The Pleasures Of Bountiful Burgundy


The Pleasures of Bountiful Burgundy

One of the Most Historic Canals in the World

French Property Insider
Thursday, June 10, 2004

Paris, France
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Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,

This week we’re focusing our issue on the region of Bourgogne (Burgundy), a region we quickly associate with some of the world’s finest wines, wonderful gastronomy (Boeuf Bourguignon, Escargot de Bourgogne), and beautiful canals and rivers.

The history of the region is fascinating, dating back to Paleolithic era and the Middle Ages. There area many magnificent buildings, scores of Romanesque churches and illustrious vineyards. The more mountainous area of Burgundy is perfect for walking, sailing and rafting, the gentler slopes of the Bresse perfect for cycling tours.

The many trout streams and lakes are perfect for fishermen. Riding, rock climbing, pot-holing, micro-lighting and ballooning are equally prevalent. The Burgundy Canal is more than 300 kms long making it a wonderful travel destination for barge cruises. Crossing Burgundy from the north to the south, the canal unites the river Seine to the Rhone.

Within a two hours drive from Paris you can be in heart of Bourgogne. The TGV (Train Grande Vitesse) is just 1 hour 37 minutes from Paris to Dijon…making it an easy weekend retreat for Parisians. Bourgogne consists of four departments: Cte-d’Or (21), Nivre (58), Sane-et-Loire (71) and Yonne (89).

Franco-American actress Leslie Caron (star of “Gigi,” “American in Paris,” “Father Goose” and most recently “Le Divorce”) owns a lovely auberge called “La Lucarne aux Chouettes” (The Owl’s Nest) in Villeneuve-sur-Yonne…renowned for fine wines and dining and elegant accommodations decorated by Ms. Caron herself (online at http://www.lesliecaron-auberge.com/).

Poet and author Jeffrey Greene chooses to live in Burgundy — he, his wife, and mother moved into an 18th-century stone-built presbytery in Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses about ten years ago and “lived” to tell the tales of its renovation and becoming a part of the community in Rogny. Scroll down for a poignant excerpt from his memoirs, “French Spirits.”

And, on a special note: we have discovered the French Property Insider is often a bit longer than our broadcast system allows. From time to time you may have received incomplete emailed issues with the last part cut off. To avoid this problem, beginning with next week you will receive a shortened version of the issue by email. We hope that this will be an improvement of service. We look forward to your comments regarding this change in format. (If you do not receive the full issue of today’s newsletter, please go to http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/currentissue.html)

A bientt,

 

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

P.S. There are a few seats remaining for the June 18 – 20 Working and Living in France Conference here in Paris. Now’s your chance to be a step ahead in making your dream to live or invest in France come true. Our property expert, Jocelyn Carnegie, will be able to show you properties in Paris after the conference should you be seriously interested in a Paris pied–terre of your own. For more information, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/wlif/wlif_home.html

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Volume II, Issue 24, June 10, 2004

In this issue:

* French Law Allows Property Loans to Foreigners
* The Scavenger Hunter, Part Three
* Avoiding the Traps When You Sign the Promesse de Vente
* French Spirits…Living the Life of a Burgundian
* What’s New in Burgundy from Maison de la France
* Three Days in June Can Change Your Life
* Spend September 11th in DC Talking About France!
* Currency Exchange Update
* Hot Property: An Old Country Estate in Burgundy
* Property For Sale: Beautiful Burgundian Homes
* Classified Advertising: Vacation Spots

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THE CREDIT FOR LAND PURCHASE IN FRANCE
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A foreign person who wants to purchase a real estate in France can be liable to ask for a loan. The request of a loan can be made in any bank. It can be a French or foreign bank located or not in France. If the borrower can fulfill the legal requirements, he will benefit of the provisions of the Law of 13th July 1979 (Scrivener Law). For its part, the bank will request a guaranteed commitment to reimbursement.

THE LAW APPLICABLE TO THE CREDIT FOR LAND PURCHASE

The law applicable to the loan contract is determined by the Rome Convention of 19th June 1980 on contractual obligations. Under this Convention, the parties (the borrower and the lender) choose the law applicable to the loan contract. According with article 4 1st and 4 2nd of this Convention, in the absence of a choice, when the lender is a bank, the loan contract is subject to the law where this bank has its activities (banks head office or branch). In practice, in most cases, the loan contracts specify the applicable law.

ENFORCEMENT OF SCRIVENER LAW

/> The provisions of the Scrivener Law define the conditions of information and protection of the borrower concerning real estate. This law disrupted the procedure of loan allocations.

The Scrivener Law applies when the law applicable to the loan contract is the French one. It can also apply when the law applicable to the contract is foreign. In this case, Scrivener Law will be applicable if the loan contract is intended to finance the purchase of a real estate located in France and if either the lender or the borrower is established in France. To guarantee the protection of the borrower, the main principles are as follows: to inform clearly and precisely the borrower and the guarantor about their financial commitments, the respect of a cooling off period and interdependency between the deed of sale and the loan contract.

THE OFFER OF CREDIT FOR LAND PURCHASE

According with the Scrivener Law, the credit contract is necessarily preceded by an offer, from the lender, to inform the borrower and the guarantors. The content of the offer is defined in article L.312-8 of Consumer Code.

The offer must mention the identity of the parties, the nature, purpose and procedures of the loan. It must also include a depreciation schedule detailing, for each due date, the payment breakdown between capital and interest, the amount of credit likely to be granted, its rates.

