a townhouse and its garden amidst a co-owned property
The town of Bordeaux, on the banks of the river Garonne, is renowned for its monuments, its different historic, shopping and residential districts as well as its numerous cultural activities. This house stands just a few minutes from the town centre, on the inside of the boulevards between the Saint-Augustin and Saint-Genès districts. Its strategic location puts it near to schools, shops, the Chaban-Delmas stadium as well as the hospital and just a 10-minute drive from the train station. The tramway, 5 minutes away on foot, provides a link between the historic centre and the university campus on the outskirts of town.
At its east end, wrought iron gates, supported by two stone columns, open on to a paved passageway leading to a 480 m² garden and a garage able to take two cars. The north-west facing garden runs the full length of the building and is separated from the latter by a stone terrace. A little house in use as a garden shed and a monument complete this property.
This building spans two levels under attic space. The road side facade is divided into three architectural sections. The central bay contrasts with the rest of the building because of its arched openings. Its upper section features a row of balusters that conceal a roof covered with Roman tiles. The facades on either side have rectangular openings, protected, on the first floor, by railings and, on the ground floor, by wrought iron bars. A string course, embossed with foliage, running under the upper overhanging cornice, precedes the base of the third level. The various openings on the garden side are arranged in a dressed stone wall on the first level and then, on the first floor, in a facade combining exposed stone and rendered sections. And lastly, dominating the building, a secluded room set in a lantern, looking down on to the roof.
The entrance door opens into a vestibule, with a brick tiled floor and stone walls. It provides access to the various sections of the house. A vast bedroom, with a shower room, laid out as a kitchen, overlooks the street. Opposite, a door opens into the main flat on the first level and a long corridor, with parquet flooring, leads on either side to the ground floor living rooms. A French window on the road side opens into a reception room, with parquet flooring and a marble fireplace, which extends into a bathroom laid out as a kitchen, followed by a bedroom. On the opposite side is a through dining room. Featuring floor tiles, it acts as a link between the various areas: on one side, two bedrooms, looking out over the garden, are separated by a corridor leading to a bathroom; opposite, a small-paned, French window, with 2-leaf, folding, indoor shutters provides access to the garden. A wrought iron gate opens into the lounge, with its parquet flooring and marble fireplace. It is followed by the kitchen. With floor tiles, it has the advantage of having its own door into the passageway connecting the street to the garden.
The main entrance hall houses a half-turning stairway, with wrought iron railings and a wooden handrail, featuring a glass ball on its newel post, which goes upstairs. The landing provides immediate access to a large bedroom, with a shower room and toilet. A fireplace with a marble mantel and jambs, is flanked by two large-paned, French windows. The corridor extending the landing leads to a shower room also laid out as a kitchen, a child’s bedroom, with a wash-hand basin, and a bedroom, fitted with a shower and overlooking the garden.
A concealed door on the landing opens on to a straight, wooden stairway. This discreet passageway provides access to the various sections of the attic and, in particular, to a single room in the lantern, with a panoramic view over the town’s rooftops.
This plot, spanning a surface area of approx. 480 m², is completely enclosed, flanked by the house on the street side and, on the opposite side, by a garage and the dividing walls combined with dense vegetation. Planted with trees and flowers, its size, rare in a town centre, gives it a very special character. The terrace separating it from the building is a wonderful place for lazing around and admiring the ornamental folly standing proudly in its centre. This garden, completely out of sight of onlookers, is a real verdant haven in the middle of town.
The combination of its strategic location and its interior rooms as well as its distinctive outside area, make this an especially interesting property. Such layouts open the way for several types of use: family, professional or even rental, through the creation of several flats. But, whatever the project, works will need to be scheduled.
|Land registry surface area||750 m2|
|Main building surface area||258 m2|
Pessac-Léognan, Graves & Sauternais
François Trédez       +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.