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Two Decadent Paris Mansions Duke it Out in the Deathcage

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Imagine you're looking to buy yourself a sweet slice of Paris real estate and your budget, poor thing, is around $40M. You've narrowed it down to two lovely old mansions: one a 16,146-square-foot Art Deco palace right by the city's epicenter, the other a three-story manse with a glass elevator and impressive kitchen. How do you choose? The answer is simple: you shove them into a metaphorical cage and let them battle it out until one emerges victorious. Yep, that's right: it's time for a Real Estate Deathmatch.

Left: Mansion in city center; right: Well-furnished townhouse

Here are two pricy estates in Paris, City of Light and epicenter of ridiculously opulent real estate. One's a mansion that "spreads over five floors" with a empiric Old World staircase at its heart, the other a townhouse with light-filled interiors that can make your heart stop. Both have much in the way of European architectural detailing and both boast white-and-gold ballrooms fit for a Marie Antoinette reenactment. There's much to consider, but before studying the photos of yet another pair of dueling houses, here's a side-by-side stats comparison:

And onto the photos:

↑ Option number one, an Art Deco spread that boasts 1,500 square feet of living space in the middle of Paris, brags not only a very old, very large, and very beautiful staircase but also two fireplaces, a grand library/conference room, expansive sweeps of marble tiling, and an utterly European drive-in courtyard. It all rings in at $39.267M, about $1.374M less than its competitor, though, admittedly, some of that bonus cash will probably need to be spent replacing that hotel carpet on said gargantuan staircase.

↑ In the other corner of the ring stands this townhouse that, despite its smaller (by 5,920 square feet) stature, comes in at $40.64M. How could that be? Well, for one, it offers a glass elevator, a glassy kitchen larger than many a NYC studio apartment, and a suite of sparsely (if impeccably—can we please talk about those orange sofas and waif-thin side tables?) furnished interiors, and, at least according to the brokerbabble, a "huge master suite," plus seven other bedrooms, and "a vast study room/library."

Poll results

· Paris 8ÈME [Sotheby's Realty]
· HP Breteuil [Sotheby's Realty]
· All Real Estate Deathmatches [Curbed National]
· All Real Estate Deathmatches [Curbed National]
· All Paris posts [Curbed National]