Casual Living in the "Banlieue"– Visinet le Pecq (FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY) October 13, 2005, Paris, France ================================ Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber, Next week I’ll be writing you from San Francisco, where the Living and Investing in France Conference takes place. For those of you who haven’t registered yet, there are still places for you to take advantage of three days of information that would normally take you months in France to achieve. San Francisco is a little further than the "banlieue" of Paris which is today’s primary topic. It’s not often that we consider living outside Paris with the exception of La France Profonde and the provinces. But the banlieue deserves a look now that the high prices of Paris are driving Parisians to bigger, greener spaces outside the "Périférique" for the price of the central Paris property they sold. We’ve chosen only four to consider out of the dozens there are within easy reach of Paris by RER or Métro. We’re also taking a look at the Haussmann era and Haussmannian architecture…the pros and cons — a subject we’ll be talking about during the conference and over dinner, thanks to Leonard Pitt’s presentation from his book "Paris Disparu." Sunday, we are manning our stand at the Welcome to France Fair sponsored by Expatica.com. If you’re in Paris at the time, don’t miss this opportunity to stop by and say hello. We’re at booth #1 just as you enter. A bientôt… Adrian Leeds P.S. Only a few days left…and as a special thank you to our readers, we are EXTENDING the discount of $150 off every conference or seminar registration to all subscribers of Parler Paris, French Property Insider and clients of John Howell & Co. on the upcoming October Living and Investing in France Conference and Invest in France Seminar. Living and Investing in France Conference Invest in France Seminar ================================ Volume III, Issue 40, October 13, 2005 The Best of the Banlieue
The Best of the Banlieue
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In this issue:
* The Haussmannization of Paris
* Paris: Old and New
* Share Your Paris…and Get Published!
* Meeting and Greeting in Paris
* Expatica "Welcome to France" this Sunday
* Save Money on Currency Transfers
* Register Now for Upcoming Conferences
* Complete Relocation Solutions from FPI
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* Next Parler Paris Après-Midi: November 8
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By Adrian Leeds and Lynda Sydney
Casual Living in the "Banlieue"– Visinet le Pecq
(FOR SUBSCRIBERS ONLY)
October 13, 2005, Paris, France
Bonjour French Property Insider Subscriber,
Next week I’ll be writing you from San Francisco, where the Living and Investing in France Conference takes place. For those of you who haven’t registered yet, there are still places for you to take advantage of three days of information that would normally take you months in France to achieve.
San Francisco is a little further than the "banlieue" of Paris which is today’s primary topic. It’s not often that we consider living outside Paris with the exception of La France Profonde and the provinces. But the banlieue deserves a look now that the high prices of Paris are driving Parisians to bigger, greener spaces outside the "Périférique" for the price of the central Paris property they sold. We’ve chosen only four to consider out of the dozens there are within easy reach of Paris by RER or Métro.
We’re also taking a look at the Haussmann era and Haussmannian architecture…the pros and cons — a subject we’ll be talking about during the conference and over dinner, thanks to Leonard Pitt’s presentation from his book "Paris Disparu."
Sunday, we are manning our stand at the Welcome to France Fair sponsored by Expatica.com. If you’re in Paris at the time, don’t miss this opportunity to stop by and say hello. We’re at booth #1 just as you enter.
P.S. Only a few days left…and as a special thank you to our readers, we are EXTENDING the discount of $150 off every conference or seminar registration to all subscribers of Parler Paris, French Property Insider and clients of John Howell & Co. on the upcoming October Living and Investing in France Conference and Invest in France Seminar.
Living and Investing in France Conference
Invest in France Seminar
Volume III, Issue 40, October 13, 2005
The Best of the Banlieue
I’m a city girl. To me, living on the other side of the "Périférique" is comparable to living in another country. Having the world at my fingertips; everything within walking distance is more my style. Even taking the Métro is too much trouble.
But, I’m not like everyone. There’s a compromise…they say…and it’s in the "banlieue" — living in the suburbs of Paris where one can be connected by the RATP transport system to the center of the city in a matter of minutes, but have more space and particularly green space, often for less expense.
