Chic, warm, sophisticated space with a contemporary edge, fresh and streamlined while still comfortable and inviting, AtenÃ©o favors an eclectic mix of modern and vintage.
This 70s house in the centre of Athens has been transformed with respect to its original character into a retreat-style home with indoor spaces that merge for year-round enjoyment. Itâ€™s a 50 sq. m. flat capturing the essence of the current trend in home dÃ©cor totally leaning towards a 70s and 80s vibe.
The desired contemporary â€˜open conceptâ€™ was achieved with a complete redesign of the interior connecting the expanded kitchen with the living area. Dealing with various issues of the original kitchen, there are more cupboards with self-closing drawers, granite tiles and brand new inox built in electric devices. In a neat trick, it manages to be completely functional without sacrificing its free-flowing space aesthetic. An unexpected pop of a look-at-me floor lamp on the corner updates the style with casual retro factory-chic design taking centre stage! It is certainly a bold remodel!
Bathroom went also from boring to glam. All the old plumbing lines were replaced and it was reconfigured to allow for a custom made shower cabin; a perfect partner for the retro bronze geometric tiles. And thereâ€™s just something so luxurious about its rainfall showerhead: it is softer and less grating, making each shower feel like a special occasion, not an obligation. Dramatic colors and flashy fixtures spice things up to have you feeling like you are on location at a five-star resort. Itâ€™s the perfect place to go luxe!
A contemporary smoky grey hued bedroom features the main character of a classic bed with a fabric headboard and a striped bedspread. The queen-size bed commands attention in a space designed as a romantic getaway. The inspiration for this fabulous headboard was sleek sophistication with a healthy dose of comfort. Not only creates a wonderfully comfortable surface for reading in bed, but the pattern repetition adds purpose and style to its decoration. Morocco gold-brass round side tables double as nightstands while on their mirrored top eclectic lamps with soft lighting add simple lines to the room. These little sculptural tables although eye catching do not take up all that much visual space and they have such a unique shape and color adding just the right amount of glint. Their damask pattern lends drama and continues the roomâ€™s focus on romantic design. Fuzzy pillows and plenty of white bed linens ensure this bedroom is always nice and cozy. The original wood floor has been refinished and a wall of streamlined built-ins provides an adequate storage solution.
Living room is accented with beautiful wheat and grey hues and natural light. Both eclectic and modern, this living area features multiple spots to take a seat. Patterns combine with clean-lined furniture to create a dynamic living space. With varying styles and materials, chairs and lounge become an artistic expression in the room. The animal-print rugs along with the patterned decorative throw pillows add a little funk while the TV occupies an unobtrusive space on the back wall. Framed black and white illustrations add a classic touch, while white porcelains help maintain eclectic feeling. Elegant furnishings and eye-catching lighting accents create a welcoming ambiance for socializing or relaxing.
Intimate and with subtle sophistication AtenÃ©o is definitely a style statement meeting the high expectations of modern travellers!
AtenÃ©o is located in the Ampelokipi â€“ Goudi district on the Classic Marathon route, in the northeast of the city center almost on the foothills of Mount Hymettus. Less than 10 minutes away from Syntagma Square and the Greek Parliament by metro this flat is conveniently situated right next to the biggest urban park in Athens. During the 2004 Olympics the place turned into parkland with sports facilities, hosting the Badminton and Modern Pentathlon venues. The spot is a transportation hub on the airport line serviced both from the subway and the local bus company. It is next to the National Sculpture Gallery, steps from the famous Badminton Theater, close to the Concert Hall, within a neighborhood with ministries and university faculties, internationalsâ€™ headquarters, embassies, hospitals and several wine and dine choices.
A little bit of History
During the 19th century Ampelokipoi was dotted in the maps only for some cottages of rich Athenians built within olive groves, citrus trees and vineyards. Because of the benign climate and the mild weather conditions many hospitals were built in the late 19th century as well as in the beginning of 20th. Nowadays Red Cross is based in Ampelokipoi among many public and private hospitals which make the place ideal for Medical Tourism.
A great part of the area was also occupied by military camps and, particularly the district of Goudi has been repeatedly associated with military coups attempting interference in the local political scene. The camps were used originally as military training fields hosting also the Greek Cavalry and from 1945 the Armor School established to train both officers and soldiers into new weapons. For many decades these camps were synonymous with conspiracies, military movements, political trials and executions, while they were also used by the Nazis during the German occupation.
X95 Bus Line
X95 bus line operated by the local Public Bus Company connects directly AtenÃ©o with Athens International Airport (AIA) â€˜Eleftherios Venizelosâ€™. X95 is the most used line running all the way downtown to Syntagma Square and the Parliament â€“and vice versa. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days per week including holidays; itâ€™s a 24/7 service. Buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level. Bus tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk (located outside the Arrivals Level between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (ask operator) at no extra cost. This bus is exclusively for airport transfers; however, there are a few pre-designated stops on each route in between the two ends. Heading from the airport to AtenÃ©o the intermediate stop is Errikos Ntinan Hospital (Red Cross) on Messogion Avenue, only 5 minutes away on foot, while from AtenÃ©o to the airport the intermediate bus stop is right across the road, named as Scholi Astinomias. Buses have enough space for luggage plus let view in contrary to the underground.
Metro Blue (Airport) Line
Rail connections are also available from the AIA Rail Station (adjacent to the main terminal). Services are provided by suburban rail and metro trains. RAIL & METRO tickets must be purchased and validated before boarding. To reach AtenÃ©o you have to get off at Katechaki Metro Station which is less than 10 minutes walking away. To get optimum operation and access to the Station a pedestrian bridge was constructed over Messogion Avenue the design of which was made by Santiago Calatrava, the reputed Architect. Since then this bridge has been a local landmark standing as a modern gate leading to the city of Athens.