houses for sale - marly-le-roi - 35 minutes from paris

A family property and its landscaped garden
35 minutes from Paris in the historic centre of Marly-le-Roi
Marly-le-Roi, YVELINES paris 78160 FR


The town of Marly-le Roi, set between Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, expanded when Louis XIV bought land in order to have a chateau built by Jules-Hardouin-Mansart. This chateau, cosier than Versailles, was intended for accommodating the king’s friends. The historic district of Vieux-Marly is the result of the construction of mansion houses and middle-class homes near to the chateau. Since this time, the village has continued to attract artists and influential personalities as in the 19th century with numerous novelists and playwrights or in the 20th century with painters such as Sisley and Picasso. Marly is now linked to Paris via the A86 and A13 motorways as well as the regional train line with its 20-minute links to La-Défense and its 35-minute links to Saint-Lazare. Just a stone’s throw from shops, this property is 500 m from the train station and schools.


Standing in the centre of Marly-le-Roi, this property was once part of an estate which was home to Adolphe-de-Leuven, successful author and great friend of Alexandre-Dumas (father). He was also friends with Alexandre-Dumas (son) such that he made him his sole heir. He left him the house on the understanding that he looked after his horses. Dumas (son) and his wife Nadine, both of whom spent every summer there, moved into the house. So as to have a little privacy from his frail wife, the writer had the house raised in order to create his study, complete with a stage so that he could put on his work before it was presented to the general public. This 19th century residence, spanning 262 m² of living space (a floor surface area of 334 m²), is on a 550 m² plot. It comprises two houses connected via a glass walkway. In the main house, a large living room, with an open-plan kitchen, opens on to the garden and a paved terrace, sheltered by an old atrium. It also includes two bedrooms, with dressing rooms, a bathroom as well as a vast music room, with a fireplace, and a games room. The second house comprises two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry room, an attic and, on the garden level, a master suite with a shower room and a dressing room. A boiler room and a wine cellar have been installed in two vaulted rooms in the basement. The garden, simply exuding peace and quiet, comprises two terraces, a summer kitchen and a Jacuzzi. This recently renovated property also has a large garage and two outside car parking spaces.

The main house

Ground floor
In addition to a cloakroom and a guest toilet, the ground floor comprises a large living room, with its fully fitted open-plan kitchen, its modern fireplace, its old beams, its terracotta floor tiles and parquet flooring as well as its numerous openings on to the garden. It constitutes a pleasant and convivial place to live in harmony with the outdoors.
First floor
A wooden stairway goes upstairs. The landing provides access, right, to a toilet, straight on, to a bedroom, with numerous built-in cupboards, and, left, to a bathroom as well as a large bedroom, with herringbone pattern parquet flooring. Illuminated via three large windows with an unobstructed view over the surroundings, this bedroom also has a fireplace and a dressing room, discreetly installed behind a partition wall.
Second floor
The vast music room taking up this floor was constructed by Alexandre Dumas (son) as a retreat and a place for rehearsing his theatrical plays. Three large picture windows, letting in copious amounts of light, provide views of the village and the surrounding countryside. The old parquet flooring, bearing the patina of time, and the large fireplace make this an extremely convivial room.
Third floor
A concealed wooden door opens on to a wooden stairway going up to the attic space, converted into a luminous games room. This room could be used as a spare bedroom or a study.

The second house

Ground floor
A master suite, spanning 40 m², takes up this entire floor. It comprises a bedroom, looking out over the garden, a dressing room and a large shower room, all behind a modern atrium, a bit like an artist’s studio, as well as a separate toilet.
First floor
The glass and metal walkway acts as an internal link between the two houses. It is also possible to reach this level from the ground floor of the second house via a wooden stairway. The landing leads to a corridor which, in turn, provides access, on one side, to a bathroom, with a bath and a shower, as well as a laundry room and, on the other side, to two bedrooms.

The garden

The garden, like the houses, has been modernised. An oriental air is reflected by some bamboo plants, trained fruit trees, a wooden terrace and some stepping stones. With a summer kitchen and a Jacuzzi, this garden acts as an extension of the living rooms.

Our opinion

New owners do not have to start writing as soon as they purchase Alexandre-Dumas’ house. And yet, these premises are full of inspiration. The writer once lent against the railings to contemplate the landscape or to listen to the birds. He sheltered under the canopies on his way back from walks having been caught out by the rain. His eyes were drawn to the exposed ceiling beams whilst he thought about his work. His successors in this original residence will find not only modern-day comforts but also the intention to introduce cotemporary lines into an old decor. Two connected houses create a flexibility as regards the use of rooms that will greatly please all members of a family. Just as every day they will appreciate the fact that they live, so near to Paris, in the aristocratic Marly-le Roi.

1 690 000 €
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Reference 199094

Number of rooms 8
Number of bedrooms 5
Land registry surface area 550 m2
Reception area40.5 m2
Living space334 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis


Caroline Caron de Panthou    +33 1 42 84 80 85



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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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