a 19th century mansion house transformed into a rental building
In Ardèche-Plein-Cœur, the central part of the French department of Ardèche, in the midst of a tourist town surrounded by wooded hills and terracing, at the confluence of two rivers. This mansion house is in the old town. The narrow streets, still reflecting their very old character, feature several studded doors, wonderful facades, old waterside houses, mullioned windows, sculpted lintels, stepped streets, covered passageways and narrow alleys. Historically, the market town was marked by industrialisation with the development of the tannery in the 19th century and comprises numerous houses as well as mansion houses, constructed by wealthy industrialists at this time.
The biggest towns in the vicinity are Aubenas and Valence, about an hour’s drive away.
This residence, constructed in the 19th century, belonged to an old local family who distinguished themselves in industry and politics. In recent years, it was transformed into a rental building and now houses ten flats of varying sizes. The bright entrance vestibule, illuminated via a window, is vast. It houses a wooden stairway which goes up to all the floors. A door opens on to another stairway going down to the two levels of cellars. The latter total ten in number, one for each flat. Panels composed of decorative plasterwork are set above the doors in the vestibule. These doors once opened into reception rooms.
The rooms on the ground floor are now divided into two flats, each with a lovely terrace overlooking the garden. One of the flats, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 81 m², comprises a living room with a kitchen area, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. The other, smaller flat has a living room, a kitchen, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet.
A first flat, on the mezzanine, comprises a living room with a kitchen area, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet. The first floor is taken up by another two flats. One, spanning approx. 94 m² of living space has a living room with a kitchen area, two bedrooms and a study, a bathroom and a toilet. The other, smaller flat has a living room with a kitchen area, a bedroom, a bathroom and a toilet.
The second floor includes one flat, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 53 m², with a living room and its kitchen area, a bedroom as well as a bathroom with a toilet. A second, more spacious flat comprises a living room, with a kitchen area, two bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. A third, studio flat, spanning approx. 33.14 m², comprises a main room and a bathroom with a toilet.
And lastly, the third and top floor houses two large flats. One, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 92 m², has a living room leading into an open-plan kitchen, three bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet. The second flat, spanning a floor surface area of approx. 77.50 m², has a living room with a kitchen area, four bedrooms and a bathroom with a toilet.
This superb building set in the midst of a little tourist town is of great interest as a rental building. Although the flats lost their authentic decorative features during their conversion works, the residence still exudes all its charm of yesteryear and its panache in the centre of the town. This chateau, with a significant profitability ratio, is offered for sale in the form of shares in an SCI (Société Civile Immobilière - a French property investment company). The investment is made even more interesting by this elegant building’s authentic heritage value.
|Land registry surface area||425 m2|
|Main building surface area||1200 m2|
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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.