Picture Perfect Paris

Picture Perfect Paris

Le Métro Saint Paul, Paris

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French Property Insider

May 26 , 2005 Paris, France
http://adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider

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Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,

Last Sunday afternoon, while the 3rd arrondissement was inaugurating rue de Bretagne as one of Paris’ newest “Quartier Verts” (Green Districts) with cultural displays and performances indicative of the region, the attendees at the Working and Living in France Conference were busy learning how to get a mortgage in France and reduce their currency exchange risks. We spent the entire weekend discussing the pros and cons of living in France, the advantages of owning property here and how one might go about tackling any aspect of it. Our finest professionals shared their knowledge and insights.

Each conference we’ve held seems to take on some sort of theme, unplanned and very naturally. The presenters, unknowingly, will often offer their philosophies and inadvertently mirror one another. This one’s theme was overwhelmingly “Qualité of Life.” Most of the speakers spoke first and foremost about the importance of the concept in comparison to “standard of living.” The message we walked away with was that “standard of living” is what money BUYS and “quality of life” is what money DOESN’T BUY.

At the end of the intensive three-day event, we toasted with champagne (high quality of life and high standard of living combined) and the attendees turned in their evaluations and comments on their way out the door. One attendee wrote …”This has been most informative and a must for anyone wanting to move to France.” Another wrote… “The broad range of topics was interesting coupled with the opportunity to meet such market professionals in person was a priceless experience.” (More comments can be read at http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/conference_comments.html and photos from the conference are online at http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/photos.html)

Our next conference is here in Paris this coming August 10th…one day of intensive presentations related to buying, owning, renting property — in short, “Invest in France.” Condensed to just the crux of what you need to know at a one-day price, it’s a perfect opportunity for the would-be investor. We’ll be taking registrations very soon, so to be on our mailing list to learn more, email Schuyler Hoffman at mailto:info@adrianleeds.com/parlerparis?subject=Invest_in_France_August_2005

The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop started here yesterday with 25 American sharp shooters armed with digital cameras capturing Paris from fresh eyes. I am host to the event and among the participants, already learning how to improve my own photo-taking capabilities. Next week, I hope to show off some of the prize pictures. Many of the participants have never been to Paris before and are reveling in its beauty. Why am I not surprised?

One of our New York clients this week went home with a “Promesse de Vente” in hand for a one-bedroom apartment on rue Saint Antoine overlooking this very scene at Métro Saint Paul from tree-top level. This time of year is stunningly lush, the trees thick and bright. When winter comes and the trees are bare, the beauty to behold will be in the view of the mixture of Haussmannian and 17th/18th-century buildings just across the street. Access to the Métro and buses couldn’t be better. Location for a rental apartment is ideal. At less than 6,200 euros per square meter, the apartment was a big bargain destined for a high return on investment.

Sunday, France votes for or against the European Constitution. It will be a pivoting point for the future of France, Europe and the rest of the world. In today’s issue, I repeat Wednesday’s Parler Paris as the topic is too important to ignore. And the rest of the issue is chock-a-block with information, so take your time to digest it all — then put it aside for future reference.

A bientôt…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Leeds
Editor, French Property Insider
Email: Adrian@AdrianLeeds.com

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Volume III, Issue 21, May 26, 2005

In this issue:

* Getting Connected in France
* Oui or Non — How Will the French Vote?
* Pets Make the Move
* Bubbling Up Living
* From Ruin to Renovation
* Driving a la Française
* The City of Light is City of Flight
* Today’s Rates of Exchange by Moneycorp Currency Brokers
* Hot Property Picks: The 14th of Paris
* What’s On the Auction Block June 7th
* Book Property Services Before June
1 and Save
* Getting a Mortgage is Easier Than You Think
* Take Advantage of Your Insider Discount
* Things You Need to Know
* Classified Advertising: Leeds Apartment Available July 22 – August 1

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French Connections: Mobile Phone Options
By Lynda Sydney

You’re visiting France for a couple of weeks or a few months. You need to stay in touch with family and friends at home, and want to be accessible to new friends you meet along the way. Most rental apartments have a landline telephone that you can use to make local calls, but when you’re out exploring the City of Light or the French countryside, a landline is probably not practical — you just can’t beat the convenience of a mobile phone to keep you connected.