As well as, an evaluation of their cost, the stipulations, the insurances and valuable or personal securities required conditioning the conclusion of the loan. The offer must refer to the provisions of article L. 312-10 of Consumer Code. In pursuance of this article, the lender must maintain the stated terms of the loan offer for a minimum of thirty days from the receipt of it by the borrower.

THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE OFFER

The offer must be accepted by each of the borrowers and guarantors. The borrowers and guarantors can only accept the offer ten days after receiving it. The legislator instituted this compulsory decision period to protect the borrower against himself. The starting point of this period is the day after the receipt of the offer. The acceptance of the offer can only be given the eleventh day of the decision period. If the borrower accepts the offer before the end of the compulsory decision period, the acceptance cant be effective and the loan contract becomes null.

SURETIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOAN: GUARANTEE

This type of surety is also known as a “deposit.” A personal surety is the undertaking made by an individual or legal entity other than the borrower to reimburse the loan for and on behalf of the borrower in the event of the borrowers default.

Individuals who stand surety are generally friends or relations of the borrower, the commitment being so great that it will be, in most cases, dissuasive for persons who have no emotional bond with the borrower. In principle, this kind of deposit is free, although nothing prevents the person standing surety from requesting financial compensation for it.

Sureties are also offered by legal entities acting as professionals in this line of business. Their offer of surety is remunerated. They receive a commission on a percentage basis throughout the period of the loan.

SURETIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOAN: PERSONAL RISK INSURANCE

Generally, banks require the borrower to take an insurance in respect of personal risks, such as death, permanent or temporary invalidity, or unemployment. The borrower subscribes to a collective contract negotiated by the bank. The bank is the beneficiary of the insurance, so that in the event of occurrence of one of the insured risks, the insurer will pay the bank as creditor the amount outstanding on the loan capital, or will take on the liability of making the monthly repayments for a certain period in the event of temporary invalidity or unemployment.

SURETIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOAN: MORTGAGE

Mortgage is a real right over immovable assets encumbered for the payment of a debt (the loan) for the benefit of the creditor (the lender).

Mortgage follows the immovable assets into whatever hand they pass. In the event of default by the borrower, mortgage permits the lender to take the immovable assets over and have them sold, and to get paid form the proceeds by preference to the other creditors.

In France, notaries have a monopoly on the establishment of mortgage instruments. The registration of mortgage about an immovable asset located in France is subject to French law. If the real estate is located in France, the mortgage instrument cant be established out of France, even by a foreign notary. This rule is applicable even if the loan contract was established out of France or is subject to a foreign law.

SURETIES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LOAN: “LENDERS LIEN” (“PRIVILGE DE PRTEUR DE DENIERS”)

A lenders lien is a right conferred by the nature of the claim upon the lender to be preferred to other creditors, even mortgagees : This lien is a real right over the purchased asset.

This lenders lien is a particularity of French Law it doesnt exist out of France. Contrary to a mortgage, which is a contract, the lenders lien is a creation of law. Therefore, it can only exist if the loan contract is subject to French Law and if the loan was granted to purchase a real estate located in France.

THE FORM OF THE LOAN CONTRACT

If the loan contract is no accompanied by a mortgage, it can be a simple contract under private signature, generally in the premises of the bank.

If a mortgage or a lien is necessary, the loan contract will be drawn up by a French notary.

Editor’s Note: The IL Paris Office works with a variety of lenders in France who can simply and easily provide a mortgage on your property purchase. Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/loan for more information (make use of the Mortgage Calculator to help you estimate your monthly payments, or contact the lenders we recommend).

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ONE MANS TRASH IS ANOTHER MANS TREASURE
THE PARISIAN SCAVENGER: 3RD EPISODE

By Porter Scott

UPSCALE SCAVENGING

For those of you who were thoroughly disgusted by the last two episodes about my filthy scavenging in the streets of Paris, I offer you a more upscale version of the same behavior that may incline you to regard me and my activities in a more salubrious manner.

First of all, any good antique dealer is nothing more than a high end scavenger, someone who goes around the flea markets, antique fairs, and junk filled ‘brocantes’ (rummage sales) seeking out treasures amongst the overwhelming display of mostly mediocre merchandise. He or she hones his or her visual acuity in order to rapidly cut through the garbage and spot the jewel in hiding — like finding a diamond in the sand. An antique dealer must also be adept at recognizing opportunities for finding goods elsewhere as well.

When someone dies, when someone needs cash, or when someone moves,
these are all opportunities for finding antiques off-the-beaten-track. At traditional “watering holes,” where all the antique dealers go, the pickings can be slim due to the competition. There is, however, one essential difference between an antique dealer and a scavenger. Any blue blooded scavenger who remains true to his breed does not pay for one damned thing. No, he takes what he can get and then he cuts and runs.

One of these rare opportunities presented itself last week, and the Parisian Scavenger struck again!

Forever ready, I accompanied Jocelyn Carnegie, our Property Search specialist, to what could be called his small chteau near Fontainebleau; which unfortunately, he is selling — that is to say, unfortunately for him.

Fortunately for me, he has a lot of stuff to get rid of stored in outbuildings. He kindly offered to let me have what I wanted. The sale of his property does not include the piles of old doors, ancient flooring materials, pieces of wood paneling, etc. that have accumulated over the years in the forgotten corners of his estate. We spent several hours digging through the materials, sorting and picking what would be worth taking. I loaded up my car with a small portion of what we set aside, and I am planning to return with a truck to get the rest.

