Le Palace des Vosges - History

The Story of Le Palace des Vosges

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We were very lucky to find this AMAZING "maison" -- more of a house in the country than an apartment in Paris, right smack dab in the middle of Paris' most elegant square -- the Place des Vosges.

Finding an apartment for sale in the Place des Vosges is virtually impossible. But we did it! And this one is the 'jewel in the crown.'

If you don't already know it, the square, located in Le Marais, in the 4th arrondissement, is the BEST ADDRESS in town. Nothing comes close! Living on the square is as elegant and special as any address could be.

The Place is more than 400 years old. The history is filled with intrigue, having once been a private gated community for the rich and famous. It's the center of Marais life and it gets more beautiful with each passing moment.

There have been many prestigious residents of the Place des Vosges over the years...Madame de Sevigné was born At No. 1bis.

Le Palace des Vosges is located on the second courtyard adjacent to the Michelin-rated three-star restaurant, L'Ambroisie, at number 9, just one door down from the entrance to the gardens of the Hôtel de Sully. The entry is one of those grand arched doors. Nights and weekends, there is an "Interphone" where you must ring to enter, so don't even try, or the Concierge will send you scurrying out!

Once you enter, you will discover a cobblestoned courtyard, statuary in the center, the windows of Amboisie on the right, windows of the Hôtel de Sully on the left and a well-respected art gallery straight ahead. Keep walking and turn down the little road on your left. It winds down what feels like a country lane to another courtyard, planted with roses, more statuary and on it sits an atelier, several small houses, a few garages and two walls of atelier-style windows four meters high in the far corner. This secluded spot was once the farmyard of the Hôtel de Chaulnes, the home of Pierre Fougeu-Descures, a counselor to the king Louis XIII, and is now the home of the Académie de l'Architecture.

That's Le Palace des Vosges.

It's three split levels in 81 square meters (872 sq ft) with two bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms and a powder room. You enter through the main door which is part of a glass paned wall into a large and spacious living room/dining room/kitchen that has huge 400 year-old beams and stone tiled floors. The ceilings are more than four meters high. On this level, you will discover an elegant living room with luscious spring green velour sofa bed, trimmed in gold, with complimentary provincial arm chairs, large coffee table, marble mantle and fireplace (electric and amazingly real!), antique gilded mirror and coat closet

Over the couch is painting by Pascal Amblard. A floor-to-ceiling silk embroidered drape circles the front door and windows to privatize the living room and keep out the cold air.

Just next to the living room is the formal dining room with a table that seats up to eight and a large buffet that serves as a bookshelf and storage. Behind the dining room is an entertainment center with large flat-screen TV, desk, computer and phone, installed with high speed Internet, hundreds of TV channels and free long distance phone to more than 100 countries.

The château-style kitchen is just a zinc-bar away -- fully equipped with a dishwasher, microwave oven, washer, dryer, all the small appliances you could dream of and a five-burner gas Falcon stove, grill, oven and warming oven that makes any gourmet cook swoon. Over the stove hang hand antique copper pots from the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. There is no shortage of wonderful cooking utensils, elegant dinnerware and glassware with which to serve at your elegant dinner parties.

A powder room is tucked in next to the stairwell so your guests need not enter the bedrooms. On the wall of the powder room and next to the kitchen is another Pascal Amblard painting, humorously titled, "Cake" with details from Sophia Coppola's film, "Marie-Antoinette." The spacious main room makes a perfect entertaining area and all the lighting from the chandeliers and sconces are on dimmer controls to allow for a bright or warm glow.

From the main level there is a stone spiral staircase and balustrade balcony that leads to the upper bedroom master suite with luxurious bath and a small stone staircase that leads to the lower bedroom and full bath. Both bedrooms share the perpendicular wall of glass panels, one directly over the other.

The upper bedroom is deliciously decorated in lavender and silk. A large queen-sized bed converts to twins when desired. A marble and iron vanity adorn the room, while the Marie-Antoinette deep claw-foot tub lies just beyond, with a toilet in its own room on one side and a full shower on the other. The rainhead shower is reportedly to be sheer heaven. From this room, just over a desk with drawers is an oval window overlooking the living area below. It's capped by an oil painting by Pascal Amblard and is backed by a mirror that opens so that when it's closed you have use of the mirror and the painting shows through to the living area.

The view from the windows overlooks the courtyard and the Hôtel de Sully, looming overhead. In the courtyard, it's so quiet you can hear the birds chirping, and not a sound from the nearby Place or streets.

The lower bedroom is a deep burgundy and masculine in style. A full bath is equipped with another glorious shower with rainhead. The bed is equally large and also converts to twins. In a storage room, there is a trap door to a finished tiled cellar.

There is nothing Le Palace des Vosges wants for...and neither will you when you discover this slice of heaven in the center of Paris -- at Paris' finest address -- La Place des Vosges.

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Adrian Leeds Le Palace des VosgesFor information on purchasing your share in Le Palace des Vosges, please email your request to [email protected].

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