Here are a few options.

RENTING

For occasional trips to France, you may consider renting a mobile phone. You can usually rent them by the week or by the month, and the fee includes a bundle of minutes with additional time billed at a per minute rate. Companies that offer rental services will arrange to have the phone delivered to you before your trip — sometimes even overnight — and will pick it up when you return for a delivery charge of about $20 U.S. The plans range from about $99/month for 30 minutes of airtime to $299/month for 250 minutes, with additional minute charges of about $1.19 to $1.79. This is probably the most expensive option, geared toward business travelers with big expense accounts.

USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE IN FRANCE

In North America, mobile phones operate on the CDMA network, which is different from the GSM network found in France and other parts of Europe. Therefore, the phone you use at home will not work in France unless it is GSM compatible. You can contact your service provider to find out if your phone is compatible, and if they offer service in France. But this will not be cheap, as you will be paying international tolls plus long distance rates.

A better solution is to purchase a SIM card for France, which will give you a local French phone number. You just remove your North American SIM card and insert your French one when you travel. You can make calls at local rates and incoming calls are free. A SIM card costs about 30 to 50 euros, and you will have to pay 20 or 30 euros to “unlock” the phone.

You then purchase “recharge” cards to add airtime to your phone. Choose the amount of time you want — they come in different increments such as 10, 25, 35 or 60 euros, and will vary by service provider. For example, on a recent trip to Paris, for 35 euros I purchased about 150 minutes of airtime valid for 60 days from the provider, SFR.

You’ll find recharge cards at any telecommunications store or your local tabac. These are either a scratch-off card or a receipt with a phone number and a special code to enter. When you dial in, the instructions are in French only, but I found that the representative at my neighborhood telecom shop was more than happy to help out.

PURCHASING A MOBILE PHONE FOR USE IN FRANCE

If you will be spending a few weeks or months in France each year and don’t already have a GSM compatible phone, purchasing a mobile phone specifically for France may be your best option. Phones will vary in price, depending on the model you choose, but it will already have a SIM card so you won’t have to pay this additional cost. You can then “recharge” the phone with airtime minutes whenever you want to use it as described above.

Whether you use your North American GSM compatible phone or a mobile phone purchased in France, the cost per minute for this “pay as you go” option is more expensive than the minute rates you’re used to paying in North America, so you may not want to have lengthy conversations. Just make a quick call to your friends and arrange to catch up over a leisurely “grand crème” at your local café…and enjoy “la vie française.”

Three main mobile phone providers in France:

Subsidiary of France Telecom
http://www.orange.fr
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SFR
http://www.sfr.fr

Bouygues Telecom
http://www.bouygestelecom.fr

Editor’s Note: Lynda Sydney is the Parler Paris and French Property Insider Assistant and Customer Service Representative. She can be reached at mailto:bonjour@adrianleeds.com/parlerparis for any questions you might have.

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Yes to Europe with a Heart in France
By Adrian Leeds

“Oui” or “Non” is on everyone’s lips as the vote for the European Constitution winds down to Sunday, May 29th. Posters bearing these two simple words are posted all over the city, and I assume, all over France.

This week, a new poll showed 54 percent will reject the European charter on Sunday’s vote. Government leaders are campaigning to change the sentiment by dismissing the fears that a European constitution will lead to a loss in identity. After having lived in Europe now more than a decade, I can emphatically say that there is no chance that the French will not remain French, the Italians will not remain Italian, the Germans will not remain German and so on for every European cultural group I can think of.

From the U.S. looking eastward, it’s easy to imagine Europe is one big blob, just like Europeans may perceive the U.S. as a “melting pot.” I’ve discovered there is nothing less true. The U.S., which values individual ideas, is more like a bowl of salad with lots of bits and pieces thrown together to create one great taste. Europe is more a smorgasbord of different dishes, hot-cold, spicy-bland — an association of very unique and diverse cultural, ethnic and nationalistic groups. If they can agree to disagree, the European nations will form a very powerful alliance that the U.S., China and the rest of the world will seriously have
to reckon with.