Now you may be wondering just what I plan to do with all of these bits and pieces of this and that I have picked up in my Parisian peregrinations. And frankly speaking, I cannot say what in the hell I am going to do with it all at this point in time. My wife has given up hope that we will ever lead a normal life and each time she sees me arrive with another load of stuff, she asks “Now where are you going to put that?” Good question.

No matter, the point is not to know how you are going to use something nor where you are going to store it. What is important is to build up a stock of items that you can then draw upon when you are renovating property or creating a dcor. Furthermore, I have always managed to find another space in my barn or one of my various basements to store my treasures. I am now brimming with stock — so much so that I have forgotten a lot of what I have. But that’s the fun of rummaging around in your own barn, you rediscover so many treasures. And they are already yours!

So, high-end scavenging can be rewarding, provided you have a place to put the stuff. The most memorable high-end treasure trove I ever found was most likely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

About two years ago, I had an antique/architect client from Australia here who was buying goods for a dream house that he designed for one of his clients. He needed all types of antique building materials: doors, windows, mantles, flooring, entrance gates, and on and on. Through my network, I came upon a supplier who mentioned someone else he knew in the city of Chartres who was trying to sell a very large double entrance door for a courtyard. I checked out the source and discovered much more than the magnificent set of 18th-century entrance doors I had heard about. It was an entire multi-leveled warehouse chock full of doors, windows, wooden paneling, decorative items, entrance gates, and so many other odds and ends that it would be impossible to list them.

Three generations of masons, who had specialized in historical renovation in Chartres, had accumulated a vast stock of the above mentioned antique architectural elements coming from the various projects they had worked on over the years. The third generation mason had just retired and he wanted to turn the warehouse into his residence; but first he had to get rid of all of the ‘junk’ cluttering up the space. All he hoped to do was to at least sell the entrance doors. The rest he would throw away.

When I took my Australian client there, he recognized the storehouse as another Ali Baba cavern and shrewdly offered a modest lump sum for everything in the warehouse on condition that he could pick and choose what he wanted to ship back to Australia. To make a long story short, the retired mason was so happy to have sold and gotten rid of around half of everything in the warehouse he let me scavenge through the remaining items.

A few days later, I rented a truck, put my wife and two children in beside me, and headed off to Chartres, where we spent the day loading up on some of the most fabulous decorative elements that I have ever found — all for free. Woe is me! A scavenger I be…

Editor’s Note: Porter Scott is IL’s Property Rentals Manager. For more information on how to get the best return on your investment of a rental property in Paris, rent your Paris apartment or renovate and maintain it, do not hesitate to contact Porter Scott at mailto:fpi@adrianleeds.com

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THE TRAPS TO AVOID WITH THE PRELIMINARY CONTRACT (LA PROMESSE DE VENTE)

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WHAT YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE THE SIGNATURE OF A MUTUAL AGREEMENT

According to article 1589 of Civil code: “A promise of sale is equivalent to a sale, when there is mutual consent of both parties on the matter of the thing and the price.”

The mutual agreement generates rights and obligations that the purchaser must know before hes signing this deed, even if the transfer of property of the asset is postponed to the day of the signature of the authentic deed.

RIGHT TO RETRACT OR COOLING-OFF PERIOD

Since 1st June 2001 the non professional purchaser of a dwelling house, benefits of an option of retraction if the preliminary contract is concluded under private signature, or of a cooling-off period if the preliminary contract is concluded by an authentic instrument. During this period, any down payment is forbidden.

RIGHT OF RETRACTION

The non professional purchaser can retract within seven days from the following day of the first presentation of the letter signifying the contract. This rule provision applies to the instruments under private signature which the matter is the construction or purchase of a building used for accommodation.
The contract is signified by a recorded-delivery letter or by any other kind of method with the same guarantees for the determination of the date of receipt or delivery.

COOLING-OFF PERIOD

A cooling-off period is allowed when the preliminary contract must be established as the authentic deed. The contract must not be immediately signed by the parties. The notary must send the deed to the purchaser which has seven days period to think and indicate if he gives up the purchase.

REMITTANCE OF FUNDS TO THE VENDOR

In principle, the selling price of an immovable property should never be paid to the seller before the registration of
the deed of sale in the Mortgage Registry and the delivery of a certificate attesting that there is no registration of mortgage superior to the amount of the price. In fact, before this publication, if the purchaser has delivered the price to the vendor, he risks to pay a second time or to abandon the asset if the mortgages exercise their indefeasible right pertaining to the mortgaged estate. In practice, to avoid these risks to the purchaser, he doesnt pay the selling price directly to the vendor. But he deposits the amount to the notary. Then, the notary can pay the vendor if the certificate doesnt reveal any registration of mortgage superior to the amount of the price.

SWIFT TRANSFER

Checks made out in euros and drawn in foreign countries or made out in foreign currency take on important risks: long and uncertain cashing periods, very long refusal periods in some countries, non guarantee of payment (risks of non cashing). In some countries, the legislation in force doesnt protect very well the payee of a check. Its the address of the cleared bank which determines the legislation applicable for the payment of the chouse. To avoid these risks, French notaries use SWIFT transfers to receive funds from foreign countries. SWIFT system uses a bank telecommunications network on a world scale. To receive a SWIFT transfer, the French notary will beforehand communicate to his correspondent:

— his name, capacity, name of his office (and, if its necessary, the reference of the operation)
— the SWIFT references of the bank in which the funds will
be transferred and his IBAN (International Banking Account Number).
With this information the bank of the purchaser will be able to transfer the funds.

WHO PAYS THE COSTS ?

