Renting shared accommodation in this historic house will cost €2,800 per month

A beautiful facade stands in the center of a very popular family neighborhood, ten minutes from Orléans station. Nothing in the outline of the house suggests that it will soon experience a second life. The owners welcome us for a guided tour. We pass under a large veranda that leads to a garden of about 1900 square meters. An extremely rare property in the city centre. In contrast, a house of 460 square meters (habitable), steeped in history. Some period clues are still visible, such as this discreet bell for summoning servants, hidden under the dining room table. ,When I used to call my kids they really didn’t like it», laughs the current owner.

Built in the late 19th century, the residence was home to six generations of a Flemish family who originally established their weaving workshops there. A century later, the property changed hands and was purchased by a young couple living across the street. ,Negotiations were difficult because the house was not in good condition – roof, electrical and plumbing – and the seller was not really in good faith.», recalls Javier. At the end, “Our offer, much lower than the starting price, was still accepted because they only wanted to sell to a family, not developers.», He is the father of nine children and grandfather of 31 grandchildren.

Nearly thirty years later, the couple, now in their sixties, want to leave their home in Orléans to move to Nantes. ,We rented it for a long time and didn’t occupy it much. Two years ago, when the last tenant moved out, we decided to sell it.», explains Monique. ,Our children don’t come there much anymore and prefer the beach. her husband, a naval school engineer, says with a smile. Real estate agents, mandatory, contact developers but “His project was not economically viable», explains Isabelle Peignien, manager of L’Adresse Cabinet Chesneau agency in Orleans.

“6-7 months of work”

Then she thinks of an unusual idea: symbiosis senior. ,The idea was to recreate more spacious living spaces without destroying this heritage and while maintaining its soul that people are so attached to.», explains the agent. Chase Janet, a company specializing in shared housing, was selected to operate the future coliving space, acquired by portfolio management company M-Capital for 1.3 million euros (at a cost price of 2.5 million euros). ,We want to densify cities by acquiring property for renewal while responding to social challenges such as seniors housing.explains Vincent Lachen, development director of M-Capital (730 million euros of assets under management). Rebuilding is less expensive than demolishing and is more environmentally friendly.,

,in 6-7 months», promises Chase Janet, co-founder of 11 flatmates You will be able to keep your suitcase in this two-storey house which will be connected to the elevator. ,Much of the work will involve improving the energy performance of the home (currently classified E) Two things up a notch by re-insulating the inside and replacing the windows and heating., Small wooden work will be preserved», explains Gary Martins. Future tenants will have at their disposal a private space of approximately 25 square meters (bedroom + bathroom), with access to the common areas (living room, kitchen, garden, etc.) and the convenience of cleaning, laundry, shopping, bathing, etc. Daily help will be beneficial. Or even dressing. ,Tenants are halfway between complete autonomy and dependenceGary justifies the Martins. On average, they live between 5 and 8 years before entering a nursing home.,

Rent? About 2800 euros per month. A price that is high enough to discourage more than one renter. ,It’s 15 to 20% cheaper than nursing homes in Orleans», says the co-founder of Chez Janet who specifies that half of the tenants are from the Orleans area. At the moment, the buyer is waiting for a sign of life from the building architects of France so that they can validate the work. For their part, the sellers are ready to move this summer.

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