The Place des États-Unis in Paris, today the home of many stately foreign embassies, earned the name in 1881, when ambassador Levi P. Morton established his residence and offices there. Not that the impressive square was without a name before, but the original was just a little...off putting to American ears: Place de Bitche. The current owner of this impressive brick and stone mansion can't be too displeased with the historical name change, as it was the influx of consulates and embassies, along with a close proximity to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, that earned this area its supreme cache. The sprawling, 36,600-square-foot townhouse, constructed in the Beaux-Arts style, boasts 40 rooms, including 15 bedrooms, and parking for 20 cars in the courtyard. Despite being admittedly in need of work, the house is listed for the staggering price of $138M.
· HÔTEL PARTICULIER [Daniel Feau]