in Jouy-en-Josas, in the French department of Yvelines
Jouy-en-Josas is a peaceful town in the verdant Bièvre Valley. With its thousand-year-old history, the town still exudes its character typical of the Ile-de-France region between woods, ponds, grasslands and hiking trails. It is not surprising then that Léon and Jeanne-Blum decided to spend the rest of their days there. The couple’s home, an old 18th century farmhouse in the Metz district, is now a museum. The famous factory making “Toile de Jouy” wallpaper, a real gem of the crafts industry installed in the Château-de-l'Églantine, can be visited. Furthermore, the town has become a huge research centre. Consequently, prestigious campuses such as those of HEC and INRA as well as Thales have taken up residence there. And lastly, the town is but 4 km from Versailles and 19 km to the south-west of Paris, reached via the N118 or the RER train line C in 45 minutes.
The main house
This house, built in the 1960’s, portrays resolutely modern architecture: its flat roof, its immaculate, plain façade and its geometric, refined lines are enhanced by two porches, one on either side of the building.
The wide door opens into a large entrance hall, with a cloakroom. This through room provides access, on one side, to a study-library and, on the other, to a fully fitted kitchen, spanning almost 25 m², notably including an immense Godin kitchen range and its extraction hood. The diagonally-laid floor tiles, with their pinkish hue, bring provincial houses to mind. The 76 m², south-facing reception room comprises a dining room under its rotunda and a lounge, which stands out courtesy of its open-hearth Louis-Philippe fireplace and trumeau. The semi-circular and rectangular alcoves, the panelling, the ceilings with their cornices and other colonnades bestow this room with old-fashioned charm. Large glazed openings lead out on to the south-facing terrace, with a view over the cascading fountains and the pond. The ground floor also includes two bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom, with a shower, a spa bath and a vanity unit with two wash-hand basins, as well as a dressing room.
The garden level comprises two bedrooms: one with a shower room and the other with a bathroom, both of which are tiled. These two bedrooms look directly out over the garden and the pond, a fantastic feature. This level also includes a laundry room, a workroom and a toilet. These rooms are followed by a boiler room, with its oil-fired, forced-air boiler, a storage room, two workshops and a wine cellar. This level could easily be converted into a self-contained flat, with its own private entrance.
This 5,395 m², fully enclosed garden is reminiscent of a chateau’s parklands. It must be said that all of the outside areas have had the benefit of special attention. With its south-facing aspect, it encourages all kinds of trees and flowers to grow, whilst promising tranquillity and privacy courtesy of its tall cedar trees. Water is omnipresent: from the fountains to the listed pond, spanning approx. 1,000 m², where carp and roach can be glimpsed swimming around. It is not unusual to see ducks and moorhens taking the sun. A watering system, including sump pumps, has also been installed. This garden also includes an iron and glass greenhouse, a vegetable garden, a parking area at the entrance to the property and several terraces adjoining the house.
With its rose bushes and its trees, hundreds of years old, this property promises a peaceful way of life out of sight of onlookers, in a welcoming natural setting. It evokes the pleasant lifestyle and serene atmosphere of Sundays in the country and yet it is right in the centre of town. Whether in the garden or in the house, the sight of passing seasons reflected in the pondwater will leave more than one resident daydreaming. The ambient silence is broken but by migrating birds. This plain, elegant villa blends perfectly in with these surroundings. Its vast, functional rooms have just what it takes to give the property real character.
|Land registry surface area||5395 m2|
|Living space||284 m2|
|Number of rooms||7|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
Cristina Pereira +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.