Art Deco villa with royal ties hits the market at €2.2m

A rare part of French architecture is now up for grabs. The historic property is in Île-de-France – a small, compact region immediately surrounding the city of Paris – and it was originally built in 1866 for French painter and printmaker Charles Joshua Chaplin.

As the listing agent notes, the villa meulière “presented a typical style of resort architecture sought after by the Parisian bourgeoisie wishing to enjoy the countryside”. In the 1930s, Winnaretta Singer, Princess Edmond de Polignac, American heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, acquired the house and modernized its interior.

Towering trees surround the 19th century residence, ensuring great privacy while providing a quiet escape from the city.

The desk is dressed in straw marquetry, originally created by French designer Jean Michel Frank.

Wishing to create an avant-garde living space, Polignac-Singer enlarged the ground floor and added a side wing towards the south facade. Today, the house spans three levels and measures nearly 5,000 square feet.

The residence offers vast living spaces, including a 45 square meter reception room, which is topped by a large glass roof and overlooks the surrounding countryside.

Period details can be found throughout, including antique chandeliers and custom woodwork.

The main dining room features floor-to-ceiling patio doors that lead out to an adjacent patio.

A circular master suite with a semi-circular bathroom awaits upstairs, with an adjacent dressing room and terrace. This floor also hosts an independent apartment, comprising a living room, a kitchenette, a bedroom and a bathroom, as well as a music room designed by Jean Michel Frank.

Extensive windows lining the property allow plenty of natural light to filter in to every corner.

A look at one of the bedrooms overlooking the lush backyard.

Four additional bedrooms are found on the upper level, along with a luxurious shower room clad in Iranian marble and travertine. A large terrace frames a panoramic view of the Bièvre valley beyond.

Although in need of repairs, the property offers a rare opportunity to own one of the region’s most historic landmarks. While the villa benefits from its secluded 4.5-acre plot, dotted with century-old trees, it is also located just five minutes from Versailles and 20 minutes from La Défense.

A marble bathroom offers an oversized bathtub.

A covered side patio extends the living spaces outside.

In addition to a heated swimming pool, the villa also has a caretaker’s house and a stable.

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