Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
It seems we’ve arrived at the hot-cakes stage of the market. The Reynes house sold for asking price, approximately one million US$. I don’t know who bought it.
The park house (below), Villa Brenac-Vidal, was apparently sold to Canadians. It’s similar to the Reynes house but substantially larger. I’m very glad that house was taken because some places benefit from having a new set of eyes on them to take them to their full potential.
I don’t know if they decided they want it or not, but I know a couple who liked the Molinié Villa. The big Montagne Noire complex which we know well also sold. And speaking of sales, I’ve just seen a fabulous chandelier go up for sale here in town:
I restrained myself from emailing the owner to say DON’T DO IT!!! It looks to me like it was made for the space. Pieces of those proportions were often specifically commissioned by architects/designers for the rooms they were put in. Carefully measured, carefully thought through, and designed to be an integral part of the architecture. Removing a chandelier is like taking down panelling, destroying a fireplace or hacking into a parquet floor. I know it’s tempting to modernise sometimes, and other times we don’t have a choice. Bathrooms and kitchens, for example, often need work that’s unavoidable. Chandeliers on the other hand, you can just add appropriate led bulbs, little shades if you want a more modern or colourful look, and leave it in place. The future custodians of your period home will be eternally grateful. Trust me!