There are arguments on both side of the coin, of course. The “Nons” claim that the rejection will bring “positive” changes. I chuckle at the irony of this thinking. EU leaders fear serious social crisis and there is no “Plan B” should the “Ouis” be outvoted.

The charter itself consists of three parts with multitudes of chapters and subsections, all printed in one document which can be found at the local Mairies (city halls) and by pdf download at http://www.hemicycle.info/publications.html (The official site is at http://www.constitution-europeenne.fr/)

All in French, the constitution is very difficult for a non-native speaker to digest, but even my French friends say it’s too complicated for the average person to comprehend. My guess is that a majority of those voting don’t have a real understanding of the constitution at all, but are voting for or against basic principals, even many of those they don’t fully grasp.

And why should we Americans care? I suppose that depends on what kind of American you are. Those who have an affinity with France care because the political center in the U.S. has shifted further right the last two decades. A strong and powerful European Union could therefore provide a counter-balance to the U.S. economic drive that gives multi-national corporations so much control and which profit from U.S. military escapades.

I’ve come to enjoy the social benefits France offers each and every one of its residents, such as quality free education, complete and excellent health care, fine public transportation, etc., etc. And I revel in the ability to travel easily to culturally diverse neighboring countries without scrutiny at the borders, all utilizing the same currency, speaking different languages.

For me, “Yes” is positive, not negative, in any language. I want to look forward to a strong and more unified Europe, even though I have one foot in the U.S., one foot in France and a heart in Paris.

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Bringing Your Pets to France
http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/customs/7000.asp#dpr

I. Dogs, cats and ferrets

The European Union adopted new measures for the importation of pets (dogs, cats and ferrets) into the EU member states.

In order to bring their dogs, cats and ferrets from the United States into France, travelers must abide by the following conditions:

- each family is limited to 5 animals. Every animal must be at least 3 months old (or otherwise travel with the mother).

- every animal must be identified by a microchip (standard ISO 11784/11785) or a tattoo. If the microchip’s standard is different, you must bring your own scanner in order to read the microchip.

- every animal must have a valid rabies vaccination (if it is the first rabies vaccination for the pet, you must wait 30 days before departure)

- the health certificate will be valid for 4 months after signature by an official veterinarian (certified by the USDA) or endorsement by the competent authority (USDA). The list of USDA Area Offices of Veterinary Services may be consulted at the following URL: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/area_offices.htm

However, it is strongly recommended to do the health certificate a few days before departure.

- the blood test is not required for animals coming from Canada and the United States.

Application to print: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/pri/fr/oj/dat/2004/l_065/l_06520040303fr00130019.pdf

II. Domestic pet rodents (rabbits, hamsters, mice…)

You may bring into France a maximum of 5 domestic rodents. A health certificate (in French), executed not more than ten days prior to arrival into France by a national licensed veterinarian of the country of export must accompany the rodent.

Application to print: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/customs/22000.htm

III. Pets reptiles not intended for sale

You may bring into France a maximum of 5 pet reptiles (by family), provided:

- they are not sold under any circumstances;

- they are accompanied by a health certificate executed not more than ten days prior to arrival and bearing the signature of a licensed veterinarian of the country of export;

- they must be free of evidence of disease (in particular, of lesions of the skin).

Application to print: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/customs/22000.htm

IV. Pet birds

Pet birds may be brought into France, although one family is only allowed to bring 2 birds of the Psittaciformes (parrots) order and 10 birds of other small species.
The following requirements must be fulfilled:

- a valid health certificate, executed by a licensed veterinarian in the country of export within ten days before the arrival and showing that the animal is free of evidence of disease, should accompany the bird;

Application to print: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/customs/16000.htm

- the following written pledge should also be submitted to Customs, in French at the port of entry.

