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Resurrections of beautiful homes

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Crossed portraits of 3 neo-Vichy residents whose arrival in Vichy and life project contribute to the preservation of the city’s architectural heritage, and even for some to its cultural and tourist offer.

4 homes

4 resurrections

Their story breaks radically with the stereotype that Vichy only plays in the veteran category. These experiences confirm that this city has a special charm. They force us to redouble our efforts to ensure that future encounters between Vichy and its inhabitants are less by chance than by the certainty that it is good to live here.

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Villa Marguerite

For the past few months, musical notes have been escaping from the Villa Marguerite. This large orphaned building, somewhat neglected over the years, has been adopted by a young couple of professional musicians. At the Mino’s, dad is downstairs playing the tuba, mom is upstairs playing the sopranos. It didn’t take long for them to decide to leave their 50 square meters in Paris and move into this three-story villa, built in 1911 by the Vichy architect Jean Fleury. All things considered, when one is a musician with an international career and performs in the 4 corners of the 5 continents, the place of residence becomes relatiff. Learn more



The life project becomes a professional project when the owner of the villa La Tourelle flies to the rescue of another endangered Vichy heritage: the Chalet du Comte de Clermont-Tonnerre. He re-signs for 1 year of work and, taking advantage of Vichy’s central location, transforms the Chalet into a place for company seminars to bring together the sales representatives of his national sales network. But since a good idea is made to be shared, and he is convinced that to maintain a heritage is to reinscribe it in the present, he offers the Chalet for rent with or without overnight stay for cultural, professional or family events, under the mantling.


The Turret

It was during a weekend with friends in the Auvergne volcanoes that the owner discovered Vichy. After the crush quickly shared by his partner, they both decide to leave Aix-en-Provence for the queen of the water cities. Past the “whaou” effect, their decision is nevertheless well thought out: Vichy offers them a priceless quality of life, the synthesis of all their castle (en)lives in a human-sized setting and all at a very competitive rate, if we consider the real estate market at a national level. In search of a roof to shelter their little family, a stroke of luck led them to the gates of the villa La Tourelle, at the corner of Boulevard de Russie and Rue Alquié. Long uninhabited, the villa is taking a beating and it will take no less than 6 months of restoration to give it a serious facelift!

Villa Tzarine

If Vichy is a little Paris, then Rue du Golf, continuing the mise en abyme, is a Vichy in miniature. Between lake and thermal baths, it forms a particularly homogeneous and elegant architectural ensemble: beautiful villas with carefully aligned facades and gates, an anecdotal modern building and a few nuggets, such as the villa of Doctor Maire or the villa Tzarine. In this game of Russian dolls, even if its Slavic extraction remains mysterious, the Villa Tzarine occupies a prime position. Built in 1907, it bears the neoclassical architectural signature of Adrien Dacq, to whom we also owe the Hotel Lutetia (in its local version) and the villa La Tourelle. Engraved on its facade, the words “Electric Light Telephone” forever anchor the building in the early years of the twentieth century.


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