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Independence Days' Barbecues In La France Profonde

Volume II, Issue 27

Two Independence Days are just around the corner — America’s July 4th and France’s 14 juillet (Bastille Day). This may be the perfect time to come to France to start a search for your new pied–terre. The Paris Tourist Office is celebrating the Fourth of July this year by treating American visitors like VIP’s. Under the theme “Experience the passion of Paris!,” they will give away free chocolate and champagne, upgrade your hotel room and offer special meals and cocktails. There are some 247 discount deals with 15 to 50% savings in all hotel price ranges, from one and two stars to three stars and luxury four stars. There are also discounts on B & Bs, apartment hotels, and furnished apartments. For more information, visit

The French celebrate their holiday very much like Americans do…they head to their country homes, fire up the barbecues and invite their friends. I’m grilling burgers for my closest American friends right here in Paris on the 4th. But last weekend I was the invite to the country home of my dear friend and colleague Marie-Elisabeth Crochard, where she grilled chicken, poured pink champagne and served up fresh raspberry tarts.
About five years ago, Marie-Elisabeth bought an old farmhouse in the hamlet of Auxy — a tiny village in the Loiret (department 45) — a little less than 100 kilometers from Paris. Little by little she’s renovated it, doing much of the work herself, loving it more and more and spending at least half her time there nurturing the garden and getting to know her neighbors. One of them became one of her closest friends — an American woman from North Carolina who’s lived in Auxy 15 years with her French husband and three children. Susi Gott is an accomplished musician who plays the violin and is especially in tune to the U.S. country music sound. In fact, you can hear her play if you head for the Mirande Country Music Festival this July 9 – 14 (http://www.country-musique.com/).
Susi began writing her memoirs when she first moved to La France Profonde and quickly handed me her manuscript that lay dormant while she reared her kids. Her insight as a young woman transplanted from rural America to rural France struck me as profound as the French earth. So, I offer you a few chapters over the next few issues as well as several beautiful properties for sale in the Loiret to spark your imagination of what it might be like to take the plunge to live in such a beautiful setting yourself .
If you’re already in France, once your start having kids, like Susi, then the question of schooling isn’t quite as difficult as it is when you have non-French-speaking children coming with you to your new life in France. For parents, this is of major concern and quite often dictates where your first home in France will be — close proximity to the schools makes life a whole lot easier. Our first year in Paris was spent taking our daughter across town to a bilingual school by Mtro and bus, a 45 minute trip each way. Add up round trips and that equates to three hours a day spent on public transportation. If I had to do it over again, I would have chosen a different school or different location to live.
In this issue, we take a look at the bilingual programs available in and around Paris, some in other parts of France and places to live that are in close proximity to these schools.
Happy Independence Days to the U.S. and France…and may we celebrate them together for many more centuries.

A bientt,

Adrian Leeds
Editor, French Property Insider
Email: [email protected]

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Volume II, Issue 27, July 01, 2004
In this issue:
* Taquet Talks Tax and Title
* Discovering a life in La France Profonde
* Finding the Best Education for Your Kids in France
* Visit D.C. and Learn How to Live in France
* Currency Exchange Update
* Hot Property: Ten Rooms Near Montargis
* Property For Sale: Living Near the Schools and in the Loiret
* Classified Advertising: Vacation Spots
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A Survival Kit for Paris

