An elegant, Art Deco style mansion house
and its outbuildings in the centre of Fontainebleau
Fontainebleau, SEINE-ET-MARNE ile-de-france 77300 FR

Location

Less than an hour from Paris via the A6 motorway and 40 minutes by train from Gare-de-Lyon.
The royal town of Fontainebleau and its palace are in the midst of a very large forest estate, once the favourite hunting grounds of numerous French kings. The town is very well known amongst tourists for its palace and its gardens, the painters’ studios or “artists’ houses”, installed in the surrounding area, as well as the numerous international horse races that take place at the “Grand Parquet” racecourse. It also has an Italianate theatre as well as numerous shops and restaurants which are within walking distance, just like the nearby palace parklands.
The region, with its famous rocks, is much-appreciated by hikers and rock-climbing enthusiasts.

Description

Impressive remote-controlled gates provide access to this property, concealed behind a high wall bordering one of the main streets. A paved, main courtyard puts the mansion house at a distance. On one side, a little building used for storage purposes is followed by a trimmed boxwood hedge; a caretaker’s cottage is on the other side. Next comes a more recent building, with a garage and a flat, followed by a garden shed. The garden to the rear is planted with tall trees.

The mansion house

This mansion house was constructed in 1927 by architect, Michel-Roux-Spitz, winner of the “Prix de Rome”, who was also responsible for several buildings emblematic of the 1930’s in Paris and Lyon. Its facades, covered with a grooved, pale-yellow rendering, imitating blocks of dressed stone, were greatly influenced not only by the Art Deco trend, but also, as was often the case at this time, by the vintage Italian style: as is shown, for example, by the balusters around the roof parapet. On the front facade, an impressive canopy, topped by a bull’s eye windows, protects the front door and its porch. The rear facade, facing the garden, features a rounded extension on the ground floor, topped with a terrace.
It spans approx. 380 m² of living space spread over two levels and a vast basement.


Ground floor
The front door opens into a spacious vestibule which houses a wide stairway, protected by wrought iron railings (there is also a back stairway), as well as a cloakroom, a toilet, a lift and a door leading to the cellar. Straight on, double doors open into the three main rooms. In the centre, an oval-shaped lounge looks widely out over the garden. Its walls are lined with Louis XVI style panelling, the original patina of which has been preserved, its floor is covered with herringbone pattern parquet flooring and its marble fireplace is topped with an impressive mirror. A dining room, closed via sliding pocket doors, has marble floor tiles laid in a chessboard pattern. It provides access to a corridor that leads to a kitchen, a back kitchen and a small dining room. The third main room is laid out as a large study, with a red marble fireplace and wide windows. A small bedroom completes this level.
First floor
A landing provides access to two suites, with bathrooms and toilets, to a bedroom, with a bathroom, a dressing room and a toilet, as well as to a bedroom, with an alcove and access to the terrace.

The annexe building

This more recently constructed annexe building spans approx. 100 m² of living space. The ground floor is taken up by a 3-car garage and an exercise room. The first floor is composed of a living room and a large bedroom, with a bathroom and toilet.

The caretaker’s cottage

Standing at the entrance to the property, this caretaker’s cottage spans approx. 80 m² of living space. The ground floor comprises an entrance hall, with a toilet, a lounge and a fully fitted kitchen. The landing on the first floor gives access to two bedrooms.
A shower room, a laundry room and a boiler room are laid out in the basement.

Our opinion

What a wonderful opportunity to discover this property, a unique model, created by a renowned, talented and avant-garde architect and mounted like a gem in the setting provided by the town of Fontainebleau. The contour and profile of its facades are characterised by subtle lines that symbolise perfectly the 1930’s architecture, a combination of Art Deco and antique Italian styles. Balance and elegance are to be found throughout, not only in the proportions of the building but also in the clarity and size of the living rooms. The following citation appears somewhat apt here “It is as noble to strive for balance as for perfection; because it is a perfection to keep your balance”.

Exclusive sale

2 970 000 €
Fees at the Vendor’s expense


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Reference 421397

Land registry surface area 2633 m2
Main building surface area 380 m2
Number of bedrooms 5
Outbuilding surface area 200 m2

French Energy Performance Diagnosis

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Gilles Baleria +33 1 42 84 80 85

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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.

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