Like a house in the Bac-Grenelle district in Paris’ 7th arrondissement
in an 18th century mansion house overlooking a paved, wooded courtyard
Paris, PARIS paris 75007 FR


In one of the 7th arrondissement’s famous streets where mansion houses and their gardens, most of which are out of sight of onlookers behind immense carriage gates, follow one on from another. Up until the end of the 18th century, a time when the mansion house was reconstructed, this site was a plain where Saint-Germain-des-Près Abbey grew vegetables.


Once through the carriage gates on the street, protected by a kind of semi-circular pronaos, visitors find themselves facing a main courtyard where a large camellia standing in a circular parterre takes pride of place. A journey through time begins. The feeling is cinematographic with the facades resembling a film set, the silence improbable, and the total lack of any visual pollution, with low facades like those of houses, appears unreal. This property is to be found on the left-hand side of the main courtyard. Its reception rooms are vast. A studio flat laid out as a little office, with a separate entrance and a shower room, communicates with the lounge. Two other bedrooms, one with a bathroom, the other with a shower room, are separated from the living area by a large entrance hall. A projection room, also used as an office and meeting room, a laundry room and an area illuminated via the roof, followed by a shower room complete another, equally independent area.
Recent modernisation and other works carried out throughout this mansion house make it possible to acquire a private carparking space on the basement level, reached via a car lift in the courtyard. A cellar on the same basement level completes this property.

The mansion house

The history of the mansion house begins in 1660 when the count of Vauguyon commissioned its construction with architect Antoine-Le-Paultre, also responsible for the Hôtel-de-Beauvais in the Marais district. Numerous scholars were received here by the abbot of Ligny, bishop of Pamiers. Countess Fontaine lived here up until 1738, then Abbot Desmarets, Colbert’s nephew, rented it to Duke Saint-Simon, a famous 18th century memoirist. But it was Jacques-Denis-Antoine, architect of the law courts and Hôtel-des-Monnaies, who redesigned the building in 1771, giving the building, housing this property, its current appearance.

The interior

The entrance, double French windows, is similar to that of a house in a garden. A vast, extremely bright vestibule is covered with cement floor tiles, featuring geometric motifs. On one side, a floor-to-ceiling bookcase unit is set out around a central window. At the other end are a guest toilet and a cloakroom. A lounge, with exposed beams and oak wood parquet flooring laid in a herringbone pattern, is separated from the vestibule by four openings that are reminiscent of an indoor patio. A kitchen, fully fitted with units and a Boffi stainless-steel work surface, has a La-Cornue cooker. It is separated from the lounge by a partition wall. An area, adjoining and communicating with the lounge, is laid out as an independent studio flat, with a kitchen area and a shower room. It is reached via an entrance door on a landing in the communal section.
Another bedroom, with its bathroom, is on the entrance level and a polished concrete, quarter-turning, balanced stairway goes up to a third bedroom, with a shower room. Its ceiling, going up to a height of more than 5 m, has made it possible to construct a metal-framed mezzanine which adds a modern touch.
A stairway, against the facade wall, runs alongside the entrance hall bookshelf and provides access to the lower level which houses a projection room, also used as an office and meeting room. A laundry room and an area, illuminated via the roof, are enhanced with a shower room with a toilet.

Our opinion

A total surprise in the midst of Paris, a film set and an immediate feeling of peace, all hidden behind heavy carriage gates on the street and revealed when they open. The windows in this mansion house, its history fully known and documented, look out over a vast paved courtyard, improbable and nobly constructed on all sides. A circular lawn and a tall rhododendron are featured in its centre. The well-designed facades are low, the roofs covered with slate. The interior decoration is a clever combination of styles and an abundance of light. Even though the 7th arrondissement is extremely elegant, these premises have a somewhat magical advantage.

4 450 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 760004

Number of rooms 7
Number of bedrooms 3
Possible number of bedrooms 5
Living space239 m2
Surface Parking 112 m2
Surface Cellar6 m2

Number of lots 20
Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses 5455 €

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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