France's 18th-Century Nouvelle Orléans
Volume III, Issue 35,
It is impossible for me (and it seems for all of my American and French friends and colleagues) to ignore the overwhelming devastation left behind Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast and particularly New Orleans. There is a personal sentiment for me as I’ve watched my home town drown in the waters of the mighty Mississippi River and Lake Ponchartrain, feel empathy for the people I love lose their homes and their livelihoods and mourn those whose lives have been lost in the wake of this disaster.
The French have been particularly sympathetic — many of whom have traveled and vacationed to New Orleans, and of course, those who feel a sense of connection with the city that was founded by French explorers, governed by Napoleonic code and still bears French street names.
Last February, myself and our team of professionals held the Living and Investing in France Conference in New Orleans just following the festival of Mardi Gras. We arrived in the city a few days early to take advantage of the good times (as they say in “N’Awlins,” “Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler”). It was at that time that I saw the city from a new light, thinking how lovely it had matured since I had lived there long ago and how it was probably the one place in the US I’d feel comfortable returning to after living in France for so many years. Schuyler Hoffman, our Projects Manager and past editor of French Property Insider, felt such a strong attachment that he
was seriously considering moving there after that trip, but now of course, can’t consider it for a while, at least until it is safe.
Schuyler has a personal project to do more than just donate to the Red Cross, something on a more personal level. He is asking those who want to contribute and help others to donate what you can, even though he is not a non-profit organization. To read more about how you can help him and therefore help those in need in New Orleans, click here: http://www.schuylerconsulting.com/407301/helpfriends.htm If you prefer to donate directly to the Red Cross, click here: https://give.redcross.org/
Today, in honor of New Orleans, read New Orleans’ Stirring Story by
William Rees-Mogg and then be sure to move on to what concerns us…French property from an insider’s view. There’s much more in store for you below.
Editor, French Property Insider
Email: [email protected]
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Volume III, Issue 35, September 8, 2005
In this issue:
* Paris More Popular Than Ever Before
* Rent or Purchase? We’ll Keep You Wondering…
* The French Roots of Nouvelle Orléans
* Renovatingly Speaking
* “Welcome to France” Fair – Get Your Free Tickets
* Sleepless in Paris
* Rally Around Le Marais
* Upcoming Conferences
* On the Auction Block This Month
* Classified Advertising: Leeds Apartment and Short Term Apartment Rentals
Paris Tourist Numbers Up in First Half
The number o
f foreign tourist
s visiting Paris increased by 8.8% in the first half of the year, with most travelers coming from the United States, the Paris Tourism Office said recently.
After a decrease in U.S. visits in recent years, the number of Americans traveling to Paris was up by 17.2% compared with the first half of 2004. About 2 million Americans spent at least one night in Paris in the first half of 2005, according to the survey.
After Americans, the next highest numbers came from Britain, up 9.5%; Italy, up 2.1%; and Japan, up 4.8%.
The study predicted a significant rise in the number of visitors from the U.S. and Asian countries besides Japan over the next 10 years.
The most popular sight remained the Eiffel Tower, which received more than 700,000 visitors in July alone, the survey said.
Taking a Total Look at Renting vs Buying
By Adrian Leeds
For stays in Paris of five days or more, a furnished apartment turns a “tourist into a “visitor.” The moment you press the keys on the “digicode,” enter the stairwell, turn the funny looking French key in the lock and step into your private little world fully furnished, comfortable and lived-in, you are no longer a tourist, nor even a visitor at all — but a real Parisian, even if only for a few days or few weeks.
If your stay is short term — five days to one month — what you give up by staying in a hotel is often just the concierge service — the hotel personal who are there to answer your questions, summon a taxi, give you a wake-up call. What you gain is usually space, a kitchen and place to entertain, privacy and most importantly, that feeling that you “belong.”
Thanks to the Internet, short term rental agencies have blossomed from just a few to dozens. Run by a variety of different sorts of enterprises or individuals, they offer every sort of rental possibility and operate in many different ways. Your experience renting an apartment could depend mostly on the quality of the management along with the quality of the apartment itself. Prices vary greatly and in most cases, the old saying is true — you get what you pay for…
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New Orleans’ Stirring Story
Photos by Adrian Leeds
Colonial intrigues, Spanish noblemen and Jesuit priests all helped to create today’s beleaguered city
Like Quebec, New Orleans is a relic of France’s 18th-century empire in North America. In 1699, the French explorer, Pierre le Moyne D’Iberville, with his two brothers, began his exploration of the Mississippi Delta. He left a younger brother, Sanvolle, in command of a little fort at Biloxi, which was the first permanent European settlement in the territory.
