5 of the best Lake Como properties for sale right now
Lake Como in Lombardy has scenic shores backed by mountains dotted with lavish villas, quaint villages, history and nature. The upscale Italian lake is a favorite haunt of celebrities such as George Clooney, who bought his mansion in 2002, and he co-starred alongside Lady Gaga in the 2021 film Gucci House.
But it’s long been a popular holiday destination, with its crisp alpine air attracting visitors since Roman times.
These Lake Como properties offer a taste of waterside living – including a neoclassical 1920s villa with dreamy woodwork and stained glass accents and a modern duplex with vaulted ceilings and finishes minimalists.
A villa from the 1900s in a historic park in Valmadrera
8 bedrooms; 2.875 million euros via Knight Frank
Full of whimsy, trompe-l’oeil frescoes and a turreted tower, this 1900s Baroque lakeside villa looks like it’s stepped out of the pages of a fairy tale, and it has the setting to match. Its wide arched windows overlook tall pine trees, the landscape of the town of Lecco and a breathtaking view of the lake.
It has an impressive entrance hall at three heights, with frescoes, columns and a marble staircase. There is also a vintage Italian-style kitchen and a fairytale stone gatehouse with an arched entrance to finish the look.
Modern duplex apartment with historic bones
2 Bedrooms; €750,000 via Knight Frank
The loggia of this renovated two-story Como apartment has an elegant style: stone pillars support ventilated ceiling arches, and there are potted greenery and courtyard views. Inside, the main living space features an open marble and ribbed stone fireplace, glossy dark wood flooring and driftwood stair treads, emphasizing its sense of character. space and its vertical proportions. Glossy white cabinets in the brick-lined ceiling kitchen add elegance to the mix.
A modernist chalet villa in Tremezzina with vaulted wooden ceilings
4 bedrooms; €2.9 million through Savills
This waterfront cottage’s tall, beamed roof sweeps across a lot, with overhanging, umbrella-shaped eaves shading its outdoor terraces. It sits in large sunny gardens with a swimming pool and has a spectacular backdrop of mountains and lakes. Inside it is mostly open plan except for an open staircase which splits halfway to provide dual access to the upper floor, where there is an open office and bedrooms. There are terracotta floor tiles and an open fireplace, which provide comfortable temperatures all year round.
Villa Visconti in Blevio
3 bedrooms; €6 million via Tranio / Lionard Luxury Real Estate
Located in the grounds of the famous Villa da Riva, this 350m² property on Lake Blevio dates back to the late 1800s, although it has been completely renovated in the last decade. Eclectic interiors layer industrial and minimalist elements with quirky features, such as the greenhouse kitchen with steel-framed windows, stainless steel appliances, and marble countertops.
The villa has direct access to the water with its own jetty and is surrounded by English gardens with trees, wildflowers and magnolias and a swimming pool.
1920s art nouveau villa in San Fermo Della Battaglia divided into three apartments
8 bedrooms; €2.2 million via Prestige Property Group
The designer of the neoclassical Volta Temple museum in Como, architect Federico Frigerio, designed this 1920s Art Nouveau house, which stands majestically with an imposing tower. The San Fermo Della Battaglia property is rich in ornate woodwork, including a wooden coffered ceiling, and has a ceiling fresco and marble-lined walls.
Notable Art Nouveau features include full-height stained glass doors and a window-lined room with yellow and blue glass inserts. It is made up of three apartments, but it could be reintegrated into a single house. And around the Art Nouveau villa are well planted gardens and an old swimming pool which needs restoration.