According to article 1593 of Civil code “the costs of instruments and other accessory to a sale shall be charged to the purchaser.”
The costs of article 1593 of Civil code are the necessary costs for the deed of sale.

Essentially, they include the costs for the drawing up of the deed, the remuneration of the Mortgage Registrar etc.

On the other hand, the expenses that the purchaser advances for the redemption of a mortgage are payable by the vendor.

If the seller advances the costs, he has a right to ask the reimbursement to the purchaser.

According to article 1715 of General Tax Code, the taxpayer of the property tax is the one who is the owner on the 1st January. On January the first, the owner is the debtor of the entire tax. This principle is also applicable to residence tax (“taxe dhabitation”).

However, regarding of property tax, the parties can agree on a different dispatching of this tax. But these agreements will just have effect between the purchaser and the seller. These agreements are not opposable to the tax authorities, which, in all cases, will collect the tax from the person who is the owner on January the first.

EASEMENTS

An easement is a burden imposed upon a property, build or not (servient tenement), for the benefit of another property belonging to another owner (dominant tenement).

In the deed of sale, its often stipulated that the purchaser will benefit of the easements if the asset is a dominant tenement and he will bear the open or hidden easements if the asset is a servient tenement.

The purchaser will not have action against the vendor. The vendor must declare the easements created by him or the easements that he let create on the assets.

The town planning information document will reveal if easements exist which are the result of town planning rules. The preliminary contract is generally concluded subject to a suspensive condition that the town planning information document will not reveal easements which can affect the substance or the value of the asset.

WARRANTY AGAINST OBVIOUS DEFECTS

When the object of the sale is a building to be erected, the purchaser can be protected by the warranty against obvious (or visible) defects.
The concept of visible construction defects applies to any failure in workmanship, whatsoever, discernible by an uninitiated observer.
According to article 1642-1 of Civil code — the seller of a building to be erected may not be discharge, either before approval of the works, or before the expiry of a period of one month after the vesting of the purchaser into possession, for defects of construction then patent.”

During one month after the purchaser has taken possession, he must use the period made available to draw attention to all visible defects that may have come to his notice, under the terms of contract, and which he may not have been aware of at the time of the handing over of the keys. After the one month period, the vendor is no longer liable for obvious defects.

If obvious defects exist, the purchaser has a choice: he can give back the asset and ask the repayment of the price or keep the asset and ask the repayment of a part of the price.

If the vendor repairs the defect, there is no need to invalidate the contract or reduce the price.

WARRANTY AGAINST HIDDEN DEFECTS

The articles 1641 at 1649 of Civil code prescribe the warranty against hidden defects.

The vendor must warrant against hidden defects in the thing sold which makes it unfit for the use of which it is intended, or which so impair this use that the purchaser would not have acquired it, or would only have paid a lower price, if he had known them.

This warranty is applicable to all kind of sale and notably to the sale of real estates.

If the legal requirements of articles 1641 and following of Civil code are fulfilled, the purchaser has a specific action which object is to warrant him against hidden defects.

However, the purchaser must act rapidly and according to a particular proceeding. If all the conditions of the action for hidden defects are fulfilled, the purchaser can obtain, according to his choice, whether the annihilation of the contract or a reduction of the selling price. The vendor is liable to these penalties even if hes in good faith. The purchaser can also ask the restoration of the building or its replacement.

REGULATION RELATING TO HEALTH

LEAD POISONING PREVENTING MEASURES

According to article L. 1334-5 of Public Health Code (“Code de la sant publique”), a certificate relating to the risks of accessibility to lead is appended to the unilateral undertaking to sell or purchase, to the deed realizing the sale of a building used even in part to accommodation, build before 1948 and situated within a zone subject to lead poisoning hazards. This certificate must be established since less than one year before the date of the unilateral undertaking to sell or to purchase or of the deed of sale.

If the certificate is not appended to these deeds, no exoneration clause of warranty against hidden defects can be stipulated for defects relating to the accessibility to lead.

ASBESTOS REGULATIONS

According to a decree of 7th February 1996, the owners of buildings (except for the detached houses) build before 1st July 1997 must, subject to penalty in case of default, search the presence of asbestos in products

or materials and carry out, possibly, to a periodic control, to a supervision by a registered professional or to appropriate works. The deadline to make these controls expired the 31st December 1999. If, at the time of signature of the preliminary contract, this control hasnt been made, a suspensive condition specifying that the control doesnt reveal the presence of asbestos must be inserted.

A certificate revealing the presence or, possibly, the absence of asbestos in materials or products in the building must be appended to the unilateral undertaking to sell or to purchase and to any contract concluding the sale of some kinds of buildings. Without this appended certificate, no exoneration clause of warranty against hidden defects can be stipulated for the defects relating to the presence of asbestos in these elements of the building.

TERMITES

A Law of 8th June 1999 lays down to the owners of buildings located in an area contaminated, or open to be contaminated, particular obligations. The owners must provide a parasitical certificate established before less than three months, or warrant the purchaser for the hidden defects of presence of termites, without possibility for them to insert an exoneration clause. This parasitical certificate, established by an expert, identifies the building and indicates the places checked in the building and the ones not checked, the infested elements by termites or which have been in the past and the ones which are not, the date and the place of its drawing up.

INFORMATION ABOUT SEWERAGE

A Law of 3rd January 1992 enacts that the cities must create technical control services for the non collective sewer system before the 31st December 2005. According to the Board of Works, its in the interest of the vendor to provide the reports delivered by the technical control services for non collective sewer system (“Services Publics dAssainissement Non Collectif”).