“Je soussigné (nom, prénom du propriétaire), certifie être le propriétaire du/des oiseaux (description: race, couleur, taille, âge,). Je m’engage à ne pas les revendre et j’accepte tout contrôle que les services vétérinaires estimeraient nécessaires d’effectuer à l’adresse suivante (adresse du propriétaire).

Date, signature.

English version: “I, (owner’s Full Name), certify I am the owner of this/these bird(s) (description: breed, color, size, age). I undertake not to sell them and to accept any sanitary visit considered necessary by the Veterinarian services at the following address: (owner’s address in France).

Date, signature.

WARNING: Many birds are registered as “Endangered Species” according to the Washington Convention. In such case, a specific permit is required in the country of departure and in the country of arrival. Please check our page “Endangered Species”.

V. Other species

For other pets than those mentioned in I to IV above or pets listed in I to IV above but intended to be exported to France in greater quantities than those allowed for under the standards regulation, please call our office: 1 202 944 6375.

WARNING:

France is party to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. International trade in species listed by the Convention is unlawful unless authorized by permit. This includes, for example, wild birds, reptiles, crustaceans, fish as well as any part or product (such as skins, feathers, eggs) and products and articles manufactured from wildlife and fish. Permits to export from Canada or re-export certificates are issued by Environment Canada (Convention Administrator – Canadian Wildlife Service – Ottawa – ON K1A 0H3). Permits to export from the US or re-export certificates are issued by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Office of Management Authority – Department of the Interior – Washington, DC 20240). Permits to import into France are issued by the Ministère de l’aménagement du territoire et de l’environnement (direction de la nature et des paysages – sous-direction de la chasse, de la faune et de la flore sauvages – bureau des échanges internationaux d’espèces protégées – 20, avenue de Ségur 75302 Paris 07 SP – France).

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A Piece of French History in the Making
By Mike Cassell


High on a hillside behind Nice in the south of France stands a house so extraordinary that, only 35 years old, it has already been listed by the French ministry of culture as an historic monument. Despite a 6 million euro(£4.1m) construction bill the property has never been completed, but it is now on the market and waiting for someone with the vision and money to finish the job.

The house, at Tourettes-sur-Loup, was designed by Antti Lovag, the Hungarian architect who prefers to be known as an habitologue, a practitioner committed to the concept of organic architecture inspired by the shapes and forms found in nature. For Lovag, now 85, the house has been an all-consuming passion; in fact, he still lives in the grounds so that, when visitors come to see what is affectionately known as “the bubble house,” he can personally explain his philosophy.
Now, however, the owner, a French financier in his nineties who has shared Lovag’s enthusiasm for the project over many years, has decided to sell, asking for about 3 million euro, or half the sum he has spent on it. Specialists estimate the new owner will need to invest another 1 million euro.

The house is set in 7.5 hectares of land with panoramic views to the sea. It is also totally secluded – a rare achievement on this stretch of the Côte d’Azur. From the outside, its extra-terrestrial presence snuggles into the volcanic rock hillside; a series of bubbles are covered in a rash of oval, convex windows that suck in the Mediterranean light by day and offer celestial views at night. With the entrance an unsightly and unfinished mess, a jumble of the wire mesh, polystyrene and concrete used in the building’s construction, visitors need to be imaginative.

The interconnecting domes are arranged on various levels and inside there is little distinction between the shiny, smooth walls and the ceilings. Some of the windows open fully to let in the air; there is no air conditioning in the modern sense, although there are inlets to ensure ventilation. For the winter months there is underfloor heating.
There are few straight lines or sharp corners in the massive 850 sq metres of living space. The floors are mainly clad in honey-coloured Carrara marble. Smooth rocks bulge from floors and walls and, at the heart of the house, is an enclosed Mediterranean garden complete with waterfall and stream and planted with palm trees and exotic vegetation. From one ceiling hangs an aquarium sunk into the floor above.