[Excerpts from the July 1, 2004 Column. To read the column in its entirety, click on https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/practicalanswers.html]
Below is a comment I received on a fiscal matter mentioned briefly in my last column, concerning foreign-owned property in France being rented out to foreigners. I always debate with myself when I have to limit my answer; though I was extremely tempted to expand on this issue in the column, I decided it was not part of the topic.
“In my experience, foreigners doing rentals, or even short-term rentals, don’t have a clue about filing non-resident income tax returns, etc. I think there may well even be taxe de sjour, perhaps special licensing and/or TVA, required for very short-term rental (e.g. since they are not living on the premises, they wouldn’t qualify for the gte/bed and breakfast exception to some of these regulations).
In particular, short-term rentals may pose problems. Typically, short-term rentals are handled by an agency based outside France, working on direct commission paid in the country where the agency is based, and such agencies may or may not be trustworthy. In any case, nothing is ever reported in France, since the agency is licensed in its home country, not in France.
Thus, foreign landlords who don’t know what they are doing may not be told that they should go through reputable local agencies that could share the liability if anything goes wrong. Otherwise, whether the issue is uncollected taxes, a fire or other damage to the apartment or neighboring apartments, the apartment owner is the only person at risk, is easy to find and has assets in France that the authorities can attach.
Short-term renters seldom if ever take out renters’ insurance, and the landlord’s homeowner policy would probably not cover damage if it were shown that the apartment was rented illegally.
Too frequently, I’ve had to unravel sad stories about undeclared rentals resulting in ‘taxation d’office’ well above whatever profit the landlord made by, with interest and repeated bailiff charges for a few years that end up costing disproportionate amounts – and all this well past the deadline for filing late non-resident income tax returns in France.
Often in such cases, the rentals have been declared on the owner’s income tax return in his/her country of residence but the deadline for filing amended returns there, taking the French tax as a foreign tax credit, has also passed. Essentially the owner ends up being taxed twice because the statutes of limitations differ in the two countries.
When I explain what has happened, and what should have happened, the owners often reply indignantly: ‘But that wasn’t French income at all! It was paid directly into my account outside of France, and arranged by a non-French agent, not a resident of France on commission!
In the case of the Australians in your last column, I would guess that the other owners in the building had wind of such a situation and were thinking of the tax-man when they threatened to report the Australians to some authority.”
I found a very nice duplex for sale in the oldest part of Paris. The apartment, which had just been rebuilt, is situated just under the roof on the 3rd and 4th floors. I made an offer that was accepted. When we all met at the notaire’s office, my notaire refused to go ahead with the signature of the presale contract because, if I understood correctly, the seller is not the owner of the lowest part of the staircase, between the 2nd and the 3rd floor. The entrance to the property is on the 2nd floor and the owner holds the keys. What is my notaire talking about?
The duplex must have been created by combining several maid’s rooms, or very small apartments, into one apartment. This merging of several lodgings would have required that the by-laws of the building be modified to reflect the new situation. Between these maid’s rooms or apartments there must have been a corridor that was common property and that must have been sold to your seller so that it could be incorporated into the new lodging. The staircase between the 3rd and 4th floors, another common area, must also have been incorporated into the new lodging and thus must have been sold to your seller. This project must have been presented to the owners’ council with the entrance door on the landing of the 3rd floor, but then it probably became obvious that for technical reasons it made more sense to put a door at the beginning of the staircase just above the 2nd floor landing. Your seller would probably have contacted the syndic to ask if the project could be modified accordingly, to allow this extra portion of the stairs to be part of the lodging. Your seller would likely have received a written or even just a verbal agreement from the syndic and the situation should have been regularized at the next annual general assembly of owners. Either your seller did not bother to ensure that this happened, or the modification is so recent that the general assembly has not taken place yet.
To put it another way, the seller bought the maid’s rooms and/or small apartments from private owners for market price in one or several normal transactions. Then the owners’ council sold or relinquished right of ownership of the corridor and the staircase between the 3rd and 4th floors, probably for one euro or some other small amount. But, having also annexed the staircase from the 2nd floor to the 3rd floor, the seller is now trying to sell something he doesn’t actually own, even though his use of it is tolerated. The seller needs to buy it before it can be sold. Your notaire took good care of your interests by blocking the transaction until everything has been cleared up. If you had not had your own notaire, the seller’s notaire could have proceeded with the pre-sale contract, locking you into the sale and putting you at risk of having a lot of trouble getting approval to buy the last section of the staircase, which could be quite expensive (but perhaps still cheaper than redesigning the apartment).
Practically every real estate transaction in Paris involves some point that has to be cleared up; in some cases, even the title is unclear. Still, the would-be buyer should never sign a contract when there is a large degree of uncertainty about the actual ownership of the property. While many issues can be handled in a way that keeps both the buyer and the seller safe, others that may appear quite minor can corrupt the title to such a degree that it is not worth it for the new owner to try to resolve the situation. In your case, the seller should follow a tight schedule to secure undisputed title to the part of the property in question so that the pre-sale contract signature can occur sooner than later, and you should get a copy of this schedule. Otherwise, it might be wiser to assume that the owner is not really interested in a totally above-board transaction. This kind of situation, by the way, shows how crucial it is to have a notaire.
Editor’s Notes: Jean Taquet is a French
jurist and associate member of the Delaware Bar Association, specializes in civil, criminal and commercial law. He frequently gives courses about the legal system in France and regularly speaks at the Working and Living in France Conferences in Paris. He is also well known for his informative Q and A columns in past Paris Voice magazines, which can now be purchased in one document as “The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France” (http://www.insiderparisguides.com/answers/index.html)
To subscribe to his monthly newsletter, email Jean Taquet at [email protected]
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By Susi Gott