The vendor has no obligation to inform the purchaser, but if he does, the non warranty clause will be effective.

For the collective sewer systems, no obligation forces the vendor to inform the purchaser. However, the non warranty clause has been turned down without information about the connecting to the sanitary sewer or about the drinking water system.

In other respects, the vendor is under a general obligation to inform the purchaser if the latter cant get information by his own.
Finally, its in the interest of the vendor of a building located in a city which created a technical control service for the non collective sewer system, to inform the purchaser of the possibly failure of his connecting pipe to the sanitary sewer if the city informed him of the existence of such a problem.

EXPENSES OF CONDOMINIUM (OR CO-OWNERSHIP): “CHARGES DE COPROPRIT”

Since 1st January 2002, the “charges de coproprit” are based on the obligatory distinction between the current expenses and the expenses for works done.

Article 14-1 of Law of 10 July 1965 defines the current expenses: they are expenses “of maintenance, operation and administration of the common parts and of the common equipment of the building.”
These expenses are the occasion to establish a provisional budget submitted annually to the vote of the co-owners which the general meeting must take place six months after the last day of the previous accounting period. According to the new article 14-2 of Law of 10 July 1965, work expenses are not included in the provisional budget.” These expenses must be examined on an ad hoc basis. For each expense the general meeting will define and fix the execution and financing methods.

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FRENCH SPIRITS: A HOUSE, A VILLAGE AND A LOVE AFFAIR WITH BURGUNDY

By Jeffrey Greene (Harperperennial 2003)

Introduction by Adrian Leeds

Poet, author and friend, Jeffrey Greene, first introduced me to his family home in Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses in the mid 90′s not long after he, his mother and wife had moved into what once had been an 18th-century presbytery in the heart of Bourgogne. It is a stoic stone house with a large back yard and garden next to the church on the hill overlooking the entire town and canal.

A few years later, Greene published his memoirs — “a magical tale of their odyssey to become not just homeowners but Burgundians.” In lush, lyrical prose, he recalls their experiences in turning the 300-year-old stone house into their cozy nest in the countryside. This is not a Peter Mayle tale, but is a much more textured feast for the senses, particularly for those who dream of the idyllic life in La France Profonde.


In this issue of FPI, Greene offers us an excerpt from the chapter called “The Presbytery”:

Our final destination was Chagny in Burgundy’s Sane-et-Loire, a region that Mary taught me to love. Its gentle hills slope south and east with the world’s most precious vineyards of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Among the manicured rows of vines, small stone villages appear, each with a simple Romanesque tower.

Mary and I had been coming to Burgundy since we met in 1986, and at least once a year we recklessly spend two nights at Lameloise, a three-star restaurant with a hotel. Mary knew the family from the time that they ran a small one-star restaurant that had a twenty-five-franc menu-escargots, coq au vin la borguignonne, and a dessert that promised to be just as light as the preceding dishes. She and Boris Ephrussi, Mary’s former mate, would spend evenings indulging in the traditional Burgundian cooking and walking through Chagny’s long evenings frenetic with swallows.

I’ve seen pictures of Boris, tall, almost condorlike, receiving medals from the French Academy of Sciences or young and serious-his intensity an anomaly in the drawer full of our vacation photographs. Because he spent the late part of World War II planning air raids for the RAF, two other scientists followed up on some of his findings on the “one gene and one enzyme” theory to claim what Boris considered his Nobel Prize. Boris died from a mysterious ailment reminiscent of Tolstoy’s Ivan Ilyich’s. I can’t help but think in awe of them-Boris, the old-world intellectual and charmer, the surviving relic of one of Europe’s grimmest centuries, embittered at the end, and Mary, a fresh, energetic American, decades younger, held under his spell, her love a mixture of forces. The pleasures of Burgundy were theirs. Mary introduced me to them.

Lameloise is not just a three-star restaurant and luxury hotel; it’s a conspiracy. You might imagine pretensions, airs of extravagance, hints of aristocratic elegance, but instead you are invited to notice perfections as if they just naturally occur there, from the flower arrangements to the light, brilliant Volna

y, from the escargots in ravioli speckled with truffles to the meticulously selected and cured fromage de chvre of the region, from the surprise in a cabbage leaf beside the pigeonneau rti to the charlotte aux poires. Meanwhile, Monsieur Daniel, the matre d’htel who over the years has personally assumed responsibility for our culinary education, passes on names and addresses of small viticulteurs, as if we were involved in espionage.

On Mary’s request for the latest intelligence, Monsieur Daniel responded without hesitation, “Maurice card’s Savigny-les-Beaune, Jean Boillot’s Volnay, or Ren Gras-Boisson’s Saint-Roman or Meursault. These might interest you this year, Madame.” On his next pass by the table, he left a card with the information written out. It was also Monsieur Daniel who said, “Tout en tant cher, c’est bon march.” While a meal at Lameloise is expensive, it is at the same time a bargain. Just our kind of logic. At some point Jacques Lameloise will appear to explain the dishes we have eaten as if their essence were simply a matter of chemistry; the experiment can never be verified at home.

Before we go up to our room, the patronne, Madame Lameloise, fills us in on the family dramas and triumphs that have transpired over the year. After such an evening we can’t help feeling that we belong to the place. No one is more contented with the Lameloise conspiracy than our little dog Christabel, who has a special fondness for large beds and rooms with couches and cushy rugs, particularly after days grilling on the hot, dusty roads in Hungary and being rattled by storms in Alsace.