My daughter lives in Brooklyn just one subway stop from Manhattan where rents are less. She loves it because she has lots more space and she still gets a kick from seeing the skyline of Manhattan as she enters it on the el train. Her city friends are loathe to visit her in Brooklyn because they say: " We don’t do rivers!" Parisians may not be too different, but as property prices have risen in central Paris, Parisians are moving in the droves to the outer edges of the city where their new profits from Paris property sales are buying more bang for the buck in the banlieue. With it, the banlieue is growing up, too — getting pricier by the moment and more desirable to live in.
Here’s a recount of our four favorites, although there is an abundance of areas that could easily be home, happily. Lynda Sydney has taken the basics pluses (and minuses) to provide a comparison:
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Métro: Corentin-Celton and Mairie-d’Issy (line 12)
RER: Issy-Val de Seine and Issy Ville (line C)
Bus: 10 lines
7.2% increase in property prices in one year
43.8ha of green space
Why go there?
Médiathèque. With 180,000 works, CDs, DVDs, BDs… Médiathèque offers sessions of "café philos" and "café science. It is equipped with good data processing equipment and WI-FI access.
33, rue du Gouverneur-Général-Félix-Eboué, 01.41.23.80.69
Musée français de la Carte à jouer. An unusual museum — an heir of the thirties, it offers a collection of playing cards for those who are passionate about card games, and the city of Issy continues to gather new ones to add. The result is a surprising exhibition.
16, rue Auguste-Gervais, 01.41.23.83.60
La Manufacture. This old tobacco factory is home to a restaurant "éponyme," with a reputation that surpasses the local. The cuisine is traditional and excellent, with menus starting at 30 euros.
20, esplanade de la Manufacture, 01.40.93.08.98, closed Saturday noon and Sunday.
Métro: Porte-d’Ivry, Pierre-Curie and Marie-d’Ivry (line 7)
RER: Ivry-sur-Seine (line C)
Bus: 6 lines
18.8% increase in property prices in one year
Why go there?
Le parquet des Rouges et Noirs. The Ivry handball team has been at the top of this sport since the sixties. Formerly of the Val-de-Marne, this team has won the championship of the 1st division of France seven times. And with the European cup in their sights, this team promises to heat up many evenings at the gymnasium Delaune.
Gymnase Delaune, 16, rue Robespierre.
Le Picardie. Well anchored in the cultural and military tradition of Ivry, this café restaurant is full of ideas. Each month, it hosts and exhibition, "café philos" and one or two evenings a week, parties complete with French songs.
1, rue, Pierre-Brossolette, 01.46.72.19.77
Le théâtre Antoine-Vitez. Songs, dance, theatre, tales, circus, mime, plays for children — thanks to this conventional setting you will never be bored.
1, rue Simon-Dereure, 01.46.70.21.55
Métro: Porte-de-Montreuil, Robespierre, Croix-de-Chavaux, Mairie-de-Montreuil (line 9)
Bus: 12 lines
Why go there?
Folies d’encre. Independence, rigor, eclectism: the Folies d’encre (which means ink) booksellers are defending an vision of the book that is off the beaten path. Opened in 2003 in the popular district of Croix-de-Chavaux, this shop in Montreuil departs from the rules. One tip: if you don’t know what to read, ask the advice of Thomas, one of the librairians.
9, avenue de la Résistance, 01.49.20.80.00
Les Noveaux Robinsons. It is difficult to pass by this well-known bio supermarket in the east of Paris. One can find everything there: food, clothing, housewares, body care products, all at prices that are not to high for bio goods.
49, rue Raspail, 01.49.88.70.44
Métro: Gabriel-Péri-Asnières-Gennevilliers (line 13)
RER: des Grésillons (line C)
Bus: 13 lines
20.1% increase in property prices in one year
32ha of green space
Why go there?
The Dog Cemetery is a local curiosity. It was created in 1899 by Marguerite Durand, comedian and journalist who loved animals.
4, Pont de Clichy, 01.40.86.21.11
Le Fleuve. It has been said that in Asnières the banks of the Seine are lovely, and now there is a second "coastal" restaurant. Le Fleuve boasts an innovative kitchen: the chef uses local culinary traditions as a starting point, and mixes them on the plate. Very good with a pleasant ambiance and not too expensive.
5, quai Aulagnier, 01.40.86.10.11, closed Saturday and Sunday.
