Paris Is A Real Deal…Still!


Couples Dining at Ma Bourgogne, Place des Vosges

Paris is a Real Deal…Still!

International Living’s
Paris Property Picks
Published by Parler Paris
A Friday Peek at this Week’s Best Paris Picks
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Portfolio #37

Friday, August 20, 2004
Paris, France

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Special Announcement
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WE JOIN WITH WESTIN GRAND TO TAKE A STAND AND OFFER YOU A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE NATION’S CAPITAL

While the current White House administration is trying to scare us all into thinking we shouldn’t leave our homes on September 11th for fears of terrorist attack (thanks to a report issued years ago!), we’re taking a stand to show that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself!”

Those were the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a nation fearful of the future on March 4, 1933, thanks to The Great Depression. He didn’t lead from a position of fear, but from a position of confidence. I have a photo of those words which are carved on a monument to Roosevelt placed in the National Mall in Washington, DC taped to the wall in front of my desk…I see them as I write this.

It’s one reason we chose Washington, DC as the home for our upcoming Living and Investing in France Conference to take place September 10 – 12, 2004 and it’s the stand we make to show that fear is an illusion of what we think “might” happen, but isn’t real or happening NOW.

The Westin Grand Hotel, host of the conference, has joined us in taking this stand! They are offering to ALL our readers, not just our conference attendees, the special conference room rate for rooms booked any time which include the dates of September 10, 11 and 12, 2004 (so days before and after will apply) depending on their availability. The special rate is $179 for a King Size Bed, Single or Double Occupancy, plus 14% state and local taxes.

This is quite a deal for such luxury accommodations in the DC area — and would afford you the opportunity not only to visit DC, but to join us for the conference, or attend Thirza Vallois’ gourmet dinner and talk about Paris on the 11th, and Kirsten Keppel’s guided tour of French-Speaking DC on the 13th and my talk about Being Single in the City of Light on the 9th!

Reservations may be made via Westin’s Central Reservations at 1-800-Westin1 (1-800-937-8461) or 1-888-627-8406 and please identify yourself as a member of the International Living Conference Group or click here to book your room directly.

For more information about the conference and all the optional activities, click here.

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

First a word of thanks to all of you who responded to Wednesday’s newsletter message. I received dozens of letters from both men and women who were struck by their own realization of both the cultural and sexual clashes!

Interestingly, on the whole, the women had fascinating stories of their experiences in France being admired by men and how much they appreciated it…”I loved having men look me in the eye as we passed one another on the sidewalk. I took it for granted that these men, from young 20-somethings on up, found me attractive by the way they looked at me. It made me feel great, and I’m sure it’s one of the reasons I love Paris!” I particularly loved this one: “Do you think “faithful reader” will give out the name of her “stalker?” I am
coming to spend 3 weeks in France between December 27 and January 15 and at the age of 56 having been divorced for 8 years, I could use a little attention.”

And then I had the opposite reaction from the men who wrote!…”The behavior that she witnessed was stalking, which is illegal in North America and should not be made light of. Indeed, I’m sure she would/should rather be ignored than to be stalked by some Frenchman, no matter how gallant he might appear.” This reader even warned me…”…given your laissez faire attitude on this type of thing, please be careful.”

And there you have it…not only is there a clash between the French and North American points of view, but between the men and women, too. It’s a lesson to be learned, thanks to all of you.

On a more important note, the International Herald Tribune reported this week that the average price of an apartment in New York City now tops $1 million (read the entire article at http://www.iht.com/articles/534386.html). Bidding wars are breaking out and buyers are paying over the asking price. I’m not surprised — my daughter just rented one-fourth of a loft in Brooklyn at a price close to my monthly mortgage in Paris!

Meanwhile, a new report on cost-of-living (Economist Intelligence Unit) claims Paris is Europe’s most expensive city and I beg to differ! It positions Tokyo as number 1, Osaka as number 2 and Paris as 3rd most expensive city to live in. Au contraire mes amis! A contending report published earlier this year (Mercer) ranked Paris much lower — at 17th place. Tokyo remained the world’s most expensive city and London moved up five places in the rankings to take second position. I can attest to this having spent a weekend there a few weeks ago and watching my stash of British Sterling fly away with every move.

Have a look both surveys before believing one over the other. As a resident of Paris, where life seems like a bargain, I’m skeptical either one is on the mark!: Economist — http://www.finfacts.ie/costofliving4.htm, Mercer — http://www.finfacts.ie/costofliving.htm

And Paris property prices continue to rise and only seem to be leveling in a few parts of the city. Improvements to the city are constantly underway that are driving property values up — such as the 60 trees they’re currently installing along rue de Bretagne! Don’t you know that my apartment just adjacent to this improvement gets more valuable every day!?

Today’s property picks are real deals — apartments with long term investment growth possibilities in areas of the city that we expect to see prices continue to rise for a long time to come and would make great pied-à-terres to keep you coming to Paris more often. Scroll down to have a look.

A la prochaine…

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Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail:
Info@AdrianLeeds.com

P.S. We’ve added Barclays Bank to our roster of lenders — so now it’s even easier to get a mortgage in France! Visit /frenchproperty/insider/mortgage.html for more information

FOR SALE:

Each week Paris Property Picks features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various districts of Paris. As we are not a real estate agency, these properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to do the whole thing for you. For more information, visit /frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
or contact Jocelyn Carnegie at Adrian@FrenchPropertyInsider.com

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TWO ROOMS NEAR THE CANAL ST. MARTIN, 10TH
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2 room, 34 m², close to Canal St. Martin, pierre-de-taille building, perfect condition with American kitchen, ideal pied-à-terre.

Asking Price: 160,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


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TWO ROOMS, NEAR JACQUES BONSERGENT, 10TH
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2 rooms, 46 m², on the 4th floor of a building on a private drive, apartment on two large courtyards, very sunny and quiet, in perfect condition, lots of charm. Close to the Métro and not far from the Canal St. Martian.

Asking Price: 245,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

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TWO ROOM, RUE DE MARTYRS AND NOTRE DAME DE LORETTE, 9TH
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Two rooms, in an old building recently renovated, on the 4th and last floor, 64 m² total — 43 m² comprising one large room of 40 m² with American kitchen, bedroom and mezzanine of 16 m², bath and toilet, 3-meter high ceilings, wood beams, tile floors, good condition, sunny and quiet.

Asking Price: 294,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

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TWO ROOMS, QUARTIER VIVIENNE, 2ND
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Two rooms, 64 m², in a new building with gardian, an apartment next to an open garden facing southeast, very quiet, elevator, recently renovated, beautiful entry, kitchen, bath, closets and cabinetry, large living room, bedroom. Parking space possible.

Asking Price: 350,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

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TWO ROOMS, QUARTIER MONTORGUEIL, 2ND
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Two rooms, 67 m², large living room, parquet flooring, Tudor beams, fireplace.

Asking Price: 380,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

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FOR SALE:

Each week Paris Property Picks features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various districts of Paris. As we are not a real estate agency, these properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to do the whole thing for you. For more information, visit /frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
or contact Jocelyn Carnegie at Adrian@FrenchPropertyInsider.com

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* Further resources:

* Many people don’t have the time nor the resources to look for their own little piece of France, especially if they’re located in the States or other foreign country.

* Stay in your own luxury apartment while you’re here…

* Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think.

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