character houses for sale - essonne - Île-de-france

A large, luxurious home in almost a hectare of parklands, with a lake and a small belvedere,
in a residential district near the town of Arpajon 30 km from Paris
Montlhéry, ESSONNE ile-de-france 91310 FR


This house, 30 km from Paris, 20 km from Orly international airport, near a slip road on to the A6 and A10 motorways via the N104, not far from Orsay and Evry, in the town of Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon, bears ancient witness in today’s urbanised surroundings. The train station, 800 m away, has links to Paris-Austerlitz taking less than 40 minutes.


The first traces of the village that was to become Saint-Germain-lès-Arpajon appear to date from the Gallo-Roman era. In the 13th century, it became part of the Châtellenie-de-Montlhéry (a “châtellenie” was an officially recognised castle and its land), and defensive buildings were constructed. It would appear that the origins of this house date from this time as segments of underground passageways remain. The ruins of a watchtower in the parklands currently constitute the promontory on which a modest belvedere is built. As of the 16th century, the town became a Seigneury which belonged to the Noailles family.
Vines were grown here up until the 19th century, when the last major redesigning works were carried out on the house, but they died out following an outbreak of phylloxera. Ideally located near to the French capital’s large markets, seasonal fruit and vegetables were then grown instead.
This house, bearing witness to the splendour of this period, has resisted the urbanisation of the 20th century. Having been divided several times, the last being quite recent, this plot of land currently spanning more than 9,000 m², constitutes a remarkable exception in surroundings that are now residential and relatively dense.
The parklands, most certainly designed in the 19th century, still have trees, dating from an earlier period. Some of them are even several centuries old. The belvedere and the river-shaped lake, with its arched metal bridge, will remind Parisians of the aesthetics to be found in Buttes-Chaumont Gardens.
A caretaker’s house, on the edge of the plot, stands back about 10 m from the road facing the main residence. A wide, terraced esplanade extends on the parklands’ side. A tall, sound barn is set at a slight distance.
One good aspect of the district’s urbanisation is that a reserve to build exists on the road side. This could enable new owners to build a guest house or a large pool-house.

The house

The facade of this house, spanning two levels topped with converted attic space, features regularly aligned openings. Four shed dormers are set in the slate roof. An elegant, half-moon shaped gable wall, enhanced with a masonry balcony on the top floor, gives the building a Belle-Époque air which matches the layout of the parklands.

Ground floor
The entrance hall, with floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern, is adorned with a grey marble fireplace. On the left-hand side, a dining room is lined with painted panelling. The main lounge, straight on, has a fireplace and looks out over the parklands via a French window and three windows. The better part of this room has a very high ceiling as a 19th century, wooden stairway, with neo-Renaissance balusters, goes upstairs. The music room features herringbone pattern parquet flooring and panelling. Extremely bright, it looks out from both facades and the first gable. A kitchen, on the right-hand side of the entrance hall, is laid out in what was most certainly a stable as is proved by the once open drop archway in the second gable. The hexagonal floor tiles were recovered from upstairs. A back hallway, with its own stairway, follows on from the kitchen, together with a toilet and a utility room.
First floor
The landing provides access to the main bedroom, followed by a private shower room, and to a second bedroom. A corridor leads to a study and to two additional bedrooms, a bathroom and a toilet. A straight stairway at the end of the corridor goes up to the top floor.
This straight stairway provides access to the converted attic space which is partially under the sloping roof. It goes up to a landing room where a corridor leads to three bedrooms (one of which awaits renovation), a bathroom and an attic. A toilet has been installed near to the stairway.
The cellars can be reached from the parklands, under the esplanade facing the house. They were probably built as a continuation of the historic underground passageways. They comprise several rooms, including one housing a recent boiler. A well, fitted with a small pump, used to supply water for watering the parklands.

The caretaker’s cottage

This flat-roofed, recently renovated house comprises a living room, a shower room and a toilet. A tiny kitchen could be added.

The barn

This tall construction, built on the side of the road, is still in its original condition. It is currently used for storing wood and gardening equipment.

The parklands

These parklands were designed in the 19th century. Planted with old trees, including two plane trees several hundreds of years old, they are in need of some attention which would make strolling there even more pleasant. An elongated lake, reminiscent of a river and crossed by an old metal bridge, winds its way through them. A little belvedere dominates the land from the other side of the lake. Near the barn, old fruit trees form an orchard. One section of the parklands on the other side of a fence has been sold to neighbours.

The plot of building land

An 807 m² plot of land, facing the wooded section of the parklands, has undergone a constructability review. This, with the statutory clearances on the road and the wooded area, shows the possibility of a construction, with a ground surface area of approx. 80 m² and a 9 m high ridge.

Our opinion

This house looks out at trees several hundreds of years old in parklands, separated from it by a terrace with balusters. Its sober elegance extends as far as the caretaker’s cottage. The legend enhancing its long history makes this property, on which successive eras have all left their mark, even more appealing. The most dynamic modernity is but a stone’s throw away in Orsay, Evry and Palaiseau. Paris is within such easy reach that new owners could live the dream of working there and then taking an evening stroll here under the foliage as far as the little belvedere beyond the lake. The family will have plenty of room; guests will not need any coaxing. In such conditions the few works required to install modern-day comforts will appear minor.

Exclusive sale

700 000 €
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Reference 590405

Land registry surface area 9386 m2
Main building surface area 334 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.

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