Just a few years ago, this baroque "limonaia," a single-story structure where lemon trees were protected during winter, was in ruins. Surrounded by the expansive gardens of a villa called Palazzo Capponi, which dates to 1584, the 3,455-square-foot lemon conservatory in the center of Florence, Italy had a plaster façade decorated with pebble designs and an interior grotto with ceiling frescoes depicting birds, but inside it was an empty shell with white-painted walls. Several years ago, an American family (the wife is an interior designer) converted the limonaia into a five-bedroom house, now listed for $4.9M.
The new design offers a pair of living areas on either side of the central aviary, double-height ceilings, a curving staircase leading up to a mezzanine, many French windows that open up to the gardens, and a stone terrace with views of Florence's famous cathedral, the Duomo. The three-year renovation mixed original features and contemporary design elements to great effect, but for some reason the couple has decided to sell their atmospheric fixer-upper. Photos, below:
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