It loomed up in front of us, perched on the only hill for miles around; a Roman steeple presiding

over a village of about two hundred inhabitants. The streets were quiet. Butcher, baker, bar, and miniature general store flanked the main street. One lone spruce tree stood sentinel over the manor house across from the church. Behind this was the beginning of the rue du Pourtour. We followed the curved street around to the back, looking for the number 1, which we found hanging crookedly from a rusty iron gate.

The garden appeared impassable. Full of tree stumps that had been allowed to sprout for fifteen years, limbs stuck out wildly in every direction. These were festooned with a tangle of brown vines, indistinguishable in their winter nakedness. The earth was covered with a mass of stinging nettles, and a network of their roots a foot deep hid old plaques of concrete where rabbits had once been kept.

This wilderness was enclosed on three sides; one by a stone wall and the other two by old stone barns. One of these. we later learned, dated back three centuries, and the other one close to five, or possibly even seven. They were the property of a certain Madame M., the sister of an artist friend of ours. She had bought them a decade and a half ago, hoping to transform them into living space, and had long ago given them up as a lost venture. Now, suddenly, she was moving to New Caledonia and wanted to sell immediately. The price was unbelievably low and we still hadn’t a penny.

Madame M. showed us inside what had once been the cave and wine-pressing room, the only section conceivably possible for habitation without first knocking holes in walls and re-covering tile roofs. The chill and dampness was impressive. The interior walls were rough, grey concrete. The floor was the same. Mold was growing like ice crystals, thick and fuzzy-white in the corners. There was a tiny bathroom with a broken toilet where someone had once tried to spend the winter and had failed. The furniture consisted of a recycled table top resting on two sawhorses and covered with drippings of candle wax. There was also a piece of foam rubber so ancient it was shedding, perched on top of a sagging bed frame.

Christian and I looked at each other, our eyes alight with craziness. We told Madame M. we would call her tomorrow with an answer, but our minds were already made up. And so we arrived in Auxy.

About the author: Writer, musician, mother of three children, Susi Gott Seguret moved to France in 1989, drawn by the spirit of tradition, which reminded her of her rural Appalachian upbringing. A quest for quality linked with simplicity led her, accompanied by her French husband, to a life in the wheat-belt, a hundred kilometers south of Paris. Fifteen years later, she has become a master gardener and French cook, and continues to write and to play acoustic country music across Europe and America. For further details, contact: mailto:[email protected]/ or call
Editor’s Notes: Susi Gott and the Paris Cats will be playing July 10th at the Mirande Country Music Festival, July 9 – 14, 2004. Visit
http://www.country-musique.com/ for more information



By Adrian Leeds

When we moved to France in 1994 our daughter was just about to turn nine years old. She vehemently protested our taking her out of her secure home, school and away from friends. We assured her: “Paris isn’t prison! If we don’t like it, we’ll simply return to Los Angeles.”

