Listing of the Day
Location: Paris, France.
Price: €39.140 million (US$46.695 million)
Few areas in the French capital boast an abundance of private gardens quite like Faubourg Saint-Germain. Situated behind the area’s stately homes and mostly hidden from view is a network of gardens and beautiful courtyards.
And, located on the corner of Rue de Grenelle and Rue de Bourgogne in a private enclave, this mansion has the views and surroundings of a rural retreat. It looks onto its own private landscaped gardens and beyond to the gardens of the neighboring properties. This enclosed green space forms the most extensive private garden in the neighborhood, according to listing agent Claire Drean of Barnes.
A grand, renovated mansion, the house is part of a new development comprising 17 homes in five period buildings that were previously used as military barracks for the French army. The enclave includes Hotel de Noirmoutier, an 18th-century hotel particulier, a French term for a grand townhouse, which was once owned by the granddaughter of King Louis XIV, Elizabeth-Alexandrine de Bourbon. The aristocracy built many of these grand houses in the Faubourg Saint-Germain area during the 1700s.
Originally built in the 1900s, the mansion has been given an elegant makeover and facilities that make it feel a bit like a boutique hotel, with an entire floor devoted to leisure facilities, along with polished high-spec interiors that are redolent of the Art Deco period, grand sweeping staircases, high ceilings, and views of the gardens through wide full-length windows with black frames.
Arranged in an L-shape around the gardens, the house is ideal for hosting large gatherings and al fresco dining, with ground-floor living spaces opening onto a large terrace, which leads to the gardens. The views of the gardens and neighboring gardens are the loveliest part of the house, Ms. Drean said.
The home has 9,279 square feet of living space, as well as 1.2 acres of outdoor space. There is a master bedroom suite with an en-suite bathroom, as well as three other bedrooms and en-suite baths, for a grand total of four bedrooms and five bathrooms (plus one in the maid’s quarters).
A large swimming pool with a salon, a relaxation area with curtained massage beds, a hammam, two locker rooms, sauna, a gym, bathroom and cellar are housed on the lower-ground floor.
The house has an elevator with access to the property’s four floors, and underground parking, which is on the basement level of the caretaker’s cottage, a small detached mews-style house facing Rue de Bourgogne, which also is part of the property.
The property can be accessed via the main entrance for the development on Rue Grenelle, and through a private pedestrian and vehicle entrance.
A private driveway leads to the mews house. This is the only property in the development with its own private entrance.
Considered one of the area’s safest streets, Rue de Bourgogne has increased security because it is home to foreign embassies and government ministries, according to the property’s sales brochure.
This part of the Faubourg has many stately 17th and 18th-century buildings with large gardens featuring mature trees, making the area an oasis of greenery in the heart of Paris.
The house was renovated by the Paris architect Jean Jacques Ory, and the interiors were created by Thierry Despont, whose eponymous firm renovated the Ritz Paris and New York’s Woolworth building.
Agent: Claire Drean, Barnes Paris
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