in the Temple district of the Upper Marais
Between République and Le-Marais, straddling the Arts-et-Métiers and Temple districts, the sector has been named in homage to the conservatory of the same name where all kinds of machines make it possible to follow technology back through history. And yet, the history of the district is much older. Its development dates back to the Middle-Ages, to a time when its land belonged to the Benedictine Saint-Martin-des-Champs Abbey in the 13th century. The district was then taken over by the Knights Templars who fashioned an entire section of the architecture, still visible today. Nowadays, the sector is renowned for its cosmopolitanism as well as its rich and varied cultural life: the Chinese diaspora there has had an entire crafts industry since the early 20th century, trendy thirty-year olds have opened unusual restaurants there and the Gaîté-Lyrique theatre welcomes young talent from the current music scene. The nearby Rue-de-Bretagne abounds in refined and original food shops, including the Enfants-Rouges market. Many underground lines pass nearby (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).
Spanning a surface area of 125 m², this flat comprises a 50 m² reception area, a separate kitchen, four bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom and another which could be a study, as well as a second bathroom and two separate toilets. The flat is decorated in a classical manner throughout with a stone fireplace, floors covered with terracotta tiles or parquet flooring, old doors and clad beams supported on corbels. This flat also comes with a cellar and a car parking space within the co-owned building.
The building is accessed from the street via richly decorated wooden gates leading to a porchway, providing access in turn to a vast, square, paved courtyard. The original building is clearly distinguished courtesy of its dressed stone facade and its half-timbering. The wrought iron gates of the old convent are still set proudly in place and the old perimeter wall is still visible. The communal areas have been decorated in a similar vein, with stone floor tiles featuring inlaid decoration and pointed stone walls left exposed. A lift and a stairway go up to the various floors.
This flat, on the first floor, takes up an entire wing of the old convent. Transformed into a family home, it was originally a vast, open, floor surface area prior to its renovation by the current owners some fifteen years ago. In fact, its lack of load-bearing walls makes the layout of these premises, with their excellent sound-proofing, extremely flexible such that it can be reorganised in keeping with the new owners wishes.
The front door opens into a small vestibule, with a guest toilet on one side. It provides immediate access to the flat’s first bedroom, secluded from the others, with a dressing room. The fact that plumbing is laid on means that an additional bathroom could be installed. Further on, the vestibule leads to a vast, 50 m², reception area, illuminated via a row of three west-facing windows. This open-plan room is enhanced with terracotta floor tiles and soberly clad beams, supported on corbels. At the other end, a stone wall features a stone fireplace, flanked on either side by two old, outward-opening doors. Further on, a fully fitted kitchen, big enough to include an eating area, reflects a more modern style with numerous shiny black cupboards and a stainless-steel splashback.
The lounge extends into a wide corridor providing access to the flat’s other three bedrooms. The landing comprises numerous storage spaces and an area in use as a laundry room. All the bedrooms are bright, laid with parquet flooring and fitted with storage spaces. As in the lounge, the ceilings are decorated with clad beams supported on corbels. One of the bedrooms adjoins a shower room, whilst the other two share a bathroom, with a bath, and a separate toilet. This flat also comes with a cellar and a car parking space within the co-owned building.
Visible here and there, the vestiges of the old convent bear witness to the sector’s rich history. Time has passed, houses have been constructed and urbanisation has developed, but the original roots of this district have not been forgotten. The atmosphere is peaceful, the light soft and the materials used warm. Almost severe, exposed stone is blended with wood and terracotta forming a spartan property tinged with spirituality. In fact, the current owners have managed to bring out the best of this unusual character whilst shaping vast, but intimate areas. The rooms have been meticulously designed and laid out so as to create a home of a reasonable size.
|Reception area||49.57 m2|
|Living space||125 m2|
|Number of rooms||5|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Annual average amount of the proportionate share of expenses||4536 €|
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.