Much of the furniture has been built into the house to follow its contours. The kitchen is circular and so is the dressing room to the main bedroom suite; cupboards and shelving swivel into recesses, lost from sight when not in use. Of course, while this remains and ultra-modern setting, fittings that were mould-breaking 35 years ago now look surprisingly dated.

It will be an interesting challenge for any new owner to update Lovag’s futuristic feel. The good news is that the architect is on hand to help finish the project if the buyer agrees. And there is incentive: under French law, changes and alterations to the listed property may be possible as long as Lovag is alive. After his death, his legacy cannot be changed.

Outside the house, there is more work to be done. The original plans include a huge artificial lake that would reflect the oval, terracotta outcrops forming the exterior shape of the house. A vast swimming pool carved out of rock is unfinished, and a long, badly repaired drive would probably need to be upgraded.

Tucked away in the trees that surround the house are the remnants of Lovag’s creative energy. Experimental “bubbles” lie abandoned like prehistoric creatures, and it is in one of these structures that he still lives. Some visitors may regard him and his work as eccentric and wildly expensive, given the need to create on site almost every component belonging to the house.

But to him the property merely reflects the way human beings live and move, rather than forcing them into rectangular spaces. He is a man in love with “freedom, serenity and well-being” and believes the sort of living space he creates can achieve that. Lovag says he is not unduly concerned about the identity of the next owner “as long as they can enjoy the adventure.”

Whoever buys the “bubble house” will not own a unique property – Lovag has designed three others on the same coast, one of them now the summer villa of fashion designer Pierre Cardin. But they will own an eternal talking point and, undeniably, an important piece of architectural history.

Editor’s Note: For more information, contact Judith Halmshaw, Attika International: Tel: + 33 (0)6 79 80 52 87; judith@attikaprestige.com

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Renovating Your Paris Apartment
Latest Projects from the Office of Derek S. Bush, Architect
http://dbush.com/

Modern 110 M2 Duplex at Bastille:

The apartment is composed of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room with an open kitchen, a mezzanine and a 50 M2 terrace. We created a comfortable living space in a modern apartment. This project was carried out over 3 months, and the apartment has been radically transformed using a minimalist and undeniably modern style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Driving in France
http://www.ambafrance-us.org/visitingfrance/driving.asp

If you are on a short visit or short business trip (less than 90 days)

You may drive with a valid U.S. driver’s license. In addition to that, it is recommended (not required) to carry an International Driving Permit or attach a French translation to your US driver’s license. Also, you are to be at least 18 years old to drive in France.

If you are a resident of France (holder of a Carte de séjour or a Carte de résidence, more than 90 days)

You may drive in France with a valid US (not international) driver’s license for a period of one year starting on the date of validity of the first carte de séjour (except for students for whom driver’s license expire at the end of their studies). You must also attach a French translation of your driver’s licence.

If you have a valid driver’s license prior to your first entry into France as a resident and issued from the following states: Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and Kentucky, you may exchange it for a French permit if you apply at least three months before the expiration of the one-year recognition period. These States offer a reciprocal privilege of exchange for persons holding French permits.

If you don’t have a driver’s license from one the states mentioned above, you must take the written and driving portions of the French licensing examination after one year of residence in France. Special sessions are organized for those who do not speak French. Also, you may ask to be assisted by a translator who may be a friend or a relative.

You can take the driving exam in an automatic car, but not all driving schools provide this service. There is no minimum lesson hour requirement.

Requirements

To apply, go to the local Préfecture de Police, if there is not an agreement between your State and France, the staff will direct you to a driving school where you can take the exam.

In Paris, the Préfecture de Police is located at 7 Boulevard du Palais, 75004 Paris
Tel: 01 53 71 53 71
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

You will need to bring:
* An ID
* Your U.S. driver’s license along with a notorized translation in French
* Proof of residence: statement of domicile, electricity bill or rent receipt
* Carte de Séjour with photocopy of both sides.
* Four passport size photographs

International Driver’s License

The American Automobile Association issues International Driver’s Licenses in the United States for US citizens who go to France for a short period of time (less than 90 days). Website: American Automobile Association — http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/customs/5000.asp

Transporting your car or motorcycle into France
Pease visit the Embassy of France Customs Office: http://www.ambafrance-us.org/intheus/customs/5000.asp

For specific information in English regarding, insurance, documentation of motor vehicles, sales, transfers of ownership, and driving schools with an English-speaking instructor, refer to the American Embassy in Paris website.

