This ornate factory-loft-turned-home in Paris was already pretty spectacular, but the fact that its gabled glass roof rests on a early 20th-century steel structure created by famed French architect Gustave Eiffel really puts it over the edge. The 9,400-square-foot former textile factory was converted into a five-bedroom mansion a few years back, and the just-listed three-story space now includes such amenities as an indoor pool, a hamam bath, a 15-seat movie theater, and, naturally, a wine cellar.
"It was a workshop with only four walls and a roof made of corrugated iron with not a single window," owner Véronique Bonnefond told the Wall Street Journal. Originally, Bonnefond and her husband bought the former factory in the Bastille neighborhood to convert it into a new business (the couple owns several hamam baths in Paris), but getting a commercial license turned out to be a nightmare. So they did what any self-respecting family with a nearly 10,000-square-foot building in a trendy area would do, and spent three years renovating it into a luxurious residence.
The home, which has five separate terraces, automated blinds for the glass roof, and art deco light fixtures, was just listed for $11.5M. Once the couple unloads it, they plan to sail around the world on a ship they're refurbishing.
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· Factory-Chic Parisian Home Is Listing for $11.5 Million [Wall Street Journal]
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