The Most Palatial Address in Paris

La Place des Vosges
The Best Address in Paris

The Most Palatial Address in Paris

Parler Paris…
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Monday, September 8, 2008
Paris, France

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The Film Producing Workshop
Presented by Judith Merians
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Le Pierre du Marais

Do you want to produce the script you wrote or the literary property you optioned, start a production company so you can develop projects, or talk to producers intelligently? In the Film Producing Workshop you will learn what it means to be a producer, what skills you need, who you do business with, how you analyze the marketplace and the buyers, how to talk to money, distributors, and producers and think like they do.

This workshop is led by Judith Merians, who has been an entertainment lawyer and studio executive, literary agent, and film school professor in Los Angeles for over 25 years.

Join us for this 3-hour workshop session sponsored by Adrian Leeds and Parler Paris.

Where: Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais in Le 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

Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Only 30€ per person!

Places are limited. For more information visit frenchpropertyconference/

To register email

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I’ve always had a special affection for the Place des Vosges. Perhaps because it reminds me of Jackson Square in New Orleans, which was fashioned after it, or because it oozes 400 years of history, or just because it’s drop dead gorgeous. Nonetheless, it holds my fascination for all its intrigue, the many different names it’s been called, and the fact that at one time it was a gated community — one in which you’d have to be lucky enough to have a key to enter. It’s just that special.

I’m not the only one to have this attraction to it — it’s also the best address in Paris. Nothing is more elegant and illustrious than living on the Place des Vosges.

Madame de Sevigné was born at Number 1bis and of course, Victor Hugo lived there from 1832 to 1848 at Number 6 (now a Ville de Paris-managed museum devoted to his memory). Cardinal Richelieu lived at Number 21 from 1615 to 1627 and the courtesan, Marion Delorme lived at Number 11 from 1639 to 1648. The ceilings at Number 14 were painted by Lebrun, but are now reinstalled in the Musée Carnavalet. Henri IV’s great minister, Sully occupied Number 7, now where you will find the tiny “porte” to the magnificent grounds of the Hôtel de Sully. The list of ‘luminaries’ who have occupied its walls is impressive.

So, when we discovered this “maison” (more of a house in the country than an apartment in Paris) nestled in the back corner of the courtyard at number 9 (next to the Michelin three-star restaurant, Amboisie), I swooned. Finding an apartment for sale in the Place des Vosges is virtually impossible, as they mostly get passed down within families, but we did it, and this one is the ‘diamond in the rough.’

The entry at number 9 is one of those grand arched doors. There is a key pad where

you must have a code to enter, so don’t even try, or the Concierge will send you scurrying out! Once you enter, you discover a cobble stoned courtyard, a bit of statuary in the center, the windows of Amboisie on the right, the windows of the Hôtel de Sully on the left and a prestigious art gallery straight ahead. Turn down the little road on your left — it winds down what feels like a country lane to another courtyard, planted with roses, bits of more statuary and a few parked cars. On this courtyards sits an atelier, several small houses, a few garages and in the far corner, two walls of windows four meters high.

That’s the “Palace des Vosges”…the name we’ve given this ‘jewel’ which is to be our newest fractional ownership property.

It’s 84 square meters (900 square feet) with two bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms and a powder room that will be added. The property comes with two closed parking garages — one will become storage units for all of the owners and the other reserved for parking a car. (Can you imagine — a parking space IN the Place des Vosges!?)

You enter through the main door which is part of a glass-paneled wall into a large and spacious living room-dining room-kitchen that has huge 400 year-old beams and stone…yes, stone…floors. The ceilings are at least four meters high. There is a stone spiral staircase that leads to the upper bedroom and a small staircase that leads to the lower bedroom. Being stacked one over the other, both bedrooms have spacious baths and closets and share the wall of glass panes that overlook the courtyard. The lower bedroom has an entry to a finished tiled cellar (for storing all those precious bottles of wine at perfect temperature!) and the upper bedroom has a charming oval window that overlooks the main living area.

The view from the windows looks onto the courtyard and has a perfect view of the upper floor of the Hôtel de Sully…quite stunning! We plan on privatizing the entry by using shrubbery and plants to create an enclosed patio where one can dine out or relax. There are plans to add a fireplace, improve the windows and garage doors and totally renovate and decorate the property to maximum palatial luxury.


“Le Palace des Vosges” will be no ordinary Paris apartment. We’re fortunate to have Interior Designer Martine di Matteo creating the royal setting for the “aristocrats” who will occupy its chambers. Martine’s design talents which combine French esthetics with Western comfort, convenience and functionality is well proven in the many luxury rental apartments she’s designed and decorated for Parler Paris Apartments. This past Friday, she and I spent the day at the Maison & Objet Interior Design Trade Show to find the perfect furnishings.