Car Rentals

You must be at least 20 years old and have held a full driving licence for at least a year to rent a car. Insurance is compulsory. The main car rental companies have offices in airports, railways stations and in major city centers.

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Paris is World’s Most Important Air Hub
http://www.cnn.com/2005/TRAVEL/05/24/bt.paris.hub.ap/index.html

WASHINGTON (AP) — The city of light is also the city of flight, says a new study listing Paris as the mo

st important connecting point for international air travel.

Anchorage, Alaska, places a surprising second on the list, followed by London, Singapore and New York. The ranking reflects each cities’ importance in the world’s air network – which is not the same as the busiest cities for connections.

The connections among 3,883 communities with airports around the world were analyzed by a team of researchers led by Luis Amaral of Northwestern University. The results appear in Tuesday’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

The air transportation network is like the Internet, the study concluded, with networks and hubs funneling traffic around the world.

The findings are important in understanding the flow of travelers and in studying the potential movement of new diseases, Amaral said.

In addition, the analysis could help regulators determine airports where more competition is needed. And study of the network could even shed light on the functions of biological networks within the human body, according to Amaral, an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

A traveler can get from any of the cities to any other with an average of 4.4 flights, and more than half the communities are connected with four flights or fewer, the researchers found.

The most difficult air route? Getting from Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands to Wasu, Papua-New Guinea, requires 15 flights.

The researchers found the busiest locations are not always the most important.

Anchorage, for example, has nonstop flights to 39 other cities, far fewer than the 242 cities connected to London nonstop.

But Anchorage edges London in a vital measure called centrality — a rating of the shortest paths connecting any two cities that involve a transfer at a particular city.

It’s centrality that boosts the importance of cities such as Anchorage and Port Moresby, Papua-New Guinea, which serve as connection hubs between many other airports and international connections, the researchers explained.

Alaska, for example, has many airports, but most connect only to other Alaskan airports. Only a few connect to the “lower 48″ states. There are political constraints on flights directly between most of Alaska and Canada, even to cities close to the border.

Thus, getting from most of Alaska to somewhere outside the state often involves going through Anchorage, boosting that city’s centrality rating.

Similarly, many Pacific islands are connected by air, and Port Moresby is the hub that links lots of them to the outside, placing that community seventh on the worldwide list. That ranks behind Los Angeles but ahead of such busy places as Frankfurt, Tokyo and Moscow.

Paris and London benefit from their nation’s colonial pasts, with many flights from Africa and Asia going to those cities, where travelers transfer to other planes to go on.

Indeed, they are the top cities in the world for nonstop flights to other places. Paris leads with flights to 250 other cities, followed by London, 242; Frankfurt, 237; Amsterdam, 192 and Moscow, 186.

The two busiest airports in the U.S. are in Chicago and Atlanta. The study ranked Chicago 13th on the worldwide centrality list and 6th for nonstop flights, with connections to 184 cities. Atlanta ranked 29th for centrality and 8th in connections, with flights to 172 cities.

The study analyzed 531,574 flights operated by 800 airlines worldwide from November. 1 to November. 7, 2000. While the data are four years old, the researchers say the current worldwide airport network is virtually identical to the one at that time.

The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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Parler Paris Après-Midi
http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apresmidi.html

NEXT MEETING: June 14, 2004 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3
p.m. to 5 p.m.

This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local
professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

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TODAY’S CURRENCY UPDATE

Visit the FPI Web site and click on the link on the left panel “Click Here for Currency Convertor by Moneycorp” for up to the minute conversions of all major currencies.

Compare currency values easily and quickly by visiting: http://adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/loan/moneycorpconvertor.html

Charts http://www.Moneycorp.co.uk/members/charts.asp The charts below are updated every ten seconds.

