half-way between Bonne-Nouvelle and Poissonnière underground stations
In the south-east of Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the Faubourg-Montmartre district was, at the time when Paris was still called Lutetia, but a stretch of fields and orchards at the bottom of Montmartre hill. Incorporated into Paris under Louis XVI, the area was slowly urbanised, prior to radically changing its appearance in the 19th century courtesy of the Herculean works undertaken by Baron-Haussmann. Now, on the edge of Paris’ very trendy 10th arrondissement and the area known as Grands-Boulevards, the district is buzzing with life. Its residents flock to popular café terraces, to theatres, to shows and to delicatessens. Nearby are Bonne-Nouvelle and Grands-Boulevards (lines 8 and 9) as well as Poissonnière (line 7) underground stations, the Gare-de-l'Est train station and numerous bus routes.
The property was once a mansion house. Constructed in the 18th century, the main building was accompanied by several outbuildings. These have been converted over the centuries and open on to the current paved courtyard. A rental building on the road side, built in the 19th century, still features its elegant, period porch. The premises now form an elegant, well-kept, co-owned property, where the various, perfectly visible construction periods delightfully enhance one another. This flat is laid out in one of the mansion’s former outbuildings, one that probably housed carriages or the stables. The original porch is still visible. The premises became a biscuit factory in the 20th century and was then left in a state of neglect, before being purchased by the current owners who turned it into a comfortable home.
The open-plan flat
This flat is accessed directly from the paved courtyard (where there is one private car parking space). The old atrium, renovated and perfectly insulated, forms an entrance hall that opens on to the vast reception area. It leads, first of all, to a large kitchen-dining room which is particularly bright courtesy of a lightwell. A mezzanine, which could be used for storage purposes, has been installed overhead. This area is extended by a large living room. Numerous original decorative features have been preserved and carefully renovated: beams, floor, dressed stone walls and strip pattern parquet flooring. A ladder in this part of the room also leads to a small vaulted cellar.
A few steps and a terracotta tile floor lead to a night area composed of two bedrooms. The first bedroom opens on to the lounge via a half-timbered partition and has a small, built-in dressing room area. The second bedroom opens on to the entrance atrium. The bathroom is fitted with a free-standing, lion-claw bath and a toilet. Further on are a laundry room and its storage areas. Minor works could easily create a separate toilet. A second entrance from the building’s entrance hall could also be constructed.
In the very midst of one of the French capital’s trendy districts, whilst in the peace and quiet of an inner courtyard, this open-plan flat is almost astonishingly like a detached house, set in the privacy of a secret haven. The property has been tastefully and meticulously renovated, with great attention paid to the original features that exude the charm of a period home. Beams, recesses and half-timbering, bestowing the premises with warmth as well as serenity, blend beautifully with its more modern features. The spacious areas make it easy to move around and are extremely flexible so that future owners will be able to adapt them to suit their own personal requirements.
|Number of rooms||3|
|Number of bedrooms||2|
|Living space||88 m2|
|Surface Cellar||6 m2|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||2308 €|
Renaud Goalabré +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.