An Anglo-Norman style villa and its garden
between Le-Parc-de-Saint-Maur and La-Varenne-Saint-Hilaire

Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, VAL-DE-MARNE ile-de-france 94100 FR


In a loop of the river Marne, Saint-Maur-des-Fossés/La-Varenne-Saint-Hilaire is a highly sought-after residential town east of Paris. This unspoilt setting came into its own as of 1831 with the expansion of Paris’ population. The land of Condé, belonging to the Duke of Aumale, was sold to 3 land developers, one of which, Henri-Caffin, was to create La-Varenne-Saint-Hilaire for the building of luxurious villas. Very little has changed today. The streets are lined with plane trees and most of the properties are old houses with detailed architecture. It has a good public transport network with bus stops less than 100 m away and an RER train station 550 m away. Porte-Dorée is less than 10 km away by car and Paris can be reached via the A4 motorway or the Bois-de-Vincennes. State schools are just a stone’s throw away; private schools are a 5-minute car drive away. A supermarket and miscellaneous shops are 300 m from the property.


This property is cut off from the street by a row of plane trees and concealed from onlookers by a wall topped with wrought iron panels. Its 468 m², wooded garden comprises 3 terraces, one of which is covered with a kitchen area. The 2-storey, Anglo-Norman style house, spanning a total living area of approx. 200 m², was built over a basement between the two world wars. The front door opens into a vestibule which is extended by a living room with a cathedral ceiling, a stone fireplace and a bow window. A little lounge-study is adorned with panelling, bookshelves, a bow window and a marble fireplace. There is also a shower room and toilet. All the floors are covered with Burgundy terracotta tiles, with the exception of the little lounge which has parquet flooring. The kitchen, with its eating area, was recently renovated and is very functional. The first floor, with sloping ceilings, comprises 4 bedrooms, the master bedroom having a cathedral ceiling. A recent bathroom and a toilet take up the centre of this floor. The basement includes a 2-car garage, a wine cellar, a laundry room as well as a studio flat, undergoing renovation works. This house is fitted with an alarm system.

The villa

In the 1930’s, 3 villas were built side by side by the same architect in an Anglo-Norman style. The house dominates the garden. Its layout was based on a rectangular building, flanked by two higher wings. The architecture used the era’s aesthetic architectural codes, hence, stone walls for the ground floor and half-timbering upstairs. The facade is adorned with bow windows, built of brick and topped with balconies upstairs. The steep roof is covered with interlocking tiles which were very modern at this time.

Ground floor
A wide glazed entrance door, on a porch way, opens into the vestibule, the central room in the ground floor layout. The west wing is taken up by a double reception room with a cathedral ceiling and an exposed roofing framework. It comprises a dining room section, steeped in light through a bow window, with a coffered ceiling, and a lounge area set out around a stone fireplace with a trumeau. The east wing comprises a small lounge-study, also illuminated via a bow window. It features walls lined with panelling and bookshelves as well as a white marble fireplace.
A fully fitted, recently refurbished kitchen, at the back, is big enough to take a table and six chairs. A shower room in the entrance hall has a shower, a wash-hand basin and a toilet. Together with the study, it could be converted to provide an additional bedroom.
All the floors are covered with Burgundy terracotta tiles, with the exception of the little lounge which has parquet flooring and the kitchen which is tiled.

First floor
A left-turning, wooden stairway goes up from the entrance hall to the first floor, with its sloping ceilings. A wide corridor provides access to the various rooms. In the west wing, the master bedroom opens, via a mezzanine, on to the lounge below and also takes advantage of the cathedral ceiling. A French window opens on to a balcony. The mezzanine could be closed. The east wing comprises two bedrooms, one of which opens on to a balcony. The central section houses a fourth bedroom and a bathroom, with a bath and a wash-hand basin. There is also a separate toilet nearby. All the rooms have parquet flooring, with the exception of the bathroom.
The basement can be reached directly from the vestibule or, by car, via a ramp in the garden. The west side is to be converted into a studio flat, spanning a total floor surface area of 25 m², with the possibility of a separate entrance. On the east side is a 2-car garage. The central section comprises a laundry room, a boiler room, a wine cellar and a storeroom.

Our opinion

This villa could have been one of many in an airy, peaceful and elegant sector to the east of Paris. But, instead, it stands out because of its balanced and varied contours. Two wings with bow windows, a balcony and a hipped roof reflect a modest Anglo-Norman style architecture. Inside, the sought-after effect was one of surprise between rooms with cathedral ceilings under superb roofing frameworks and other cosier areas. Twice the size of the house, the garden surrounds it with flowers and provides its terraces. It contributes, just like the wood, the old terracotta floor tiles and the fireplaces in the rooms, to a small miracle, creating an impression of the countryside so very near to Paris.

960 000 €
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À Paris et en Ile-de-France
Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros       5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros   6% TTC*
Prix de vente de 200 000 À 400 000 euros   7% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros             9% TTC*
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En Province
Prix de vente au-delà de 500 000 euros       6% TTC*
Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros   30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
Honoraires à la charge du Vendeur


Avis de valeur argumenté : 1 800 Euros TTC*
Expertise à partir de 2 400 Euros TTC*
Les tarifs des expertises sont communiqués sur devis personnalisé établi sur la base d’un taux horaire moyen de 120 Euros TTC*


*TTC : TVA incluse au taux de 20 %

Reference 109602

Number of rooms 9
Number of bedrooms 5
Land registry surface area 468 m2
Ceiling height2.80
Living space200 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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