In September 1715, Louis XIV died and the Duke of Orleans became regent for the infant Louis XV. A Scottish financier, John Law, of Lauriston, petitioned him to establish a national bank on the lines of the Bank of England. This was refused, but Law was given permission to establish a private bank, said to have been the first one established in France.
Law’s new bank had the power to issue notes. His notes proved more reliable than the depreciated French coinage, but they created a surge of paper credit. They were made legal tender for the payment of taxes.
Not content with creating a bank comparable to the Bank of England, Law went on to create a trading company comparable to the East Indian Company. He persuaded the regent to make over to his new Compagnie d’Occident the vast Louisiana territory covering the area of the modern United States that is drained by the Mississippi, Ohio and Missouri rivers.
The decree creating the company was passed in August 1717. Law’s financial system led to an inflationary boom with the usual issue of grandiose new projects. The Mississippi system survived until 1720, when inevitably it collapsed. (The failure was shortly followed by the collapse of the British South Sea bubble.)
One of the projects stimulated by the Mississippi boom was the creation of a new headquarters for the Southern Province. The third le Moyne brother, Bienville, thought that Biloxi was too difficult to access from the sea to be suitable. In 1718 he took a party of 50 to survey a possible site, an abandoned Indian village called Tchoutchouma. He ordered his men to clear the
ground and build houses
and named his new project New Orleans, in honour of the Duke of Orleans, the man who had authorized the whole Mississippi scheme.
In 1721, a Jesuit priest, Father François-Xavier de Charlevoix, visited the site of New Orleans and found that some initial progress had been made. He wrote of “a little village of about 100 cabins dotted here and there, with little attempted order, a large wooden warehouse in which I said Mass, a chapel in course of construction and two storehouses.”
The company had originally been opposed to Bienville’s site; they preferred Biloxi. However, when the company collapsed resistance to the New Orleans project seems to have collapsed with it. Bienville appointed an architect, Chevalier le Blond de la Tour, who was the chief engineer of the colony. He laid out the plans, which included a parish church close to the Mississippi River. This church was dedicated by Bienville to St Louis, the patron saint of France. In 1723 the headquarters moved from Biloxi to New Orleans; by 1725, the parish of New Orleans listed 600 families.
New Orleans has always retained a French influence, but strangely enough, the famous French Quarter is not really French. In 1763, at the end of the Seven Years’ War, France lost Canada to Britain, and the Louisiana territory was ceded to Spain.
On April 11, 1788, the old French city, which dated back to the time of de la Tour, was burnt in one of those great fires that destroyed early American cities. Nine hundred buildings were gutted, including the Church of St Louis. A new Spanish city was built, which is now old New Orleans. It seems mostly to have survived the hurricane, despite damage.
A Spanish nobleman, Don Andreas Almonaster y Roxas, who had made a great business fortune in New Orleans, gave $16,000 to build a beautiful new Cathedral of St Louis, a clergy house and a hospital. He also rebuilt the town hall, another two hospitals, buildings on either side of the cathedral, a boys’ school and a chapel for the Ursuline nuns.
How then did Napoleon come to sell Louisiana to the United States when France had not been the governing power since 1763? The answer lies in the Treaty of San Ildefonso of October 1, 1800, under which the Spanish King engaged to restore the Louisiana territories to France six months after certain conditions had been met. On April 30, 1803, by the Treaty of Paris Napoleon, sold Louisiana to the United States.
He had never taken full possession, partly because the Royal Navy was in the way. A French commissioner, Pierre de Laussat, however, reached New Orleans on March 26, 1803, to take possession of the territory in the name of France. He surrendered the colony to American commissioners punctually on April 30, having enjoyed nominal power for only five weeks.
There is a rather splendid postscript to this story of how New Orleans came to be built where it was, and how it became American. A year later, in March 1804, the Ursuline nuns wrote to Thomas Jefferson, the President who had bought Louisiana from Napoleon, requesting an Act of Congress that would guarantee their property and rights.
