A few streets north of the Pompidou Center in one of the oldest streets of the Marais/Arts et Metiers section of Paris is the XVIth century five story townhouse built on XVth century refurbished cellars. Situated a few numbers from the oldest house in Paris, the auberge Nicolas Flamel built in 1407 by the Chemist that inspired J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter.
The 4,700 sq. ft. townhouse was entirely refurbished in 2000 and featured in the December 2001 Architectural Digest issue.
One enters the house through a XVIIth century panelled corridor that leads to the lift and entrance hall. From this entrance hall you can enter the XVth century vaulted cellars that house the dining room that sits fourteen, the kitchen, reading room, sauna and an exercise room.
The stone staircase leading to the second floor was an XVIIth century addition by more opulent owners that put in a wrought iron banister to the fourth floor that is classified by the monument fund.
The second floor landing gives onto the glass floor of the atrium that leads to the drawing room with its floor to ceiling XVIIth century stone fire place. Here the floor is of XVIth century tiles and cabochon slate.
The house is air-conditioned, all windows are double glazed with two sets of double curtains with black out which makes it very quiet.
Whether you rent the house for a week or a room for the night, you will find that you are staying in one of the most central neighborhoods in Paris as well as one of the finest homes in Paris.
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