When thinking about the word “villa” the image of something Mediterranean is drawn to our minds.
Quite accurately, as the very first villas had made their appearance all the way back to ancient Rome, as
homes in the country for the wealthy nobles. Similarly today, the villa is still the high-end, seasonal
home built to accommodate a single family.
The classical villa may be built in different architectural styles; however, the construction material must
include marble, white or yellow limestone, brick or stone. When comparing villas to cottages, then the
cottage is the more modest-type of housing, while villas, are practically palaces - but without the
elements of royalty. Traditionally, villas were viewed as the sanctuaries for relaxation, not only
accommodating family members, but also the hosts’ close associates.
Although modern villas today do not maintain any throne rooms or imperial-type of quarters anymore,
the right kind of villa should include a swimming pool, guest rooms, and accommodations to the villa’s
groundskeepers and maintenance workers. The average area of most villas throughout Europe is
between 150 and 200 square meters.
When looking at villas from the last century, some prominent figures around Europe maintained quite
large villas, or “little castles” with an area of 400-600 square meters. Such villas were filled with
absolutely everything necessary for the fashionable holiday in the country. Villas that had once
belonged to famous politicians, artists and aristocrats can be found well preserved today as boutique
hotels, museums or offices across Italy, France, Greece and Spain.
The post-Soviet definition for ‘villa’ refers to any single-detached house in the country. While real
estate advertisements portray the villa as the high-priced modern home, having its own defined
territory [landscape design] and most often, built in the classical style [with porticoes, columns and
arches] including typical architectural elements common in villas. Modern villas usually do not exceed
two floors. A swimming pool can be found either indoors or [depending on the climate] outdoors, often
accompanied by a fountain or a garden.
In recent years, urban villas have become popular in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, defined as apartment
buildings in the country. Its residents enjoying the many benefits of life in nature.