historic buildings for sale sceaux in france

Architect André-Lurçat’s listed villa,
just a stone’s throw from the church, on the edge of Sceaux Park
Sceaux, HAUTS-DE-SEINE paris 92330 FR

Location

A designer house, listed as a French Historic Monument, in the midst of the town of Sceaux.
Between 1924 and 1926, André-Lurçat created a number of artists’ houses notably in the Parisian street known as Villa-Seurat and later in Sceaux, the town where he lived. The vast, 184-hectare Sceaux Estate is also listed as a French Historic Monument. It was designed by André-Le-Nôtre, the most famous of French gardeners, at the order of Colbert, then minister for Louis XIV. On Colbert’s death, his son, the Marquis of Seignelay, acquired numerous plots of land and the Estate then expanded to 220 hectares.
Le-Nôtre redesigned the gardens, creating the “Grand Canal” there, whilst architect Jules-Hardouin-Mansart built the Orangery. The Duke and Duchess of Maine then inherited the premises which became famous for its superb “Nights of Sceaux”.
This villa stands on the edge of the park, in a residential street, just a stone’s throw from pedestrian streets, shops and a market. Sceaux is renowned for its good schools such as the Lakanal and Marie-Curie secondary schools and sixth form colleges as well as its law university. Paris can be reached in 15 minutes by car via city gate Porte-d’Orléans and in 20 minutes via the RER line B train.

Description

André-Lurçat built his house on the edge of Sceaux Park in 1950. Just like Le-Corbusier, he sought to construct functional, sober houses by simplifying shapes, lines and curves, introducing light and using bull’s eye windows. 2-storey, stone cubes featuring vast picture windows, the geometric forms of which are enhanced by concrete arches. The house is built over several levels with a south-facing garden. It is constructed on an 850 m² plot of land facing the chateau in Sceaux Park. It comprises 4 bedrooms, a superb reception floor surface area as well as 2 terraces. A garage stands at the entrance to the property. There are cellars in the basement.

The house

This house, on the edge of Sceaux Park was designed by is former owner, modernist architect André-Lurçat, who was, amongst other things, one of the colleagues of Robert-Mallet-Stevens. With the help of his brother Jean-Lurçat, painter and creator of wallcoverings, in 1924 he began building a set of artists’ studio-workshops which made him one of the most well-known of modern architects. He lived for 27 years in Sceaux, the only town to have four houses designed by this architect.


Ground floor
The ground floor houses the reception rooms. A double lounge is extremely bright, courtesy of its wide picture windows. Terraces extend these areas during clement weather. The conception of the furniture was designed by André-Lurçat, a wide bookshelf unit and an original fireplace providing additional character to this room. A west-facing kitchen opens on to another terrace with its independent access. For the kitchen furniture, Lurçat took his inspiration from the large cupboards traditionally installed in houses in the French department of Vosges. Adjoining the lounge is a large bedroom. All the rooms feature the house’s typical wide picture windows, looking out over the garden and letting in copious amounts of natural daylight all through the day.
Mezzanine floor
This residence was designed like a large cube around a central landing, flanked by two flights of 9 steps. The flight going up provides access to an artist’s studio and 3 bedrooms. Then comes the ground floor and its living rooms. The landing is enhanced with several geometric features, a fine, elegant wooden handrail, cubic-shaped glass tiles and two rounded bull’s eye windows. The floor is covered with small, sober, discreet tiles.
First floor
The first floor comprises two south-facing bedrooms looking out over the garden. Both with wide picture windows, they are very bright and sunny. Also on this level is André-Lurçat’s study which became that of his daughter Catherine, a ceramist, on his death. A wide, bright room, overlooking the garden and the Park, it could become a bedroom following renovation works. A last bedroom completes this level. Looking out of the west-facing window, it is possible at sunset to admire the neighbouring house, also designed by André-Lurçat.
Terrace
Two terraces, one of which is partially covered, look out over the garden. The architect gave free rein to his imagination, creating a structure made of concrete, the material much favoured by great architects of the time, overseen by the lounge’s picture window. Its highly geometric appearance provides an original and still modern touch to this house designed in 1949.

Our opinion

Too many places, emblematic of the Art-Deco period, have very often been emptied of their substance by extravagant interior transformations. But, the villa that André-Lurçat designed for his own use has a quality that has become rare amongst listed buildings: its actual furniture, a component of the overall spirit of the architecture, is listed. This fact is sufficiently outstanding that genuine architecture enthusiasts will be tempted to carry out what they see as restauration works. With the acceleration of time, the past gets closer and closer to us.

1 575 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
1 500 000 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 5% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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Reference 843850

Number of rooms 8
Number of bedrooms 4
Possible number of bedrooms 5
Land registry surface area 851 m2
Reception area35 m2
Living space210 m2
Surface Cellar30 m2
Surface Garden600 m2
Surface Terrace40 m2
Surface Parking 116 m2
Surface Garage 130 m2


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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