400 km from Brussels and 240 km from Paris, 2½ hours from Luxembourg, 1½ hours from Dijon and Nancy, 1 hour from Troyes and Der Lake, Europe’s biggest artificial lake. The town has several schools as well as a sixth form college, a hospital and an SNCF train station with links to the main regional towns and the French capital.
The old school run by nuns
This dressed stone building, spanning approx. 130 m², comprises three floors and a cellar. Built directly on the street, it dates from the period known as the Belle-Époque. Its roofing framework has been repaired but the roof itself, in a poor state of repair, has been covered with a tarpaulin to keep it weathertight. The sober facade on the road side features tall openings, the rigorous vertical symmetry of which gives a false impression of indifference. It is dominated by a double roof dormer and an astonishing four-lobed opening. On the courtyard side, the building stands over a covered area, the open end of which is delimited by archways. Visitors’ eyes are drawn to the centre of the building by an elegant pediment adorned with a blind rosette.
The 17th century house
This dressed stone and quarry block residence, standing at the end of the courtyard, spans two levels linked via an outside lateral stairway. The interlocking tile roof is perfectly weathertight.
Adults sometimes set themselves challenges which take them humbly back to school. This one is far from modest as it consists of transforming old classrooms into living rooms and such major works will inevitably take time. But the building exudes such charm and its character is so special that it is possible to talk about a soul and for it to appeal without embarrassment. Heritage enthusiasts prepared to take on these commendable rehabilitation works will be able to count on help from the members of Joinville’s town council, who are fully committed to such a project. Courtesy of their voluntarism and their ambitious policy regarding the saving of their town centre, new owners will notably receive grants to the value of 40% of the cost of the roofs and facades. Above all, the many ambitions inspired by such vast volumes will be able to rely on the benevolence of a town ready to actively support all projects.
30 000 €
Our fees are included in the stated sale price.
|Land registry surface area||433 m2|
|Main building surface area||380 m2|
|Outbuilding surface area||120 m2|
Aube, Marne Region
Florence Fornara       +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.