She believed us, but we believed it too. Ten years later we’re still here. Recently, when someone asked her how it was those first two years in Paris, she quickly replied, “It was awful!” Looking back on it now, she will also tell you that it was the best thing that every happened to her. She is completely bilingual, bi-cultural and profited from the French education system — which put her academically light years ahead of her American compatriots starting university.
Before moving, we came on a fact-finding mission and visited two schools we felt were candidates — we chose a private bilingual school with an “adaptation” program for non-French-speaking kids. Her experience there was mixed. Even though they advanced her one year because her level of math exceeded the level of the grade, the following year we chose to move her to a free state-run school with an international bilingual program. In this program, one-fourth of the classes were taught in English by native English-speaking professors.
Our fourth year in Paris we moved to another part of the city. We enrolled our daughter in a publ
ic school in the neighborhood, with a small student body (300 students), where she was the only “double American” (both parents American). All classes were in French. The “family-style” environment there made the transition to all classes in French easier. She later went on to a public high school, also not far from home, and graduated with the French Baccalaurat degree — a hard-earned and internationally well-respected diploma which indicates a high level of general scholastic competence.
There are many international and bilingual schools in and around Paris, public (state run) and private. State schools are run by the ministry of education, which sets guidelines for the curriculum. Teachers are considered civil servants. Private schools are either “sous contrat” (the government pays the teachers’ salaries and the school follows the national curriculum and schedule) or “hors contrat” (not subsidized by the government).
State-run schools are free. They are usually within walking distance of where you live and have a very diverse student body. Until recently, bilingual education was only available in private schools. This is no longer true as France is creating more and more international programs in their state-run schools, particularly in Paris. If you decide to send your child to a state school, you must contact the “Service des Ecoles” at the “Mairie” (city hall) of your residential district. You will need certain official documents a list of which will be provided.
Schools which are “sous contrat” ask parents to pay a relatively modest annual fees. Those “hors contrat” have annual fees that average much higher and can run well over 10,000 Euros. Private schools have smaller classes, offer more individual attention, tighter control and discipline, and have a more homogeneous population. In Paris, there are several American or British establishments where the curriculum is the same as in the country of origin.
Nursery School (cole maternelle) Attendance is optional. Most children begin at age three although the official starting age is two. In France, elementary school corresponds to American grades 1 through 5. Secondary school (Collge) consists of 6me, 5me, 4me and 3me. In 4me, the students begin their studying a foreign language (usually English), and in 6me they start a second foreign language.
The French “lyce” (high school) is divided into two cycles, “Seconde gnrale et technologique” and the “Cycle terminal” which consists of the classes of “Premire” and “Terminale” leading to the end-of-school diploma of “Baccalaurat gnral” or the “Baccalaurat tecnologique.” During the class of “Seconde,” the student decides which “Baccalaurat” to choose.
Higher education (Enseignement suprieure) is offered in private institutions as well as in the state-run establishments. The state establishments include: the “Facults” grouped in Universities which are authorized to grant State degrees, the University Institutes of Technology, designed to train future high-ranking administrators, civil servants and technicians, and the grand scientific and literary institutions and research and study institutions.
We chose to encourage her to go to university in the U.S., in spite of the costs, not because the higher education here in France isn’t on par, but because of the opportunities for the future that being fully bi-cultural and bilingual would offer her.



