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Behind the splendours it is so well known for, Paris conceals a multitude of secret spots that passers-by could never discover without access. How could one guess at what hides behind the porte-cochere of this quiet little street? Just a stone's throw from the Contrescarpe, the house reigns over this domain as though the city no longer existed. A regular, high facade and a pleasure garden still remain from the property's past. Large and generous, it graciously provides all the comforts needed in the modern day. The house's heart and soul, however, still beat to the rhythm of La Mouffe, the oldest district in Paris which is so close and so full of life. It is simply magic!
As I am originally from Paris, I wanted a family home where we could raise our four children. With an extraordinary stroke of luck, my husband found this place about fifteen years ago. Having lived in the 16th arrondissement for all of my childhood, I wanted to settle in a more lively district that was walking distance from (almost) all of Paris. This old house met all our criteria: a lively and picturesque district, the charm of yesteryear, a large, unoverlooked garden, and beautiful volumes.
The house was built at the end of the 18th century and backs onto the Collège des Irlandais. It is now spread over three floors that are all full of light. Both the 60m2 reception rooms and the kitchen open onto the garden to allow full enjoyment of the nature and the sun. The house has five bedrooms including a beautiful 60m2 master suite which occupies the entire first floor. It has a paved courtyard and a tranquil, 350m2 garden without vis-à-vis. At the same time that the third floor was added in 2016, the house was completely renovated by a designer and architect (Julien Rhinn) from Strasbourg to create a contemporary and warm atmosphere.
This Parisian mansion originally housed a mapping company that belonged to the same family for 200 years. It is a real gem hidden at the end of a private courtyard in the heart of the Latin Quarter. One would never guess that a 300m2 house with three floors was hidden behind the discreet facade. The location in an oasis of greenery saved the building, which is typical of the district, from the Haussmanian destruction suffered by the neighbouring streets of Monge and Claude Bernard.
Located in the heart of a historic and lively district, just a few minutes walk from Rue Mouffetard, the Panthéon and the Jardins du Luxembourg, the property allows guests to discover Paris and be at the centre of the action. In the garden, they can have lunch or relax in the sun by the swimming pool which is heated to thirty degrees all year round. Only the sounds of the birds or the bells of the Collège des Irlandais will disturb the tranquillity.
Rue Mouffetard is the ultimate shopping street for tasting and buying all kinds of French and foreign products. We particularly recommend the "A l’Heure du Thé" tea room, just a stone's throw from Place de la Contrescarpe, where Sophie makes the best cheesecakes in Paris! Mokocha is an excellent chocolatier on Rue Mouffetard. To continue with the sweet theme, treat yourself to the excellent pastries from Sébastien Degardin on Rue Saint Jacques or from Carl Marletti on Rue Censier. As for restaurants, I would recommend "Hugo & Co" on Rue Monge for lunch where a Japanese chef serves original dishes with a mix flavours from around the world. For dinner, I would recommend Michelin-starred restaurant Solstice on rue Claude Bernard or L'Agrume on Rue des Fossés Saint Bernard. The best approach, however, is to follow your own instincts and see what entices you. Whatever you choose, you are sure to be in for a treat!
Film and photography crews have access to the entire property. The house also has two studios (12m2 and 25m2 respectively) with kitchens and bathrooms.