For Sale: The Perfect Pied-à-Terre on rue de Poitou
We call it “La Fleur de Poitou”—a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the Haute Marais, 3rd Arrondissement…for sale.
Featured on HGTV’s House Hunters International, “A Taste For Paris,” this is 33.23 square meters (357 square feet) of pure and royal heaven in a centuries-old building (dating back to about 1850) in one of Paris’ oldest and certainly hippest neighborhoods. La Fleur de Poitou is a one-bedroom in impeccable condition, sold fully furnished and turn-key ready, south-facing for maximum light from big windows overlooking a quiet Marais street that will become pedestrian in the near future. On the third floor, up a well-preserved original wooden staircase, it spirals up easily and effortlessly. Each of the five floors in the building houses one apartment—so that makes for a small, but very friendly and cohesive homeowner association.
The apartment underwent complete renovation and decoration by our favorite designer, Martine di Mattéo, in 2011, including the bathroom and kitchen with hand laid mosaic tiles by Mosaïste Véronique Husson. The fully equipped kitchen is open to the living room and dining room. The bedroom is outfitted with a queen-sized bed (or converts to twins) and a custom built-in closet.
The bathroom features a beautiful mosaic tiled shower and sink. With the apartment comes a storage closet just outside the door near the landing.
The living room and bedroom are both south-facing, both with large windows on the street side. A window from the kitchen overlooking a small courtyard provides extra light and, more importantly, cross ventilation to keep the apartment cool during the warmest of days.
You will LOVE the neighborhood as much as we do—the “Haute Marais”—that has seen some of the most significant price increases of any Paris arrondissement in recent years because of its vibrant lifestyle and rarity of offers. It is the mecca for fashionistas, but it’s also a neighborhood boasting of many attractions, including the the Musée PIcasso, the Musée Carnavalet, and lesser-known hideaways such as the Square George Cain, the gardens of the Archives Nationales, and the Jardin Anne Frank. It’s one of Paris’ most historic areas, with remnants left from the 12th-century medieval fortress built by the Knights Templars just at the Square du Temple and the Mairie of the Paris Centre that governs districts one through four.
In today’s world, the neighborhood is hip and hoppin’ anchored by the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the city’s oldest covered market that dates back to 1615. You will find countless gourmet shops and hip cafés along rue de Bretagne such as the popular Café Charlot; cocktail bars such as Le Mary Celeste; art galleries as important as Emmanuel Perrotin and Thaddaeus Ropac; fashionable boutiques and concept stores such as Merci and Isabel Marant, plus an endless amount of entertainment. The district is well serviced by Métro and buses, and is in close proximity to Place de la République in which one can catch up to five different Métro lines.
Rue de Poitou is a one-lane, one-way street currently being reconfigured in favor of pedestrians and cyclists. It is one of the district’s quietest streets given that the shop-fronts are fashion boutiques rather than cafés and bars.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT LA FLEUR DE POITOU
A suede three-person pull-out sofabed sits against a purple wall, ﬂanked by two end tables and their lamps. An original painting by local Paris artist, Pascal Amblard, hangs above the sofa. All of the apartment’s windows have been dressed with draperies hand-made from sumptuous fabrics.
Opposite the sofa are bookshelves and a nook featuring a TV & DVD player.
From the living room one passes into the bedroom with its queen-size bed that can be made up as twins. The bed is surrounded by custom-built closets. High quality linens and towels are provided—we weren’t joking about it being move-in ready!
The open kitchen backsplash is a masterpiece of hand-laid tile, created by Mosaïste Véronique Husson. It is well and fully equipped with a full-sized oven, two burner stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer/dryer combination, coﬀee maker, electric kettle and toaster. Overhead cupboards, some with glass doors, and a separate chest of drawers, contain a complete set of dishes, utensils, cooking implements, pots and pans.
A show-piece round dining table seats four on plush, violet velvet chairs. Lighting the table is an eye-catching globe-shaped iron chandelier.
The bedroom has been masterfully designed to optimize space, with closets and cabinets custom built on each side and atop the queen-sized bed. Nooks on each side oﬀer bedside reading lights.
Finally, the bathroom is yet another masterpiece of mosaic tile. The sink and vanity have all been beautifully hand-tiled, all with the ﬂower pattern, making this apartment worthy to be called La Fleur de Poitou.
The value of the furnishings included in the price is estimated at 20,000€. This amount serves to reduce the amount on which the Notarial taxes and fees are assessed.
• 46 rue de Poitou
• Floor space (Loi Carrez) 33,23m2
• Two rooms: living/dining/kitchen + bedroom
• Fully equipped kitchen, including built in cabinetry and cookery
• Shower room with separate toilet
• Additional closet in the stairwell
• Individual heating, all-electric
• Energy performance estimated at 407kw/year
• Digicode and intercom security
ESTIMATED CARRYING COSTS
• Annual property tax 405€/year
• Building management fees 650€/year
• Electricity 600€/year
• Building ownership ratio for cost assessments 131/1000
Asking Price: 480,000€ (includes 20,000€ of furnishings)
This little gem won’t stay on the market long! Our properties normally sell immediately because our customers know we won’t list a property we wouldn’t recommend buying…so don’t hesitate before making your offer.
For more information, contact Luz Diaz: [email protected], or call +33 6 11 63 79 80
A la prochaine…
The Adrian Leeds Group®
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