between Place-du-Panthéon and Luxembourg Gardens
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.
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.
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 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.
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 € Negotiation fees included
19 323 671 € Fees excluded
3.5% TTC at the expense of the purchaser
|Possible number of bedrooms||7|
|Living space||510 m2|
|Number of rooms||11|
|Number of bedrooms||7|
|Surface Garden||400 m2|
|Surface Terrace||120 m2|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||4000 €|
Guillaume Naa +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.