on Saint-Cloud’s famous Montretout plateau
The town of Saint-Cloud, facing Boulogne Wood and less than 10 km from Notre-Dame-de-Paris cathedral, has been a holiday haven for French aristocracy since early modern times. Henry III set up the last Valois government there and Napoleon made the chateau of Saint-Cloud his favourite residence. Montretout plateau, on the heights of the town, is a particularly sought-after district which owes its name to its incredible view of the French capital, going from the Sacré-Cœur to the Eiffel Tower. The racecourse, the golf course and Saint-Cloud Park are but a stone’s throw away, as are several well-known schools: the American School of Paris, the German Deutsche-Schule-Paris and the Montessori School. Saint-Cloud train station is within easy reach and provides links to Saint-Lazare station taking less than 20 minutes.
This house can be reached from the street via a wicket gate opening into a courtyard planted with bamboo and banana plants as well as tamarisk trees. On the right-hand side is a glass and wrought iron canopy. A few stone steps lead under a canopy, with a wooden roofing framework covered with flat tiles, preceding the front door. The facade features millstone grit, a natural insulator, and a frieze with geometric motifs made from red brick and enamelled stoneware tiles. Behind the house, out of sight of onlookers, a lush garden can also be reached by the property’s entrance gates.
The vestibule, with its cement floor tiles, leads to a double living room. Two windows adorned with wrought iron railings let copious amounts of light into this south-west facing room. A brick fireplace, a moulded ceiling and light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring give this room a feeling of coherence and harmony. The fitted kitchen opens on to a veranda and the garden. The ground floor also includes a bedroom and a recently renovated bathroom.
This level, with sloping ceilings, comprises three bedrooms. All the rooms have light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring and two of them are illuminated via roof dormers. A shower room, its old terracotta floor tiles and a separate toilet complete this level. All the rooms were recently repainted white, providing the various areas with even more luminosity.
This large area, spanning 50 m², comprises a vaulted room which could be used as a wine cellar. The room, illuminated via a French window and an atrium, could easily be transformed into a workshop. Further on are a boiler room and a laundry room as well as a garage opening on to the street.
This garden is reached via the veranda where a flight of steps goes down to the outside area, spanning 100 m². There, a twenty-year-old palm tree looks down on all kinds of other species including Japanese flowering cherry and fig trees as well as climbing rose bushes. Completely unoverlooked, this garden is a haven of peace. The more daring of residents could plant a little vegetable garden.
Reflecting the simple, attractive character that made the holiday houses from the Belle-Époque so charming, this reddish-brown and white house stands in an outstanding position on Montretout plateau, near to the best schools. The garden, laid out around a flint, tile and wood mosaic, adds a spontaneous ambiance, disturbed but by the rustling of palm trees and bamboo plants. Some improvement works are required so that a family can settle far from the Parisian hustle and bustle, in the peaceful, convivial ambiance cultivated by the local residents.
|Number of rooms||7|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Possible number of bedrooms||4|
|Land registry surface area||201 m2|
|Living space||150 m2|
|Surface Garden||100 m2|
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.