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Gay Open House: Mmmm, Montenegro or Montalcino?

It’s all about the ‘M’ this March, with two magnificent properties.

Spring has sprung and the property market buds are starting to bloom. Everything and everyone looks and feels better with a bit of sun and warmth in the air so feast your eyes on these beauties to get you in the March mood, from Montenegro to Montalcino.  

Our monthly real estate feature sees us team up again with Welshman Rhodri Ellis Owen and Canadian Jameson Farn at LGBTQ Real Estate to bring you some of the finest real estate on the planet. Based in the south of France, but covering properties all over Europe, the guys at LGBTQ Real Estate pride  dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ sellers, buyers and their friends find their perfect property match.

Tivat, Montenegro

Montenegro is the jewel of the Adriatic, unspoilt by mass tourism and boasting a coastline of crystal clear coves.  This designer, old stone semi-detached home with beautiful outside terrace is in up-and-coming Tivat. Located only 1km from the sea and within walking distance to glamorous Porto Montenegro this fully renovated property offers a move-in-ready permanent or second home opportunity with great rental potential.

One of a kind, its original exposed stone interior walls, wood beams and rustic wood plank floors blend seamlessly with newly updated interior finishes that include natural stone and Italian porcelain tiles, as well as custom solid wood architraves, interior doors add fresh decoration, Bosch appliances and Italian fixtures. This property is available partly furnished on negotiation.

Well laid out, the home features a large open-plan main living area with French doors leading onto a comfortable and shaded stone terrace. This property includes three bedrooms, all with direct access to a full bathroom and a large master bedroom suite with its own sitting area and luxury ensuite. It is comfortably nestled among mature trees including oleander, olive and orange with some peekaboo views of the sea.

Yours for 475,000 Euro

What’s happening in Montenegro?

Montenegro was feted by the English romantic poet Lord Byron who once described the country as ‘At the birth of the planet the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montonegrin coast’. Byron may have been on to something, but the country itself has not had the best record when it comes to LGBTQ+ tolerance, but things are improving and numerous changes have been made in recent years to pass legislation to protect the human rights of LGBTQ+ residents and visitors.   

Montalcino, Tuscany 

Tuscany. It’s what dreams are made of. Rolling hills, fine wines, quality local produce, renaissance art and architecture, ancient hilltop village and classic villas to melt your heart. 

This beautiful Tuscan villa is no exception, surrounded by 3.2 hectares of gardens and woodlands, and serenely located above the Via Cassia, the ancient pilgrim route from Siena to Rome. The façade of arches is in the great Tuscan villa tradition and parts date back to the 16th century. It was originally the summer residence and hunting lodge of the Crocchi, the principal family of the area. From the semi circular front garden there are panoramic views of the Val d’Arbia and from the pergola covered front terrace you look directly across the vineyards to Montalcino. To the south rises Monte Amiata and to the north you can see as far as the bell tower of Siena. Nearby are Montepulciano, Pienza, the great Abbey of Monte Olivetto and the beautiful abbey church of Sant’Antimo.

On the ground floor, the wine cellars have been converted into large open plan areas connected by archways accommodating the main kitchen, breakfast room, TV room and dining room that itself opens out onto the terraces shaded by vines, wisteria and ivy over the pergola. 

This pergola runs the length of the house and it is where inviting long tables have been laid to welcome guests for alfresco dining. There is a garden room onto the terrace and there are three double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. The first floor has a large living room with double doors that leads onto the covered loggia with its triple arches. There are an additional 7 double bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and a library on this floor. The swimming pool is at the rear of the villa, surrounded by terraces. A truly magnificent residence with some of the best views of the Tuscan countryside yet offering complete tranquility.

Yours for 1,900,000 Euro 

What’s up in Tuscany?

The Tuscan countryside may be far from the maddening crowd, but you’re not far from the main LGBTQ+ centers in the region which include Florence, Pisa, Viareggio, Lucca and Siena. The Tuscan coast is also famed for its beaches with La Lecciona, Sassoscritto and Rimigliano favored by gay and lesbian bathers who love to be at one with nature.

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  • Looks interesting: are the properties far from the sea??


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