an outstanding designer villa, inspired by the “School of Vienna”, in a garden with a pool
An hour by car south-east of the Greater Nancy Area. The more prestigious towns of Alsace, Colmar and Strasbourg are respectively 60 and 80 minutes away by road. Motorways through the Rhine Valley, leading to south, north and east Europe can be reached in about the same amount of time.
The Vosges mountain snowfields are some 35 minutes away.
Direct trains take 2⅔ hours to reach Paris and Basel-Mulhouse airport is but 1½ hours away by car.
The town, where this property is to be found, has all administrative, commercial and educational facilities, including state and private primary and secondary schools as well as sixth form colleges, all with a good reputation.
To the north of the cathedral, extending towards the neighbouring forest-covered mountains, is a sector composed of luxury villas, surrounded by gardens that sometimes resemble parklands.
This villa was constructed in this verdant district for an industrialist’s family by a regional architect in 1927. Its architectural style reflects that which was then fashionable in the Germanic world, an unpretentious, luxurious style making use of traditional Germanic characteristics.
This villa is on a somewhat triangular-shaped plot of land, spanning 2,248 m², on the corner of two streets. The villa stands on one end of the plot, with the garden sloping gently down to the street on the facade side. The property also includes a swimming pool and a garage.
The garden is planted with numerous tall trees, the foliage of which provides the villa with an almost forest-like setting.
On the west side of the property, on the other side of the street, a 390 m² plot with a small house is also included in the property.
This square building spans four levels of living space, constructed over a lower section. The third and top levels of living space are attic floors, illuminated via roof dormers on the side walls and windows set in the gable of the south facade, overlooking the garden.
The lower section, on all four sides of the villa, is composed of cement-pointed quarry stone blocks. Above, spanning the height of the first level, are red bricks, enhancing all four facades with their warm colour and creating a contrasting effect with the white-rendered upper sections of the walls.
The architecture of the facade facing the garden is particularly elegant, courtesy in part to the semi-circular bow window of the lounge on the first level, which is crowned with a flat roof forming a terrace on the second level. A large, semi-circular arched picture window, with a brick surround, is equally clearly a 1930’s architectural feature. And lastly, a window with three different sized sections opening on to the terrace on the second level, together with an oculus, and discreet half-timbering on the top level, under the rafters, also contribute to this elegance appearance.
Finally, its very steep, gable roof, with two half-hipped sections and upward-turning slopes is reminiscent of the architecture on the other side of the Vosges mountains.
On the west facade, a small canopy shelters the entrance to a large vestibule. Featuring a terrazzo floor bordered with mosaic edging, it provides access to all the rooms on this lower level. The floor surface area of a large, square lounge is extended by a projection created by the bow window on the south facade. Polygonal in shape, it provides a superb view over the trees in the garden and lets in copious amounts of light. A black marble, corner fireplace, adorned with shells, helps to make this area cosy. The large lounge communicates via a glazed door with a dining room which can also be reached from the vestibule. The classical rectangular shape of this dining room is somewhat eclipsed by its south-facing, semi-circular arched window, the framework of which is also semi-circular in shape.
A large, fully fitted kitchen, featuring top quality materials and units, completes the layout on the ground floor.
Although not omnipresent, wood, doors and passageways, constructed with semi-circular arches, are features which provide this villa with its distinctive unity of decor. Already to be found in the vestibule, this becomes clearly obvious when going up via a wooden stairway (steps, handrail and balusters) to the landing on the first floor where a first semi-circular arched passageway provides access to the main bedroom that opens on to the terrace roof above the bow window. A spacious bathroom accompanies this bedroom. A second passageway leads to another bedroom. The entrance to the main bedroom is preceded by an anteroom which also gives access to the third bedroom on this level as well as to an impressive dressing room, with floor-to-ceiling panelling, illuminated via the facade oculus.
Four large bedrooms are laid out on this level around a small anteroom. A vast communal shower room opens on to the landing.
This attic level comprises two bedrooms, a large communal room, a last small storage room and a shower room. This top floor could also be used as a flat, independent from the rest of the villa.
The basement, running the full surface area of the house, includes a laundry room, a large storage room, a workshop, a wine cellar and a boiler room.
The garden, sloping gently down towards the street, is planted on all sides with tall trees, including a majestic oak tree over a hundred years old. These mature trees shade an area where it is possible to take meals when the weather is clement. Two large, trimmed hedges delimit a swimming pool area in the south-west corner of the garden.
The swimming pool
Separated from the garden and street, this swimming pool occupies a sunny site. Granite stone paving is laid out all around it, thus creating a wonderful setting. Top quality materials and equipment were used when installing this pool.
A large garage in the north-east corner of the garden is able to take two cars. It is also used for storing garden tools.
The annex plot and its house
This takes up the corner of two streets, facing the villa’s west exit.
The little house that takes up the upper section of the plot, is in need of full renovation works, following which it could be used to provide rental income.
This vast, comfortable villa is heavily marked by the middle-class architecture that existed during the interwar period in the Germanic world. The quality of the architecture and the construction is enhanced by a wooded garden that embellishes a well-exposed swimming pool. This property reflects a highly sought-after quality.
A house ideal for a family, as well as for passing guests, its architecture exudes the ideal of a luxurious safety that was lacking during the First World War.
Transportation facilities to neighbouring towns and cities as well as to the French capital really help enhance the area’s peaceful way of life.
|Land registry surface area||2638 m2|
|Main building surface area||490 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||120 m2|
|Number of bedrooms||5|
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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.