On the outside distinguished but on the inside warm and full of atmosphere. This superb villa on the Nieuwe 's Gravelandseweg in Bussum is, in many ways, an exceptional house. Given its impressive and – especially for 'Het Spiegel' – very generous garden of ca. 5,000 m², one could call it a small estate. It is a place where life is pleasant and fine and where beautiful memories are born.
The beautifully landscaped, green and leafy garden offers peace, time for contemplation and absolute privacy. The various "garden spaces" offer their own atmosphere and experience: mature trees, including several old red beeches, provide a fascinating skyline, the sleek rectangular overflow swimming pool, the jacuzzi with a circular hedge that follows its shape and a discrete landscaped sports field for relaxation. On the spacious South-facing terraces, one can enjoy the sun throughout the day. Should it cool off in the evening, the semi-circular characteristic loggia on the west side of the villa offers shelter and a warm retreat. They've thought of everything. The outside world could never imagine the beauty behind the high hedges. Once you are inside, the outside world is soon forgotten. There are very good reasons why the local residents describe this house as a 'well-kept secret'.
It is good to know that all the schools, the railway station and the centre of Bussum are within walking distance.
The villa was designed by the architect F. A. (Frits) Eschauzier in 1934 in the style of the Delft school, which, among other things, is reflected in the overall sober and traditional look – form follows function – but more specifically in the use of red brick, the high, sloping tiled roofs, high gutter lines, prominent chimneys and the use of natural stone where strength is important. The Delft school produced traditional houses the way they should be, with a minimum of frills and ornamental presentation and optimal use of the interior space. This monumental villa is not only "well proportioned" and representative of the work of the architect, but is also known as a particularly superb example of this important architectural movement.
Here we are, in 2018, and time seems to have little effect on the impressive villa. The property exudes the same distinguished air as the first owner had in mind when he commissioned the building in 1934. The design has stood the test of time. The interior was completely renovated and equipped with every modern comfort in 2010-2011. There were no compromises. The fashionable and extremely comfortable interior of the villa is perhaps the biggest surprise that this imposing house has in store for you.
The heavy, double front door opens to a vestibule, which runs almost straight through the heart of the house to the back, where French doors invite you onto the spacious terrace. Before the renovation, the original kitchen was located on the right hand side, which was converted into a very pleasant lounge or media room. The kitchen itself was moved to the left rear side of the villa – where previously the living room was situated – an ideal location for the custom-made dream kitchen of almost 42 m², equipped with to the highest levels of luxury and comfort. The Burgundy antique sandstone fireplace, the beautiful dark tropical-wood and glass cabinets, the modern kitchen island with Viking stove, the wine cabinet and stainless steel double-door refrigerator, also Viking, the natural stone countertops, high ceilings, large windows and French doors to the terrace – it makes for an eye-catching and harmonious overall picture. This is a kitchen that makes the rest of the house almost superfluous. Almost.
The living room, right in front of the kitchen on the other side of the hall, is not a huge space in which you feel lost. Here, one finds an intimate and warm atmosphere. At the black marble fireplace one can relax, while gazing over the garden, the swimming pool and the tall trees. Two sets of French doors open onto the terrace. The door in the west wall takes you into the loggia – a delightful outdoor room, complete with wood-burning stove. At the front of the villa, at the entrance on the left, is a charming library or study, in which many beautiful things are there to discover: solid wood wall cabinets and panelling, the authentic hand-painted beamed ceiling and an elegant floor-to-ceiling bay window with original stained glass.
The media room provides access to the utility room and garage with an accessible loft. A cosy, very quiet work room is hidden in the stairwell. Halfway up the stairs there is a ramp with a real window sill under a large stained glass window. On this floor there are four large bedrooms, two luxurious bathrooms, a laundry and ironing room. The master suite of almost 60 m² has an adjoining wardrobe with closets and a beautiful bathroom with bath and double shower. The corner room (southwest) has a landing stairs, a marble fireplace and a balcony. A wonderful space, whose beautiful location makes it ideal as a studio or extra work/sitting room.
On the second floor are two bedrooms of about 33 m², on either side of a sitting room and lounge area with a TV corner and a bathroom. Here is also a loft ladder to the large attic. The basement, of approximately 50 m², is divided into a well equipped, cosy bar area with a touch of daylight and a storage cellar and the boiler room.
All the living spaces boast beautiful classic parquet floors; in the bedrooms herringbone oak floors and on the second floor planks. The hall has a floor of black and white chequered marble with black piping and the kitchen, as described, with antique Burgundian building materials. Exactly as it should be in a villa of this quality. With the exception of the living rooms, outdoor light can be tempered with wooden shutters. During the renovation the villa was brought up to a sublime state, with respect for its classical beauty. A villa of this grandeur and quality only comes around once, even in het Gooi.
Year of construction: 1934
Living area: 543 m²
Content: 2,470 m³
Plot: approx. 5,000 m²
Details: double garage, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sports field, electric entrance gate, security, sprinkler installation with own source, wired internet everywhere, largely double glazing.
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