Villa Magdalena, built and designed by architect J. Martinez de Ubago in 1920, is located at the beautiful Paseo del Faro (Lighthouse Road), above Eduardo Chillida’s sculpture “Peine de los Vientos”, and has spectacular views of the bay and city. This vacation home in San Sebastián is a protected heritage property of the Spanish resort town.
Owner Olatz is a fashion and interior designer who was born in San Sebastián and spent many summers and holidays there. This was a masterful renovation, decorated with utmost respect to its original style as a 1920 country Basque villa.
“I could see the potential right away, and I fell in love,” she says of the day she first saw Villa Magdalena. It had been abandoned for many years, but Olatz felt it would be a privilege to restore its early beauty; to make it look like not a day had passed.
To add space, the kitchen and dining room were moved into the former basement, which now leads into a garden and a terrace with views of the sea, perfect for alfresco dining.
Filled with the treasures of a life often spent traveling, the home contains a collection of modern art, fabrics, rugs and tiles from Marrakesh and Bali, and antique furniture that she found in France and Spain. Novels and art books adorn the tables – a favorite of Olatz is a gigantic book given to her by Peter Beard, which she says is like its own piece of furniture.
In an iconic Spanish port town, here is a home with a romantic soul, holding the past in stunning reverence.