a 19th century family home and its 2,000 m² garden
The “Hameau de la Jonchère” stands on the heights of Rueil-Malmaison, the largest town in the French department of Hauts-de-Seine, where the borders of the communes of Vaucresson, La-Celle-Saint-Cloud and Rueil-Malmaison meet. Once hunting grounds for Napoleon 1st, it is said that his empress Josephine planted the numerous rhododendron bushes that are still there today. Backing on to Saint-Cucufa forest, this fully enclosed estate is watched over by a caretaker. A pedestrian gate makes it possible to reach the shops on foot in 3 minutes. Renowned schools such as Daniélou and Saint-Jean-de-Passy can be reached by school bus or car in 5 minutes.
Other good state and private schools are nearby as are the shops.
Paris is 20 minutes away via RER A and SNCF L train lines.
The first floor has three spacious bedrooms, spanning between 20 and 25 m², with 3 m high ceilings. An astonishing bathroom, with a toilet, is covered with Provencal terracotta tiles.
The second floor is taken up by a large, 35 m² bedroom, which could be partitioned, a smaller bedroom under the rafters and a bathroom with a toilet.
A cellar, a garage able to take two cars as well as a 50 m² outbuilding, designed as an artist’s studio at the bottom of the garden, complete this family home.
Set in Rueil-Malmaison, in the “Hameau de la Jonchère”, the RER A and SNCF L train lines provide 20-minute links to the French capital.
With its plain, functional architecture featuring many wide windows, this house stands in the middle of its garden. It is immediately obvious that the openings, flanked by green, slatted shutters and fitted with wrought iron railings, let copious amounts of light flood into the house.
Facing east-west, all the rooms look out over the garden. This detached house has no nuisances, guaranteeing a tranquil way of life.
The entrance hall, with its Provencal terracotta floor tiles, provides access first of all to a fully panelled room in use as a library. The latter, with its French window, opens directly on to the garden. It precedes a sober, elegant lounge with a marble fireplace. A vast, 35 m², triple aspect dining room features two French windows, two ordinary windows and a vast picture window, making this an exceptionally bright room all year round. A functional kitchen still exudes the charm of yesteryear.
The authenticity of the miscellaneous materials used for the decoration is outstanding. Features, such as Provencal terracotta tiles, black and white floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern and light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring laid in strip or herringbone patterns, are all beautifully preserved and immaculately kept.
The upstairs is reached via a shapely curved, wooden stairway. The landing provides access to three bedrooms, overlooking the garden. Two of them, with fireplaces, are of a generous size, between 20 and 25 m²; the third measuring 15 m² is smaller. All have 3 m high ceilings, vast windows fitted with wrought iron railings and light-coloured oak wood parquet flooring. In short, it has all the architectural codes of late 19th century, middle-class homes.
A fully tiled bathroom, with a toilet, completes this level.
A very large, 35 m² bedroom with three windows on this level could easily be partitioned. Extremely bright, it can easily accommodate two or three children. A smaller room under the rafters could be used as a small bedroom or an attic as required. This level also includes a bathroom with a toilet.
This basement, reached from the kitchen via a spiral, stone stairway, spans a total of 24 m².
Constructed of stone, it currently houses a boiler room and a wine cellar.
The garden, spanning a 2,000 m² plot, takes up the biggest section of the land registered to this property. It is planted with numerous species of trees, thus providing the necessary shade for hot summer days. The garden also features a multitude of nooks and crannies, reminiscent of the principle of Renaissance gardens. At the end of the garden, a 50 m² artist’s studio with a water supply point and a toilet could be used for another purpose. And lastly, a 20 m² garage, able to house two cars, opens directly on to the street.
There would also be room to install a swimming pool.
This is one of those houses that exudes a special atmosphere which is immediately appreciated by guests as they visit this residence in the midst of its large garden. The quality of its decoration, the immaculately kept materials and the many spacious rooms, are all there to provide a comfortable way of family life. The ground floor reception rooms are but an invitation to host social activities. The upstairs bedrooms provide privacy for all members of the family, whilst the garden enables residents to take full advantage of their verdant surroundings. Furthermore, as this property is so near to the French capital, work can be reconciled with the peace and quiet of a pastoral setting as well as urban pursuits.
|Number of rooms||10|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Land registry surface area||1969 m2|
|Living space||260 m2|
|Surface Terrace||23 m2|
|Surface Garage 1||24 m2|
Isabelle Capmas       +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.