a 330 m², English-style residence
Just 10 km from the French capital, Sceaux has everything from its church, to its pedestrian streets and its cycle paths to keep its provincial appearance. Green lung of the French department of Hauts-de-Seine, it is home to one of the Parisian region’s most beautiful parks. Sceaux Park was designed by André-Le-Nôtre at the request of Colbert. Minister for Louis XIV, he wanted to recreate a miniature Versailles here, with ornamental pools and French formal gardens, reminiscent of the royal estate. Amongst its schools, Sceaux has the prestigious Lakanal and Marie-Curie sixth form colleges as well as the Jean-Monnet law faculty. Right by the house, in the centre of town, a bus stop (route 128) makes it possible to reach Porte-d’Orléans in 20 minutes. A station on RER train line B is but 3-minutes’ walk away, providing 15-minute links to the French capital and 5-minute links to Orly airport.
The front door opens into a vestibule, the mottled floor of which is laid with Italian terrazzo tiles, composed of marble chips with fragments of stone and glass, all set in concrete. This room has double wooden doors that provide access to a spacious lounge, filled with light from the east and west sides courtesy of its many small-paned windows. One of the latter opens on to a south-facing terrace, overlooking the garden. The living room features herringbone parquet flooring and a wide, rustic fireplace, with a stone mantel and a brick hearth. Opposite is a dining room able to seat between six and eight guests. The kitchen exudes a more countrified style, with terracotta floor tiles and exposed wooden beams. This level is completed by a small shower room with a toilet.
An outstanding, carved wooden stairway goes up to the first floor. The master bedroom, on the west side, has its own bathroom, with a shower and a bath. The cream-coloured tiles are typical of the 1950’s. Three other bedrooms overlook the garden. All are beautifully illuminated courtesy of their many, wide windows. A second bathroom, with a shower and twin wash-hand basins, has an unusual shape as it is laid out in the turret. The east side includes several storage and dressing room areas that could easily be transformed into an additional room.
The 110 m² garden level has been designed as a self-contained unit, with its bathroom, its kitchen, its bedroom and its living room. It can be reached via a separate entrance from the garden or via stairs going down from the ground floor. This level also includes a wine cellar, a workshop, a storage area and a boiler room.
Visitors are immediately charmed by this property. At the end of the majestic drive, the facade's “so British” appearance is a treat for the eyes. The verdant, cosy setting enhances its singularity. In the town centre and just 20 minutes from the centre of Paris, this residence exudes an air of a country home. Ideal for lazing around in the summer, a book in hand, looking up old family recipes and listening to children stampeding across the parquet floors.
|Number of rooms||10|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Possible number of bedrooms||7|
|Reception area||50 m2|
|Living space||335 m2|
Selim Isker       +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.