This site history tells us was a favorite location for many duels fought by hot blooded young blades in the romantic antebellum era of the South. Here, mostly young French and Spanish gentlemen settled their differences with swords and pistols. This was the field of satisfaction for wounded pride and honor.
Jefferson, who was a great president, replied: “The principles of the Constitution of the United States are a sure guaranty to you that it will be preserved to you sacred and inviolate and that your Institution will be permitted to govern itself without interference from the civil authority. Whatever diversity of shades may appear in the religious opinions of our fellow citizens, the charitable objects of your Institution cannot be of indifference to any; and its furtherance of the wholesome purpose by training up its young members in the way they should go, cannot fail to insure the patronage of the Government it is under. Be assured that it will meet with all the protection my office can give it.” Perhaps President Bush ought to have taken the same responsibility.
Speaking of Renovating
James Dixon, of James Dixon Design, will be speaking at the upcoming Invest in France Seminar at the Harvard Club of New York City on October 26th, 2005. Established in 1999, James Dixon Design is a full service architectural firm with offices in Chatham, New York specializing in high-end reside
and corporate design, with projects throughout the United States and Europe, including a particularly special project on the Ile Saint-Louis, Paris.
James Dixon holds a five year, professional Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Architectural History & Theory from the Architectural Association, London, is a Registered Architect, and member of the American Institute of Architects.
Current projects include:
* Renovation of a seventeenth century residence on the Ile St. Louis, Paris
* Additions to an early American farmhouse in the Hudson River Valley
* Conversion of a nineteenth century barn into a family recreation center
* Design of a new building at the A. Conger Goodyear House in Old Westbury, Long Island for the World Monuments Fund
* Apartment alteration, Fifth Avenue, New York City
* Restoration of the Historic Tilden Mansion, after severe fire damage
* Design for a pool house compound in South Kent, Connecticut
* Lobby Renovation, Carlyle House, New York
James Dixon, AIA, James Dixon Design
Registered Architect, 38 Main Street, Chatham, New York, 12037, (518) 392-6800, [email protected]
Get your tickets to the “Welcome to France Fair” today!
At the Expatica Welcome to France fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialised in expatriate services.
You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more.
Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.
Welcome to France October 16, 2005 Carrousel de Louvre Paris, France Tickets are FREE before September 16 if you sign-up online. Click here
Editor’s Note: Adrian Leeds of French Property Insider and John Howell of EuropeLaw.com will be at booth #17 during the fair. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
Paris by Night
By Adrian Leeds, Information Provided by Laurent Queige, Office de Tourism, Paris
After years of lobbying in favor of Paris by Night, after having obtained 500 supplemental taxis on the street of Paris over the next five years, the wait to extend the shutting-down of the Métro one hour from 1 a.m. to 2 p.m. if finally a reality. The city has obtained permission from the Syndicat des Transports d’Ile de France (STIF) to put this into practice in 2006 and to improve the nighttime bus service as of September 20, 2005.
Finally, Parisians will have public transportation all night long! The system now known as “Les Noctambus” will become “Les Noctiliens” like its counterpart, “Transiliens.” The buses will function every night from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. every 10 minutes during the weekend (instead of every 20 minutes) and the number of lines will be augmented from the current number of 15 to 35 serving all of Paris and the surrounding areas.
The biggest news of all is that passengers will no longer be obligated to reach the center of the city at station Châtelet to catch a nighttime bus, but will have “ring road” connecting the major train stations as major points (Gare de l’Est, Lyon, Montparnasse, St-Lazare) and 2000 stops to choose from.
The equipment is all new — comfortable sheltered stops with electronic waiting times indicated and lit for easy viewing and believe it or not, personnel on the stop to assist! The hip nighttime neighborhoods will be served best — Bastille, Bercy, Oberkampf, Canal Saint-Martin and La Villette — for nightclubbers and night workers. Another change is that no special RATP ticket is necessary — all forms of transportation tickets and cards (Imaginaire and Navigo) will be accepted.
It is a revolution in Paris public transport and it is predicted that this one change will permit an enormous economic growth in nighttime industries. Before long, Paris may be welcoming stores and businesses open 24/7!
Promotion of the new buses is not scheduled to be released until September 14, 2005 and a map of the routes will be available at that time at http://www.stif-idf.fr, http://www.ratp.fr, http://www.paris.fr.
