a property with a 260 m² house and a 170 m² artist's studio
In the Val-de-Marne, between Bagneux, Villejuif and Gentilly, the town of Cachan remained for a long time a district of Arcueil, before its inhabitants obtained their "independence" in 1922. Driven by a dynamic industry, the town has grown rapidly and is still welcoming more and more inhabitants. The local community has massively invested in educational, cultural and leisure facilities meeting the needs of the residents: stadiums, theatre, library, schools, etc. The prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan opened its doors in 1962. At the same time, the town has kept its three-hectare park, which hosts numerous events (the wine-harvest festival “Vendanges en fêtes”, an open-air cinema, concerts, etc.).
In terms of public transport, Cachan is not left behind. The RER B line, a five-minute walk from the property, takes you to the centre of Paris in fifteen minutes. The Arcueil-Cachan station will also be one of the stops of the future metro line 15 which is due to be operational by 2024. Finally, the Porte d'Orléans is only a ten-minute drive away.
It offers spacious volumes bathed in light thanks to many picture windows and high ceilings. The rooms are large and could easily be converted into additional living space or an office.
The garden is rich with wooden terraces, paved paths, red maples, bamboo, Mexican orange trees and palm trees, creating a lush and exotic atmosphere. The large, closed garage provides parking space for cars and motorbikes. At the back, a garden shed.
The main house and its artist’s studio
Built at the very beginning of the 20th century, the house comprises a refurbished garden floor, a ground floor with a living room and an open kitchen, as well as two floors with bedrooms and offices. On the west side, it is punctuated by large windows, while to the east and on the garden side, it boasts two terraces, an invitation to have breakfast in the sun.
The garden level is divided between a 17 m² bedroom, lit by a large picture window overlooking one of the terraces and the garden, the boiler room/laundry room, a DIY area and a home cinema. A large landing with plenty of storage space serves the different rooms on this floor.
After passing through the main gate, a flight of steps protected by a canopy leads directly to the entrance of the house on the ground floor. A first corridor paved with old-fashioned cement tiles connects the different spaces and the imposing wooden and wrought iron staircase leading to the upper floors. A little further away, a door hides a second stone staircase leading down to the garden floor.
The living spaces take up the rest of the ground floor, including a double living room with an impressive surface area of 65 m² and a high ceiling. It also opens onto the modern, fully equipped kitchen, which is set back at right angles. The kitchen floor is paved with black tiles while the other side features an ebony parquet. The living room boasts an old Alsatian stove in a remarkable state of preservation, a custom-made bookcase and a fireplace. A double French window gives access to a 20 m² wooden terrace.
At the top of the wooden staircase,
on the first floor, the centrepiece is undoubtedly the master bedroom of the house, with a private bathroom and a study. Decorated in red, facing east, neither too large nor too small, the room exudes a sense of serenity. The office is particularly spacious with a surface area of 30 m². Many windows overlook the Raspail Park. The flooring is straight, wide strip parquet. Finally, the bathroom is decorated with small tiles and has a double washbasin.
The last level of the house contains the children's bedrooms with a cosy atmosphere. The first one, with a slightly sloping ceiling, measures 15 m². It is lit by a roof window and its brightness is enhanced by a light-coloured parquet floor. On the opposite side is the second bedroom of 18 m², also with light wood parquet flooring and lit by two roof windows. Further on follow a perfectly functional 8 m² study and an 8 m² bathroom.
While the main house features a typically early 20th century bourgeois architecture, the artist’s studio is much more contemporary, with an industrial spirit. Built in 2012, this cubic building has a surface area of 170 m², white and uncluttered interiors and numerous horizontal and vertical openings - this is the ideal place for artistic creativity. The immaculate ground floor offers very high ceilings. The waxed concrete cleverly hides a central underfloor heating system. The overhanging mezzanine has been converted into a home office. On the garden level, which serves as a basement, there is a shower room followed by two storage areas. At the end, an external door leads to a terrace. In the extension of the building, two remaining rooms are used as studies overlooking the garden.
The design of this original and atypical property offers a well thought-out contrast. Opposites attract and respond to each other, creating a functional and harmonious yet unpretentious location. The bourgeois house with its Belle Epoque décor and the brightly lit workshop with a linear, uncluttered, industrial atmosphere form a successful entity. These flexible spaces can be designed and redesigned ad infinitum: consulting room, sports room, dance or film studio, guest house... You just have to let your imagination run wild. All of this is just a stone's throw from the delights of Cachan and the country's capital city, which should delight both large families and self-employed professionals looking for space.
|Land registry surface area||440 m2|
|Reception area||70 m2|
|Living space||400 m2|
|Number of rooms||10|
|Number of bedrooms||6|
|Possible number of bedrooms||10|
|Surface Terrace||20 m2|
|Surface BOX 1||20 m2|
Selim Isker +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.