Editor’s Note: For more information about “French Spirits” and author Jeffrey Greene, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/books/booksaboutfrance.html

 

 

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Rediscover Burgundys Royal Heritage on the Route des Ducs de Bourgogne

The Route des Ducs de Bourgogne is a walk through Frances aristocratic history, with chteaux, villages, museums and abbeys. Each site is deeply rooted in the regions culture. From medieval strongholds to princely palaces, the number of monuments in Burgundy is astonishing. The members of the Route des Ducs de Bourgogne open their doors to visitors who want a better look at the regions spectacular past.

To read more: http://us.franceguide.com/magazine/article.asp?idc=12451& 

For more information on these and other monuments on the Route des Ducs de Bourgogne, visit http://www.routedesducs.com call +33 (0)3 80 97 03 58 or email contact@routedesducs.com.

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Dijon, The Capital of Burgundy, is a City Steeped in History

Dijon, former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, is a town steeped in history, proud heir to a rich architectural legacy. Lying at the gates of the famous vineyards of the Cte de Nuits, Dijon is one of the glories of the French gastronomic tradition, known throughout the world for its mustard, black currant liqueur and gingerbread. It is also a university town, a business and cultural center boasting a wide and varied choice of hotels, an auditorium and extensive reception facilities capable of hosting all kinds of events. All of these assets make it an ideal vacation spot.

To read more: http://www.mailperf.com/r2.asp?gv1=SouthKsXrUn3OcVp3i

Dijon is a city well worth exploring. For more information, visit the Dijon Tourism website at http://www.dijon-tourism.com call +33 (0)3 80 44 11 44 or email info@dijon-tourisme.com

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Beaune, the Burgundy Wine Capital, Host of the Saint Vincent Tournante in January 2005

A rich and magnificent land counting for the greatest number of Premiers Crus in Burgundy, Beaune will be where todays winegrowers meet to celebrate their traditions and the passion they share for their profession.

To read more: http://us.franceguide.com/magazine/article.asp?idc=12453&

A committee presided over by Mr. Henri Cauvard has set up a number of commissions to oversee the festival. For more information, contact the Beaune Office of Tourisme at +33(0) 3 80 26 21 30 or contacts@ot-beaune.fr

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UPCOMING INTERNATIONAL LIVING PARIS OFFICE CONFERENCES

Mark your calendar for the upcoming exciting conferences sponsored by the International Living Paris Office! 

Working and Living in France
June 18 – 20, 2004
Paris, France

http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/wlif/wlif_home.html

If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France or starting a new life in Paris, this power-packed conference is a MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, director and editor of the Parler Paris newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known experts in the fields of:

Obtaining the Right to Be in France
Learning the Language
Bridging the Cultural Differences
Making the Move
Earning a Living
Starting a Business
Minimizing Your Tax Liability
Finding, Buying and Owning Property
Renting You

r Property for Profit
Renovating Your Property
Learning About the Leaseback Program
Getting a Mortgage
Health Care and Insurance
Smart Offshore Investments

Take a Private Tour of the City Hall of Paris!
Have Cocktails and Dinner with Thirza Vallois! (Open to Everyone!)
Plus take the Survival French Workshop with Elisabeth Crochard! (Open to Everyone!)

If you’d like to know more about the conference or reserve your place, email Schuyler Hoffman, info@adrianleeds.com/parlerparis
 


Living and Investing in France
September 10 – 12, 2004
Washington, DC

http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/LIF_DC/LIF_DC_home.html
Have a Special Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris Past, Present and Future with Internationally Acclaimed Author and Historian Thirza Vallois! Saturday, September 11, 2004

Optional Activities (Open to the Public):

Special Walking Tour of French-Speaking DC with Kirsten Keppel
Monday, September 13, 2004, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Savor the elegant flavor of DC’s famous Kalorama District as you discover the history behind the Ambassadors’ residences, private art galleries, and embassies of DC’s French-speaking world.

Read more about the walking tour:
http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/LIF_DC/LIF_DC_walking_tour.html

Reservations and information: If you’d like to know more about the conference or reserve your place, email Schuyler Hoffman info@adrianleeds.com/parlerparis


Working and Living in France
November 2004
Languedoc-Rousssillon, France

http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/index.html

 

 

** The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop
June 17 – 20, 2004
Chicago, Illinois
http://www.thetravelwriterslife.com/workshop/pp/

If you’d like to join us at any of these, drop us an email at info@adrianleeds.com/parlerparis and we’ll be sure to email you as soon as we have more information. Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/index.html

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TODAY’S CURRENCY UPDATE

A service of http://www.xe.com/
Subscribe for free at: http://www.xe.com/cus/

Rates as of   2004.06.10 14:36:50 GMT.

1 U.S. Dollar equals 0.827796 Euros ( 0.826014 Euros last week)
1 Euros equals 1.20803 U.S. Dollars (1.21063 Dollars last week)

1 U.K. Pound equals 1.51389 Euros (1.49893 Euros last week)
1 Euro equals 0.660549 U.K. Pounds (0.667142 Pounds last week)

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SEEKING A MORTGAGE IN FRANCE?

The International Living Paris Office can help you secure a mortgage
in France with interest rates as low as 3.35%.

Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/loan for more
information or contact us

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FOR SALE: FPI HOT PROPERTY OF THE WEEK

We are constantly looking at properties for sale to offer to our
subscribers only. Each week we will be bringing you one or two
properties we believe are especially worth your consideration. As a
subscriber, you will have an exclusive first look at these.

Properties sell very quickly in Paris. The best way to find the
apartment or home of your dreams is to allow us to do a preliminary
search before your arrival so that you visit only the best of the
properties and can make a decision quickly.