The “Promesse de Vente” (the first sales contract) will be signed on September 22, 2008 and by the end of December, the signing of the Acte de Vente (the final deed) will take place. The property will be owned by up to 13 different owners, each one with four weeks of usage, purely rotational in two-week increments, beginning May 2, 2009.

These thirteen lucky owners will share “Le Palace des Vosges.” Anyone who purchases a share may attend the Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference absolutely FREE! Or, if you attend and then purchase a share, the registration fee will be refunded. Shares start at their lowest price for the first four owners and then increase as the shares are sold out. For a property such as this, the cost per meter per share is not only within the range of other fractional ownership properties in Paris, but is considerably less than some with not nearly as fashionable an address.

The legal documentation is in progress to be written by the attorneys of John Howell & Co, London so, if you are even remotely interested, it would be a good idea to contact us now. You will be put on a special mailing list to receive more information and a reservation contract. The first owners will benefit from choosing the best usage dates and purchase at the lowest prices.

Face it, you could be one of the illustrious residents of the Place des Vosges and one of the lucky owners of “Le Palace des Vosges.” And more than that, you could have four weeks in Paris when you like, living like Marie-Antoinette or Louis XVI.

Is it a dream or is it reality? Find out how to make this dream come true. Visit Palace_des_Vosges for more information or email Mary Ellen Gallagher or me at Palace_des_Vosges

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.S. I hope to see you tomorrow afternoon at Parler Paris Après Midi from 3 to 5 p.m. at La Pierre du Marais! Visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for details. And don’t forget that this coming Saturday is your opportunity to produce the script you wrote or the literary property you optioned, start a production company so you can develop projects, or talk to producers intelligently…just by learning from the master: “The Film Producing Workshop” presented by Judith Merians, Saturday, September 13, 2008 also at Le Pierre du Marais. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/ for details.

Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think…

Let us show you just how hassle-free it can be to get a French property mortgage for your dream Paris pied-à-terre or villa in the country!

Visit or contact Mortgage Manager John Rule at

This Week in French Property Insider…

Place des VosgesHow Would You Like to Own a Piece of the Place des Vosges?
By Adrian Leeds

I can’t sleep at nights. Visions of red brick, vaulted ceilings, lush gardens, lovely stuary and the opulence of the life of Marie-Antoinette dance in my head. Why?

“Le Palace des Vosges”…that’s whySubscribers 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 or email

This October, Your Paris Dream Could Come True…

Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
October 11-12, 2008
Paris, France

If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own “pied-à-terre” in Paris or home in the Provinces of France, perhaps as a future retirement home or for now as investment property rented part of the year…this power-packed two-day conference is a MUST.

Hosted by Adrian Leeds, long time resident of Paris, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly E-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for the International Law Partnership, London, these two days in Paris will point you in the right direction to make it really happen!

For more information or to register, visit frenchpropertyconference or email Schuyler Hoffman, Conference Coordinator, at

Aimée Leduc Readings

September 15, 2008, 7-9 pm
Aimée Leduc (Cara Black) in Conversation with Terrance Gelenter
A discussion of the origins and inspirations for the eight novels in her series savored by Sara Paretsky and Alan Furst who describes it as “Transcendentally, seductively, irresistibly French”
Hotel Madison
143 Boulevard Saint Germain
75006 Paris
Metro: Saint-Germain-des-Près
Tickets: 25 Euros complimentary appetizers, no-host bar
Reservations: or 06-7098-1368

September 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Writers on Writing
The American Library in Paris
10, rue du General-Camou
75007 Paris
Metro: Ecole Militaire

September 25, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Murder in Paris Discussion
The Red Wheelbarrow
22, rue Saint Paul
75004 Paris
Metro: Saint-Paul

September 29, 2008 at 10 am
“On the afternoon before Rosh Hashanah the San Francisco author shares the Marais experiences and venues that echo the Holocaust and informed her first Aimée Leduc investigation and launched her series of
murders by arrondissements.:
Where: The Marais, Paris
Tickets: 150 euros Walking Tour of the Marais
Reservations: or 06-7098-1368

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

Rue Nobel is one of Montmartre’s most charming streets and staircases — the romantic Montmartre we now know as depicted in the popular movie “Amélie Poulain.”

On the third floor of an elegant “pierre-de-taille” building with an elevator, on a quiet stair-stepped street in Montmartre, with no through traffic or hint of noise, sits “La Bonne Nobel.” Completely renovated in late 2007, this gem is bright, shiny and luxuriously comfortable. Every surface and corner of the apartment has been exquisitely decorated in soothing tones of pale blues, beiges and soft browns.

Reserve now! Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/nobel.html
or email:

Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris…

The next gathering is September 9, 2008 and every second Tuesday of the month.

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

Join Us for the Rentree Party Picnic!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
Join us for the Conversation Group and then meet there to picnic on Sandwiches, Desserts, Wine and Drinks — 10€

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