Perhaps We Could Make Paris Perfect?

“Beauty on the River” by Erica Simone

Perhaps We Could Make Paris Perfect?

Parler Paris…

Your taste of life in Paris and France
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Paris, France

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Have a Share in a Pied-à-Terre on the Ile Saint-Louis!

This is your opportunity to own one portion of 42 square-meter (475 square feet) loft on the romantic Ile Saint-Louis for less than 100,000€!

Located at lucky 11 Quai de Bourbon, in the heart of Paris and on Paris’ chicest island, this bright, quiet and charming penthouse apartment has a fireplace, mezzanine with 18th-century exposed wood beam ceiling, skylight, is fully furnished and equipped with a separate kitchen and spacious bathroom. You will lavish in its old-world charm and gently hear the bells of Notre Dame chime in the background, while enjoying the benefits of your investment.

This offering is made by an individual who has rented the apartment for years and has a special opportunity to purchase the property, sharing it with a select group of four or five other owners.

This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss if you have even the slightest desire to own your own pied-à-terre in Paris and make an important investment in the strong and getting stronger euro.

Do not delay to contact the organizer or the available one or two shares will be gone fast! Email K. Sheaffer at
[email protected] for more information and be sure to tell her Adrian sent you.

Dear Parler Paris Reader,

My daughter arrived from New York yesterday to spend two months in Paris and travel in Europe before moving into her West Village apartment scheduled to close early June. It was the first time she had seen the transformation of the apartment in which she grew up — a coming of age of what I fondly called the decor as “Early Divorced.”

She was duly impressed and couldn’t wait to unpack her trusty photographic gear to record it for posterity in a manner she thinks it deserves, noting that the shimmery couch would make a perfect spot for fashion shoots! Uh oh. I can see it now — “Hotel Leeds” is about to become “Studio Simone!” Help!

Walking to dinner last night with her and an old friend and colleague who has been visiting (Hotel Leeds) for the past two weeks, she exclaimed, “Yeah! I’m in Paris!” Even though she knows New York is where she needs to be to jumpstart her career, Paris is still home and will always be the perfect antidote to New York. She loves New York, but says it’s necessary to balance life with quieter, more elegant, more beautiful, more romantic Paris.

Who can argue? The regular visits of friends helps keep us from becoming too jaded…too habitually used to the beauty that surrounds us at every turn. They see the city with virgin eyes and illuminate the details we may have lost in the process of living here day after day. When you’ve been in Paris as long — now more than 13 years, it’s easy to think of this lifestyle and soft-toned backdrop as totally normal — what everyone must be experiencing.

But, we know that’s not true. And not everyone would be happy fighting Paris weather (never leave home without your umbrella or sunglasses) or maneuvering the French administration (nothing could be more cumbersome and frustrating!). We, who endure it, have traded these imperfections for what seems like a richer existence.

It’s difficult to describe what that means. The beaut

y alone makes life richer, but so do the endlessly fascinating relationships we make, the overabundance of cultural things to do, the profundity of all things French that would take a lifetime to discover…and we never get enough of.

While my friend and colleague, Marcia Mazria, has been here, who is a long time resident of Los Angeles, we compared notes: Paris-L.A.-Paris. Two cities couldn’t be more different. She lives near the ocean and loves the warm breezes. It’s a part of the California lifestyle I duly miss — the sun, the surf, the warmth, the casual viewpoint on life…

If only we could import a bit of that to Paris, perhaps we could make it perfect. Or would it really?

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris


P.S. We’re going to be on House Hunters International! See the episode “Settling Down in Paris”: “Angela and Ben met in 2003 when they lived in Los Angeles working for the same clothing company. Now, the two are engaged to be married. When Ben started receiving frequent overseas work, the company believed he’d be more valuable in Paris, so they happily relocated. They immediately moved into a cozy rental in the 17th district near the Arc de Triomphe and started to explore the different neighborhoods of Paris. The pair is now ready to take the big leap and purchase an apartment to stay for good. Property consultant Adrian Leeds is enlisted to help.” AIR TIMES: April 04, 2008 10:30 PM ET/PT, April 05, 2008 2:30 AM ET/PT, May 05, 2008 11:00 PM ET/PT, May 06, 2008 3:00 AM ET/PT. Visit for more information.

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This Week in French Property Insider…

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For more information visit /frenchproperty/insider or email [email protected]

“The Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop”
W with Lori Allen and the AWAI
July 24-26, 2008
San Francisco, CA

This summer, spend three fun days with the folks from the American Writers and Artists, Inc. in San Francisco and discover the secrets to traveling the world, potentially for free by getting paid as a travel writer.

It’s true. Lots of writers do it. This is your chance to rub shoulders with some of the best writers and editors in the business and discover first-hand how to turn your traveling into royalties or paychecks, and see the world in a different way than as an ordinary tourist.

Register by June 24, 2008, and save $300!

To register for the Ultimate Travel Writer’s Workshop call Terry Frank at (202) 370-6459 EST or toll-free at (866) 415-1425 or email her at: [email protected]

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Insider Paris Guides are written for people who love the City of Light. You’ll get a Paris insider perspective on Good Value Restaurants… Making a Life… Black Culture… Expat Writers…plus the newest guide, Practical Paris!


Email: [email protected]

Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.


One-Bedroom, Sleeps up to 4

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

Reserve now! Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/aubergine.html
or email: [email protected]


Parler Paris Après Midi

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

The next gathering is April 8, 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

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