To learn more about our property search services, visit: http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.htm

*** OLD COUNTRY ESTATE IN CTE-D’OR DEPARTMENT 21


Asking price: 641,500 Euro

General information:
Era: 1850
Number of rooms 11
Habitable space 435 m
Living room 35 m
Number of bedrooms NA
Kitchen Equipped
Bathroom NA

Additional information:
Park 75000 m
Basement None
Garage Yes


** FPI PROPERTY LISTINGS – FOR SALE

* 21340-AUBIGNY LA RONCE, REGION NOLAY, CTE-D’OR DEPARTMENT 21

General information:
Number of rooms 5
Habitable space 220 m
Living room 40 m
Number of bedrooms
Kitchen NA
Bathroo

m NA
Lot size 7760 m

Asking Price: 265,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee



 
* 71510-ST SERNIN DU PLAIN, DHEUNE, SANE-ET-LOIRE DEPARTMENT 71

General information:
Number of rooms 9
Habitable space 163 m
Living room 40 m
Number of bedrooms 6
Kitchen NA
Bathroom NA
Lot size 2563 m
Exposure: South

Asking Price: 295,700 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


* 17TH AND 18TH-CENTURY MANOIR AND ESTATE, NIVRE DEPARTMENT 58

Asking price: 570,000 Euro

General information:
Number of rooms 9
Habitable space 300 m
Living room 35 m
Number of bedrooms 6
Kitchen Simple
Bathroom 1
Lot size 300000 m
Exposure: Southwest


Asking Price: + 2% Finder’s Fee
 

* ELEVEN-ROOM VILLA ON WOODED LOT, YONNE DEPARTMENT 89

General information:
Number of rooms 11
Habitable space 267 m
Living room 25 m
Number of bedrooms 6
Kitchen NA
Bathroom 1
Lot size 2708 m

Asking Price: 243,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee

 

The best way to find the home or apartment in France of your dreams is to designate a time to be here to do a proper search. For more information about our property search services visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html and for serious inquiries regarding these properties click here to email Jocelyn Carnegie, French Property Consultant: fpi@adrianleeds.com

*** PARIS NOTAIRES’ AUCTIONS
http://www.encheres-paris.com

Next session June 22, 2004, 1 p.m.
Notaires de Paris
Place du Chtelet
12 avenue Victoria
75001

Additional information on Les ventes aux Enchres des Notaires can be found on the website at
http://www.encheres-paris.com/ (in French, though the site has a button for an English
version, it doesn’t work reliably well).

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

Available:

2004-14-04
4 rooms 78,5 m
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 180,000 Euros
Deposit: 36,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-05
2 rooms 39,4 m lou
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 45,000 Euros
Deposit: 9,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-06
4 rooms
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 185,000 Euros
Deposit: 37,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-07
2 rooms
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 80,000 Euros
Deposit: 16,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-08
4 rooms 77,3 m
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 185,000 Euros
Deposit: 37,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-09
2 rooms 40 m
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 80,000 Euros
Deposit: 16,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-10
4 rooms 76,8 m
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 185,000 Euros
Deposit: 37,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-11
2 rooms 39,6 m
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 80,000 Euros
Deposit: 16,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien
2004-14-12
2 rooms 27,2 m lou
26 place Denfert Rochereau
75014 PARIS 14th
Starting Bid: 40,000 Euros
Deposit: 8,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-15
6 rooms 125,6 m lou + 2 locaux de service
27 rue de la Bienfaisance
75008 PARIS 8th
Starting Bid: 442,000 Euros
Deposit: 88 400,00 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-16
2 rooms 48,5 m + Box
65 boulevard du Commandant Charcot
92206 NEUILLY SUR SEINE
Starting Bid: 190,000 Euros
Deposit: 38,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-17
4/5 rooms duplex 135,65 m + cour-jardin
6 square Henry Pat
75016 PARIS 16th
Starting Bid: 534,000 Euros
Deposit: 106 800,00 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-18
2 rooms 31,6 m
20 passage Cardinet
75017 PARIS 17th
Starting Bid: 70,000 Euros
Deposit: 14,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-14-21
5 rooms 125,8 m lou
31 boulevard Voltaire
75011 PARIS 11th
Starting Bid: 280,000 Euros
Deposit: 56,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

2004-15-01
7 rooms 206,59 m + Jardin, terrasse et garage
1 avenue Junot
Rsidence Le Moulin de la Galette
75018 PARIS 18th
Starting Bid: 1 250,000 Euros
Deposit: 250,000 Euros Accder la fiche de ce bien

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PARLER PARIS APRES MIDI

EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.                                    NEXT MEETING: July 13th, 2004 

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.

LOCATION:
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Mtro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, Rpublique or Arts et Mtiers
For a detail description of the past meeting and for more information
about Parler Paris Aprs Midi, visit:
http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apresmidi.html

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INSIDER PARIS GUIDES DISCOUNT FOR FPI SUBSCRIBERS

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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RENTING AN APARTMENT IN PARIS OR HAVE AN APARTMENT TO RENT?

If you are seeking to rent a furnished apartment for a week, a month or a year or you have an apartment you wish to rent, contact Adrian Leeds

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FPI CONFERENCE CALLS 

http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/confcallinstr.cfm

As an FPI subscriber, we offer you special access to our time and knowledge with our own quarterly conference calls. The next scheduled conference call is Sunday, July 11th at 8 p.m. Paris time, 2 p.m. Eastern time. Mark your calendars now, but don’t worry, we’ll give you plenty of advance notice.

