Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Wanna Buy a Renoir?

If you have a cool €3.75 million on your hands, there is a bargain just waiting for you: your very own Renoir. Not one of his paintings, but his house perched high on a hill in Montmartre. The house has been on the market since last year, and the price has recently dropped from €4.5 million.

The property, known as Chateau des Brouillards, was the boyhood home of filmmaker Jean Renoir, the painter's son. It has been in the same family for half a century, and is mostly in its original state.
Thanks to Jan for the tip!


Anonymous said...

How exciting to see my tip appear so soon! This item was in several Sunday real estate sections around the US this week, in the filler column called "Sleeping with the Stars" in our paper. Usually they focus on Hollywood, so this really stood out. Thanks for finding a picture; I was really curious. It was just a month ago we were walking around Montmartre....

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Hi Jan,

Thank YOU for the tip! I found more pictures but am not having luck uploading the link to them. Anyway if you google "chateau des brouillards" you'll find some more.

I was going to contact the Real Estate guy but I didn't want him to think he had a prospective buyer on his hands. My budget has a few fewer zeros.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the google tip - there is a lot out there. Another reason that you may not want to call the Real Estate guy is that you can't drive right up to the house. I was thinking that unloading groceries would be inconvenient, but of course you are in Paris where you would pick up a few fresh items for dinner each day, n'est-ce pas?

Polly-Vous Francais said...

And in today's Le Figaro, a "confidentiel":

Le Château des Brouillards en vente

Le Château des Brouillards, sur la Butte Montmartre à Paris, est en vente aux États-Unis ! Les journaux américains, en particulier le Wall Street Journal, ont annoncé la mise à prix : 3,75 millions d'euros. Auguste Renoir a vécu dans cette maison en 1894, à l'heure de la naissance de Jean. Picasso et Van Gogh y ont séjourné, et Roland Dorgelès y a situé l'un de ses romans.

They neglected to mention les blogs americains!

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