Maisons-Laffitte is the city of the horse. Located fifteen miles North West of Paris and situated halfway between the River Seine and the forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the city extends over 675 hectares and has all assets for a perfect quality of life : schools, easy access to Paris, numerous activities and cultural and sports associations. It counts today 24,000 inhabitants.
The city first developed around its château which is one of the masterworks of architect François Mansart, built between 1634 and 1646, by René de Longueil, Lord of Maisons, in order to welcome King Louis XIV during his hunting parties in the forest of Saint-Germain. A very beautiful avenue was then created - Avenue Albine -, from the château towards the forest, offering then to the King, to us today, a splendid perspective over the château.
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Maisons-Laffitte also benefits from its many public and private schools in the town-center and in the Parc, from an international bilingual school, the Ermitage. Moreover, a direct connection with the international grammar school of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the Institut Notre-Dame completes the school offers.
Launched by Jacques Laffitte, the equine activity developed during the XIXth century. Today, Maisons-Lafitte hosts the largest racecourse in the Île-de-France and the second training center for race horses in France. Thanks to suitable infrastructures (stadiums, gymnasiums, aquatic center, dojo, horse clubs, together with an urban board sport zone…), numerous sports activities are available on the spot : horse riding, swimming, tennis, martial arts, golf, gymnastics, body-building, football, rugby, tennis, archery, crossbow shooting, athletics, aso….
Maisons-Laffitte attaches great importance to cultural activities : an academy and numerous associations enable the practice of music, plastic arts,… the concert hall presents a wide range of variety programmes and the cinema selects quality films.
To join Paris (Saint-La zare or Etoile), La Défense, Poissy, Cergy, aso…, the Mansonnians may choose between Regional Train RER line A and the Transilien network.
The city of Maisons-Laffitte attracts numerous families moving from abroad (foreign or French ones back from expatriation), seeking an international environment and a school offering a bilingual teaching. These families particularly enjoy the ‘countryside in town’ aspect, though near to Paris.