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A large, Belle-Epoque house with a swimming pool and projection rooms
in a bend of the river Marne in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés
, VAL-DE-MARNE ile-de-france FR


Very near to an RER train station, 10 km to the east of Paris, in a residential town renowned for its tranquillity, its cultural centres and other qualities that attract families. The banks of the river Marne which flows nearby have been developed for those who like walking and other sports. It is also possible to hear the sound of the accordion during the Sunday dances, illuminated as in the past by strings of lights.


This villa, dating from the late 19th century, is a very old local style “guinguette” (open-air café with a dance floor) on the side of the river Marne, just like the numerous Parisian villas, constructed under the Second Empire, surrounding it on the banks of the Seine and the Marne. This L-shaped house, extended by a garage and bordered by a garden, has a little-used street running alongside it. Behind its wall of vegetation, its silhouette dominates the district. Rooms on the second level have delightful views of the river.

The residence

This villa is surrounded by a garden, bordered by limestone paving. The facades feature alternating forms with the use of wood and white stone, producing an effect that is both structuring and decorative. The rendering on said facades is a cream colour. The lower section is constructed from stone. Projecting from the two main facades are two vast wooden, glazed verandas that support the first floor terraces, bordered by their Art Deco style wrought iron balustrades. The windows and French windows have flat moulded architraves with keystone lintels. Two full, moulded wooden cornices go around each of its facades. Stone quoins and vertical strips enhance its verticality. The second and top floor is crowned with a triple, steep-sided roof that overhangs one window and is supported by wooden corbelling.
The main entrance provides access to one of the verandas via a flight of stone steps, flanked by hedges and two Medici cast iron vases. Another rear flight of steps with white wood railings and balusters provides access to the second veranda. Further steps provide access from the garden to the rooms laid out on the garden level.

Ground floor
This level comprises the two projecting verandas, the floors of which have grey and black cement tiles laid in a geometric pattern. A large, convivial kitchen, looking out over the garden, faces the tiled terrace. A small lounge, with a fireplace and communicating with the conservatory, opens on to a veranda via double, glazed, oak wood doors. The dining room or large lounge features herringbone pattern, oak wood parquet flooring, moulded oak wood picture rails, an opening with stained glass, old motifs (acanthus leaves, chimeras, torches) and gilt bronze ironwork, a stone fireplace with curved jambs and a ceiling with red exposed wooden beams. It extends, via a conservatory, into a large library, with an oak wood mezzanine, set out around a limestone fireplace with a moulded limestone lintel. Some of the walls, up to a height of 5 m, are lined with moulded oak wood drawers. An 80 m² projection room has been set out in the middle of this area.
First floor
This level, reached via two stairways, one of which has mahogany wood railings and balusters, comprises five bedrooms between 17 and 38 m², two terraces and a balcony. Said rooms have pleasant views over three sides of the garden.
Second floor
This level is divided into two sections. One comprises five bedrooms, reached via the main stairway. The other, with a Jacuzzi, a machine room and storage space, is separated via a large, 38 m² terrace.
Garden level
Reached from inside the house or from the garden, this level comprises a small projection room and an 80 m² games room with a bar. The latter notably communicates with the indoor, heated swimming pool area with its white mosaic walls. A blue Greek frieze runs around the pool, lined with mosaic tiles in hues of blue. This level also includes three bedrooms, a shower room and a separate kitchen. Other rooms such as a workshop, a laundry room and a boiler room are installed in blind areas.
Spanning the full floor surface area of the building, the basement comprises no less than 11 rooms, including 5 cellars, two storage areas, a tiled room, a boiler room, a workshop and machine rooms. It is accessed via two stairways.

The garage

This large garage, with direct street access, has a door communicating with the garden.

The garden

This corner garden separates the house from the street with a verdant screen that protects residents from onlookers. It has remote-controlled entrance gates and a good part of its surface area is paved for the parking of several cars. On one side, a terrace faces the kitchen and, on the other, a passageway leads to the reception rooms.

Our opinion

Vast is the house and long the list of its assets. In addition to its 13 bedrooms, it is rare to find a residence from the Belle-Époque with two projection rooms, an indoor swimming pool, an immense library with all its bookshelves and a large games room, to which can be added miscellaneous nooks and crannies such as ladies’ sitting rooms. This abundance of very different rooms, filled with light courtesy of large atrium windows and neo-Renaissance stained glass windows, prevents the eye from getting bored. These banks of the “river of songs” keep alive memories of the film “Casque d'or”, Renoir’s paintings and Marcel-Carné’s films, all symbols of a way of life full of fantasy which newcomers will have but to experience in this “guinguette” ambiance.

2 500 000 €
Honoraires à la charge du vendeur


Reference 136665

Number of rooms 20
Number of bedrooms 12
Possible number of bedrooms 13
Land registry surface area 1056 m2
Reception area200.0 m2
Ceiling height4.00
Living space900 m2
Surface Garage 130.0 m2
Surface Cellar100.0 m2
Surface Parking 115.0 m2
Surface Parking 215.0 m2
Surface Parking 315.0 m2

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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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