in an old tannery on the outskirts of Paris
The town of Gentilly, on the southern outskirts of Paris, is essentially renowned for its industrial past. Courtesy of its strategic location on the outskirts of the French capital on the banks of the river Bièvre, laundries, factories and tanneries were extensively built there as of the 19th century through until the 1970’s. Nowadays, the wide buildings and other workshops are gradually being turned into housing. Such is the case with this open-plan flat. It is but 10 minutes from the centre of Paris and has shops, schools and public transport services in its immediate vicinity.
The open-plan flat
This west-facing flat, on the second floor of a 4-storey building, can be reached via a lift. The threshold is protected by an armoured door that opens directly into the entrance hall, with a cupboard, miscellaneous storage areas and a toilet. On one side, an impressive reception area, laid out as a lounge and a dining room, is of a size to make heads spin. This room, running the full length of the building, is 15 m long and 6 m wide. Its ceiling, at a height of 2.45 m, features wide wooden beams and is illuminated via numerous wide sliding windows. These openings provide an unobstructed view over the surrounding area, notably including the dome of Gentilly church and the university campus. Although the flat is steeped in light, it is completely unoverlooked. The kitchen, following on from this vast area, features concrete from the floor to the work surface, just like the other rooms, giving a typically industrial air to this open-plan flat. At the opposite end to the entrance are two east-facing bedrooms. The first, spanning 15 m², is closed via an attractive wooden door. The second, spanning 18 m², backs on to a large dressing room and bathroom, with a shower and double vanity unit. The last area is an 11 m² study, currently in use as a child’s bedroom.
On the very outskirts of Paris, the surprise of an immense area reflecting an industrial air, with its beams and its concrete floors, can but appeal on first sight. In fact, the rooms - that are but one - make it very easy to move from one area to another and have a versatility beyond comparison. It is enhanced throughout with bright light that floods in through the picture windows set out along the length of the building. This open-plan flat could, therefore, become a family home, a professional work space or an exhibition hall.
|Possible number of bedrooms||6|
|Reception area||100 m2|
|Living space||190 m2|
|Number of rooms||6|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Number of lots||1|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||1644 €|
Selim Isker +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.