Van Gogh. Located on the Island Robinson, beside the Seine, Van Gogh refers to the painter’s stay there. When one sits at the table in this very refined restaurant, one immediately has the feeling of embarking on a cruise of the Seine. One note of caution: while it is very good, it is also extremely expensive.
2, quai Aulagnier, 01.47.91.05.10, closed Saturday and Sunday.
Georges-Eugène, Baron Haussmann (March 27, 1809 – January 11, 1891) was a French civic planner whose name is associated with the rebuilding of Paris. He was born in that city of a Protestant family, German in origin. Avenue de la Grande Armée, one of Haussmann’s twelve grand avenues radiating from the Arc de Triomphe. La Défense and the Grande Arche (the hollow white cube) can be seen on the horizon. Enlarge Avenue de la Grande Armée, one of Haussmann’s twelve grand avenues radiating from the Arc de Triomphe. La Défense and the Grande Arche (the hollow white cube) can be seen on the horizon.
He was educated
at the College Henri IV, and subsequently studied law, a
ttending simultaneously the classes at the Paris conservatoire of music, for he was a good musician. He became sous-préfet of Nérac in 1830, and advanced rapidly in the civil service until in 1853 he was chosen by Persigny prefect of the Seine département in succession to Jean Jacques Berger, who hesitated to incur the vast expenses of the imperial schemes for the embellishment of Paris. Haussmann would remain in this post until 1870.
Commissioned by Napoleon III to instigate a program of planning reforms in Paris, Haussmann laid out the Bois de Boulogne, and made extensive improvements in the smaller parks. The gardens of the Luxembourg Palace (Luxembourg Garden) were cut down to allow of the formation of new streets, and the Boulevard de Sebastopol, the southern half of which is now the Boulevard St Michel, was driven through a populous district. Additional, sweeping changes made wide "boulevards" of hitherto narrow streets. A new water supply, a gigantic system of sewers, new bridges, the opera, and other public buildings, the inclusion of outlying districts – these were among the new prefect’s achievements, accomplished by the aid of a bold handling of the public funds which called forth Jules Ferry’s indictment, Les Comptes fantastiques de Haussmann, in 1867. (A play on words between contes, stories or tales – as in Les Contes d’Hoffmann or Tales of Hoffmann, and comptes, accounts.)
A loan of 250 million francs was sanctioned for the city of Paris in 1865, and another of 260 million in 1869. These sums represented only part of his financial schemes, which led to his dismissal by the government of Émile Ollivier. After the fall of the Empire he spent about a year abroad, but he re-entered public life in 1877, when he became Bonapartist deputy for Ajaccio.
His work had destroyed much of the medieval city. It is estimated that he transformed 60% of Paris’ buildings. Notably, he redesigned the Place de l’Etoile, and created long avenues giving perspectives on monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Opera Garnier.
Haussmann had been made senator in 1857, member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1867, and grand cross of the Legion of Honour in 1862. He died in Paris and is buried in Le Cimetière Père Lachaise, Paris. His name is preserved in the Boulevard Haussmann. His later years were occupied with the preparation of his Mémoires (3 vols., 1890-1893).
Haussmann’s plan for Paris
‘Between the Revolution of 1789 and Haussmann’s renovation in the 1860′s, ideals changed from those of a politically motivated city to those of an economically and socially centered city. Modern technology such as railroads and gas lamps were conveniences which the rising bourgeoisie could enjoy in their leisurely lifestyle. New spaces that were created during the renovation encouraged the bourgeoisie to flaunt their new wealth, creating a booming economy. All of these examples of the changes occurring in Paris during this time period can be seen in representations of the city.’ ‘There are two views of Baron Haussmann: One depicts him as the man who destroyed Old Paris, and the other as the man who created New Paris.’
Baron Georges Eugene Haussmann (1809-1892) was hired by Napoleon III on June 22, 1853 to "modernize" Paris. He hoped in hiring Haussmann that Paris could be molded into a city with safer streets, better housing, more sanitary, hospitable, shopper friendly communities, better traffic flow, and streets too broad for rebels to build barricades across them and where coherent battalions and artillery could circulate easily if need be. Haussmann accomplished much this by tearing up many of the old, twisting streets and rundown apartment houses, and replacing them with the wide, tree-lined boulevards and expansive gardens which Paris is famous for today.