The prices shown are “inter bank” exchange rates and are not the rates that you will be offered by Moneycorp. Your rate will be determined by the amount of curr

ency that you are buying. Please speak with an Moneycorp dealer or your consultant for a live quotation.

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HOT PROPERTY PICKS: TRUE PARISIAN LIVING IN THE 14TH

Each week French Property Insider 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 regions of France and 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 http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html

***PARIS, 14th Arrondissement, 3 rooms, approx. 62m²

Near Métro Alésia. Beautiful renovated apartment with mouldings and fireplace on the 2nd floor of a stone residence with guard. Needs no work. Bathroom, equipped kitchen, dressing room, one or two bedrooms possible. Parquet floors, central heating, eastern exposure, parking.

Asking Price: 404,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

***PARIS, 14th Arrondissement, 4 rooms, approx. 85.3m²

Exclusive! Near Métro Alésia In a beautiful old building on a raised floor, pleasant and bright with an East and West double exposure and balcony. Equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, dressing room, bathroom, parquet floors, cellar. The building has a guard and intercom system and is near transportation and commerce.

Asking Price: 478,700 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

 

 

 


***PARIS, 14th Arrondissement, 4 rooms, approx. 90m² environ

In the Sarrette District, a calm and pleasant area with proximity to bus and metro, and business. Large apartment with double exposure, living room, equipped kitchen, bathroom, parquet floors, mouldings, fireplace in a beautiful stone building with digicode, intercom and cellar.

Asking Price: 532,000 euros + Finder’s Fee

 

 

***PARIS, 14th Arrondissement, 6 rooms, approx. 135m² environ.

Near Métro Raspail. A duplex in an old building on the 2nd and 3rd floors with elevator. Foyer, living room, equipped kitchen, bathroom, 2 toilettes, dressing room. Made like new by an architect. Balconies, 2 cellars. Individual heating, Eastern exposure, gas.

Asking Price: 1,280,000 euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

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Paris Auctions
http://www.encheres-Paris.com

Next session: June 7

Notaires de Paris
Place du Châtelet
12 avenue Victoria
Paris 1st

Additional information on Les Ventes aux Enchères des Notaires can be found on the website at http://www.encheres-Paris.com/ Though the site has a button for an English version, it isn’t reliable to work.

To read Schuyler Hoffman’s article about the property auctions in Paris, click on:
http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/articles/auctions1.html

3 Rooms 84,40 m²
15 rue du Louvre
75001 PARIS 1st
Opening Bid: 350,000 Euro
Deposit: 70,000 Euro
4 Rooms duplex 124,44 m²
15 rue de l’Echaudé
75006 PARIS 6th
Opening Bid: 770,000 Euro
Deposit: 154,000 Euro

3 Rooms 56,40 m²
15 rue du Louvre
75001 PARIS 1st
Opening Bid: 250,000 Euro
Deposit: 50,000 Euro

3 Rooms 55,46 m²
62 rue Rébéval
75019 PARIS 19th
Opening Bid: 125,000 Euro
Deposit: 25,000 Euro
2 Rooms 29,97 m²
14 rue du Four
75006 PARIS 6th
Opening Bid: 125,000 Euro
Deposit: 25,000 Euro
3 Rooms 60,6 m²
35 avenue Théophile Gautier
75016 PARIS 16th
Opening Bid: 195,000 Euro
Deposit: 39,000 Euro

