mansion houses for sale latin quarter in france

A Regency style mansion house and its garden in the Latin Quarter
between Place-du-Panthéon and Luxembourg Gardens
Paris, PARIS paris 75005 FR

Location

On the left-bank of the river Seine in Paris, at the top of Mount Sainte-Geneviève. This road was the main north-south Gallo-Roman Way known as “Via Superior”, the southern section of old Lutetia’s “Cardo Maximus”. In the Middle-Ages numerous pilgrims used it to made their way to Santiago-de-Compostela. The city gate known as Porte-Saint-Jacques in the wall of Philip II Augustus to be found between Rue-Soufflot and Rue-des-Fossés-Saint-Jacques was knocked down in 1684 and a few years afterwards, this property was built on the same site. A French Order dated 1st April 1620 ordered all of Paris’ printers and booksellers to remain within the University district, around Rue-Saint-Jacques, and not to go any further than Rue-des-Noyers, on pain of death. This student district still has an intellectual character today.

Description

This mansion house is reached via a listed, pure Regency style rental building, the beautiful symmetrical facade of which is centred around an extraordinary balcony. Carriage gates lead to a paved courtyard. At the end stands this mansion house, with three bays on four levels under attic space; it too has French Historic Monument classification. It was built in 1718 by architect Claude-Nicolas-Lepas-Dubuisson. Constructed from dressed stone, it is perfectly symmetrical, with a central, raised entrance door reached via a few steps. An elegant, sober facade, on the courtyard side, is decorated with mascarons and corbels. Exposed stone quoins, with elaborate pointing, at both ends complete the facade. Indented, flat moulding frames the slightly curved, ground floor windows, with their small panes, as well as the central bay. The top floor features three large roof dormers set in the slate roof. The garden facade, also soberly sculpted, is enhanced with a balcony on the first floor and slatted shutters. A 19th century, 2-storey orangery, enhanced by an atrium and standing at right angles, is connected to the ground floor of the mansion house. On the garden level, a large kitchen and, above, a study dominate the garden. This extension flanks a parterre, spanning approx. 100 m², paved with stone laid opus incertum. It precedes a 400 m² garden, with tall trees and vegetation, enhanced at the end by an arbour. Each interior level has a particular purpose: a recording studio, a television room, a cellar and a laundry room in the basement, reception rooms on the ground floor, a suite and master bedroom on the first floor, on the three upper floors are two bedrooms, each with its own dressing room and bathroom, illuminated via windows. The main stairway is listed. A lift provides access from the basement up to the third floor.

Inside the mansion house

The entrance hall houses a stairway, the five first steps of which are made of stone, then typical of the period, the rest have solid wood nosing and hexagonal terracotta tile treads. The flights of steps, protected by elegant wrought iron railings, go up from the ground floor to the third floor in the central bay of the mansion house, pleasantly illuminated via the facade windows on the courtyard side. A lift provides access all the way up to the third floor from the basement. The ground floor is given over to reception rooms which provide access to the garden. The first floor is designed as a suite. On every floor, the bath and shower rooms are illuminated via windows overlooking the courtyard. Each of the upper floors comprises two bedrooms and a dressing room. The basement houses the machine rooms.


Orangery
Connected at right angles to the mansion house via the ground floor, this extension, resembling an orangery and dating from the 19th century, spans two levels and backs on to the party wall via an atrium. This area, spanning more than 60 m², houses a resolutely contemporary, fully fitted kitchen. With a polished concrete floor, a vast eating area is enhanced with a fireplace. It is widely illuminated via numerous openings, one of which provides access to the paved parterre in the garden. Light coming in through the roof atrium is cleverly directed downwards by the upper floor. A wide, galvanised steel, spiral stairway goes upstairs to a large study area that dominates the garden.
The garden
The central, through entrance hall provides access to the garden. The latter spans approx. 400 m², although it was bigger and adjoined that of the Town Hall in Place-du-Panthéon at the time the mansion house was constructed. The first section, spanning more than 100 m² in front of the mansion house and workshop facades, is paved with beige stone laid opus incertum. Tall trees provide soothing shade. In addition, various levels, some tiled, others paved, have been cleverly laid out, giving the impression of an English garden with different flowering and deciduous plants, organised according to colour, encouraging visitors to stroll down to the arbour at the end of the garden. From the windows overlooking the garden, residents dream of hearing the chords of Joaquim-Rodrigo, the famous neighbour who composed the Aranjuez Concerto, earning him the title of the 1st Marquis of the Gardens of Aranjuez.

Our opinion

This cosmopolitan, busy, residential Latin Quarter, kept intellectual, lively and young by the abundance of universities, libraries, publishers and booksellers, is just a stone’s throw from Luxembourg Gardens. Living quietly in a building, with listed architecture, its pleasant proportions able to unpretentiously accommodate a large family and its historic features such as Versailles pattern parquet flooring, exposed stone, wrought iron, fireplaces, trumeaux, indoor shutters, and ceilings more than 4m high all bearing the patina of time, can but be considered a luxury. One that, furthermore, is enhanced by sober, contemporary interior decoration and embellished by a superb paved, entrance courtyard and a garden with undreamt-of access.

20 000 000 € Honoraires de négociation inclus
19 323 671 € Honoraires exclus
Honoraires de 3.5% TTC à la charge de l'acquéreur


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Reference 811812

Number of rooms 11
Number of bedrooms 7
Possible number of bedrooms 7
Living space510 m2
Surface Garden400 m2
Surface Terrace120 m2

Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses 4000 €


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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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