Near to the river Seine, between Palais-Bourbon and Les-Invalides,
a French Directory-style house, resembling a folly
Paris, PARIS paris 75007 FR


This property is near to Palais-Bourbon, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs commonly known as “Quai-d’Orsay”, a building where foreign heads of state and diplomats are received, and the Esplanade-des-Invalides. It is in the most prestigious section of Rue-de-l’Université. Known in the 16th century as “chemin des treilles” as it led to an islet known as Ile-de-Treilles, currently called the Ile-des-Cygnes, this road owes its name to the University of Paris, also known as the Sorbonne. In the 12th century, the University of Paris purchased a plot of land alongside the river Seine, west of the Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, land that was donated in 1639 to become a new district of Paris, the main street of which took the name “Rue-de-l’Université”.


A carriage passageway, behind heavy gates, provides symmetrical access to the entrances on the left and right-hand sides of the building overlooking the street. A votive alcove resembling an altar stands at the end of a paved courtyard. It has pilasters with corbelling, is topped with a tympanum featuring dentil cornices and houses not a saint but a statue of Erato, muse of lyrical poetry, holding a zither. Separated by a shady corner, the surprise: an elegantly proportioned house resembling a late 18th century folly. Spanning three levels, it comprises a ground, a first and a top floor under the rafters with roof dormers, each featuring a tympanum. The projection of the facade on the right-hand side and its Mansard-style roofs are reminiscent of architecture from the Restoration period. This style is heavily marked by windows fitted with slatted shutters, bull’s eye windows, French Directory-style railings and a porch sheltered by a festooned canopy. Inside, the luxury of the harmoniously selected and strikingly implemented materials as well as the spacious proportions of the rooms fully enhance every floor. The seven openings on every level bathe the living space in a pleasant, muted light. On the courtyard level, separated by the entrance hall, is a first suite, with its shower room and separate toilet, intended for passing guests and, on the other hand, a dining room, adjoining a fully fitted kitchen. A quarter-turning stairway provides access to the two upper levels. On the first floor are a lounge and a study, also used as a library. The top floor houses the main suite, a bedroom and an elegant bathroom with irreproachable fixtures and fittings. Engraved glass, stone, panelling, cornices with staff decoration and the wrought woodwork of the corner cabinets used for storage purposes bear witness to this house’s elaborate and harmonious decoration. The safety provided by the proximity of the permanently guarded ministerial buildings, the public transportation and the shopping streets just a stone’s throw away increase the value of this property.

Our opinion

In this residential district with its 18th century mansion houses and excellent politics, potential buyers can but dream of follies, those meeting places where society and intellectuals used to gather right through until the early 19th century, creating an abundance of culture as well as moral and frivolous liberty, as illustrated by the fashionable aristocrats known as the “Incroyables” and their female counterparts, the “Merveilleuses”, the French Directory style and Chateaubriand. This property invariably exudes an air of a past world, the stones of which perpetuate life. Here, the rooms project their residents into a Parisian way of life, where luxury, discretion and small families will find a home. This extremely stylish, detached house can be lived in straightaway. With no works to be scheduled and no immediate neighbours, it is an exceptional property.

4 900 000 € Negotiation fees included
4 666 667 € Fees excluded
5% TTC at the expense of the purchaser

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Reference 520210

Living space151 m2
Number of rooms 5
Number of bedrooms 2
Possible number of bedrooms 3
Surface Cellar9.5 m2

Number of lots 14
Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses 5573 €

Aucune procédure en cours menée sur le fondement des articles 29-1 A et 29-1 de la loi n°65-557 du 10 juillet 1965 et de l’article L.615-6 du CCH

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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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