Inside the House That Launched Architect Barry Dierks’s Storied Career

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Location: Théoule-sur-Mer, France

Price: €15.97 million (US$17.11 million)

American architect Barry Dierks is best known for speckling the French Riviera with modernist homes for the rich and famous in the decades surrounding World War II—and it all started with a house he designed for himself known as Villa Le Trident, built on a rocky peninsula in 1925. 

Nestled into the striking red rocks of Esterel, this architecturally significant home is set into a 1.5-acre plot that leads gracefully down to the sea and an idyllic swimming spot.

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“Dierks’s architectural style combined modernist principles and regional aesthetics, with strong traditional Mediterranean and Provençal influences,” listing agent Alasdair Hedley said. “His buildings aimed to harmonize with the natural environment and reflect the laid-back lifestyle of the French Riviera.”

This striking villa, now selling for nearly €16 million, is classic Dierks, featuring white stucco walls, traditional shutters, terracotta tiles, arches and terraces that seem to emerge from the surrounding landscape. The home was renovated in the last decade and updated with contemporary comforts, though its status as a protected building ensured its original architectural charm remained fully intact. 

The villa is set into the red rocks on a peninsula surrounded by the captivating Esterel Mountains, with direct access to the sea via a private beach. Several terraces offer ideal Mediterranean indoor-outdoor living. 

“It is an architectural masterpiece that merges historic charm with contemporary opulence, and elevating its allure even further is the villa’s prestigious guest book,” Hedley said. 

Dierks owned the home with his partner, Eric Sawyer, and it remained in family hands until 2008, The Times of London  reported at the time.

“It is believed that names such as Picasso, Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward, and the distinguished Duke and Duchess of Windsor have stayed in this legendary estate,” Hedley said.

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This 4,300-square-foot home has six bedrooms and four bathrooms spread over three floors, and it stands on a 1.5 acre peninsula jutting into the water. 


The villa’s defining feature is its unique location, offering multiple direct access points to the sea, including a private beach. 

It also boasts an infinity-edge swimming pool on a private deck, while the Mediterranean weather, lifestyle and panoramic views can be enjoyed from multiple spacious terraces on every level of the home, including a roof deck. 

Its 1.5-acre plot includes gardens, and there are two staff or guest bedrooms. 

“This residence offers a myriad of beautiful spaces designed to savor the ambiance of the French Riviera,” listing agent Alasdair Hedley said. Sunset cocktails on the terrace epitomize the home’s elegance and tranquility.

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Neighborhood Notes  

Villa Le Trident is located in Esterel, overlooking the bay of Cannes, enjoying one of the most idyllic and private locations in the area, while also being less than half an hour from the iconic Croisette in Cannes. 

The French Riviera resort village of Théoule-sur-Mer, colloquially known as Théoule, lies to the east of the Esterel Massif, enjoying both beautiful natural surroundings and a wide range of amenities, including boutique shopping and “local markets that showcase the region’s unique artisanal crafts and fresh produce,” Hedley said. 

A plethora of recreational options are on offer, including sailing, swimming and water sports, as well as hiking and biking in the surrounding mountains. A family-friendly location, “its range of nearby towns and cities provide access to top-notch educational institutions,” Hedley said.

Agent: Alasdair Hedley, John D Wood & Co. and Magrey & Sons

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