in the Porte-Dauphine district between Boulogne Wood and Place-Victor-Hugo
It is little known that Paris’ 16th arrondissement remained a rural entity up until the end of the 18th century. The three small villages of Passy, Auteuil and Chaillot were, therefore, surrounded by fields, orchards and woods. It was only as a result of Napoleon III’s architectural ambitions that Baron Haussmann, responsible for rebuilding the city, undertook the urbanisation of these large, open areas by building numerous buildings along large, tree-lined avenues, there, on the west side of the city. Suburbs gave way to mansion houses, parks and promenades. The district, notably near to Porte-Dauphine and Boulogne Wood where this house is, rapidly met with huge success. Middle-class families and prominent personalities settled there, together with the world’s embassies. The district has little changed since this time, except that, nowadays, renowned schools are within walking distance as are food shops and numerous underground stations, making it possible to move easily around the French capital.
The ground floor comprises a living room, with parquet flooring as well as a brick and marble fireplace. This room opens into a fully fitted kitchen where a zinc counter forms a natural separation with a dining room. A winding stairway, with a thick carpet runner, goes to the three upper floors. On the first floor, the main bedroom, with a fireplace, adjoins a bathroom, with a free-standing bath, a large mosaic shower and a separate toilet. A panelled dressing room on the left-hand side of the bedroom and a veranda on the right-hand side provide a through view. The second floor is taken up by three carpeted bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate toilet. The top floor has been converted into an open-plan area. Illuminated via dormers, the ridge is more than 4 metres high, leaving the roofing framework for the Mansard-style roof exposed. Apart from the bathroom, with a toilet and a wash-hand basin, this area has no partition walls. Therefore, with its cathedral ceiling, it could be used for professional purposes, as a games or exercise room or be converted into additional bedrooms. Modification of the roof would also make it possible to create an atrium or a terrace simply by requesting permission from the planning authorities as this is a freehold property with no co-owners.
Residents of this delightful street, with its air of a little village, completely forget that they are even in Paris. The narrowness of the street, its lack of parked cars, its typical covering of granite paving slabs and its wide pavements, protected by wrought iron posts, lined with trees and illuminated with streetlights, are all promises of a pleasant way of life just as in a private passageway. This family home, in such a picture postcard setting, exudes a particularly warm and welcoming atmosphere. Enhanced by tasteful decor, wood and light blend together to create a serene, unpretentious universe where comfort is the order of the day. A large family can live here comfortably without having to worry about any non-existent neighbours, whether upstairs or downstairs.
|Living space||255 m2|
|Number of rooms||6|
|Number of bedrooms||4|
|Possible number of bedrooms||6|
|Surface BOX 1||12 m2|
Guillaume Naa +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.