Collge-Lyce Honor de Balzac
118, boulevard Bessires
75017 Paris
Tel: 01 53 11 12 13
Collge and Lyce de Svres
(has a fee-paying anglophone section)
Rue Lecocq
92310 Sevres
Tel: 01 46 23 96 35
Collge Cheverus
10, rue de Cheverus
33000 Bordeaux
Tel: 05 56 48 57 00
Lyce International Franois Magendie
10, rue des Treuils
33023, Bordeaux Cedex
Tel: 05 57 81 48 20
Collge et Lyce International Stendhal
1, rue Raoul Blanchard
38027 Grenoble
Tel:04 76 54 83 83
Ecole Robert Schuman
10 rue Vauban
67000 Strasbourg
Tel:03 88 60 73 65
Lyce International
1 rue des Pontonniers
67081 Strasbourg
Tel:03 88 37 15 25
Bilingual Montessori School of Paris
65 Quai d’Orsay
75007 Paris
Susan Banon
Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 55 13 27
Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 51 25 12
Email: [email protected]
Ecole Active Bilingue (EAB)
117, Boulevard Malesherbes
75008 – Paris
Cintia Delesalle
Tel: + 33 (0) 1 45 63 01 00
[email protected]
cole Active Bilingue Jeanine Manuel
70, rue du Thtre
75015 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 37 00 80
Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 79 06 66
Email: [email protected]
5 rue de Lbeck
75116 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 70 12 81
Fax: +33 (0) 1 40 70 91 07
Email: [email protected]
International School of Paris
6, rue Beethoven
75016 Paris
Tel: +33 (0) 1 42 24 09 54
Fax: +33 (0) 1 45 27 15 93
Email: [email protected]
Svenska Skolan
9, rue Mederic
F-75017 PARIS
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 22 31 05
Tel: +33 (0) 1 47 66 27 22
Fax: +33 (0) 1 46 22 31 61
Email: [email protected]
American School of Paris
41, rue Pasteur, B.P. 82
92216 Saint Cloud
Ms Brenda Heussaff
Tel: +33 (0) 1 41 12 82 45
Fax: +33 (0) 1 41 12 82 47
Email: [email protected]
British School of Paris
38 Quai de l’Ecluse
78290 Croissy sur Seine
Mrs Valerie Joynes
Tel: +33 (0) 1 34 80 45 96
Fax: +33 (0) 1 39 76 32 21
Email: [email protected]
Ecole Internationale Malherbe
19 rue du 11 Novembre
78110 Le Vesinet
Tel/Fax:+33 (0)1 39 76 47 37
Tel: +33 (0)1 39 16 12 63
Fax: +33 (0)1 39 76 47 37
Marymount International School
72, boulevard de la Saussaye,
92200 Neuilly sur Seine
Mrs. Christine Doyle
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 24 93 25
Fax: +33 (0) 1 46 37 07 50
Email: [email protected]
Lyce International American Section
rue du Fer Cheval,
BP 5230
78175 St-Germain-en-Laye
Tel: +33 (0) 1 34 51 74 85
Fax: +33 (0) 1 30 87 00 49
[email protected]
Ecole Bilingue de l’Est Parisien
Private, secular, bilingual school for 3 to 11 year olds
Katherine Krieger
Tel: 08 71 79 70 32
Email: [email protected]



168 boulevard Montparnasse
75014 Paris
Tel:01 43 35 15 98
Offers a wide variety of brochures and publications dealing with education.

20 rue Fabert
75007 Paris
Tel: 01 47 05 32 68
Their publication, “Guide Fabert,” lists all the private schools in France. The three volumes cover Ile-de-France (greater-Paris region), northern France and southern France.
6 rue Monsigny
75002 Paris
Tel: 01 44 55 34 80
This center provides information and documentation concerning all private schools in France, as well as advisory services.
65, quai d’Orsay, 75007
Tel: 01 45 50 26 49
They offer qualified professional counsel for individuals, children, and families, as well as educational assessment and guidance.
45, avenue George Bernanos
75005 Paris
Tel: 01 43 29 90 70
ODIEP communicates information of private schools, “sous contrat” and “hors contrat”, at all levels, throughout France.

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Hotel particulier 895 m utiles pondrs (environ 1098 m de plancher)
4 rue Cimarosa
75016 PARIS 16th
Starting bid: 1 829 388,20 Euros
Deposit: 365,880 Euros
3 rooms 68,45 m + parking
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75019 PARIS 19th
Starting bid: 210,000 Euros
Deposit: 42,000 Euros
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71 rue Truffaut
75017 PARIS 17th
Starting bid: 70,000 Euros
Deposit: 14,000 Euros
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17 rue Saint Bernard
75011 PARIS 11th
Starting bid: 33,000 Euros
Deposit: 6,600 Euros
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101 rue Duhesme
75018 PARIS 18th
Starting bid: 52,000 Euros
Deposit: 10,400 Euros
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7 rue Dautancourt
75017 PARIS 17th
Starting bid: 42,000 Euros
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8/10 rue Julienne
75013 PARIS 13th
Starting bid: 62,400 Euros
Deposit: 12 480,00 Euros