Haussmann the Hero
"How ugly Paris seems after a year’s absence. How one chokes in these dark, narrow and dank corridors that we like to call the streets of Paris! One would think that one was in a subterranean city, that’s how heavy is the atmosphere, how profound is the darkness!" -the Vicomte de Launay, 1838,(as quoted in Rice, p 9) Historian Shelley Rice, in her book "Parisian Views" says that "most Parisians during [the first half of the nineteenth century] perceived [the streets] as dirty, crowded, and unhealthy . . . Covered with mud and makeshift shanties, damp and fetid, filled with the signs of poverty as well as the signs of garbage and waste left there by the inadequate and faulty sewer system…" (p 9). For these people, Haussmann was performing a much needed service to the city and to France.
Haussmann the Destroyer of Paris
Because of Haussmannization, the 1860′s was a time of intense revolt in Paris. Many Parisians were troubled by the destruction of ‘old roots’. Historian Robert Herbert says that ‘the impressionist movement depicted this loss of connection in such paintings as Manet’s "Bar at Folies," 1882. The subject of the painting is talking to a man, seen in the mirror behind her, but seems unengaged. According to Herbert, this is a symptom of living in Paris at this time: the citizens became detached from one another The continuous destruction of physical Paris led to a destruction of social Paris as well’. Haussmann was also criticized for the great cost of his project. Napoléon III fired Haussmann on January 5, 1870 in order to improve his own flagging popularity.
By Adrian Leeds
Baron Haussmann has been depicted as both the man who destroyed Old Paris and the man who created New Paris. Leonard Pitt, author of "Paris Disparu," is passionate in his belief that Haussmann was more destructive than productive.
(Pitt will be expounding on this subject with a slide presentation on October 22nd in San Francisco at the Living and Investing in France Conference. Seats at the three course dinner and to hear him speak are still av
lable to non-conference attendees. Visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/parlerparis/liveinfrance/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html for more information and to book your table.)
Tomes have been written on this subject and the argument can easily flow in either direction, but regardless, of whether you see him one light or the other, there is no denying that what we think of as Paris of today is largely the broad strokes of Baron Haussmann. He is directly responsible the design, composition and structure of the "pierre de taille" apartment buildings that line the boulevards and broad streets of most of the city.
"Haussmannian" buildings have a very particular style, as evidenced in Eric Tolbert’s photo of a Paris fireman climbing into a balconied window. Notice the symmetrical lines, the cut stone, the intricate wrought-iron balconies. From this vantage point, you can see the "chambres de bonne" servants’ quarters under the eaves.
Haussmannian buildings follow a particular plan — are as consistent within their structures as the French are with their methodology. There is logic and order, symmetry and harmony, but not without style. They are elegant and stately, massive and unwavering.
Normally five to seven levels, many families of different types can easily live under the same roof in very different spaces. The ground level serves commercial purposes and often houses the "gardien" or "concièrge" who looks after the building, delivers the mail to its inhabitants, takes the big green "poubelles" to the street and back again. The first few floors are enhanced by balconies, the second of which may have a full length of balcony and is considered the "étage noble" — for the richest of families (enough distance from the street noise and pollution but without too many stairs to climb) and with the highest ceilings. The final floor under the roof houses the tiny servants’ quarters that lead to a back stairwell servicing the apartments via their kitchens. The rooms in a Haussmannian apartment are punctuated by carved molding, fireplaces, oak floors and sometimes, stained glass windows to lifeless "courettes."
The living spaces, however, largely no longer fit today’s lifestyle. We find that more often than not, a new owner will renovate to open the spaces, once sectioned into many small rooms, all connected to a central foyer or hall, but with poor flow among them. The kitchens were traditionally down a long hall, large and spacious for the servants, but inconvenient for today’s families that are carting their own plates to the table. The halls eat up valuable space and often serve no purpose. Bathrooms are fewer than one might expect in large apartments of more than two bedrooms and closet space is non-existent.
Eighteenth and 17th-century buildings that you find in Le Marais and older parts of the 5th and 6th, which were left in tact, have very different bone structure that can often accommodate larger living spaces that fit today’s lifetyles. This doesn’t mean that a Haussmannian apartment can’t be your dream pied-à-terre in Paris! I’ve seen many a beautiful 19th-century edifice transformed successfully into a contemporary space that serves a 21st-century purpose.
