Mercouri House-Kolonaki House

Mercouri House-Kolonaki House

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Mercouri House-Kolonaki House

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This unique home will always be known to us as the Mercouri house. It's history is filled with moments of great inspiration as it was the creative hub for both Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin's craft as film makers and actress/politician for over 20 years. Mercouri and Dassin met in the sixties and were married in 1966, they lived in New York until 1974, then they returned to Greece where they remained in Athens for the rest of their lives.

The story of their home continues on thanks to a young family that purchased the home from Jules dassin's estate after it had been empty and in disrepair for many years.

The house was originally a small two story neo-classical house that mercouri and dassin added to about every ten years, built Layer by layer until it became a four story house with a beautiful roof deck with uninterrupted views of the green forest of lycabettus hill. A home of this size in the Kolonaki area of Athens is very rare.

Much care was went into restoring the home to its former glory. The exterior of the house for the most part has kept its original form. The largest changes were needed inside to accommodate the new families needs functionally and aesthetically.

The home is a combination of classic symmetry and modern simplicity. Natural plaster walls, Spanish limestone and oak floors, Ipe wood pergolas and decking, and white washed wood keep the palette simple so that the modern lines of the home can be enjoyed without fussy combinations of materials.

The house is furnished with a selection of furniture by baxter, maxalto, and minotti.

The General contractor is Doriki Techniki.

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