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7 Rooms 244,40 m² + débarras
6 rue de Seine
75006 PARIS 6th
Opening Bid: 2,000,000 Euro
Deposit: 400,000 Euro
6 Rooms 219,50 m²
10-10bis rue de Seine
75006 PARIS 6th
Opening Bid: 1,405,000 Euro
Deposit: 281,000 Euro
3 Rooms 100,5 m²
12 rue des Nonnains d’Hyères
75004 PARIS 4th
Opening Bid: 562,800 Euro
Deposit: 112,560 Euro
4 Rooms 111,90 m²
12 rue des Nonnains d’Hyères
75004 PARIS 4th
Opening Bid: 644,000 Euro
Deposit: 128,800 Euro
Studio 18,70 m²
18 rue des Bernardins
75005 PARIS 5th
Opening Bid: 88,000 Euro
Deposit: 17,600 Euro
Studio 17,40 m²
18 rue des Bernardins
75005 PARIS 5th
Opening Bid: 81,7800 Euro
Deposit: 16,356 Euro
3 Rooms 79,20 m²
2 rue des Beaux Arts
75006 PARIS 6th
Opening Bid: 400,000 Euro
Deposit: 80,000 Euro
2 Rooms 39,2 m²
23 rue Jacob
75006 PARIS 6th
Opening Bid: 179,200 Euro
Deposit: 35,840 Euro
Studio 29,91 m²
7 rue Emmanuel Chauvière
75015 PARIS 15th
Opening Bid: 33,538 Euro
 

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SEEKING A MORTGAGE IN FRANCE?

Let us help you secure a mortgage in France with interest rates as low as 3%. Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/loan for more information.

RECOMMENDED LENDERS

Abbey National David Anderson, Mortgage Advisor danderson@abbey-national.fr

Banque Patrimoine et Immobilier Stéphane Denner, ExPatriate & Non Resident Service stephane.denner@bpi-online.net

Barclays Contact Yolanda Robins Adrian@AdrianLeeds.com

Entenial Contact Yolanda Robins Adrian@AdrianLeeds.com

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Let French Property Insider expert property consultants find your dream home in France for you. We consult with you to help you make the best decisions, ferret out the finest properties to meet your criteria, schedule the visits and accompany you, negotiate with the agencies and owners, recommend the notaires and other professionals, schedule the signings and oversee the purchase with you from start to finish! You could never do it so easily on your own. Let us take the time and effort off your hands.

Now is your opportunity to own your piece of France at a savings. Property consultation and search services rates will increase effective June 1, 2005, but if you book your services between now and May 31st to be rendered prior to December 31st, 2005, will be charged at the current low rates!

For more information, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html or contact Yolanda Robins, Adrian@AdrianLeeds.com

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Don’t forget that with your FPI subscription you are entitled to a discount on the purchase of any Insider Paris Guides. You’ll find details of the guides at

http://www.insiderparisguides.com/. When ordering, a box will pop up allowing you to enter the following username/password

Order more than one guide at a time and you will receive an additional discount!

Username: propertyinsider Password: liveinfrance

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- To access this password protected page:

The username is: fpisubscriber The password is: paris1001

If your computer utilizes cookies, once you log into a subscriber only section, the login information will remain active for seven days, after which you will have to login again.

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- To receive your free French Leaseback Report or the Paris Property Report, click on http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/reports.html

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==APARTMENT/GUEST ROOM==

Leeds Marais Apartment Available July 22 – August 1, 2005

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is there.

Pictures and more details available at http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html

==APARTMENT RENTAL==

Monte Carlo Seaside — a dream view of Monaco and the sea!

Located at the french border of the principality of Monaco in Roquebrune Cap Martin — this big one bedroom flat of 600 square-feet with a terrace can easily accommodate one couple + one extra adult on a convertible sofa. Fully equiped kitchen, marble bathroom, private cark park, security doors, pure silence, fresh sea breeze, direct access to the quiet private beach at 200 meters, 5 minutes to Monte Carlo train station or bus stop, easy access from Nice international airport and Monte Carlo train station.

*Special Weeks in May: Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival: 1000 euros per week

Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/pfmontecarlo.html for lots more beautiful photos and to book your stay contact FPI_Monte-Carlo and ask for the French Property Insider Special Offer.

==APARTMENT RENTALS==

For all short term rental apartments in Paris, take a look at http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments or http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term apartments.

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HELPFUL CONVERSIONS FOR REAL ESTATE

1 square meter = 10.7639104 square feet

1 hectare = 2.4710538 acres

For more conversions, refer to: http://www.onlineconversion.com/

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