Two Jewels in Paris…On Offer to Lucky Buyers
We do not list many properties as traditional agencies do. But, we’re not a traditional real estate agency. We’re property consultants, licensed for both transactions and management of real estate.
The properties we list are exclusively properties we recommend our clients buy—not just anything someone wants to sell. If a property doesn’t meet our standards, or we don’t think will appeal to our market, we won’t offer it to you, our readers and clients. So, you can count on our properties being 100% worth buying…as long as any one of them matches your parameters.
Two properties we have listed, both in Paris, are absolute jewels.
One is a three-room penthouse with an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower on rue de la Croix-Nivert for only €759,000. It’s 57 square meters (614 square feet) on the 8th Floor with an elevator (of course!). It’s chic, bright, and luminous just near the famous Ecole Militaire and the Champ de Mars. The street is in the 15th arrondissement, adjacent to the 7th. If the property were in the 7th, it would be considerably more expensive, so this is a serious bargain for Eiffel Tower lovers.
The apartment has breathtaking views of the rooftops of Paris and the Eiffel Tower from all five windows. You may never want to leave! It has been professionally renovated and decorated. Plus, is selling completely furnished and equipped! There is nothing for you to do but unpack your personal belongings.
The kitchen is fully equipped including a washer/dryer. The dining/living room is a spacious 21m2 (226 square feet). The bedroom has plenty of storage space. There is a bathroom with a bathtub, a toilet, and a separate Italian shower with a hydromassage!
Unlike most Paris apartments, the penthouse has central air conditioning and double-glazed windows. In addition, there is an office space, fully equipped with storage made to measure, and perfectly suited for telecommuting.
Ideally located, close to all amenities, it is a two-minute walk to the Métro, five minutes from the popular rue du Commerce and 10 minutes from the Ecole Militaire and UNESCO. Transportation nearby includes three Métro stops (Cambronne, La Motte-Piquet Grenelle, and Emile Zola) with lines 6, 8, and 10 plus buses #70, 80, and 88 are steps away.
This can be your new dream place to live or your ideal pied-à-terre. It is also a perfect investment for very profitable rentals. It’s a rare offering and you will want to move on this very quickly!
The second property is a studio apartment on the second floor (with a lift) of one of the three oldest buildings in Paris, dating back to the 14th century on rue François Miron in the 4th arrondissement (Le Marais) for just €369,000!
It’s 15 square meters (161 square feet), so it’s tiny, but it’s missing nothing! Properties like this come available once in a lifetime. I first came to know the building in the summer of 2010, when one of our best real estate agents called to ask, “How would you like to be the first to see an apartment for sale in one of the oldest buildings in Paris?” Naturally, not only did I agree, but I RAN to meet him at 11-13, rue François Miron. The Middle Aged structures stand out from the adjacent architecture and reek of old-world charm. They are impossible to miss. Tourists stop to regard them every few minutes all day long.
In fact, this is one of the apartment’s greatest pleasures—the pride you would have as the owner every time you enter or exit the building, while others are looking on enviously, and you’re thinking, “Ha ha! I actually live here!”
The structure is of wood, composed of solid wood beams and pillars often carved out of one tree. The walls afterward had been completed by filling the gaps between the structure with unbaked bricks, plaster, or cob. After the 1666 London fire, Louis XIV imposed plaster coating on all facades in order to avoid, or limit the propagation of a potential fire. The wood has thus been covered for several centuries before being uncovered sometime in the 20th century. These houses have been transformed many times, notably, in 1967 by the architect R.Hermann.
On the façade of the first house, one can read “à l’Enseigne du Faucheur.” As for the second house, it is “l’Enseigne du Mouton.” Very different from the Parisian buildings, these houses make it easier to imagine the question of housing in the Middle Ages. Here, the building is composed of narrow facades, quite high where wood takes an important place. For the record, François Miron was the provost of the merchants from 1604 to 1606.
Inside these famous 14th-century half-timbered houses, which were two combined to make one apartment building, the hallways had been modernized and an elevator added. The apartment, a studio of a mere 15 square meters (161.5 square feet) on the second floor (European, therefore two flights up), has exposed beams and half-timbered walls.
Completely transformed a few years ago by Interior Architect Martine di Mattéo, this “bijou” lacks nothing and while furnished contemporary in style, is still oozing with old-world charm. Just steps from the Hôtel de Ville and the River Seine, it has one big window overlooking the courtyard (quiet and peaceful), beautifully exposed and refinished beams and every amenity you would need or want for a few days, weeks, months or a lifetime. In other words, it makes a perfect “pied-à-terre” investment.
As you enter, you will see the room reflected in the mirrored doors of a large closet providing ample storage. At the window is a classic café table with two chairs which are illuminated by a fun and fanciful chandelier. Opposite the sleeper sofa is a television and entertainment center. There is plenty of space to install a queen-sized bed should you prefer it to the sofa bed!
The elegant gilded, but very efficient kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator, washer/dryer, sink, combination oven/microwave and two-burner stove. The kitchen has an amazing amount of storage given its size. It’s also air-conditioned!
The luxurious and spacious bathroom offers a glass shower, large sink with vanity, heated towel rack, and toilet plus a large storage cabinet hidden behind the door.
All furnishings come with the apartment, so there is nothing for you to do, but walk in with your belongings and settle right in. It’s absolutely ready for immediate living.
This very special apartment is in one of the city’s best locations—steps from the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall),the River Seine, all of Le Marais, and has immediate access to the St. Paul Métro and many bus routes. Within easy walking distance is Place de la Bastille, the Ile Saint-Louis, Notre Dame, the Left Bank and most of Paris’ finest museums. Métro access is at St. Paul (#1), Hôtel de Ville (#1, #11), Bastille (#1, #8, #5) and a myriad of buses are nearby: numbers 67, 69, 70, 72, 74, 96.
A la prochaine…
The Adrian Leeds Group®
P.S. I will not be writing my usual Nouvellettres® the week I will be traveling to Los Angeles and Maui from February 26 to March 6th. Instead, you will have the pleasure of reading some of our most special past issues. Upon my return, you’ll have a full report of time spent on the other side of the planet…to include whale watching, snorkeling, hiking in the rainforest and volcanic craters, and a host of other activities France doesn’t offer, but Hawaii does!
P.P.S. Hope you enjoyed watching our latest House Hunters International, “Champagne Tastes in Epernay, France” that aired over the weekend. If you missed it, you can watch it by visiting HGTV, find the show and then you’ll be prompted to sign in to your Cable TV provider! Have fun!