Discussion Topic: INVESTING IN THE FRENCH LEASEBACK “SCHEME”

Conference Date: Sunday, July 11th, 2004
Conference Time: 2pm EST, 8 p.m. Paris time

*** To listen to the last conference call of April 18th, click here: http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/184.mp3

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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

- FPI Website: To access any password protected pages, the username is: fpiuser and the password is: paris1802. 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.

- Past issues of FPI are available on the website. You will find the “Past Issues” link on the left under “Subscribers Only” or by going to http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/archives.cfm

- To receive your free French Leaseback Report or the Paris Property Report, click on http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/reports2003.cfm and download the pdf versions.

- Instructions for upcoming conference calls are on the FPI website. You’ll find the link under the “Subscribers Only” section on the left of any page.

- Get In On The Discussion: Care to weigh-in on current HOT topics of discussion on France? Get in on or start your own thread on our bulletin board at http://www.agora-inc.com/forums/index.cfm?cfapp=15

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING

==APARTMENT RENTAL==

For rent by the week or longer

Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same building. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equiped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
 

Complete information and photos at http://www.youlloveparis.com

 

 


==APARTMENT RENTAL==

SPECIAL IL LUXURY PARIS APARTMENT RENTAL SPECIAL BARGAINS 

* 20, rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6th arrondissement, just down the street from the world famous Poilne bakery. Mtro: St. Sulpice. 45 square meters: bedroom, bath with tub/shower, kitchen, dining room and living room area with trundle bed (2 twins). Fully and elegantly furnished. Cable TV. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Decor composed of 18th century oak panelling. 2 flights up.

Last Minute Bargain Price: 150 Euros a night.

AVAILABLE JUNE 23RD UNTIL JUNE 26TH
AVAILABLE JULY 8TH UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST

* 23, rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement. Mtro: Odeon

45 square meters: bedroom, bath with tub/shower, kitchen & dining area, living room with bedcouch. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Cable TV. Beautiful restored stone wall, beams, charm of 17th century building. 3 flights up, no elevator.

Last Minute Bargain Price: 150 Euros per night.

AVAILABLE JULY 20TH UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST

* 41, rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement. Mtro Odeon

40 square meters: bedroom, bathroom with shower. Kitchen. Dining/Living room with bedcouch. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Cable TV. Restored interior brick wall. 2 flights up with elevator.

Last Minute Bargain Price: 155 Euros per night.

AVA

ILABLE JUNE 17TH UNTIL JUNE 24TH
AVAILABLE JUNE 28TH UNTIL JULY 3RD
AVAILABLE AUGUST 18TH UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST

To book any of these apartments, contact Porter Scott at fpi@adrianleeds.com

==SEASIDE VACATION APARTMENT RENTAL== 

Monte Carlo Seaside: a dream flat with a dream view on 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.

May to June*: 600 euros per week
July to September: 800 euros per week

*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

or contact FPI_Monte-Carlo and ask for the French Property Insider Special Offer.

==LONG TERM APARTMENT RENTAL==

 In the heart of the Marais on rue de Turenne: 115 m2 on an “tage noble” of a Htel Particulier, 5 rooms, furnished, including large salon, large bedroom with beautiful false marble motif and “parquet de Versailles” floor, full kitchen including washer/dryer, dining room with one full-wall hand-painted Greek/Turkish expressionist motif, full bathroom in green marble. Central heating. High ceilings. Ample bookshelves. All amenities. Available for long-term rental. 2950 Euros per month.

Contact Sam Okoshken, email SHOFrance@compuserve.com


 

==PROVENCE VACATION HOME RENTAL==

Make this exquisite contemporary private residence your home away from home while vacationing in Provence this spring or summer. Paradise for the person who appreciates fine esthetics, this restored farm house dating as far back as 1682 is in the heart of Provence in the green setting of over seven acres of olive and chestnut trees, terraces and gardens with a private pool. “La Vernatelle” is less than 20 minutes from Saint Tropez, but nestled in the forest of La Garde Freinet en Provence. Three bedrooms, four baths, seven terraces, a chimney, a large mezzanine for reading and lounging overlooking the main living area, pool and much, much more! Read more about La Vernatelle… http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/lavernatelle.html

2,975 Euro per Week

To reserve or for more information, contact: AmmonMoore@aol.com

==APARTMENT RENTAL==
Elegant, Tasteful, Calm at Saint-Germain-des-Prs, 6th arrondissement, one bedroom apartment, sleeps 4. Amenities: Fireplace, Phone, Cable TV, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer & Dryer, Bathtub with Shower.

For more information, visit:
http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/scott.html or contact FPI_Cherche_Midi_Rental

==APARTMENT RENTAL== 

 

Stay in your own 17th-century pied–terre in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prs, Paris, by the week or month. Sleeps 4. Newly furnished and redecorated. Totally charming. From $150 per night.

Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/mazarine.html

or contact Porter Scott at Mazarine

 


==APARTMENT RENTAL==

Guest Room or Two-Bedroom Apartment Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter apartment two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is in or for up to 4 people when she’s traveling.

The Guest Room is offered at 525 Euros per week (75 Euros per day, 200 Euros deposit deposit required). The Entire Apartment when available is offered at 875 Euros per week (125 Euros per day, 350 Euros deposit required). References are required.

Pictures and more details available at http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
For information and reservations email: ABL_Apartment

==APARTMENT RENTALS==

See More Apartment Rentals At: http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/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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