La-Varenne-Saint-Hilaire is the most up-market district of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés and, probably, of east Paris. The origin of the village dates back to 1831, when Henri-Caffin, rich entrepreneur, purchased part of the land of Condé, belonging to Henry of Orléans, Duke of Aumale, at auction. He successfully developed the land and, very quickly, rich Parisians chose the banks of the river Marne and built luxurious residences where they could spend their weekends. Here as well there is a golden triangle, with this property standing in its centre.
The surroundings are composed solely of large houses nestling in lush verdant settings which follow the meander of the river Marne. Several restaurants have been set up along the waterside and, in clement weather, this section of the river is ideal for rowing or for boat outings. The nearby La-Varenne market has an excellent reputation.
The district is crossed by RER train line A (a station is some 500 m away) and by several bus routes. The A4 motorway can be reached in 10 minutes and provides access, in 5 minutes, to Porte-de-Bercy or, in 25 minutes, to Porte-Dorée via Bois-de-Vincennes.
This area has some very good state and private schools.
This villa is spread out over two levels, a ground floor spanning approx. 190 m² and a first floor spanning approx. 110 m². These are topped with a second floor spanning approx. 80 m² which is meant to be converted (concrete screed, water and electricity laid on) but is currently inhabitable. All three floors are built over a 200 m² basement.
This villa has a Hollywood Regency air and architecture from the golden age of the Hollywood cinema in the 1930’s. Its refined lines are combined with Art Deco, Baroque and regionalism styles. In the United States, this architectural trend was, above all, sought after by the stars who wanted to flaunt the opulence of their way of life during theatrical and glamourous receptions. The greatest architect of this movement was John-Elgin-Woolf who designed numerous homes for Hollywood celebrities. Here, only the best was retained, to build a sober and elegant character residence, blending perfectly with its surroundings. This house stands in a dominant position above its semi-underground basement. The street side reveals two wings which flank a facade featuring large, arched picture windows that make it possible to see without being seen. It is entered via a raised porch way, topped with an impressive canopy. The facades alternate symmetrical and irregular areas as well as openings of various shapes linked by a continuous lintel. The steep, slate roof is enhanced with a flamboyant wooden cornice. The interior space, on both the ground and first floors, communicates permanently with the outside via a multitude of terraces and balconies.
The half-timbered house
A surprising, little half-timbered house was built in the garden at the beginning of the last century. Its facade is enhanced with gargoyles and the construction features corbelling as well as small openings, in a style that brings historic townhouses in the west of France to mind. The ground floor comprises a kitchen, opening into a dining room, as well as a guest toilet. The first floor includes a lounge and the second floor, with its sloping ceilings has a bedroom with its own shower room. The basement houses a cellar and technical features. A terrace adjoins the back of the house which was completely renovated in 2009.
This property is somewhat concealed from the street. The theatricality planned by the architect can be seen from the garden and, even, from just inside the entrance gates. A subtle mixture of grandeur, opulence, elegance and soberness reigns throughout. The sizes of the rooms were designed to preserve the need for privacy. The current owners have continued in the same vein, surrounding themselves with the best craftsmen, making use of the most sophisticated techniques and materials. Almost as if the qualities of the residence were reason enough for it to become famous. Although in a completely different style, the half-timbered house in the garden is yet another asset.
3 645 000 €
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Prix de vente au-delà de 600 000 euros 5% TTC*
Prix de vente de 400 000 à 600 000 euros 6% TTC*
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Prix de vente jusqu'à 200 000 euros 9% TTC*
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Prix de vente jusqu'à 500 000 euros 30 000 Euros TTC* (forfait)
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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 %
|Number of rooms||8|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
|Possible nNumber of bedrooms||6|
|Land registry surface area||878 m2|
|Living space||300 m2|
Renaud Goalabré       +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.