in the Montretout district of Saint-Cloud
The town owes its name to Saint-Clodoald, grandson of Clovis who took refuge here in the middle of the 6th century in order to escape from his uncles, out to kill him. In 1557, Catherine-de-Medici bought a residence here which was to become the famous Saint-Cloud chateau, destroyed by fire in 1871. 5 km from Paris, in the French department of Hauts-de-Seine, the town of Saint-Cloud bordered by a large park is renowned for the quality of its way of life. Montretout plateau is highly sought-after because of its proximity to an 18-hole golf course, the park and a racecourse. State and private schools are just a 5-minute walk away. The American and German schools are also nearby. The train station, just a 2-minute walk away, provides 20-minute links to Paris-Gare-Saint-Lazare.
Nestling in a verdant setting, extending over 1,500 m², this historic building was constructed in 1922 by Louie-Sue. A gem spanning 325 m² of living space, it still has all the historic good taste of neo-classical art.
A garden level, with 4 m high ceilings, includes an entrance hall leading to a vestibule, a triple reception room all on a level, a kitchen and a back kitchen.
Upstairs is a master suite with a study, a bathroom and a dressing room. Five bedrooms and three shower rooms complete this level. The basement comprises a self-contained studio flat, a boiler room, a laundry room and two large cellars. Outside, a lock-up garage can take two cars.
The garden is carefully planted with numerous species of trees, giving it an exotic air, with immense palm trees and a mosaic fountain reflecting North African colours. It is steeped in a relaxing, restful atmosphere.
“La Villa Mirande”
Constructed between 1922 and 1928 by architect Louis-Sue for playwright and film director Yves-Mirande, this villa is built of ordinary millstone grit masonry, covered with white rendering. The architecture of this villa could bring a folly from the Age of Reason to mind. It was decorated by artists from the French decoration and design company known as the “Compagnie des Arts Français” associated with painter André-Mare, wrought-iron craftsman Desvalliére and a landscape gardener, responsible for the eight, individual, sculpted mascarons. This villa was listed as a French historic monument in 1986.
An entrance hall, paved with white marble tiles featuring black inlaid decoration, provides access to a vestibule with a water supply point inspired by the Roaring Twenties. The triple reception room begins with an area, resembling a smoking room. The walnut wood covering the walls exudes a very masculine atmosphere reflecting the Belle-Époque. The walls in the dining room are painted with Bordeaux-coloured gloss paint which has not aged and reflects the artistic atmosphere of the villa. A large fireplace takes pride of place in the middle of the room. It precedes a pale green conservatory, enhanced by a sculptural, Baccarat crystal chandelier, a gem of French glasswork, designed by Sue and Mare. The six theatrical, double, arched doors of the three reception rooms, spanning a total floor surface area of 90 m² with 4 m high ceilings, open on to a garden. A back kitchen, with a zinc sink, and a fitted kitchen, opening on to the rear of the garden, as elegant and refined as the reception area. It is very easy to access for taking meals outside in good weather.
A white marble stairway, with wrought iron railings designed by wrought-iron craftsman Richard-Desvalliére, famous artist from the “Compagnie des Arts Français”, leads upstairs.
A master suite features a study, with walls adorned with walnut wood features and two windows, one of which takes the form of a bow window overlooking the garden. It precedes a bedroom and a bathroom, with light-coloured ceramic wall tiles reproducing extremely graphic, geometric shapes; some ceramic tiles are enhanced with gold leaf. The ceiling is similarly adorned with paint on a gold background. The current owners have added their own personal touches to those of the 1920’s architects. Five other bedrooms and three bathrooms complete this floor. All the rooms look out over the garden.
The basement comprises a self-contained studio flat, with a shower room, a laundry room, a boiler room and three cellars.
This garden, spanning a surface area of 1,500 m², has the air of parklands. Amazingly well-kept, it is planted with numerous species of trees that are an invitation to travel. With a white gravel terrace, a mosaic tile fountain, reflecting Klein’s blue hues and vertiginously tall palm trees, the very special atmosphere reigning here is reminiscent of a bygone artistic era which can but inspire dreams.
This villa, constructed in 1922 by Louis-Sue for his friend Mirande, is a gem from the neo-classical era. Designed to resemble a 17th century orangery, it has not only traditional arch moulding but also decorative period features such as paved floors with inlaid decoration and walnut wood panelling. Furthermore, it bears the mark of the search for modern-day home comforts, typical of the period between the two world wars. A kitchen and modern bathrooms as well as a first-class heating system are all contained in a verdant setting just 20 minutes from Paris. It is easy to understand why artists of the time chose this now mythical area.
|Number of rooms||12|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Land registry surface area||1439 m2|
|Reception area||90 m2|
|Living space||350 m2|
|Surface Garden||1500 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.