Nice comfortable home close to Paris

Nice comfortable home close to Paris


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3 chambres
Couchages 5
2 salles de bain
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Did you ever want to live in Paris, but weren't quite ready to deal with city life? We have a lovely, comfortable 3-4 bedroom, 2 bath house 10 miles south of Paris that we would like to trade for your home in or near Berkeley. We live across from a forest on top of a small hill with large windows facing south. We have a yard, several balconies, a deck, a fireplace and a jacuzzi.
The first floor has beautiful dark wood floors throughout. There is a den with flat screen TV, a wall filled with books and 2 sliding glass doors, one which leads to the front walkway and one which goes to the "morning balcony" with a table and chairs. The floor plan is then pretty open with an "American" kitchen, granite counters and a "snack". The other side is a small dining area and a glass door which leads to the "afternoon" terrace. Here you will find a teak table, chairs and gas grill. We eat outside quite often when the weather is nice. Across from the dining area is a sitting area with 2 large club chairs, a settee and the stone fireplace. There are 2 large windows facing south which bring in a lot of light. These windows look out on the plain below. It makes working at the sink quite enjoyable. There is a separate toilet and bathroom with a tub/shower and heated towel rack. This completes the first floor.
The second floor has 3 bedrooms and a mezzanine area which we use as our office space with a computer, desk and couch. The kids bedrooms each have their own balcony and lots of light. One faces south and one faces north. The parents room is the largest and has wood floors as does the mezzanine area. There is a bathroom with a heated towel rack. The basement has a central room with a piano and 2 sliding glass doors which lead out to the back. There is a a laundry room and unfinished wine/storage area. The jacuzzi is right out the back door. There is a large wood deck built on pylons extending over the hillside which is great for reading, relaxing and entertaining. There is a yard with a swing set and a small open building for bicycles.

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  1. We are a Franco/American family of 4 plus our adorable, well behaved dog. Antoine our son is 11 years old and Claire, our daughter is 9. My husband is recently retired from the railway. I did not return to teaching when i came to France 13 years ago, preferring to be a stay at home mom. We are coming to the East Bay for a year so that we can live near my family and allow our children to experience life in the US. We spend most of our summers there, but the time is now to try an entire year as they are getting older and will soon be less willing to leave their home and their friends. They will be attending Ecole Bilingue in Berkeley.





We are always happy to climb the hill at the end of the day and return home. It is pretty quiet on the hill, the forest and the view is calming. It is hard to believe we are so close to Paris.
Our town is small (5000 people) and low key, yet offers lots of activities, We have a music school, art classes, circus school, athletics for kids and adults and 3 riding stables. There is a lot of protected agricultural land, so one drives by fields of crops and orchards on the way to town and the schools. The closest shopping where there is a huge "hypermarche" and small enclosed mall is one mile away, although our town is further. Shopping in town is limited, but we have a fabulous bakery, butcher and hair salon. On Saturday mornings we buy our vegetables from our local farm who grow their vegetables in our fields. There are several local markets to choose from each held on different days of the week.
We are close to Paris, the University of Orsay, l'Ecole polytechnique, the CEA and the plateau de Saclay, as well as the CNRS in Gif. The nearest train station is Massy-Palaiseau which is on the RER B and C lines. Orly airport is 20 minutes away.
Our house allows you to live a calmer French lifestyle, while remaning close to Paris.

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