With An Eye And A Lens On Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Notre Dame, Paris, 1953

With an Eye and a Lens on Paris

International Living’s
Paris Property Picks
Published by Parler Paris
A Friday Peek at this Week’s Best Paris Picks

Portfolio #35

Friday, August 6, 2004
Paris, France


Own Your Own Little Piece of France…

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

“Henri Cartier-Bresson, who used his tiny, hand-held 35-millimeter Leica camera to bear humane witness to many of the 20th century’s biggest events, from the Spanish Civil War to the German occupation of France to the partition of India to the Chinese revolution to the French student uprisings of 1968, died on Tuesday at his home in Southwest France. He was 95.” New York Times, August 4, 2004, By Michael Kimmelman

Before I stepped foot on Paris soil for the first time, the preconceived notions I had about Paris and France came from the images I had been exposed to that had made an impact on me. Those images were photographs taken by some of the world’s most renowned masters of the lens — the Atgets, Doisneaus, Boubats, Brassaïs, Lartigues and Cartier-Bressons who captured France in “the decisive moment,” the term that has come to be associated with Cartier-Bresson.

There may be no place on earth more photographed than Paris. She’s the most visited place on the planet, so it falls in reason she should be the most caught in eternity by every visitor’s digital camera, not to mention those who have turned the craft of photography into an art form. I still carry my camera everywhere I go, and don’t give a hoot that I might look like a tourist. There is simply something worth recording at almost every turn.

I am forever indebted to those who had the insight and talent to transmit what they saw as Paris to those of us who hadn’t set eyes on her before — so we could dream of seeing her for ourselves…then later tasting her buttery flavors, feeling her cool mists, smelling her warm aromas, hearing her romantic sounds…and living in the shadows of her beautifully harmonious architecture.

Today, in memory of Henri Cartier-Bresson, I offer you properties in Paris where you can hang your hat backdropped by the scenes most caught on film by some of the world’s greatest photographers.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. We’ve added some new and fabulous short-term rentals to the roster, so be sure to make your next stay in Paris more like home by renting an apartment, instead of staying in the cramped space of a hotel — Visit /parlerparis/apartments and… my own apartment is available for rent September 4 – 14 while I’m in Washington, DC for the Living and Investing in France Conference. Write me for more information at: [email protected]


Each week Paris Property Picks 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 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 /frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
or contact Jocelyn Carnegie at [email protected]


Four-room duplex of 165 m² on the Ile Saint-Louis on the last floor of at 17th century building of good standing, balconies and unobstructed views of paris.

Asking Price: 1,829,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee





Five-room 135 m² apartment on Place des Victoires in a beautiful pierre de taille building of good standing on the 3rd floor with an elevator, a large marble entry, salon and dining room with parquet flooring, three bedrooms, bath, toilet, kitchen and the possibility of another bedroom.

Asking Price: 820,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee



Five-room 150 m² magnificent apartment on the Quai de Seine in a classified building. Double reception, spacious library, two bedrooms with the possibility of three, wood beams, fireplace, parquet flooring, cellar, service.

Asking Price: 2,750,000 Euros + 2%
Finder’s Fee


Five-room 115 m² apartment two steps from the Quai de Seine with a view of Notre Dame, sunny, double salon, parquet flooring, fireplaces, needs work.

Asking Price: 770,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee





Six-room 210 m² apartment directly on the Champ de Mars with four bedrooms, four baths, balcony, parking and exceptional views.

Asking Price: 2,500,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee


* Further resources:

* Many people don’t have the time nor the resources to look for their own little piece of France, especially if they’re located in the States or other foreign country.

* Stay in your own luxury apartment while you’re here…

* Getting a mortgage in France is easier than you think.


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