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This stunning Ternes area apartment is in the 17th arrondissement (district). It’s one of the many properties successfully purchased using the services of 56Paris in recent years.
Found using the search service of 56Paris
In our new Paris property video tour, founder and Managing Director of 56Paris, Kerstin Bachmann, presents a stunning two-bed two-bathroom apartment, found for an American client using our agency’s search services.
You can read about the successful search and how this apartment was found in our earlier blog.
A classic Haussmannian building
The large 1,350 square feet apartment sits on the fourth floor of a classic French 19th-century Haussmannian building.
Haussmannian buildings are classic Paris, with high ceilings, a mansard roof, and classic interior features from parquet floors to marble fireplaces.
But it’s important to understand that this apartment didn't look at all like this when the clients bought it. Often, buyers must use their imagination and stay open to the wonderful possibilities that a period property in Paris can offer.
When searching, our agents are primarily looking at the features you cannot change. Things like the location, the height of the ceilings, load bearing walls, the windows, and other important functions such as where the water access is.
Everything else about the interiors can be easily adapted according to the client’s wishes and desires.
Restoring the original features
When first viewed by our clients, this apartment was much more modern, decorated plainly in white. That is how the client purchased it – a wonderful blank canvas.
But after a thorough renovation, they were able to enhance the property with the original features they were looking for. This stays true to the apartment’s history.
The charming features added during the renovation include a marble fireplace, a chandelier, wainscoting, and traditional moldings.
One comment made by the client during the original search was a desire for their dream apartment to “resemble a small Versailles,” and this is something we think they have achieved here.
The tastes of our American clients
In a classic Haussmannian apartment, the kitchen is usually at the back and is often relocated. Here, the good news was that the kitchen was already across from the reception area, a more desired location for modern living.
All it took was work from a decorator who understood the needs and tastes of our American clients. They changed the basic kitchen into a high-end space, perfectly matching the feel and décor of the rest of the apartment.
Now, as you move from room to room, the natural light shines through, really showcasing these beautiful spaces.
Renovating the bedrooms
The Versailles theme continues in the master bedroom. Located at the other end of the apartment, it’s protected from noise and overlooks a quiet courtyard. It’s large enough to have a queen size bed.
The master suite also includes a separate WC and a large bathroom with a gigantic bathtub, spacious shower, and twin sinks.
The second bedroom has also been artfully renovated. This has an ensuite shower and sink, while the guest bath is adjacent.
During the work, it was important that this bedroom had enough space for a fold-out sofa, along with lots of storage space. It’s a wonderful bedroom to welcome guests staying with the clients.
More success stories
This apartment has warm memories for us. It is more than simply another property, but one where our clients found their dream Parisian home.
To find out about our other success stories, take a look on our website at some of the other apartments we have found for clients.
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