Ville-d'Avray is a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 11.9 km (7.4 mi) from the center of Paris. The commune is served by the Boulogne-Billancourt prefecture, of the Hauts-de-Seine department.

The town hall of Ville-d'Avray

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Paris and inner ring départements
Location of Ville-d'Avray
Paris and inner ring départements
Ville-d'Avray (Île-de-France (region))
Coordinates: 48°49′34″N 2°11′36″E
IntercommunalityGrand Paris
  MayorDenis Badré (mandat 2008–2014)
3.67 km2 (1.42 sq mi)
  Density3,200/km2 (8,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
92077 /92410
Elevation86–178 m (282–584 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.


Ville-d'Avray contains a suburban rail line station called Sèvres – Ville d'Avray station on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line. This station is an 800-meter walk from the residential area of Ville-d'Avray.


Jean Rostand was a French experimental biologist and philosopher who lived in Ville-d'Avray. He became famous for his work as a science writer, as well as a philosopher and an activist. His scientific work covered a variety of biological fields such as amphibian embryology, parthenogenesis and teratogeny, while his literary output extended into popular science, history of science and philosophy. His work in the area of cryogenics gave the idea of cryonics to Robert Ettinger.[2]

The famous beauty and Scottish courtesan Grace Elliot died in Ville-d'Avray in May 1823. Landscape painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot maintained a residence in the village and used the area as a subject for several paintings including Ville d'Avray in 1867. Actress Isabelle Huppert spent her childhood in Ville-d'Avray.[3] French author and musician Boris Vian was born in the town in 1920. Literary historian and critic, essayist, novelist and poet, member of the French Academy and the Académie de Saintonge, Pierre-Henri Simon lived in Ville d'Avray and is buried there.

Famous 19th century courtesan Valtesse de La Bigne had a second home here which was next door to the home of famous French politician Léon Gambetta.

Popularity on Google Earth

The village is the location of a former technical school focused on the aerospace sector, though now associated with the University of Paris. To celebrate their ongoing commitment to aeronautical engineering, a scale model of a Dassault Mirage 2000 fighter jet is set out in the courtyard.[4] Discovery of the model by users of Google Earth in the mid-2000s caused a minor stir on the Internet, and the "jet in a residential parking lot" is consistently featured on lists of satellite imagery curiosities.[5]


Primary schools in the commune:[6]

  • Groupe scolaire Jean Rostand
  • Groupe scolaire La Ronce
  • Maternelle Halphen (preschool)

Collège La Fontaine du Roy is within the commune.[7]

It is served by the public high school Lycée Jean Pierre Vernant in Sèvres.[8]

See also


  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. Regis, Ed (1991). Great Mambo Chicken And The Transhuman Condition: Science Slightly Over The Edge. Westview Press. pp. 85–86. ISBN 0-201-56751-2.
  3. Isabelle Huppert – Biography
  4. "It Must Be a Mirage…". Google Sightseeing. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  5. "Scolaire." Ville d'Avray. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  6. Home. Collège La Fontaine du Roy. Retrieved on September 7, 2016.
  7. Home page. Lycée Jean Pierre Vernant. Retrieved on September 7, 2016. [...]qui relèvent de la zone de desserte du lycée ( communes de Sèvres, Ville d’Avray, Chaville, Saint -Cloud) [...]
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