houses for sale in france the bièvre valley

A 125 m², Anglo-Norman style house and its outbuilding
near to Paris in the Bièvre Valley
Verrières-le-Buisson, ESSONNE paris 91370 FR


The town of Verrières-le-Buisson, 14 km to the south-west of Paris, acts as a green lung on the outskirts of the French capital.
Its forest, favoured by the kings of France as royal hunting grounds, includes creations of Louis XIII, namely two forest roads and the Carrefour-de-l’Obélisque (obelisk crossroads).
Louis XIV’s old hunting lodge and its parklands, credited to André-Le-Nôtre and purchased by the Vilmorin family in 1815, are today an arboretum, part of a Regional Nature Reserve.
Paris can be reached by car in 15 minutes via the city gates, known as Porte-d’Orléans or Porte-de-Châtillon, as well as via RER train line B, 10 minutes from the property.
Numerous schools are nearby: École-Steiner-Waldorf, École-Paul-Fort, the Léonard-de-Vinci primary school and the Pierre-Mendès-France infant school.


This residence is in a street lined with luxurious, elegant properties and stands in a 500 m² garden, near to a lake. Its external architecture reflects the Anglo-Norman style which was so fashionable during the Belle-Époque. It is marked by features such as its hipped roof, its balconies and its other porches as well as facades featuring imitation half-timbering, etc. A small house in the garden reflects a similar style. Its surface area makes it more than just a tool shed.
The garden, enclosed by a trimmed hedge, is laid to lawn and enhanced with a wisteria, the size of which suggests that it dates from the house’s construction period, as well as a birch and a chestnut tree. A white-wood trellis is but waiting for a climbing rose to cover it.

The house

This house, spanning two levels topped with attic space and constructed over a cellar, dates from the 1890’s. A fairly wide range of materials was used which produced the catalogue or patchwork effect which was very fashionable at the time, featuring half-timbering, millstone grit, enamel tiles and shingle, as if the architect absolutely had to introduce some fantasy that an overly long tradition would eventually have prevented. The gables are made of millstone grit on the first level, with half-timbering and rendering under the roof and decorative ceramic tiles next to a balcony. The other walls are built completely of millstone grit. It is worthy of note that they are most visible from the garden, what can be seen are gables. The house spans 125 m² of living space.

Ground floor
A few outdoor wooden steps go up to the front door. A small canopy, covered with flat tiles, protects the landing which also acts as a porch.
A bright, spacious lounge provides a superb reception area. Double windows open on to a wooden balcony overlooking the garden. The floor is covered with enamel mosaic tiles with a floral motif. A stone fireplace takes pride of place in the centre of the room. Adjoining the lounge, a ladies’ sitting room, with strip pattern parquet flooring, provides access to the stairway for the large workshop. The latter, glazed on either side, could be used as a dining room or a work area. The floor is covered with large, old-fashioned tiles. It precedes a modern, fully fitted, functional kitchen, big enough to include an eating area. It has wooden flooring and a door leading to the outside.

First floor
This level is given over to bedrooms. The main, west-facing bedroom has pinewood parquet flooring and walls lined with old wallpaper. A marble fireplace provides a warm atmosphere. An adjoining bathroom and two other bedrooms complete this level. Each bedroom has an old-fashioned wash-hand basin and numerous cupboards.
Once a spiral stairway going up from the first floor has been installed, this attic space could be used as a vast additional area.
The semi-underground cellars are perfectly sound. A first cellar could be used as a workshop or a storage area.
The second cellar is used as both laundry and boiler rooms, with a gas-fired boiler. A third storage area completes the cellars.

The shed houses a room and a bathroom as well as two storage areas which could be used to increase the floor surface area.

Our opinion

The pleasantly old-fashioned charm of this property, deeply anchored in this era prior to the disastrous First World War, still brings to mind a time when a certain way of life, steeped in an artistic and intellectual effervescence, existed throughout the whole of Europe. Furthermore, the garden goes perfectly with the architectural style.
This property would be ideal for a family, an artist or a person seeking to work from home.
It would also be possible to envisage renting the small, self-contained house at the end of the garden to provide income.

685 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
655 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 4.58% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur

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Reference 848852

Number of rooms 7
Number of bedrooms 3
Possible number of bedrooms 5
Land registry surface area 623 m2
Reception area23 m2
Living space125 m2
Surface Cellar40 m2
Surface Garden500 m2
Surface Balcony2 m2

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Selim Isker       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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.

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