A villa in Monemvasia, Peloponnese is perhaps one of the most sought out properties in the Greek estate market at present.
Due to the restricted amount of historical properties available within Monemvasia, Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited castle town, real estate opportunities are rare and hard to come by.
The villa named “Monopati,” built and lovingly restored within the medieval castle walls, is currently on the market. This unique property faces the sea, with panoramic views of both the crystalline waters and the impressive ancient stone homes and churches built within the fortress walls of Monemvasia.
Greek-Canadian war surgeon Chris Giannou, the co-seller of the property, who has served in many conflict zones such as Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, and Somalia, sought out this exclusive location.
“After having witnessed massive destruction in war zones, the medieval Kastro of Monemvasia is a reminder that beauty and serenity also exist in this world, a place to sit and listen to the silence,” he tells Greek Reporter.
Giannou says that Villa Monopati makes for the perfect retreat, offering three distinct residences; the main house with an adjacent guest apartment plus two smaller guest houses, two of which open up to a courtyard filled with flowers.
Villa Monopati a rare opportunity in Monemvasia
Due to its breathtaking views and Byzantine architecture, Monemvasia has long been a favorite destination for artists and writers hoping to gain inspiration from their unique surroundings; Villa Monopati would be an exceptional base for creatives looking to collaborate and work in such an extraordinary location, Giannou says.
The main home of the property features a beautiful stone staircase, high ceilings, and traditional wooden detailing throughout. The main living room features elegant bookcases lining the wall as well as a cozy fireplace, making the home the perfect vacation spot for all seasons.
Tall windows bathe the home in the famous golden sunlight of Greece, and imbue the entire house with warmth. An updated modern kitchen opens up to a large terrace with stunning panoramic views of the sea and the historical town below. The home’s lower level features a double bedroom and a spacious bathroom which was renovated in 2018.
The studio apartment on the property, which also serves as a guest room, features a stunning stone arch that separates the living area from the bedroom and bathroom. And its beautiful terrace offers spectacular castle and sea views.
The entrance to the apartment is in a cobbled lane, offering a perfect vantage point where one can sit outside and enjoy the calm of the starry summer nights. It consists of a living area, a double and a single bedroom and bathroom.
The third residence on the property is the “Little House” with its two small terraces, fully equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, and two bedrooms, built in a charming local style with traditional stonework and wooden moldings.
Owing to its prime location in a town popular with both Greek and foreign visitors, this property’s value can only increase over time, Giannou says. The property could be used as either a private home or as a viable business opportunity in the tourism industry, he adds.
Monemvasia has seen a resurgence in importance with increasing numbers of tourists visiting the site and the region.
The charming town is made up of a labyrinth of winding cobblestoned streets that can only be traveled by foot. The medieval buildings have been restored, and many of them converted to hotels, artisans shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants. It has become an ideal romantic hideaway and honeymoon destination.
Author Ann Eldridge, in her book titled “Monemvasia – People. Place. Presence”, shares her personal experience: “The sheer beauty of Monemvasia was clear, but living here I found deeper charms. The world inside the wall is a microcosm, a complete world in which we all have a place…”
For further details on the villa, follow the link: WWW.VILLA-SALE-MONEMVASIA.COM