The Top Ten Best Addresses in Paris

The Top Ten Best Addresses in Paris

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

It was a big shock. I waited Monday night at midnight in front of my Web cam for Erica to log on to Skype so the co-op board could grill me ‘virtually.’ But no, just three board members sauntered in, took 15 minutes to ask a handful of questions of my daughter and it was a done deal…she and I are soon to be proud owners of a studio apartment in the West Village with a perfect view of the Empire State Building.

It’s almost as good as having a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower. Never mind. The closing is planned to be on her 23rd birthday, October 1. Not bad for a kid who grew up in Paris considered to be a “double American” — with both parents American transplants.

With the current turn of economic events Stateside, the investment feels a bit like skating on thin ice, but an article on Monday about how the collapse of a couple of financial giants affects the New York housing market had this to say:

“However, any downturn in prices is likely to be met with an influx of foreign buyers, taking advantage of the weak U.S. dollar, real estate agents say. Wealthy buyers from Italy, Russia and Great Britain in particular have snapped up properties in recent months, taking advantage of their strong currency compared with the U.S. dollar.”

That’s us. That’s what’s funny. We’re foreign buyers. And we took advantage of the strong euro, not to mention the equity built in our Paris properties. If it weren’t for those, a New York “pied-à-terre” would never have been possible.

We’re not worried — those of us with Eiffel Tower views — because Paris just continues to remain a strong market with increases still hovering at about 10% annually. The economy will likely soften a bit, but with the U.S. dollar strengthening, Americans will have more buying power. The Russians and Italians are coming in with suitcases of cash (each for different reasons), and buying up quite substantial properties with their extravagant tastes and proud heritages.

No matter what, the key is purchasing the RIGHT property. You know what they say: “Location, location, location.” It couldn’t be truer. If you can afford it, then don’t buy ‘off of center,’ otherwise you increase the investment risk.

Paris will always be Paris, like New York will always be New York. And most of Paris, like most of New York City, is considered “center.” Still, there are better districts, better addresses than others, and these are the prime property players.

The ten best addresses in Paris, in my opinion? In this order:

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1. Place des Vosges, 4th

6. Le Marais
(depends where!), 3rd and 4th

2. Place Dauphine, 1st

7. Along the Champ des Mars, 7th

3. Place Furstenberg, 6th

8. Palais Royal, 1st

4. Ile Saint-Louis, 4th

9. Almost Anywhere Along the Seine,
1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

5. Saint-Germain-des-Prés, 6th
(depends where!)

10. Parc Monceau, 8th

Where would you want to hang your “chapeau”?

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

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P.P.S. Be sure to take advantage of the 25th edition of the “Journées du Patrimoine” this weekend, September 20 and 21, when the entire country honors the cultural contributions made to the heritage of France by opening the doors and gates of monuments, museums, archeological sites, buildings, parks and gardens to the public. Plan your program of visits by visiting the site at, or call

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Absentee Ballots for Americans

Every Wednesday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Brentanos Bookshop
37, avenue de l’Opéra 75002

Every Saturday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company
37, rue de la Bûcherie 75005

Every Sunday, 12 noon to 3 p.m. for “Brunch and Ballots”
Breakfast in America
17, rue des Ecoles 75002
Metro: Cardinal-Lemoine, Maubert-Mutualité

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This October, Your Paris Dream Could Come True…

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

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The next gathering is October 14, 2008* and every second Tuesday of the month.

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Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

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Join Us for the Rentree Party Picnic!

Saturday, September 20, 2008
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Normal price 125€, but you pay only 100€!

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

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