A Taste of France in New York City

A Frenchman in New York
Claude Makes the Best Croissants in New York

A Taste of France in New York City

Parler Paris…
Your taste of life in Paris and France
Monday, October 6, 2008
Paris, France

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See French Property Consultation on House Hunters International…New Dates and Times!

“Settling Down in Paris” – Episode HHINT-402

Angela and Ben met in 2003 when they lived in Los Angeles working for the same clothing company. Now, the two are engaged to be married. When Ben started receiving frequent overseas work, the company believed he’d be more valuable in Paris, so they happily relocated. They immediately moved into a cozy rental in the 17th district near the Arc de Triomphe and started to explore the different neighborhoods of Paris. The pair is now ready to take the big leap and purchase an apartment to stay for good. Property consultant Adrian Leeds is enlisted to help.

House Hunters International Episode HHINT-402

October 14, 2008 10:30 PM ET/PT
October 15, 2008 2:30 AM ET/PT

To book your personal property consultation with Adrian Leeds, please email adrian@adrianleeds.com

The Debate

Gay Marshall Sings Edith Piaf

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I moved into the apartment on Barrow street the same afternoon of the closing, October 2nd. The old “Murphy” bed had been left in error by the previous owner, but afforded a temporary place to lay my head and aching body from the non-stop pace we have been keeping. Besides, it’s good to get to know a place before the renovation begins, so one can prepare for the idiosyncrasies that might crop up along the way.

The first Murphy bed I had was in a studio apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee in the early 70′s. William L. Murphy patented the bed in 1916 and started the first production of it in San Francisco under the name of the Murphy Wall Bed Company. Today, it will be removed and the apartment left empty, but, for the practical reasons it existed there in the first place, we have already ordered up a new Murphy bed system to replace it (from the Murphy Bed Center of New York at 20 West 23rd Street, Suite 2).

The closing was similar, yet different, from the signing of an “Acte de Vente” in France. Lawyers representing both buyer and seller were present, as was a representative of the managing agency and title company. The difference was that there was no procedure of reviewing the final deed word for word as we do in the Notaire’s office. Mostly, each party worked independently going through their papers, handing over documents to sign and asking for checks to be written. It took about one hour, and during that time there was conversation among the men about their lives with their wives (I thought this particularly endearing) and off we went with a HUGE pile of documents to call our own, not to mention a studio apartment in the West Village.

That evening, in lieu of opening a bottle of champagne (a gift from our real estate agents), we settled in on a friend’s couch with ta

ke-out food for dinner to watch the Vice-Presidential Debate. There is no need to make any comment about who out performed who, but there is no question from the amount of pro-Obama pins on the lapels of New Yorkers who they favor.

Early the next morning the sun poured in and I set out to test out Claude’s Patisserie just across the street on West 4th Street. Every Francophile New Yorker I know claims he has the best croissants in New York. Claude gave me a sour look as I entered and ordered up a coffee and croissant. There is a sign in the bakery that outlaws cell phones and because there are only three tables, the minimum expenditure per person to take one is $3.50. No doubt, Claude runs the bakery as if it were in France.

The taste test was very tasty indeed. Claude’s croissant is buttery, a little too crispy, but as delicious a croissant I can remember having Stateside. Yep, it melted in my mouth, but even better than the croissant, Claude’s coffee is only second to my favorite — Café du Monde in New Orleans. Erica visited it later that day and said that ‘grumpy’ Claude had warmed up to her when she spoke French to him. The éclair was equally as good.

I missed “La Nuit Blanche” this year, sadly, but to soothe the wounds, gathered a small group to hear Gay Marshall sing Edith Piaf songs — from her new CD titled “La Vie Amour” at the Metropolitan Room on West 22nd Street (number 34). It is an intimate venue that held a couple hundred people at comfortable tables. Gay Marshall is a talented singer/actress who wrote, produced and starred in a one-woman show in Paris (in English) for quite a long run. The show became more enjoyable each time seeing it (there were a few occasions). Then, suddenly she was missing from the Paris scene. Now I know why — she moved back to New York about two-and-a-half years ago, coincidently, one block from our new apartment — we might easily have bumped into her on the street!

