residences for sale in the prestigious maisons-laffitte park in france

An impressive 1880 “facade-house”, with its garden and swimming pool,
35 minutes from Paris in the midst of the prestigious Maisons-Laffitte Park
Maisons-Laffitte, YVELINES ile-de-france 78600 FR

Location

The royal or horse town of Maisons-Laffitte, with its excellent public transport system, is to the north-west of Paris. Its park, designed in 1834 and stretching over 419 hectares constitutes 60% of its territory. Access is free and traffic controlled. A caretaking service is provided. The ASP or “Association Syndical du Parc” (park union association) unites all of the owners and makes sure that the 1834 specifications and decreed regulations are followed. It is responsible for supervising maintenance and all types of enhancement works involving roads, bridle paths, squares, gardens, ornamental pools, avenues, property reserves and other park facilities, for defending the interests of the residents and for ensuring that it remains a pleasure to stroll and relax in the park.

Description

Gates, along an avenue in the midst of the Park, open into the “Maison des Tourelles” (house of turrets). Just like many others in this area, “Maison des Tourelles” is a house described in French as a “maison-façade” (facade-house), of which there are a great number within the park.
The central section of the building is the oldest, with a porch way, enclosed by balusters and reached via steps on either side of an ornamental pool. It is topped with a balcony and this central bay ends at the top with a curved pediment. The towers at each end were added at a later date and, like all the restoration works carried out on the entire facade, they were built using traditional materials, notably dressed stone taken from the same nearby quarry.
The corners of the turret balustrades and the ends of that of the central terrace feature terracotta putti representing the 4 seasons and shepherds.
The terrace of one of the turrets can be reached and provides a view of the verdant surroundings. The garden, spanning approx. 1,100 m² around the house, is predominantly in front of the south facade. On the garden level is a recent building, with large picture windows and pillars made of the same local stone, which contains a heated swimming pool with a deck and direct access to the house. There is a carport out the back.

The house

This house, one of the tallest of the buildings in Maisons-Laffitte Park and one of the oldest, spans four levels. Each of its owners, all art and history enthusiasts, embellished it with architectural and decorative features. Historically a “country house” for Parisians, this residence has always been used for receptions. It has numerous lounges on the ground floor and a ballroom was created on the first floor. Double wrought iron doors open into an entrance gallery.


Ground floor
A through entrance gallery, with cement floor tiles and a moulded ceiling, provides access, right, to a lounge, with two large, south-facing windows looking out over the garden and, left, to a dining room, also with two large, south-facing windows looking out over the garden and, on the north side, to a gallery leading to a study and the stairwell with its windows. The large lounge, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring, has a majestic fireplace, with a trumeau, and an even more spectacular coffered ceiling featuring an interesting design on a bluish background. The dining room, formerly a music room, with herringbone parquet flooring, exudes originality courtesy of its stucco decorated ceiling, with an oval centre and corner sections featuring musical instruments as well as a fireplace with a trumeau. Glazing on the north side opens into the study. The dining room precedes a library, still facing south. It has just one window in order to protect the books from the light. The study, on the north side, with strip pattern parquet flooring, remains luminous courtesy of the glazing overlooking the dining room. The left-hand wing comprises a separate toilet and access to the swimming pool on the garden level. The right-hand wing includes a large, south-facing kitchen, with an eating area, a separate toilet and access to the basement. A wooden stairway goes up from the vestibule, illuminated by a north-facing window. It has a carpet runner as well as wrought iron railings, decorated with an elegant torch bearer made by the Durenne foundry, which also made the bronzes for the Paris Opera House. The stairway, where light is filtered by stained glass windows older than the house, is adorned with decorative panels featuring Cordoue leather motifs.
First floor
The stairway goes up to a landing, with a window, providing access to the master suite and to a corridor with the other rooms. The south-facing master suite comprises a vast bedroom, formerly the ballroom, with two large windows and a French window opening on to the balcony with balusters above the porch way. It also includes a dressing room, a bathroom with a window and a separate toilet. Another two large bedrooms are also on the south side. On the north side is a linen room, and on the west side a bathroom with a toilet.
Second floor
The stairway, now with wooden steps and railings, is more recent than the previous one. It leads to two large rooms in the central section, and two bedrooms on either side with a bathroom and toilet. The central rooms open on to a terrace, spanning approx. 30 m², looking down on to the garden. This terrace, with balusters, is adorned with two putti representing shepherds. The bigger of the two rooms is a through room with a small kitchen area in one corner. This level also provides access to the roof-terrace on top of the left-hand turret.
Tower
The terrace on the turret is the highest point of the house and it dominates the entire Maisons-Laffitte Park. It is easy to see the 4 recently restored putti on the turrets from here. These fine terracotta sculptures lighten the impressive architecture of the stone pediments and balusters. Each of the putti, representing one of the four seasons, can be identified via a characteristic such as a coat for winter, flowers for the spring, wheat for the summer and grapes for the autumn.
Basement
This level was once reserved for domestic staff, the kitchens and the linen room. The walls of the stairway are covered with old-fashioned, egg-type rendering that is similar to Moroccan Tadelakt. The floor surface area, spanning approx. 110 m², is divided into five main rooms, some with windows. The ceilings are approx. 2.50 m high. This level currently comprises a large laundry room, with the swimming pool machine room, three rooms, a boiler room and a wine cellar.
The swiming pool
The area housing the swimming pool can be reached via the garden and directly from the residence. Spanning a floor surface area of approx. 90 m², it is covered and surrounded on three sides by widely opening, picture windows. This heated pool measures 5x10 m and has a counter-current feature. The deck itself can be heated and this area is fitted with dehumidifiers in order to maintain a healthy atmosphere and to preserve the building. Swimmers have access to a changing room and to the house’s toilet.
The garden
This garden spans a surface area of approx. 1,100 m². Creating a feeling of privacy, it is planted with all sizes and numerous species of trees such as paulownia, yellow poplar, lime, pine and bamboo, some are even quite old. The garden is enhanced with an ornamental pool, featuring a fountain and a sculpture at the foot of the porch, tall rose bushes near to the steps and a stone Virgin with Child, dating from the 14th century and watching over the property.

Our opinion

The successive owners of this residence were obviously very keen on architecture and ornamentation. The outside is heavily influenced by the Baroque style, with its pediments and emblematic putti representing the 4 seasons. An orchestra must have played one of Vivaldi’s concertos in the music room during one of the receptions for which this house appears to have been built. Great care was taken when designing the tracery on the lounge’s coffered ceiling and that of the stairway railings, worthy of the Paris Opera House. New owners will still be able to add their own personal touches to the second floor and the turrets. The view over Maisons-Laffitte Park from the terraces gives the impression that the house is in the midst of the countryside. A feeling of well-being is immediate and it can but be enhanced by the large swimming pool on the garden level.

3 640 000 €
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Reference 202271

Number of rooms 10
Number of bedrooms 7
Possible number of bedrooms 8
Land registry surface area 1348 m2
Ceiling height3.46
Living space539.78 m2

Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses 800 €

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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