near to the train station, in the peace and quiet of Colombes town centre
The town of Colombes, between the Hauts-de-Seine and Val-d'Oise departments, is over a thousand years old. In the 19th century, historian Julien-de-Gaulle referred to it in the following manner: “Between Asnières and Argenteuil, just two and a half leagues to the north-west of Paris, is the pretty town of Colombes, in the midst of the peninsula formed by the meanders of the river Seine. Its architecture indicates that it dates from the 12th century. [...] It is still one of those delightful places populated with country houses, retreats, during the summer months, of the wealthy inhabitants of Paris.” Nowadays, the town, with its many sports, cultural and school facilities, its green open spaces and its proximity to the French capital (four SNCF train stations, two tram lines), is more and more attractive. Saint-Lazare station is but a 15-minute train journey. This dynamic can but be reinforced by the 2024 Olympic Games. In fact, the Yves-du-Manoir stadium is to host the hockey events. Substantial investment is expected throughout the town. This house stands in one of the town-centre’s little, quiet streets, in a district renowned for its quality of life, its tranquillity and its proximity to the station and the shops.
This house was built between the street and its garden in the early 20th century. These premises have since undergone ingenious and harmonious extension works. Fully renovated, immaculately kept and enhanced with wide picture windows, this house is in pristine condition both inside and out. The zinc roof is recent as are the door and window frames. This house is not, therefore, in need of any works.
Children, big and small alike, will appreciate this level with its billiard and home-cinema rooms. A storage area completes this floor. A little door provides access to the garden without having to go through the house.
The entrance hall and its flight of steps provide access to a kitchen, opening into a dining room and then into a lounge with, in their wake, a terrace and a garden. The dimensions of the vast, open-plan kitchen, the dining room, with a fireplace, and the lounge set the tone. The kitchen, with its many domestic appliances and cupboard units, was no doubt designed for experienced cooks. The floors on this level are covered with strip pattern parquet flooring and cement tiles, the walls are lined with bookshelves and a built-in dresser, all made-to-measure.
The wide, natural stone stairway goes upstairs. A range of warm colours enhance the main bedroom, the dressing room, spanning almost 20 m², and the adjoining shower room. A terrace, ideal for sunbathing and dominating the garden, extends the bedroom.
The stairway continues up to the top floor where the children have their own domain. It comprises two bedrooms and a shower room.
A great deal of attention has been paid to the exteriors to the point where it is difficult to say whether it is the house or the garden that best exalts the other. Everything is there to encourage rest and relaxation from a balcony corridor and a covered area to a small fountain and various species of shrubs.
Impressionist painters such as Claude-Monet, Gustave-Caillebotte and Berthe-Morisot long roamed the lanes of Colombes in order to catch a thousand reflections of Parisian countryside on canvas. A century later, the peaceful, residential streets of this affluent town, in Paris’ first “couronne” or inner area, still appear to exude a rural, pastoral atmosphere. Just a stone’s throw from the town centre, an undeniable asset, this discreet, elegant house has been meticulously and very tastefully renovated. Facing a delightful garden, this house is composed of large, bright rooms. The secret to this property’s success is the blurring of lines between the inside and the outside. The shady, pastoral garden is ideal for enjoying the passing days, just as if the countryside had, quite simply, come to town.
|Land registry surface area||317 m2|
|Living space||200 m2|
|Number of rooms||6|
|Number of bedrooms||3|
|Possible number of bedrooms||4|
Nathalie Dubreuil +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.