in an old, converted framing and gilt moulding factory
The Père-Lachaise district, where the boundaries of the 11th and 20th arrondissements meet, midway between Ménilmontant and Charonne, owes its name to the cemetery of the same name, a wonderful place to take a stroll. This once working-class sector is now particularly sought-after. The interlacing, paved streets, dotted with squares and green, open spaces, still have their typically Parisian authenticity. In fact, the old, 19th century, workers’ housing estates and factories have been converted into large, open-plan flats, art studios, exhibition galleries and co-working office space. This open-plan flat is in a quiet street, just a stone’s throw from the shops and trendy boutiques along Avenue-Gambetta and Rue-du-Chemin-Vert. Several underground stations are nearby: Père-Lachaise (lines 2 and 3) and Gambetta (lines 3 and 3bis).
Spanning a total of 101 m² of living space, it comprises an entrance hall with a cloakroom, followed by a toilet, with a laundry room area. Under riveted metal beams, a 50 m² reception room is divided into lounge and dining room areas with a fully-fitted, open-plan kitchen. In the peace and quiet at the back are three bedrooms, with parquet flooring, and a bathroom, with two wash-hand basins and a bath. Light floods into the rooms courtesy of the many atria windows and its south-east, south-west aspect. There is also a bicycle lock-up.
This 1911 factory is laid out under a metal framework, with brick fascia and numerous wrought-iron-framed atria windows. The building was originally a factory, producing framing and gilt moulding. It has since been converted into five open-plan flats, spread out between the ground and two upper floors. The period architecture has been perfectly preserved, using the structure designed by Eiffel.
The premises are flanked by a little, paved, one-way street and by strips of greenery as well as by the gardens of the neighbouring property. The vast entrance hall, decorated in an industrial style, gives access to a bicycle lock-up. Opposite this open-plan flat is a yoga studio.
The open-plan flat
This flat is in a choice location on the ground floor of the factory, looking out over the neighbouring greenery and facing south-east, south-west. The living space, spanning 101 m², was completely remodelled by an architect in 2021 (custom-made furniture, first-class materials). The new layout of the premises is beautifully designed with living rooms, on one side, and bedrooms, on the other.
The entrance hall houses a cloakroom, featuring an industrial, wrought-iron style and leads immediately to a toilet and a laundry area, with cupboards. It then opens into a fully-fitted, open-plan kitchen. A corner atrium window enhances the terrazzo worksurface and splashback as well as the solid wood counter. It extends under 3 m high, riveted beams into a dining room and a lounge, bordered by new panelling and forming a continuous area courtesy of the unity created by the parquet flooring, the exposed Eiffel structure and the atria windows.
The three bedrooms, with parquet flooring, two of which look out over the greenery, include numerous cupboards. They share a spacious bathroom, with a bath and two wash-hand basins.
François-Michelin once said “Factories are modern day cathedrals”. In an old working-class district, now the natural extension of that of the Marais, this open-plan flat has been transformed into modern, comfortable living space, without losing any of its working-class identity codes. Under its extremely high ceilings, metal beams, terrazzo flooring and a multitude of atria windows are combined to exude a timeless, industrial atmosphere. The spacious, bright and open areas ensure an unlimited versatility well-suited to a family way of life.
|Reception area||50 m2|
|Living space||101 m2|
|Number of rooms||4|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||3504 €|
Renaud Goalabré +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.