Architect Christos Vlachos designs a villa you’ll be reluctant to leave

A Dreamy, Minimalist Island Retreat in Greece
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There’s plenty one could do with 12,000 precious square feet — just ask anyone who has ever lived in Hong Kong.

In the case of a villa embedded onto a clifftop on Milos, Greece, renowned architect Christos Vlachos chose to exhibit his mastery of form and minimalism. The result is a seaside abode that’s simple, yet perfectly complements the breathtaking natural beauty of its unique location.

The in-cave, bioclimatic house features wide open spaces, with a living room, dining room and open kitchen with panoramic views
The in-cave, bioclimatic house features wide open spaces, with a living room, dining room and open kitchen with panoramic views

Not for nothing is the island of Milos known as the “Island of Colours,” with its notoriously vivid sunsets and proximity to a handful of beaches.

An open floor plan promotes the feeling of being in a resort
An open floor plan promotes the feeling of being in a resort

Inside, 10-metre windows and open spaces that bring the outdoors in afford panoramic views of the Aegean Sea as well as the neighbouring islands of Crete and Folegandros. Natural materials, in particular stone and wood, dominate the stark interiors.

Each of the residence’s seven bedrooms is equipped with an en-suite bathroom and access to an individual terrace.

A neutral colour palette complements the use of wood and stone throughout the villa
A neutral colour palette complements the use of wood and stone throughout the villa

The outdoor living areas and swimming pool are positioned on the terrace, which overlooks a magical scenery of cliffs and the sea.

Picturesque sunsets are best enjoyed from the outdoor terrace
Picturesque sunsets are best enjoyed from the outdoor terrace
As remote as the villa feels, the international airport is only 10 kilometres away
As remote as the villa feels, the international airport is only 10 kilometres away

For decades, the US, UK, Canada, and Australia have been top of mind for Hong Kong and Chinese citizens looking to immigrate or invest in second homes. The launch of Europe’s golden visa programmes,  offering a real estate investment route to permanent residency, posed several less traditional alternatives,  with the programme's increasing popularity in countries including Spain, Portugal, and Greece.

Greece, which introduced its golden visa programme in 2013, requires an investment of €250,000 — the most affordable investment level of any real estate residency visa schemes in Europe.

The property is priced at €5.5 million, handled by Sotheby’s International Realty.

Photography courtesy of Sotheby's International Realty

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