an 86 m² artist’s studio, steeped in light, transformed into an open-plan flat
Montparnasse, La-Closerie-des-Lilas and Bobino are all names that evoke Paris’ 14th arrondissement. Between the end of the 19th century and the Roaring Twenties, a plethora of still unknown artists such as Modigliani, Léger and Soutine, made this working-class district their rallying point. In the centre, Avenue-René-Coty is no exception to the rule: Lemordant was an inhabitant of the street and Matisse lived but a stone’s throw away. This wide avenue links Place-Denfert-Rochereau to Montsouris Park and runs parallel to Allée-Samuel-Beckett, a vast promenade bordered by plane trees and planters. It is not far from Rue-de-la-Tombe-Issoire, abounding in little brasseries and delightful boutiques. Mouton-Duvernet and Alésia underground stations are also nearby as are several bus stops.
The open-plan flat
A flight of private steps, concealed by planters, leads up from Avenue-René-Coty to an independent entrance door on a raised ground floor. The visitor’s gaze is immediately drawn to the light flooding in through the large picture window and a row of little windows, at the end of a 40 m² living room. The impression of space is further enhanced by its 5 m high ceiling, looking down on to oak wood parquet flooring. The whiteness of the perfectly restored, high walls contrasts harmoniously with the rustic finish of the wooden beams, supporting the mezzanine. At the back are a kitchen, a 10 m² study and several storage areas, cleverly concealed under the stairway. On the second level, a 22 m², unoverlooked mezzanine provides a rare panoramic view, composed of the trees along the avenue and a few distant blocks of flats. Glass railings add a contemporary, minimalist touch to this property. The bathroom, awaiting renovation, has a glass roof, more than 3 m high. There is also a spacious, 10 m² cellar in the basement.
The building bears witness to Paris’ cultural effervescence during the Belle-Époque. At this time, the early 20th century, renowned writers and painters, from Gide to Breton and from Picasso to Gauguin, gathered on the terraces of the cafés in the Petit-Montrouge district. Who knows, perhaps one of them set up his easel in this studio in order to captivate the first rays of daylight over the town? Today, this flat resembles a comfortable open-plan home, still with its original patina. A simple layout comprising spacious rooms and sharp lines bestows it with authenticity and character. Future owners will be able to express all the nuances of their palette on this blank canvas.
|Number of rooms||3|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
|Reception area||40 m2|
|Living space||87.40 m2|
|Surface Cellar||10 m2|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||2240 €|
Françoise Fauré-Audouy       +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.