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On the market: 1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France

1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France
1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France

Very interesting house for sale over the Channel, this 1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France.

1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France
1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France

Located around 45km out of Paris, this house was built in 1957 by Andre Wogenscky, a noted architect who worked closely with Le Corbusier for 20 years. According to the agent, this is another house designed according to Le Corbusier’s golden ratio and human scale, known as ‘the modular’, rather like another house we featured in France a short while back. Ask an architect all about it – it’s a little beyond our comprehension.

1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France
1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France

The agent also points out that ‘time seems to have stopped’ and ‘you wouldn’t be surprised meeting Le Corbusier’, which pretty much explains how authentic this place is. It hasn’t simply been left over the years, but the current owner has restored the house and its stone and wood construction, along with all the furnishings in line with the original build. That’s always a big plus.

1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France
1950s Andre Wogenscky-designed modernist property in Saint-Forget, Ile-de-France, France

The layout seems a little confusing, but that’s because the house is hidden from the road and accessible from the higher level. So you enter via a rooftop terrace near two tall chimneys, which takes you into the house and to an office, a bedroom and bathroom. A black and white staircase takes you to the large living and dining room, which is open to the outside and has an original hanging corner fireplace made of steel. There’s also a large kitchen, a large bedroom and a further bathroom

Oh yes, a large garden too, which actually contains another small house with a large guest bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.

If you want to live here, it’s on the market for €750,000, which works out at around £625,000.

Find out more at the Groupe Mercure website

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