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Paris Meeting Places: Enjoying Anglophone Paris
By Adrian Leeds
Many who make the move to Paris promise themselves NOT to meet only people of their own nationality. I was one of those who thought that becoming Parisian meant having Parisian friends, immersing myself in the French community, speaking French more often than English and all in all, avoiding the American community.
Quickly I discovered this wasn’t necessarily the best approach to acclimate quickly to my new home. The support I gained from having new found friends who understood the issues and concerns I faced entering this new culture was invaluable to a successful transition. French friends weren’t able to provide that kind of support. And besides, with some luck, getting to know the others that share your dreams, you may meet the love of your life, your next bu
or just a friend to whom you can tell all your secrets. These are friends you will have for a lifetime – with whom you will have shared very important moments.
Paris is teeming with both "official" and "unofficial" meeting places for Anglophones. If you read the English language press, subscribe to online newsletters and just ask your friends, you’ll find more to fill your agenda than you have days in the week…
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Welcome to France October 16, 2005 Carrousel de Louvre Paris, France
At the Expatica Welcome to France fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized in expatriate services.
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Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.
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Entertainment program at the fair:
The Entertainment area is marked on the accompanying floor plan.
Please note: Seating for presentations/entertainment is on a first come first serve basis.
11:30 – 11:40 Opening
11:45 – 12:15 Improv comedy: "They eat frogs"
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12:30 – 1:00 Live Parisian: how to find, buy, and profit
from your dream apartment in Paris.
1:15 – 1:45 Reaching Your Full Potential in Paris
By Florence Beretta of Global Ease
2:00 – 2:30 Wine Tasting: Wine appreciation Technique
By Oliver Magny of O Chateau
2:45 – 3:15 Making the most of your Paris home: renovating
and decorating ideas for any budget
3:30 – 4:00 Improv comedy: "I Am Not A Tourist"
By the Improfessionals
4:15 – 4:45 Wine Tasting: Old World vs New World Wines
By Oliver Magny of O Chateau
5:00 – 5:30 Making the most of your short-term assignment in Paris
By Nathalie Nowack of Imfusio
5:35 – 5:50 Structuring your property purchase to minimize
By John Howell of John Howell & Co, Solicitors & International Lawyers.
The Improfessionals The Improfessionals are an international improvisational theatre troupe based in Paris. They perform regularly in English and offer a variety of shows ranging from short sketches to longer developed stories, such as sci-fi adventures or musicals. Audience suggestions shape the action in scenes where everything else — even the music — is created on the spot. This is theatre without a safety net!
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HOT PROPERTY PICKS: Banlieue Bargains
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
*** Issy-les Moulineaux, Town House, 6 rooms, approx. 140m²
This lovely town house has 6 rooms, including 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, living room, separate kitchen, terrace, parking space and fireplace.
Asking Price: 690,000 Euros + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
*** Ivry-sur-Seine, House, 4 rooms, approx. 218m²
Unique architect’s house on 3 levels contains three bedrooms, plus a terrace and cellar, on a 133m² lot.
Asking Price: 370,000 Euros + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
>*** Montreuil-sous-Bois, House
/villa, 6 rooms, 180m²
>*** Montreuil-sous-Bois, House
Ideal family home on three levels with a cellar. On the main floor is a large living room with a superb fireplace, plus kitchen, separate toilet. 3 bedrooms have beamed ceilings, large bathroom. Vast treed garden.
Asking Price: 470,000 Euros + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
*** Asnières-sur-Seine, 5 rooms, approx. approx. 79m²
A real coup de coeur! Cute house, ideal for a family. Living room with beamed ceilings, 3 bedrooms, cellar, lovely garden, 135m².
Asking Price: 399,000 Euros + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
Next sessions: October 18, 2005, 2 p.m.
Notaires de Paris
Place du Châtelet
12 avenue Victoria
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:
2 Rooms 36,43 m²
4 Rooms 69,7 m²
Studio 14,65 m²
Studio 36,4 m²
2 Rooms 50,7 m²
2 Rooms 40,40 m²
|Room 10,5 m²
35 rue Cléry
75002 PARIS 2nd
Opening Bid: 30,000 Euros
Deposit: 6,000 Euros
Room 10,4 m²
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Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety November 22 – 28, 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.
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