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CIMAVILLA c. 1335 – Lake Maggiore Region, Switzerland

6562 Soazza, Switzerland
$1,335,000

Description

CIMAVILLA c. 1335, Soazza, Lake Maggiore Region, Switzerland

 1.  Video:

vimeo.com/345419771

2. Virtual Tour:

Cimavilla 1335 (main house):  

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=vgcRr57JXK8

Cimavilla 15/16 (two independent guest apartments):  

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=PHDxwR6pfF2

3. Photographs at end of text

Note:  Non-resident Foreigner Ownership (e.g., American) Permitted

Foreign ownership of residential property in Switzerland is rare and carefully controlled, both in terms of numbers and location.   It  depends in part on canton and village where the property is located.  Cimavilla is owned by an American and is grandfathered for a  non-resident foreigner (American, British, French,  etc.)  to own.  Foreign ownership is also an opportunity for a real estate investment denominated   in Swiss francs.

Option:  Cimavilla is furnished in period and contemporary furniture and furnishings and as an option is available “ready to move in.”

Switzerland is one of the most secure countries in the world for personal and financial safety.   It  is also known as one of the world’s happiest and healthiest countries, Western Europe’s lowest tax rate, 4 Seasons nature and recreation  galore, and a neutral country with strong  humanitarian traditions.  The Swiss system of direct representation government is unique.  Its President and Vice-president are largely ceremonial.  Affairs of state are run by a Federal Council comprising an upper chamber and a lower chamber, with states (cantons) and locales having primacy.  Cimavilla c. 1335 is an ideal location in the southern Swiss alps and lakes, with immediate superhighway access to Central Europe  …  an ideal location for those who love proximity to Italy yet want all the benefits Switzerland offers.

Cimavilla is in the  Italian-speaking Swiss Lake District.  It is a safe-and-secure environment having world-class mountains, nature, hospitality, and transportation … yet its own world apart.

Cimavilla sits on an Alp in the village of Soazza (population 310) in the  Mesolcina Valley between  Bellinzona (capital of Ticino canton and Italy) to the south and San Bernardino (local ski area and tunnel to Swiss and European points) to the north.

It is an impeccably-restored historic 18-room, four story stone residence with granite roofs and unique 1719  covered wooden bridge (“passerella”) connecting two medieval houses.   The property consists of a major residence  (Casa Patriziale), separate North Wing guest apartment,  separate South Wing guest  apartment, and outdoor areas with palm trees.

Cimavilla is  a Swiss Heritage landmark protected under The Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property as  #10800.   It has been impeccably restored with guidance from the  canton’s historical commission and management of the restoration effort by art historians Carlo and JoAnn a Marca.    Its features include: a sunny Mediterranean climate, original wood/stone floors and beams,  17th century wood-paneled patrician library, two-story beamed living room with Renaissance fireplace and Romeo/Juliet balcony, 3.5 bathrooms (one is  a spa), 5 bedrooms, wine cellar, all modern amenities, and antique and contemporary furnishings.   Annual operating costs are modest, and Cimavilla is available furnished.

Soazza is a  medieval village at elevation 2000 feet without peer for its location, history,  nature, and culture.  It is one of only 20  villages on the “Grand Tour of Switzerland.”  The village has two churches, a restored Capuchin monastery, a cultural center and library situated in the former train station,  chestnut forests, Moesa river,  small boutique hotel,  and family restaurant.

Mesocco Castle (12th century), a Swiss Heritage site of national importance in Mesolcina Valley,  sits above Soazza 1.5 kilometers  to the north.  Autostrada E43  is 1.5 kilometers away down on the Valley floor.  This provides ready access to Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore  to the south and St. Moritz and other ski areas to the north.   Zurich is a two hour drive, Milano Malpensa airport is 1.5 hours, and Lugano airport is 40 minutes.

Photographs at “Property Media” below comprise:

Area Map  (1 photo)

Mesolcina Valley (3 photos)

Soazza (6 photos)

Casa Patriziale  Residence  (8 photos)

North Wing Guest Apartment (4 photos)

South Wing Guest Apartment (2 photos)

Virtual Tours:  see links at beginning

Contact Owner  with any questions and for further information at [email protected] and +1-917-445-2400.  Enjoy your visit!

END NOTES
1) In 2001 the Canton historical commission (Graubunden Monuments
Commission, Chur) collaborated on the restoration of
Cimavilla to historic standards. In the Commission’s 2002
yearbook, Cimavilla is featured with an article having
photographs and drawing. Selected timbers were also
radiocarbon dated by the Commission. (available via mail))

2) Cimavilla has four sheets of architectural drawings: sheets 3 and 4 are the
main villa’s upper two floors and sheets 1 and 2 are the lower
two floors (North and South apartments). (available via email)

3) There is physical evidence on the passerella  that circa 1720 the local patrician a
Marca family joined two medieval houses with the passerella.
An a Marca was governor of the area now partly Switzerland
and partly Italy.

4) Mesolcina Valley runs south to north from Bellinzona to San
Bernardino Pass. In medieval times it was a major trade route
from Como/Milan (Italy ) on the south side of the Alps to the
north side of the Alps (Switzerland, Germany and Central
Europe).

5) Mesocco Castle is 1 mile north of Soazza. It is said to be the
largest castle extant in Switzerland and has been partially
restored. There is an unobstructed view of the Castle from
Cimavilla’s dining room and from the North apartment
bedroom. (request photos)

6) Soazza is one of only 20 villages on the “Grand Tour of
Switzerland”. It is a restored medieval village with a
population of 300, two churches, former Capuchin monastery,
boutique hotel, and family restaurant. Soazza is known for its
medieval stone houses with granite roofs.https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.cimavilla1335.com&source=gmail&ust=1607006660247000&usg=AFQjCNEPuLbX7XfOYqCFkRngHRSzDo0UVg

7) Elegant furniture and furnishings, antique as well as contemporary, come with Cimavilla making it “ready to move in”.  They originate from Dolomites Italy, Tuscany Italy, 18th c. Colonial American, New Mexico, Germany, and Switzerland.

Detail

  • Property ID
    261850
  • 5
    Bedrooms
  • 3.5
    Bathrooms
  • Square Footage
    3400 sqft
  • Chateauesque
    Style
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    Year Built
    1335 +

Updated on February 11, 2021 at 3:17 pm

Address

  • Address: 6562 Soazza, Switzerland
  • City: Soazza
  • Zip/Postal Code: 6562
  • Country: Switzerland

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