A villa, with a Hollywood Regency air, and a neo-gothic house
near to the banks of the river Marne in La-Varenne-Saint-Hilaire

Varenne-Saint-Hilaire, VAL-DE-MARNE ile-de-france 94210 FR


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 property stands in the midst of La-Varenne-Saint-Hilaire’s golden triangle, on a plot slightly set back from the banks of the river Marne. The peaceful, verdant setting is one of east Paris’ most residential areas. Just a few hundred metres away are a train station on RER train line A, shops and the very well-known La-Varenne market. This house was built in 2010, with a Hollywood Regency air, characterised by a slender form, stately proportions and refined lines combining several styles including Art Deco, Baroque and regionalism. This elegant architecture is reminiscent of the golden age of the 1930’s Hollywood cinema; its leading master was John-Elgin-Woolf. It spans a total of 300 m² of living space spread over two levels, in addition to a 200 m² semi-underground basement. The ground floor is laid out as a vast, open-plan, theatrical reception area comprising an entrance hall, a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen and a guest cloakroom. The master suite is composed of a bedroom, a bathroom, a dressing room and a separate toilet. Several terraces and balconies can be accessed. A marble stairway, with wrought iron railings, goes up to the first floor and an outstanding gallery. Two bedrooms, both with adjoining shower rooms and one with an adjoining dressing room, are followed by another two bedrooms and a bathroom with a separate toilet. Each bedroom opens on to a terrace. The semi-underground basement houses a vast garage which can take several cars, a laundry room, a cellar and miscellaneous storage areas. The garden includes a surprising half-timbered house, the facade of which is enhanced with gargoyles. This was built at the beginning of the last century. It comprises a kitchen, a dining room, a lounge, a bedroom and a bathroom. This property was fully renovated in 2010. The garden is big enough to take a swimming pool (construction drawings and foundations completed) and is fitted with an automatic watering system.

The villa

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.

Ground floor
The interior layout also features a number of the art of living codes from the Hollywood Regency style such as a vast, theatrical reception room with a multitude of little nooks and crannies. The front door opens into a wide, airy, through area which is illuminated from all sides by numerous picture windows under a cathedral ceiling surrounded by a gallery. A lounge, with a fireplace, adjoins a dining room, partially under an atrium, with an integrated dresser. Double pocket doors slide open to provide access to a fully fitted kitchen, also partially under an atrium. A marble stairway, with wrought iron railings featuring Art Deco motifs, takes pride of place in the middle of the lounge like a work of art with everything set out around it. A guest cloakroom has a toilet and a machine room can also be used for storage purposes. Behind the lounge, a master suite comprises a bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom, with a bath, a shower, two wash-hand basins and a toilet. There are marble floors throughout as well as white walls and ceilings, enhanced with cornices.
First floor
The upper level, equally as theatrical, is set out around a gallery that looks down on the lounge through wrought iron railings. A first bedroom has its own shower room, with a shower and a wash-hand basin. A second bedroom has an adjoining shower room, fitted with a shower, a wash-hand basin and a toilet, as well as a dressing room. There are also two other bedrooms, a landing bathroom, with a bath, a shower and two wash-hand basins, as well as a separate toilet. All the bedrooms open on to a terrace. The gallery floor is made of marble whilst the bedroom floors are laid with parquet flooring and the bathrooms have ceramic tiles.
Second floor
When the architect designed this house, he included a second floor of living space. A concrete screed is, currently, the first feature of a conversion that would add approx. 80 m² to the total living space. The plumbing and the electric wiring have been laid on but a stairway will have to be installed.
This semi-underground level can be reached either directly by car via a ramp or from the inside of the house. The biggest area of this level is given over to a garage which can take at least 6 cars. There are also several storage rooms and cellars as well as a room intended for pool machinery in the event that a swimming pool is installed. All the floors are tiled.

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.

Our opinion

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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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 654654

Number of rooms 8
Number of bedrooms 5
Possible nNumber of bedrooms 6
Land registry surface area 878 m2
Living space300 m2
Surface 355 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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