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The Arcachon Mansions: Origins and Characteristics

Explore the rich History and stylish Elegance of Arcachon Cottages in the South West of France

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The Arcachon Mansions: Origins and Characteristics

The Arcachon house:origin and specificity

 

Imbued with elegance and refinement, Arcachon houses are architectural gems of south-west France. An Arcachon house is much more than a simple dwelling; it is a witness to arich history and era. They embody the very essence of the FAMOUS Ville d'Hiver area, with their distinctive architecture and timeless charm.

The history of the Arcachon mansion

Arcachon houses and the History of the town of Arcachon are closely linked.

They were built at a time when Arcachon was a favorite holiday destination for the middleclasses,who were attracted by the town's natural beauty,mildclimate,and lifestyle.

 

At the end of the 19th century, the Pereire brothers, owners of the railway company thatlinked Bordeaux to La Teste-de-Buch, saw the popularity of the town of Arcachon as a realestate opportunity. So, they decided to build wooden chalets on the heights of the town,known as the Ville d'Hiver district.

These chalets were spacious enough to accommodate an entire family and their servants.

 

At the beginning of the 20th century, the stone and brick houses were gradually replaced bywooden chalets. The Great Depression of 1930 marked a turning point, leading to asignificant decline in interest in the region. It was only a few decades later that the Arcachon house and the Ville d'Hiver (Winter Town) area enjoyed a revival thanks to their charm and unique history.

 

Architecture: the heritage of a middle-class seaside resort

Arcachon houses are a subtle blend of different architectural styles, reflecting the elegance and refinement of the bourgeoisie of the time.

"La Ville d'Hiver" (Winter Town district) is often compared to a Swiss village, with its dunes reminiscent of mountainsand its pine trees reminiscent of fir trees. The Pereire brothers drew inspiration from Swisschalets to design their atypical houses, avoiding sharp angles and moldings for reasons of hygiene, and favoring wooden structures in the first constructions. The facades of Arcachon houses are often adorned with delicate details and refined motifs, testifying to the attention paid to aesthetics and decoration.

 

Arcachon houses are characterized by their asymmetrical architecture, with roofs decoratedwith jagged mantling and high finials. Even today, Arcachon houses still feature archedwooden ties with braces, and red brick quoins are also distinctive elements of this architectural style. Small balconies on all floors, allowing residents to enjoy the sea air, are a typical feature ofArcachonhouses.

 

The modernisation of Arcachon houses has in no way altered their original essence andbeauty. Homes built in the Arcachon style harmoniously combine the architectural features of yesteryear with contemporary elements.

Invest in an Arcachon house with Cap Ferret Pyla or Bordeaux Sotheby's International Realty

Investing in an Arcachon house is like buying a piece of Arcachon's History and french Elegance.

These homes, with their distinctive architecture and timeless charm, are highly sought-afterproperties, as they offer a luxurious and serene living environment, close to the beach, the town center,and all amenities.

 

Bordeaux Sotheby's International Realty, with its in-depth knowledge of the local propertymarket in the Arcachon basin, offers a tailor-made service to accompany and guide you every step of the way in finding the Arcachon house that's right for you.

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