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– Past issues of FPI are available on the website. You will find the “Past Issues” link on the left under “Subscribers Only” or by going to https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/archives.cfm
– To receive your free French Leaseback Report or the Paris Property Report, click on https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/subscribersonly/reports2003.cfm and download the pdf versions.
– Instructions for upcoming conference calls are on the FPI website. You’ll find the link under the “Subscribers Only” section on the left of any page.
– Get In On The Discussion: Care to weigh-in on current HOT topics of discussion on France? Get in on or start your own thread on our bulletin board at http://www.agora-inc.com/forums/index.cfm?cfapp=15
For rent by the week or longer
Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same build
ing. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equiped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
Complete information and photos at http://www.youlloveparis.com
* 20, rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6th arrondissement, just down the street from the world famous Poilne bakery. Mtro: St. Sulpice. 45 square meters: bedroom, bath with tub/shower, kitchen, dining room and living room area with trundle bed (2 twins). Fully and elegantly furnished. Cable TV. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Decor composed of 18th century oak paneling. 2 flights up.
Last Minute Bargain Price: 150 Euros a night.
* 23, rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement. Mtro: Odeon
45 square meters: bedroom, bath with tub/shower, kitchen & dining area, living room with bedcouch. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Cable TV. Beautiful restored stone wall, beams, charm of 17th century building. 3 flights up, no elevator.
Last Minute Bargain Price: 150 Euros per night.
* 41, rue Mazarine in the 6th arrondissement. Mtro Odeon
40 square meters: bedroom, bathroom with shower. Kitchen. Dining/Living room with sleeper sofa. Sleeps 4. Fully furnished. Cable TV. Restored interior brick wall. 2 flights up with elevator.
Last Minute Bargain Price: 155 Euros per night.
To book any of these apartments, contact Porter Scott at [email protected]
Elegant, Tasteful, Calm at Saint-Germain-des-Prs, 6th arrondissement, one bedroom apartment, sleeps 4. Amenities: Fireplace, Phone, Cable TV, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Refrigerator, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer & Dryer, Bathtub with Shower.
For more information, visit:
https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/scott.html or contact FPI_Cherche_Midi_Rental

Stay in your own 17th-century pied–terre in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prs, Paris, by the week or month. Sleeps 4. Newly furnished and redecorated. Totally charming. From $150 per night.
Visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/mazarine.html
or contact Porter Scott at Mazarine
Guest Room or Two-Bedroom Apartment Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter apartment two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is in or for up to 4 people when she’s traveling.
The Guest Room is offered at 525 Euros per week (75 Euros per day, 200 Euros deposit deposit required). The Entire Apartment when available is offered at 875 Euros per week (125 Euros per day, 350 Euros deposit required). References are required.
Pictures and more details available at https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
For information and reservations email: ABL_Apartment

Monte Carlo Seaside: a dream flat with a dream view on Monaco and the sea!
Located at the french border of the principality of Monaco in Roquebrune Cap Martin — this big one bedroom flat of 600 square-feet with a terrace can easily accommodate one couple + one extra adult on a convertible sofa. Fully equiped kitchen, marble bathroom, private cark park, security doors, pure silence, fresh sea breeze, direct access to the quiet private beach at 200 meters, 5 minutes to Monte Carlo train station or bus stop, easy access from Nice international airport and Monte Carlo train station.
May to June*: 600 euros per week
July to September: 800 euros per week
*Special Weeks in May: Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival: 1000 euros per week
Visit https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/rentals/pfmontecarlo.html
or contact FPI_Monte-Carlo and ask for the French Property Insider Special Offer.


Make this exquisite contemporary private residence your home away from home while vacationing in Provence this spring or summer. Paradise for the person who appreciates fine esthetics, this restored farm house dating as far back as 1682 is in the heart of Provence in the green setting of over seven acres of olive and chestnut trees, terraces and gardens with a private pool. “La Vernatelle” is less than 20 minutes from Saint Tropez, but nestled in the forest of La Garde Freinet en Provence. Three bedrooms, four baths, seven terraces, a chimney, a large mezzanine for reading and lounging overlooking the main living area, pool and much, much more! Read more about La Vernatelle… http://www.adrianleeds.c

2,975 Euro per Week
To reserve or for more information, contact: [email protected]
See More Apartment Rentals At: https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/parlerparis/apartments
1 square meter = 10.7639104 square feet
1 hectare = 2.4710538 acres
For more conversions, refer to: http://www.onlineconversion.com/
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