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Paris Luxury Property: Cole Porter’s private Parisian home for sale

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Over the last three centuries, this private mansion tucked away on Paris’ left bank has been the home of aristocrats, royals, and playwrights alike – and has been most recently owned by Cole Porter.  Since his death in 1997, Cole Porter’s family has decided to sell the 10-bed, 6-bath home in Paris  (766 m2 / 8245 sq ft) for €40M.

In 1777, the younger brother of King Louis XVI, known as the Comte de Provence (or more familiarly as Monsieur), commissioned famed architect Alexandre Brongniart to build the stables and a residence. Monsieur, after having escaped the revolution unlike his brother, moved on to reign as King Louis XVIII.  The property was used as the home for the count’s equerry in charge. It was much later during the 20th century that the stables and residence were combined, and converted into a bucolic, urban retreat.

In 1917, Cole Porter moved to France from Indiana with the intent of joining the Foreign Legion. With his extravagant taste and penchant for throwing elaborate parties, he and his wife bought the left-bank property in 1919. It wasn’t uncommon for the couple to go to such lengths as bringing the Ballets Russes from Monte Carlo to their home to dance for dinner guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elsa Maxwell and Ernest Hemingway. If only the walls of this historic home could speak!

living roomDuring his time living in this famous left-bank mansion, Porter wrote some of his greatest musicals such as “Paris,” “Anything Goes,” and “Night and Day.”

The Porter family has owned the property since the early 20th century, and when Mr. Porter died in 1997, the family continued to use the home, but has since decided to put it on the market. At an asking price of €40 million, the 10-bedroom, 6-bathroom home offers 766 m2 (8245 square feet) of living space. A true urban oasis, the home is hidden away behind a secluded gate off of a private cobblestone pathway running through an inconspicuous left-bank apartment building.

“It’s like living in the country with the luxury of being in the middle of Paris,” Mr. Hug of real estate agency Menager-Hug said. “And it’s super-protected. From the outside, you can’t imagine anything like this is here.”

Read the full article in the New York Times.
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