a 36 m² flat in a 17th century building
Voltaire, Mirabeau, Lekain and Bouchardon are just some of the illustrious names who have lived in this street, between Avenue-de-l’Opéra and Rue-de-Richelieu. In the 17th century, it became a privileged residential area because of its proximity to the Palais Royal and the Louvre: a historical centre of power which, for this very reason, became Paris 1st arrondissement.
With its luxury boutiques, its elegant restaurants and its cultural way of life, this district is now one of the chicest in Paris. This flat is just a stone’s throw from the Comédie-Française theatre and the Palais-Royal Gardens. Pyramides (lines 7 and 14) and Palais-Royal (lines 1 and 7) underground stations as well as several bus routes are nearby.
This third floor flat, overlooking the peaceful courtyard, can be reached via a vast stairway with Louis XIV period wrought iron railings. Spanning a floor surface area of 36 m², this east-facing flat reflects a style typical of the 17th century with its parquet flooring, its indoor shutters featuring chestnut wood panels set in similar style surrounds and its mitre-cut wooden-framed, small-paned, windows, resting on the original stone window sills, with old, metal espagnolette bolts and fittings. The two main rooms and the bathroom feature beams set in oak wood cornice framing. The bathroom has octagonal stone floor tiles, with inlaid decoration, dating from the building’s construction period. The bedroom is enhanced with a stone fireplace, a large bookshelf unit and a dressing room.
All attention is immediately drawn to the colours as of the entrance lobby. The hues of the beams as well as the oak wood parquet flooring and panelling in both main rooms, as well as the bathroom, reflect a range of warm shades, exuding the spirit of 17th century Dutch and French interiors interpreted here with a robust, sober style. The omnipresent wood blends harmoniously with the light-coloured stone. The entrance lobby provides access to a living room where a discreetly laid out kitchen area features a set of top and bottom moulded oak wood doors, providing cupboard space. Said kitchen area is enhanced with a splashback composed of glazed stoneware tiles. A refrigerator, a deep-freeze and an oven are concealed behind robust doors and panelling. The bedroom is enhanced with a stone fireplace, featuring old terracotta tiles and thin bricks. The hearth of the fireplace has a magnificent period fireback, depicting the coats-of-arms of France and Navarra, flanked by lions. On either side of said fireplace are two oak wood bookshelf units, with secret cabinets.
In this second room, the first of two panelled, oak wood doors provides access to a dressing room, whilst the other opens into the bathroom. The walls of the latter are covered with blue-tinted, glazed stoneware tiles, reminiscent of the Dutch and French porcelain inspired by the Chinese porcelain which was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries. The stone splashback for the bath and the stone top on the vanity unit are enhanced with gilt brass, dolphin-head taps from the historic Bricard house, Rue-de-Richelieu, founded in the 18th century.
The fame of this district has long extended beyond the boundaries of the French capital. Living here is to experience a cultural, historic Paris, abounding in palaces, theatres and museums. This cleverly laid-out flat is but a few minutes’ walk from such marvels as the Louvre and the National Library. Furthermore, with its fireplace, in good working order, its bookshelf unit and its wooden-framed, small-paned, windows, with golden rectangle proportions, this flat is an exceptional home in the midst of this prestigious, bustling Paris.
|Number of rooms||2|
|Number of bedrooms||1|
|Living space||35.54 m2|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||1000 €|
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.