The neighborhood developed on the slope of the highest hill in the south of Paris. It overlooks the central area of the town of Cachan and is made up of quaint houses surrounded by tree-filled gardens. During the Middle Ages, the Coteau was covered with grape vines, up until the 1930s when the first construction began. The vines progressively gave way to homes and to workshops of artisans, but the neighborhood has preserved the traces of its rural past, of its pathways and property boundaries, with numerous walking paths that criss-cross through the area today.
These origins have contributed to give the Coteau an atmosphere that is nearly that of a rural village, making the neighborhood a little island of calm and greenery, protected from urban transformations – while it is nonetheless surrounded by the infrastructure that permits it to be easily accessible: highway A6, the RER rapid train station, the beltway that circles Paris and Orly International Airport are all very close. Yet the particular topography of the Coteau protects its residents from all the annoyances that surround it.
A garden and a panoramic view
Placed at the top of the Coteau and tucked away in the greenery, the house has the advantage that the neighbors’ homes are discrete and out of direct view. The Maison du Coteau has a large garden area and a 270-degree panoramic view of the capital city, from the southeast to the southwest of Paris, including the Montparnasse Tower, the Eiffel Tower and all of the Bievre Valley. This exceptional view is most fully enjoyed from the penthouse on the upper level, with its 60 m2 (650 sq. ft.) terrace.
Point of departure for Paris
There are several solutions for you to go to Paris from the Maison du Coteau. If you have need of your car during the trip, you can reach the beltway in less than 10 minutes, entering at Porte d’Italie. Otherwise you can leave your car here and take public transportation. The B line of the RER rapid transit train will take you into the center of Paris –it runs direct, without having to change trains, to Luxembourg, Saint Michel-Notre Dame, Chatelet stations, among others. Further along the line, it runs directly to the Stade de France and Roissy Charles De Gaulle Airport. With one change, it will even take you to Disneyland. To get to the RER station (Arcueil-Cachan), you can go by foot in less than 15 minutes. To return, however, you need to allow 25 minutes because of the hill climb! The return is more difficult, but it is picturesque because once you leave the central area of Cachan, you can take the old pathways that cross through the Coteau neighborhood. But if you prefer, it is also possible to leave your car in a parking lot near the station. Another possibility is the bus line that runs from Cachan to Paris, passing right behind the house. The bus will drop you off 15 minutes later at Porte d’Italie, that is as a hub for bus transfers, for the subway and for the new tramway. With this solution, leaving from the Maison du Coteau, you have access to all parts of Paris, sometimes more rapidly than if you were beginning from within Paris itself!
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