Welcome to the Faubourg Saint-Germain, which, located within Paris’ centrally located 7th arrondissement, has been the favored neighborhood for well-heeled, aristocratic, or simply moneyed Parisians stretching back to the days of the Ancien Régime; and it has been this combination of limestone, lace, and gilding that has, historically, been the backbone and pinnacle of high art, design, and living in France for centuries. By purchasing this house, you could join this world, a world Edith Wharton would very much have approved, a world whose main considerations are concerns of fashion vs concerns of form as they have nothing more pressing to consider sheltered behind high stone walls and high gloss blue, green, or black gates.
Once you have entered the courtyard off the street, you are welcomed into a world Louis XVI would be at home within—a cobbled court, classically ordered fenestration, and a plethora or creamy-dreamy shutters provide a relaxed formality to this stately space. The home, previously an aristocratic hôtel particulier, has since been subdivided into enchanting apartments that provide for a variety of floor plans, views, elevations, and personalized interiors. It is in this world, the lofty world of art, letter, and conversation, that this home truly shines, and it is from this world this house seeks a new owner.
The interiors of this property create a unique, persistent, captivating duality when compared with the exterior of the home; while clean lines reign supreme both inside and out, inside, the home embraces a layered, multifaceted style that combines modern steel with exposed 17th century beams, the deliberate, nonchalant amalgamation of herringboned and tiled floors, and bespoke use of volume to create one of the most enchanting libraries I have ever laid eyes on combine to create a truly magical apartment in the center of the City of Lights—can I stay forever?
I would personalize this apartment along the design ideas, themes, and theories central to Gerald Schmorl’s renovated 1920s Berlin Apartment as seen in the December 2014 issue of World of Interiors. This home, while sparsely decorated, is a meditation in form, pattern, color, and massing. Upon entering the great room of the apartment, which includes the living, dining, and kitchen spaces, you are bathed in crisp white walls with delicate black stenciling and sleek, strong-lined wooden furniture, which progresses into moody broody blacks, blues, stone, and trelliswork as you make your way back into the private spaces of the apartment, creating a truly romantic, clandestine boudoir air and setting.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, freehold duplex apartment is currently listed courtesy of Roddy Aris of Knight Frank for €4,950,000 or roughly $5,648,183.91. A private, secure parking spot is also available for the additional cost of €150,000 or roughly $172,167.45 as of today, January 7, 2019. Welcome to the world of noblesse oblige.
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