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A 200 m² photographic studio-turned-open-plan residence
between the train station and the cathedral in Tours
, INDRE-ET-LOIRE center-val-de-loire FR


Between the Cher and Loire rivers, in the picturesque and historic town-centre of an old Gallo-Roman town.
In a region already renowned for its famous Loire Valley chateaux, Tours also comprises outstanding monuments such as its cathedral, the majestic gothic facade of which is flanked by towers, reflecting the 12th century at their base and the Renaissance period at the top.
Just a stone’s throw from a small verdant public garden, a delightful square created by famous landscape architects.
And very near to the train station, its links to Paris-Montparnasse taking a little more than an hour.


A quiet, little-used street, ideally located and bordered by miscellaneous shops, forms the authentic background to a wonderful setting. Houses and shops alternate with the porch ways of mansion houses, sometimes opening on to paved courtyards or wooded gardens, and other buildings with sometimes astonishing architecture and histories.
One of such buildings, with an old facade adorned with some relief and small balconies, features a central, impressive, rectangular, wooden porch way, the upper section of which is glazed.
Heavy double doors open on to a long, paved porch way, leading to a rear courtyard. A side door provides access to the facade building. At the end of the courtyard, a wide sliding gate leads into a little wooded garden, laid out in front of the residence, with 3 private car parking spaces.
A wide, predominantly glazed facade takes up the full width of the plot. Central, glazed, double doors open into a spacious passageway. This entrance previously enabled the owner photographer to accommodate the new vehicles of a well-known constructer in order to take photographs. Opposite is a large reception area.
All the floors as well as the door and window frames are recent.
The property includes an independent section, on the right-hand side, used as a storage area and garden shed, with a door leading out into the garden.
This discreet site, enhanced with greenery, is out of sight of onlookers and away from the town’s hustle and bustle.

The open-plan residence

The open-plan layout of the rooms has resulted in a harmonious and functional organisation of the premises. This residence spans approx. 200 m² of living space, laid out in an original manner.
This astonishing townhouse, with its unusual layout, opens into a wide, 25 m² entrance hall which precedes a reception room, spanning more than 50 m², with a very high ceiling. Its floor surface area can be reorganised via the moving of a partition. This area is naturally illuminated via a wide picture window, through which can be seen a patio and a 25 m² terrace.
On the left-hand side of the entrance are a tiled, 35 m² living room, with a fitted kitchen area that is big enough to take a dining table as well as a wide picture window looking out over the garden, and a back kitchen.
A tiled shower-cum-laundry room has a light well and a small glazed door leading outside.
On the right-hand side is a 25 m² lounge which could be a bedroom or a study. One wall is impressively lined with bookshelves and a large picture window overlooks the garden.
On the side, another small glazed door in a corner of the room provides access to the outside.
Behind, another 25 m² room, with a light well, is currently in use as a storage room but could easily be converted. It has a door leading outside.
These rooms are followed by a separate water supply point, a toilet and a bathroom; all tiled.
A small storage area with large wall cupboards is on the side.
At the end of the living room is a 20 m² bedroom, with a changing room and a picture window overlooking the patio.
A stairway goes up to a landing, leading to a mezzanine, with a light well, as well as another 20 m² bedroom with a picture window overlooking the patio.
Walls and ceilings are decorated in light hues with tiled or parquet flooring.
Interior partitions could be used for reorganising the layout.
The patio terrace and the garden face west and south.

Our opinion

This house is transparent with glazing, a glass house. All means have been taken to let light flood in. Although this could be a problem on a street in the centre of Tours, here, in the peace and quiet, behind a beautiful old building, with a patio and a terrace, it has but advantages. Furthermore, aesthetics always win when industrial or commercial premises are converted into living accommodation as this dazzling example proves.

995 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 601016

Land registry surface area 330 m2
Main building surface area 200 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


Bruno Van Montagu       +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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