Although I never saw Piaf live, Gay is a ‘sparrow’ of a woman with a powerful voice and electric personality that simply makes you smile and befriend her, as if you know her personally through her warm on-stage presence and attitude. The audience looked just like you and me — American Francophiles who eat up anything French and have heard Gay sing before or heard of her Franco-American show. There are two more performances — next weekend and weekend after, so if you have a chance to hear her, do. (Learn more at GayMarshall.com, MetropolitanRoom.com)

Yesterday afternoon, from the new apartment on a cell phone, French Property Insider subscribers conferenced called to learn more about the pros and cons of ownership of an apartment in Paris — in total or a fraction. After 30 minutes of technical problems, were finally able to connect and speak with about 10 readers who wanted to learn more, not only about fractional ownership, but about the potential to rent property for a profit. The audio transcript is available to all FPI subscribers who wish to listen to the Q and A at Conf_Oct_5_2008.mp3

After a whirlwind week in New York, playing the property game in America’s Big Apple, I head back to Paris just in time to welcome the attendees of the 22nd Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference next weekend, October 11th and 12th.

Adrian Leeds

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. Invite your spouse, partner or friend to join you for the Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference October 11-12, 2008 FREE!…you only have this week to register and take advantage of this special offer. For more information or to register, visit frenchpropertyconference/liveinfrance/LIF_Paris_2008/ or email Schuyler Hoffman, Conference Coordinator, at info@adrianleeds.com

P.P.S. Join us for Après Midi Tuesday, October 14th at La Pierre du Marais and help celebrate my birthday! Visit parlerparis.com/apresmidi.html for more information.

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Face it, hotel and apartment stays don’t cost a penny more for two than they do for one! Air fares have come down in price for the Fall and so has the rate of exchange in dollar terms! So, how can you pass this up?

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In This Week’s French Property Insider

How to Reserve Your Share of “Le Palace des Vosges”
By Adrian Leeds

I signed the Promesse de Vente on Tuesday of this past week on behalf of the buyers of “Le Palace des Vosges,” our newest and hottest fractional ownership property in the Place des Vosges. This means it’s full steam ahead for those wishing to purchase their share or shares of the magnificent property.

The attorneys are currently working to finalize the RESERVATION CONTRACT which will secure each share. Many of you have requested how the process will work and therefore, we’ve assembled a step by step procedure you may easily follow.
Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France!

French Property Insider is a weekly e-zine, sharing insights, recommendations, tips, and discoveries about Paris real estate and French property. Each information-packed issue is devoted to educating its readers on how to effectively, efficiently and profitably purchase property in France.

For more information visit frenchpropertyinsider.com or email info@adrianleeds.com

Own a Fraction of the Best Address in Paris!

“Le Palace des Vosges”
Fractional Ownership
9 Place des Vosges
4th Arrondissement, Paris

Now you can own a share in an AMAZING “maison” — more of a house in the country than an apartment in Paris, right smack dab in the middle of Paris’ most elegant square — the Place des Vosges. Occupancy is May 2, 2009.

Includes Two Bedrooms, Two Baths + Powder Room
With Two Parking Garages (1 = Personal Storage Lockers, 1 = Parking), 84m2 (900 sq ft)

Only 13 shares are available, so don’t miss this unique opportunity! For more information visit frenchpropertyfractional.com or email maryellen@adrianleeds.com

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Two-Bedroom (One-Bedroom + Bedroom/Office), Sleeps 4

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L’Aubergine sits tucked away on an historic and quiet Marais “cul de sac,” making it an oasis of peace and calm. This second floor apartment (two flights) has two large bright windows that face a classic Parisian courtyard. With digicode, intercom entry system and elevator, it has been completely renovated and professionally decorated to the height of luxury, with a soothing “aubergine” (eggplant) and taupe color scheme. Everything in the apartment is new, from the designer linens and towels, to the appliances and electronics.

Reserve now! Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/aubergine.html
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Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris…

The next gathering is October 14, 2008* and every second Tuesday of the month.

*A birthday celebration for Adrian Leeds!

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!

Parler Parlor meets Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

23, boulevard de Sébastopol (at the corner of rue de la Reynie), 1st arrondissement
3rd Floor on the Left (read notice on door to obtain entry code)
Métro Châtelet, Les Halles

Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
14 rue Mabillon, 6th arrondissement
(at rue Guisarde and Le Marché Saint-Germain) 1st Floor
Métro Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Mabillon, Odéon

For further details, visit parlerparlor.com

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