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February - 2005



Searching for a place for the children, the grandparents, an office, reception room and even a special house for the dog? Standing in the shadow of the Triumphal Arch, this property could get you wagging your tail

A well-preserved interwar town house on Sos. Kiseleff is for sale through real estate agents Neocasa.
Targeted at the diplomatic community or a large and socially active family, the six-floor centrallylocated
property is close to the Russian and German Embassies. Currently on sale for around 2.8 million Euro, this repatriated villa which has previously acted as an embassy residence, boasts at least five bedrooms, garage and up to date facilities.
Within walking distance is the Parcul Kiseleff, which has a special childtargeted zone, and Piata Victoriei's central business district. Sos. Kiseleff is fast becoming one of the millionaire's row of the city, with newly converted properties springing up as the prices rise.
The preservation of the original 1930s design is impeccable, with the walnut panelling and marble flooring remaining almost untouched. The esoteric ironwork also offers unique rural-inspired designs.
Built in 1937, the detached villa was designed according to the specifications of the father of Marie- Angele Gheorgiu, who currently owns the property. At that time architect Ion Tabarca chose to mix an eclectic variety of Florentine, traditional romanian and even some Scandinavian and oriental flourishes in the style of the house.Gheorgiu herself was brought up here as a child, until 1949, when she was ten years old and forced to leave. “The communists came and took
away everything, throwing us out of our house and leaving us nothing but the clothes that we wore,” she says. Since then it has acted as an Embassy residence for Norway, Egypt and Portugal, before recently being repatriated to Gheorgiu's family.


But the original designs have remained intact and the only major changes have been initiated recently to accommodate modern conveniences and demands. The ground floor has an enormous reception room that can be subdivided into a living and dining room. On the left of the formal
entrance there is also a room that could be used for either a secretary or security guard. A connected open garage and an interior garage have car washing facilities and just enough space for a driver to have a break.
A tradesman's entrance leads to the semi-basement, where a generously-sized kitchen occupies the largest space on this floor. Here there is a newly-fitted dumb-waiter that connects the dining room to the ground floor, where there is a smaller kitchen for preparing meals. Below the semi-basement is a ventilated cellar, which potentially has space for wine.
The first floor offers one master bedroom with a large dressing room, as well as another bedroom, both with newly - fitted ensuite bathrooms. In addition to this is a large space that was once used as a library, and could retain this role or act as a sizeable office.
Three small bedrooms occupy the third floor, which are suitable for children or guests, and even an extended family.
On this level there is also an optional space that could act as a kitchen. A large roof terrace, with electrical connections and a small border, offers attractive views over the leafy Kiseleff area and an excellent vista for sunny days.
At the top of the house is an inhabitable attic with enough space for an au pair. Alternatively this could be employed as a dark room for a budding or professional photographer, with space to hang pictures and a sink for development.
The property is fully equipped with phone-lines and cable television connections on all the occupied floors. For security, there is also an existing interphone system.
The electric, gas and water provisions are modern and compact and nearly all the newly-fitted bathrooms have bidets.
Atiled fence around the house and two pine trees in the front garden lend the approach a rustic feel, while a working fountain and vineyard in the front garden aim for a more classy type of customer.


However, in the back there is only a small yard for rugbeating or hanging the laundry.
Perhaps the most individual touch is a stone and tiled roof kennel near to the tradesman's entrance that was built for the owner's wolfhound in the 1930s. This has a unique inbuilt dog-washing facility and drainage channel and could be the perfect summer residence for an active but wellgroomed canine.