Paris is known for its bountiful Haussmann-style apartments and romantic artists’ ateliers – but there are some properties that stand head and shoulders above their neighbours. We’ve rounded up six of the best Paris properties on the market right now that offer more than just handsome bones…
18th-century Porte Saint-Martin apartment
2 bedrooms; €1.69m via Espaces Atypique
A cache of original 18th-century frescoes and paintings line the walls of this Porte Saint-Martin apartment, for sale via Espaces Atypique. Its original basket-weave parquet flooring is intact, as are iron balconies, stone and marble fireplaces and period mouldings. The Paris apartment is being sold for residential or commercial use and hints at being an intriguing live/work space thanks to its slightly worn, bohemian vibe. Rooms have 4.3-metre-high ceilings with carved medallions, and the double reception room has a lofted office space.
An architect-designed townhouse near the Seine
3 bedrooms; €2.65m via Espaces Atypique
Sitting on Paris’ Left Bank, this revamped 19th-century townhouse has been restored and reconfigured by its architect owner. The ground floor houses the kitchen, living room and dining room which open onto a walled garden.
Up a level, overlooking this leafy oasis is the artist’s atelier, with towering glass walls and ceiling, and built-in library. The mezzanine doubles as a home studio or master suite and two more bedrooms can be found on the first floor.
Historic cottage in Bagneux
3 bedrooms; €1.075m via Patrice Besse
This whimsical-looking courtyard home in the town of Bagneux, just 2 km away from Paris, blends old with new. Raftered beams and pillars have been given a lick of paint and floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto the garden. New additions include an oversized wood-burning stove which takes pride of place in the living room.
A gallerist’s industrial loft
€2.2m via Espaces Atypique
The hard work has already been done for you with this 1970s metalworks factory, which has been reborn as a gallery and offices. Its industrial features include steel-framed glass partitions, original trusses and saw-toothed ceilings which are fitted with skylights.
The ground floor space has polished concrete floors and steel beams and is completely open plan. It would make for a dramatic living room and is being pitched as the ultimate home for an art or antiques collector.
Rue Viellle du Temple courtyard townhouse
4 bedrooms; €9.2m via Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty
Original hardwood floors, cast-iron pillars and rough-hewn beams can be found throughout this 500 sqm artist’s home on the Rue Vieille du Temple, which dates back to the 17th century.
It’s been recently restored and left as a blank canvas with a minimalist colour scheme and stone floors. Carved antique doors and partitions hone its rustic vibe. See more.
A boulderer’s townhouse
5 bedrooms; €2.4m via Espaces Atypique
It takes more than underfloor heating and smart home technology to make a house stand out these days, so how about a private climbing wall? Bouldering enthusiasts can scale the walls of this five-bedroom home in the city’s 11th arrondissement, which also includes a mezzanine home studio beneath its steel-framed glass roof. Get a closer look.