An Art Deco Villa With Royal Ties Hits the Market at €2.2M

Built in the 1860s for a renowned French painter, the sprawling three-level residence was later redesigned at the request of Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac.
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A rare slice of French architecture is now up for grabs. The historic property sits 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 millstone villa "presented a typical style of resort architecture sought by the Parisian bourgeoisie wishing to enjoy the countryside." In the 1930s, Winnaretta Singer, Princesse Edmond de Polignac—an American-born heir to the Singer sewing-machine fortune—acquired the home and modernized its interior layout. 

Towering trees surround the 19th-century residence, ensuring ample privacy while also providing a tranquil city escape.

The office is clad in straw marquetry, originally created by French designer Jean Michel Frank.

Yearning to create an avant-garde living space, Polignac-Singer enlarged the ground floor and added a side wing toward the south facade. Today, the home spreads across three levels, and measures nearly 5,000 square feet.

The residence offers expansive living areas, including a 473-square-foot reception room, which is capped with a large glass roof and overlooks the surrounding countryside. 

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

The main dining area features floor-to-ceiling French doors which lead to an adjacent patio.

A circular primary suite with a semicircular bathroom awaits upstairs, complete with an adjacent dressing room and terrace. This floor also hosts an independent apartment, featuring a living room, kitchenette, bedroom, and bath, as well as a music room designed by Jean Michel Frank.

Expansive windows lining the property allow plenty of natural light to filter into all corners.

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

Four additional bedrooms can be found on the top level, along with a luxe shower room clad in marble and Iranian travertine. A large terrace frames panoramic views of the Bièvre Valley beyond.

Though in need of repair, the property offers a rare opportunity to own one of the area’s most storied landmarks. While the villa benefits from its secluded 4.5-acre parcel, dotted with hundred-year-old trees, it is also located just five minutes from Versailles and 20 minutes from La Défense.

A marble-lined bathroom offers an oversized soaking tub.

A covered side patio extends the living spaces outside.

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

Art Deco Villa, located in the French region of Île-de-Franc, is currently listed for € 2,200,000 (approximately $2,493,150 USD) by Architecture de Collection.

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