4.5 million (almost $5 million) at auction.
Apartment Piano Nobile goes to auction on-site at 6 p.m. EST December 20. You can find more details on the auction here.
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