Sunday, 9 May 2010

La villa de la reine


This is the gate of a private street in Montreuil neighbourhood: the queen's villa...
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Charmante petite rue privée à Montreuil...

20 comments:

Jacob said...

A gated street? Omigod! What is this world coming to? ;-)

Hey, we love our gated community; it keeps out the riff-raff. They could still get in if they want to trudge through several miles of cow pastures, but they can't bring their cars in and that's kinda nice.

bfarr said...

Very interesting. We have 'gated' communities, but no gated streets that I know of.

James Mark said...

You can see this kind of thing in the UK too, but don't ask me where - I know I've seen them, and not only in London!

Kaori said...

That's so quaint, a private street! And that gate is lovely ;D

B SQUARED said...

Looks like Florida. The new motto is, "Keep everybody out."

Leif Hagen said...

I thought Marie Antoinette was dead, non?!

Louis la Vache said...

Your house?
You're la reine de Versailles DP, n'est-ce pas?
Voila! Vôtre maison!

Sharon Van Lieu said...

What a marvelous gate!

Sharon

T. Becque said...

It looks like a lovely place to take a stroll. Are the cars parked on sidewalks or is that just me?

Cezar and Léia said...

Looks like you put your hands and camera forward through the gate to take the second shot! :) We often do that!
God bless you!
Cezar

cieldequimper said...

@ Jacob: "private" streets have existed in this country and elsewhere as James Mark says for longer than in Florida. They aren't, however, "communities", anyone can live there, whatever your age, race, religion. Frankly, gated communities that keep children out are something that I find very shocking, but then being ghettoed in with other elderly people is everyone's choice. Sorry if I offend you. To the best of my knowledge, such communities do not exist in this country, with the exception of course of retirement homes for the VERY elxerly, but that's another thing altogether.

@ Madame Becque: yes... They don't have anywhere else to park them... The houses were built before the advent of automobiles but the stables are gone! ;-)

VP said...

Plenty of private streets around, usually in the suburbs. They are kept by the owners and are usually open with a simple sign that you are trespassing. Sometimes a chain runs across the street to block entry, seldom you can a gate like this.

VP said...

P.S. - By chance, today I posted a private street in Paris on my other blog...

Laurent said...

Belles vues ! Il ne faut pas que ma participation nouvelle au Sunday bridge t'empêche de mettre les photos de ton "safari" ... il y a de la place pour nous deux sans problème !!!

brattcat said...

Is it possible for you to walk on this street? The houses look so interesting.

akarui said...

Chez la Reine ce n'est pas n'importe ou... Les prix doivent etre en consequence.
Tres jolie ta derniere photo reflections!

Jacob said...

Dear Ciel...

You don't offend me...we just have a difference of opinion. Stone Creek, like a great number of communities in Florida, is a 55 plus operation. In other words, one member of the family must be 55 or older to live here. That means, in practice, that we do have some younger people (wives) in residence. The by-laws, however, also state that no one under the age of 19 can live here full-time. If you're 19 you can live here with your parents.

Friends and family can visit anytime. So we see lots of young grandchildren. They are limited, however, as to how long they can stay at one time.

There are no other restrictions, e.g., race, religion, etc.

The golf course and the restaurant are open to the public.

We are not sequestered, either, as I think most everyone is out and about in the larger community every day shopping or eating or whatever.

Frankly, I am glad to be in a community where kids are not blowing off firecrackers (that used to land on my roof!), roaring up and down the streets in old, beat-up cars or motorcycles, or generally raising hell like kids can do.

It's like living in a retreat and it's wonderful. Funny thing is we felt much like you just a few years ago. As we got older, though, we found we liked the peace and quiet - and the relative safety.

Another funny thing is how much younger the "old" folks have become. I play golf with lots of people who are at least 20 years younger than I am! (And often beat them!)

But the best part is that living in a villa means all of our exterior maintenance and yard work is taken care of! We pay for that, of course, but it is well worth it.

Which means I can spend more time on the computer blogging away!

I do take exception to your word, ghetto, as that simply is not applicable here.

I'd write more but Lois is off to do a Mother's Day bike ride of 12-15 miles (she hurt her knee so isn't running at the moment) and I'm going with her (for a few miles anyway). Then I'll probably hit a few golf balls; play on the computer; and we'll head out into the "real world" to get a bite to eat. Might even see some kids in the restaurant. Yikes!

Hope you're having a good day!

Clueless in Boston said...

I like the idea of gated streets to keep traffic to a minimum. I see the appeal of retirement communities when one becomes elderly, but I think the purpose of such low age gated communities in the U.S. is really to segregate the haves from the have nots. Sort of a reverse "ghetto," but one with all the luxuries of life -- if you can afford it.

LD said...

Near Carmel California where I live, we have an entire gated town - Pebble Beach. It costs $9.00to get through the gate and drive the famous 17 mile Drive.

paulboo said...

I assume the gates are for security, well I'm sure that if I was a burglar I'd start wondering what kind of valuable goods they have that need all this protection and then try to find a way around it! There is always a way... Mmmm!