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Super home set within Southern France complete with bullet-resistant windows and secret escape tunnels.

Situated in a prominent spot on the hills of Mougins in southern France, is a spectacular nine-bedroom private residence designed to be one of the most secure homes in the world. Providing c. 11,000 sq. ft. of accommodation the vast complex is perfect for the security conscious, complete with bullet-resistant windows and reinforced steel interior doors, panic room, secure underground tunnels, state-of-the art security cameras and spotlights.

Built for German entrepreneur Daniel Giersh, known for having trademarked the name ‘Gmail’ in Germany in 2000 before the now famous mail service was launched in 2004 and his then American actress wife Kelly Rutherford, of Gossip Girl, Melrose Place & Pretty Little Things & two daughters.

Situated on a private gated development, the home is bordered by high walls and entered through a set of secure steel gates via a winding driveway.

The super-sized villa is entered on the ground floor, via a secure front entrance, leading onto the main reception room. Also on the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen/dining area, living room, two al fresco kitchens, his and hers private offices, master bedroom suite complete with walk-in dressing room and a guest bedroom suite. To the rear is an expansive decked terrace complete with sun loungers and feature planting.

The garden floor is the main living space, housing the main guest space or staff quarters. In total there are two guest bedroom suites, three additional bedrooms and contained staff quarters, whilst there is also a library and laundry room. Offering a unique feature to the home is a yoga room that could also double up as a ballet studio, with direct access onto the sauna room. Also on the garden floor is the cinema room, games room, bar and gym. The gym space is spacious enough to be fitted with the latest cardio vascular equipment, free weights and a full-size boxing ring.

Internally the villa benefits from impressive ceiling heights of 3 metres. Internally, the walls are made from organic clay, whilst the flooring is Hinterseer parquet complete with underfloor heating. All interior doors and windows are made from reinforced American oak, the bathrooms have been created using hand-polished Tadelak concrete with fittings custom-made by Watermark, a luxury specialist based in New York.

The main kitchen is fully-equipped with an osmosis water filter system and Miele appliances (there are 7 kitchens throughout; 5 internal, 2 external). The internal lighting, heating and security systems are remote controlled and accessible remotely via a tablet or smart phone using the latest KNX Home Automation System.

One of the most secure private residential homes in the world, every corner of the interior and exterior are covered by CCTV, whilst spotlights have been installed that can be triggered by movement sensors. Internally, bullet-resistant windows and doors add extra protection on top of a secure panic room and escape tunnels located underground and leading away from the complex.

At the rear of the expansive residential complex is a swimming pool, fitted with a double current triathlon training system, as well as a fully-equipped pool house. Below the pool house are two self-contained apartment that could act as a private residence for relatives or dependents, as well as staff.

Commenting on the one-of-a-kind Mougins home, Rista Backovic, Head of lead sales agents Finlay Brewer International, said: “This is such a unique home that perfectly blends stringent security features with all of the modern luxuries a discerning purchaser would expect. The location couldn’t get any better; close to one of the best schools in the region, as well as all of the key amenities of Mougins, it also benefits from easy connections to the hotspots of the French Riviera.”

The landscaped property, providing close to 40,000 sq. ft. of outside space, also includes a tennis court, boules court, Koi Carp pond and a sizeable organic vegetable garden. Due to its prominent hilltop location the property enjoys spectacular views across the picturesque medieval village of Mougins.

Overlooking the French Riviera, Mougins is a picturesque hilltop village with excellent proximity to Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport. The Sophia Antipolis Science Park and protected natural parkland that surround it are easily accessible. Grasse with its beauty and scented history as well as spectacular Maritime Alps skiing slopes are also within easy reach.

Sporting over 30 art galleries, Mougins is an art lovers’ delight. It benefits form an array of excellent amenities including golf courses, hospitals and international schools, all within walking distance.

On the market for €12.5 million with specialist property agents Finlay Brewer International, viewings are strictly by appointment only.


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