A 178m² fifth-floor apartment in Paris with a vast reception area, nestled between
the vibrant square Place de la Bastille and the famous Gare de Lyon train station
Paris, PARIS paris 75012 FR


The apartment is tucked away in the French capital’s twelfth arrondissement, in the Quinze-Vingts neighbourhood, on a road that symbolises the golden age of Parisian rail. The street was created by royal decree in 1845 to link the Gare de Lyon train station to the large square Place de la Bastille. A modern district then emerged here with a focus on travel and rail. At the end of this road stands the Gare de Lyon with its characteristic art nouveau style. The train station was inaugurated in 1900 for the Paris Exposition. Here, many buildings remain from this era, including the station itself and its famous clock tower. The Gare de Lyon has become an unmissable monument of Paris. It was listed as a national historical monument in 1984. It lies close to the Bastille opera house, to a lush, elevated linear park, to a former viaduct of arches converted into artisan workshops, to a large cinema and to the famous street Rue Crémieux – known for its colourful facades. Many fine brasseries can also be found nearby. The renowned restaurant Le Train Bleu, listed as a historical monument, is just a stone’s throw away. The neighbourhood is well connected to the city metro system via lines 1 and 14 and to the Paris regional rail network via the RER A line.


The property is nestled in the Quinze-Vingts neighbourhood of Paris, close to the grand Gare de Lyon train station and to the vibrant square Place de la Bastille. The district was developed when the Gare de Lyon was inaugurated for the 1900 Paris Exposition. This dual-aspect apartment faces east and west. It lies on the fifth floor of a post-Haussmannian apartment building with an on-site caretaker. The apartment covers 178m². It includes a vast 77m² reception area made up of a hallway, a dining room and a two-part lounge that leads out onto a balcony. A guest lavatory and a kitchen requiring renovation are set back. Two of the bedrooms include an en-suite bathroom, a lavatory and a wardrobe. The third and last bedroom includes cupboards built into the wall. An extra bathroom could be created for it. Further along lies a utility room. Several original decorative features have been preserved. Wooden panelling adorns the walls and cornices edge the ceilings, which are embellished with strips of floral motifs in some rooms. Marble fireplaces are reflected in trumeau mirrors above them. The apartment also features a so-called Prussian fireplace – one built into a wall – with an integrated dish-warming compartment. The property includes a cellar in the basement too. A professional private practice could be based in the apartment.

The building

The edifice was built in a post-Haussmannian style in 1903 – almost at the same time as the Gare de Lyon. It draws inspiration from Haussmannian classicism with use of dressed stone and iron railings. Yet the building has seven floors, pediments are scarce and a Greek design appears among leaflike ornamentation. Inside the edifice, we find this Greek inspiration again: columns in the building’s vast hallway, protected beyond an intercom-secured double door. A caretaker lives on site. The communal areas are well maintained.

The apartment

The apartment lies on the fifth floor, where there is another apartment too. It is L-shaped and covers 178m². On one side there is the dual-aspect reception area. On the other side, there are bedrooms. You enter the apartment through a convex door into a deep hallway that creates a theatrical welcome. A two-part lounge overlooks the street and leads out onto a balcony. It offers a clear view over the rooftops of Paris. Its marble fireplaces are reflected in the trumeau mirrors above them. A raised floor completes the theatrical backdrop. The dining room has a large window that fills it with natural light. It features a so-called Prussian fireplace – one built into the wall – with an integrated plate-warming compartment. The entire reception area is adorned with wooden panelling. The ceilings are lined with wooden cornices. Some of the ceilings are embellished with plaster strips of floral motifs. A baroque carpet covers the floor, just like the one in the legendary hotel Le Normandy in Deauville on France’s north coast. Behind the reception area lies a kitchen that needs to be fully restored.

A long corridor leads to the bedrooms. The first bedroom has a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, a bath and a lavatory. A second bedroom includes a cupboard built into the wall. The third bedroom also has a wardrobe and an en-suite bathroom with a washbasin, a bath, a shower and a lavatory. A utility room with storage spaces leads to a service entrance. The bedrooms are in a calm location, looking over the inner court. East-facing windows fill them with natural light. The property includes a cellar in the basement too. The whole place requires renovation. A professional private practice could be based in the apartment.

Our opinion

Both the neighbourhood and the apartment bear witness to a golden age of rail. They take us back to an era when travelling was an adventure in itself. The property looks down at this wonderful district that symbolises the industrial revolution. The apartment was designed to host gatherings in a magnificent, theatrical backdrop. An extensive series of decorative features – from fine wooden panelling to grand marble fireplaces – illustrates the power of the families who lived here. Future owners will be able to preserve this splendid decor and enhance it.

1 890 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense

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Reference 623471

Total floor area 178 m2
Number of rooms 6
Number of bedrooms 3

Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses 7200 €

Aucune procédure en cours menée sur le fondement des articles 29-1 A et 29-1 de la loi n°65-557 du 10 juillet 1965 et de l’article L.615-6 du CCH

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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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