La Tête En L’air, Rallye Pédestre
September 18, 2005
Here’s your chance to visit the three neighborhoods of the 3rd arrondissement (Temple, Arts-et-Métiers et Francs-Bourgeois) with your nose in the air…in search of the profound history, magnificent architecture and the little-known facts about this beautiful district.
The program includes something for everyone, young and old, ending with a Brazilian aperitif and music. Prizes will be given followed by a dinner under the arcades of the place des Vosges. Organized by the councils of the district.
Meet between 2 and 3 p.m. in front of the Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement, 2 rue Eugè
ne Spuller 75003 PARI
Arrive at Place des Vosges Approximately at 6 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 8 p.m. at l’Hôtel du Pavillon de la Reine
To register and for more information, email [email protected]
LIVING AND INVESTING IN FRANCE
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf
Our popular three-day Living in France Conference will give you all the information you need to make your Paris dream a reality! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts. For West Coast folks, or those wanting more comprehensive information on all aspects of living in France, the San Francisco conference is a must.
INVEST IN FRANCE
October 26, 2005
Take just one day and learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate about the best ways to make your money and real estate investment grow. Join us at the prestigious Harvard Club for this power-packed one day event.
INVEST IN FRANCE
December 28, 2005
Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
For more information on The Invest in France Seminars or Living in France Conference, until we have our Web site up, contact Schuyler Hoffman, Projects Manager, at [email protected]/parlerparis to be put on a special mailing list to be notified when the details are in place (very, very soon!).
FRENCH PROPERTY EXHIBITION
September 23 – 25, 2005
National Hall, Olympia
Now in its 16th year, the London French Property Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of buying property in France. Visit the John Howell and Co. booth to meet John Howell, and Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider.
FOURTH PARIS POETRY WORKSHOP
October 2 – 6, 2005
This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community.
THE ART OF TROMPE L’OEIL SEMINAR
December 29 – January 2
Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned trompe l’oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate trompe l’oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida
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Parler Paris Après-Midi
NEXT MEETING: September 13, 2005 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3
p.m. to 5 p.m.
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HOT PROPERTY PICKS: Luxembourg Garden Living
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 https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
*** Paris, 6th Arrondissement, 4 rooms, approx. 81m2
Near Luxembourg Gardens. A beautiful apartment on the first floor overlooking a garden. Bright, quiet with a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, plus parquet floors and a fireplace.
Asking Price: 680,000 euros + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
*** Paris, 6th Arrondissement, 4 rooms, approx. 122m2
Four room apartment on the first floor of a lovely old buil
ding, close to Luxembourg Gardens.
Entryway, living room, 2 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen with corner eating area, office, bathroom with separate toilet. Elevator, cellar, individual heating, souther exposure.
Asking Price: 820,000 euros + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
*** Paris, 6th Arrondissement, 4 rooms, approx. 95m2
On the 5th floor of an 1850 building with elevator, in the area of Luxembourg Gardens. A lovely, bright apartment/workshop with beautiful views and a superb 30m2 terrace. 4m high ceilings, entryway, living room, office on the mezzanine, 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom.
Asking Price: 1,150,000 euros +2.5% Finder’s Fee
Next session: September 20, 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:
|3 rooms 84,40 m²
15 rue du Louvre
75001 PARIS 1st
Starting Bid: 484,000 Euros
Deposit: 96 800,00 Euros
|4 rooms 134,6 m² + parking
12 avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS 8th
Vente avec prix de réserve
Deposit: 230,000 Euros
|Storehouse 295 m²
68 rue des Vignoles
75020 PARIS 20th
Starting Bid: 900,000 Euros
Deposit: 180,000 Euros
|3 rooms 64,5 m² + parking
47 rue des Solitaires
75019 PARIS 19th
Starting Bid: 190,000 Euros
Deposit: 38,000 Euros
|4 rooms 91,3 m²
109 avenue Gambetta
75019 PARIS 19th
Starting Bid: 369,000 Euros
Deposit: 73 800,00 Euros
|3 rooms 62,4 m² + Parking
3-5 rue de Pouy
75013 PARIS 13th
Starting Bid: 235,000 Euros
Deposit: 47,000 Euros
|4 rooms 55,6 m²
20 rue de Lourmel
75015 PARIS 15th
Starting Bid: 175,000 Euros
Deposit: 35,000 Euros
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Leeds Marais Apartment
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