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House Hunting in Greece: A Custom-Built Perch on the Aegean Coast

Built into a mountain on the craggy coastline of Dikastika Bay, this five-level home is in Dikastika, a tiny city in the Attica region of Greece, about 30 miles northeast of Athens. Custom-built for the sellers in 2015, the 5,920-square-foot house offers sweeping vistas across the Petalioi Gulf from every floor in the Aegean Sea. “It’s a terrific offering on an exceptional property with stunning views.

Theo Bosdas of Engel & Volkers MMC Greece, the listing agent. “A home like this on the Athens Riviera, in the southern suburbs, would go for twice the price.” Along with a hilly quarter-acre lot, the home’s landscaped grounds encompass adjacent public parkland where the sellers planted palm trees and other greenery with permission from local authorities. “It doesn’t belong to them, but they wanted to extend the feeling of the land they have,” Mr. Bosdas said. “It adds to the home’s opulent feeling.”

A sculpted steel gate opens from the road to a short driveway and a three-car garage. The owners built the collection as an extension of the house rather than in-ground; the facade is covered in rough-hewed rock from the home’s construction. One level up, a pair of guest bedrooms with en suite bathrooms share the level with a tiled outdoor deck and kidney-shaped pool. The main bedroom suite occupies the third floor, with an expansive bathroom and walk-in closet with custom cabinetry. “Everything is large in there,” Mr. Bosdas said. A private staircase reaches the main bedroom from the pool level. An elevator also services all floors.


On the fourth level, a great room has living and dining areas and a fireplace. The room’s 26-foot ceiling soars past the fifth floor. An oak spiral staircase, the room’s centerpiece, wraps around a sculpted floor-to-ceiling oak panel. Off the dining room, the kitchen has a horseshoe-shaped breakfast bar, along with custom Italian cabinetry, SMEG appliances, and Grohe fixtures. Just opposite, a covered outdoor lounge area includes a pizza oven and barbecue pit. Triangular white canopy juts from the house to cover the lounge area. “Some of the décors are Art Deco-inspired, mixed with these modern elements,” Mr. Bosdas said.

“You can see both the sunset and sunrise because of the home’s location,” Mr. Bosdas said. The fifth floor, called “the captain’s room,” offers unobstructed sea views and has its bar and kitchen, fireplace, and built-in sofa. The furniture imported from the United States is negotiable. An “American, Asian or Russian” would be the most likely buyer for the home, Mr. Bosdas said. “It’s quite flamboyant.” And while the house “might feel distant for a Greek buyer,” he said, “it’s perfect for people who want to be isolated. It’s one of the area’s two or three best properties.”

About an hour from the center of Athens, Dikastika borders Schinias-Marathon National Park, a five-square-mile protected patch of wetlands and forests. While “not quite on the map” for foreign luxury buyers, Dikastika is “a beautiful area, and the beach is wonderful,” said Yannis Ploumis, managing director of Ploumis Sotiropoulos/Christie’s International Real Estate in Athens. “Home values are moderate, and you can live near nature.” A large convenience store serves Dikastika; retail, hospitals, and professional services are available in Nea Makri, about 10 miles south, Mr. Bosdas said. Athens International Airport is about 25 miles south.

Katie Axon

After leaving the corporate world to pursue my dreams, I started writing because it helped me organize and express myself. It also allowed me to connect with people who share my passion for art, travel, fashion, technology, health, and food. I currently write on vexsh, a site focused on sharing and discovering what it means to be a creative, passionate person living in today's digital age.

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