in a 17th century building on the Ile-Saint-Louis’ Quai-de-Bourbon
In Paris’ 4th arrondissement, on Ile-Saint-Louis, one of the river Seine’s two natural, inhabited islands, its history closely linked to that of King Louis XI. Originally composed of two smaller islets: Ile-Notre-Dame and Ile-aux-Vaches, where he, known as Saint-Louis, came to pray in the 13th century. Legend has it that the king came to this uninhabited island to be blessed before going off on Crusade in the Middle East. The canal separating the two islets was filled in in 1614, under Marie-de-Médicis. Thus, the two islets became one: Ile-Saint-Louis. It was also at this time that embankments were constructed along the river in accordance with plans drawn up by engineer Charles-Marie. The purpose was not only to ensure the stability and horizontality of the area but also to protect citizens from any rise in the water level of the river Seine. This flat is in a building on Quai-de-Bourbon where mansion houses, designed by the most famous of architects, have blossomed since the 17th century. Nowadays, it is still an exclusive address where it is possible to stroll by the waterside in the shade of hundred-year-old lime trees. The nearest underground station, Pont-Marie (on line 7), is less than 5 minutes’ walk away.
This flat, spanning a floor surface area of 90 m², takes up the entire top floor under the rafters and provides a clear view over the buildings in the French capital. A flight of balanced steps, a continuation of the main stairway, leads from the entrance door to a reception area, with parquet flooring. Several windows, with casement and espagnolette bolts, let in copious amounts of light on both sides of the room. Here, a fireplace with a brick hearth is set under the stairway going to the upper level. Following on from the living room is a fully fitted kitchen, partially opening on to an eating area. At the other end, a bathroom, with a bath, is illuminated via a window. Originally a kitchen, this room could also be used as a linen room.
The stairway then leads up to the flat’s second level, laid throughout with terracotta floor tiles. The first room, a study, is particularly bright courtesy of a wide skylight. Opposite, under a roof dormer, an alcove, laid out as a ladies’ sitting room, precedes a separate bedroom. This area is adjoined by a partially open-plan shower room, with a sloping ceiling and natural through light. A second bedroom could be created on this level. A vaulted cellar, spanning more than 15 m² completes this property.
Although living on an island is often synonymous with isolation, the inhabitants of Ile-Saint-Louis live in the very centre of Paris. The island is connected on either side to the banks of the river Seine via numerous bridges, leading to the Marais district on the Right Bank and to the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank as well as to Ile-de-la-Cité. It is a natural, peaceful crossroads leading to all the villages that currently form this international city with its very special aura. This flat is a reflection of a certain art of living. Everything here, from the lapping of the water to the abundant light, from the hundred-year-old beams to the paving stones in the narrow streets and courtyards, is an invitation to relax and dream. Vast, comfortable and picturesque, this property is an authentic, extremely rare haven.
|Possible number of bedrooms||2|
|Reception area||39.5 m2|
|Living space||90 m2|
|Number of rooms||4|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
|Surface Cellar||15 m2|
|Number of lots||15|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||2000 €|
Guillaume Naa +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.