an artist’s studio in a 19th century mansion house
The name of Montretout Park comes from the view as seen from the top of the hill, looking out over all of Paris. Philippe-d'Orléans, King Louis XIV’s nephew, granted ownership of the land to the Order of Saint Ursula who lived there until the French Revolution. An existing pavilion was sold at this time. Napoleon 1st is said to have acquired it in 1806. Under the reign of Louis-Philippe, the Pereire brothers purchased the estate when laying the railway line from Paris-Saint-Lazare to Versailles. Once the track was laid, the rest of the land was sold to a property developer who, in 1832, transformed it into a walled housing estate, one of the first of its kind in France. Now known as Montretout Park, this secure residential estate, spanning a surface area of 8.5 ha and housing some fifty properties, comprises flats of high standing and mansion houses in a wide variety of architectural styles. Its properties are highly sought-after because of its location, 2 minutes from an SNCF train station with direct 15-minute links to Paris-Saint-Lazare. State and private schools are also to be found nearby.
The ground floor comprises a large, 35 m² room for use as a lounge or dining room with an open-plan kitchen. Two French windows open on to a stone terrace with a view of the Eiffel Tower.
The upstairs includes a mezzanine for use as a lounge or study, as well as a bedroom and a bathroom.
Facing east-west and with large, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, light is almost omnipresent.
A lock-up garage can be used for parking a relatively large car.
A communal garden is at the residents’ disposal.
An SNCF train station, 2 minutes away, has direct 15-minute links to Paris-Saint-Lazare. State and private schools as well as shops are also to be found nearby.
The mansion house
Constructed around 1830, the mansion house was the family home of painter and sculptor Edouard-Dantan (1848-1897). Badly burnt by the Prussians, the house was reconstructed in 1871 courtesy of help given personally by the Dantan family.
Its slate roof, its white rendered walls adorned with sculpted stone mascarons as well as its windows and pictures windows are an indication of its impressively high ceilings.
Each of the openings in the house has a terrace area, paved with stone. Numerous sculptures still live in and enhance the garden; notably the four seasons, depicting four women facing towards the French capital.
The artist’s studio
On the ground floor of the mansion house is a 70 m² flat. It comprises a large lounge or dining room with an open-plan kitchen. The latter is fully fitted with stainless steel units that reflect the light. Exuding a contemporary style, it has no need of any works. Two large, east-facing, picture windows warmly and pleasantly illuminate the room. They open on to a stone terrace with a view of the French capital, bestowing it with a very special old-fashioned charm.
A wooden stairway goes up to a mezzanine, ideal as a study or a small lounge. The cosy, west-facing bedroom is fitted with cupboards. The bathroom is fully tiled with timeless white ceramic tiles, with a discreet splash of blue here and there. This flat is in pristine condition.
The communal garden is shared with the two buildings, set out below the mansion house. Completely unoverlooked, it is possible for residents to take their meals outside in the peace and quiet.
Sculptures, coppice stand and various species of trees.
Montretout Park, one of the most sought-after places in the vicinity of the French capital, with its majestic properties steeped in history, offers tranquillity and discreet security, out of sight of onlookers. Numerous personalities, seeking peace and quiet as well as discretion, live there.
One particular entrance opens directly into Saint-Cloud Park.
So near to Paris by train or by car, it provides a guarantee of a quality of life, difficult to find nowadays, set in the midst of verdant surroundings with a wealth of heritage.
|Number of rooms||4|
|Number of bedrooms||1|
|Reception area||35 m2|
|Living space||71 m2|
|Surface BOX 1||10 m2|
|Number of lots||6|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||257 €|
Isabelle Capmas       +33 1 42 84 80 85
NB: The above information is not only the result of our visit to the property; it is also based on information provided by the current owner. It is by no means comprehensive or strictly accurate especially where surface areas and construction dates are concerned. We cannot, therefore, be held liable for any misrepresentation.