in the Saint-Georges district on Paris’ Right Bank
In Paris’ 9th arrondissement, the portion of the street is on the edge of the Nouvelle-Athènes (New Athens) area, a 19th century mecca of Romanticism, and Place-Adolphe-Max (once Place-Vintimille), on the old Bouëxière pavilion estate. This property, spanning more than 10 hectares belonged in 1747 to Charles-François-Gaillard-de-la-Bouëxière, Farmer General to the king, who had a French formal garden, modelled on the Tuileries, constructed there as well as a house resembling Apollo’s Temple. Since this time, the romantic property has disappeared but little has changed: enthusiastic exuberance abounds here with customers filling the cafés, brasseries and department stores, as described by Zola in his novel “Au Bonheur des Dames” (The Ladies’ Delight). Far from hordes of tourists, further attractions include the nearby public transport, secondary schools and sixth form colleges as well as numerous theatres and restaurants.
The aesthetics of this flat, taking up the second floor, are elegant. The architectural company “Lieu-dit” has worked together with the owners to preserve the original character of this Napoleon III style flat, which was home to a couple of artists, Odette and Robert-Lepeltier, ceramist and painter at the beginning of the 20th century. They have consequently duplicated the colour of the walls and sought a harmony between the natural wood tints, the hues of coloured walls, the cement floor tiles, laid here and there, the white, bevelled “underground-style” tiles and the splashback in the kitchen.
The armoured, double entrance doors provide access to a wide entrance hall, with wall panelling, where a wooden bookshelf unit takes up an entire wall. The floor is laid with chevron pattern oak wood parquet flooring and the ceiling, going up to a height of more than 3 metres, is enhanced with its original cornices, featuring staff decoration. A living room, with its three windows and its balcony, communicates with a dining room. Two bedrooms are on either side of the living room, each with its own shower room. The main bedroom, reached via the dining room, looks out over the courtyard. A door in the entrance hall separates an area, laid with cement floor tiles, comprising a linen room, a guest toilet and, at the end of the corridor, a vast fitted kitchen, with an eating area, illuminated via a large window looking out over the courtyard. There, a door opens on to the back stairway. A gas-fired boiler provides heating and domestic hot water.
Life is more pleasant here, in this small, immaculately kept, co-owned property, than anywhere else in the French capital. Since the Belle-Époque, the atmosphere in the district, where the Romantics took up residence, has not greatly changed, not far from the theatres, museums and large shops: still just as Bohemian and romantic, ever secret and Parisian. In this history-filled universe, this flat can be proud, after first-class renovation works, of its subtle and scintillating combination of the old and the contemporary. It forms an elegant link between classicism and modernism. The brilliant white walls, the casement bolts and the cement floor tiles blend perfectly together with the fine moulding and the bookshelf units, creating a home that is both airy and distinguished.
|Living space||171 m2|
|Number of rooms||5|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Possible number of bedrooms||4|
|Surface Cellar||12 m2|
|Surface Balcony||5 m2|
|Number of lots||9|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||5000 €|
Guillaume Naa +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.