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Fascinating Apartment Finds

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Fascinating Apartment Finds

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Monday, October 2, 2006
Paris, France


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Welcome to your home in Paris. Home is how you will feel in a private apartment in Paris that has the “seal of approval” from Parler Paris Apartments and me, Adrian Leeds.

Parler Paris Apartments offers high quality accommodations to make your stay in the City of Light as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We at Parler Paris know each and every apartment owner or manager personally, and stand behind the quality of those we represent. We understand your needs and desires, all the small details that make a rental apartment a warm and welcoming home – and a much better alternative to an impersonal hotel!

Parler Paris Apartments is administered and serviced by the same great team as Parler Paris, French Property Insider and French Property Consultation. You can trust that Parler Paris Apartments and all those with whom it is associated will do their best for your 100% guaranteed satisfaction.

* “Le Provençal” Studio: Now Available!

Located in a very charming and quiet 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais, this sunny studio is perfect for one or two seeking ultimate Parisian calm, flavored with the beautiful colors of Provence.

Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/provencal.html


Dear Parler Paris Reader,

Visiting apartments in Paris is one of the most fascinating things one can do in the City of Light — right up there with visits to the great museums, strolls along the Seine or drinking a frothy café crème at a classic brasserie with a view on Parisian daily life. Most tourists don’t even get a chance to see a personal apartment, much less visit several…unless they choose to rent one themselves or have developed friends who live in the city. My great fortune is the business that developed quite naturally as a result of assisting Anglophones (mostly North Americans, but with a smattering of “Brits” and “Aussies”) in moving to Paris and France, to help them find the apartments of their dreams.

No apartment is like another in Paris — with the exception of those in newer buildings — so let me qualify that to say no apartment OLDER THAN 100 YEARS is like another in Paris. Particularly in Le Marais, where the buildings are centuries old and the apartments have been reconfigured dozens of times, are they in any way similar. It is absolutely a delight to see how different lifestyles over time have molded the walls and spaces into different types of environments.

This morning, I postponed the natural progress to write this newsletter to view two apartments. One was a very sweet 47 square-meter (approximately 500 square feet) one-bedroom pied-à-terre in the heart of the Beaubourg district that is offered for sale. A U.K. couple, half American, half British, came on a whirlwind one-day apartment hunting expedition this past weekend only partly expecting to find something with such limited time, and discovered this little jewel. Tracy James, our Property Purchase Manager and Mortgage Specialist led them all over the Marais on Saturday with her tiny black toy poodle puppy, Lucy, in tow. They must have looked at eight or nine apartments, and at the end of the day, this one had stood out from the rest.

They all loved the apartment, but called me in, as is often done, to put the “seal of approval” on it — as I am a critical customer and refuse to allow anyone to buy (or rent) an apartment that isn’t suitable. Period. Within seconds of entering, I could imagine how a small amount of renovation could make the apartment better than perfect. Charming rooftop views from big windows on two sides, with total quiet and calm on the courtyard at a location that is smack dab in the middle of everything happening, is enough to make one swoon for such a love nest. This is a property one doesn’t find often and by the end of the day, our U.K. couple may have landed their dream Paris apartment after only one day of hunting. Amazing, but true!

The second apartment was completely different and for a different purpose — long-term rental. I am regularly asked about apartments that come on the rental market for one year or more, furnished, but they are hard to find be

cause there isn’t much of a system for offering them as there is with short-term rentals (by the week). This one happens to be in the rue Charlot building where I have the studio I rent named “Le Provençal” and is quite a special find.

It’s available immediately as the most recent tenants moved out this past weekend…88 square meters (approximately 950 square feet) with three spacious bedrooms, a complete bath, a shower and a separate toilet, a very spacious living/dining with open American-style kitchen, all contemporary appointments, lots of closets (mirrored) and huge windows on two different courtyards. It’s only one flight up and move-in ready, but the landlords are willing to furnish it more or less depending on the needs of the tenant. It’s already well-equipped with stove, oven, dishwasher and washer/dryer and all the normal furnishings, but if you’d want to add some of your own personal belongings…even better!

Pascal Fonquernie of and I both took photos and agreed to find a tenant we would want to have in our own building! The best part of all is living in this charming 18th-century building in the heart of Le Marais (the 3rd) and enjoying the beautiful courtyard — the one we overlook from the studios we rent and Pascal’s own personal apartment.

The price? A bargain at 2650 euros per month. The landlord pays the monthly “charges” (homeowners association fees) and the taxes, but the tenant pays utilities. Your lease can be one year to three years, renewable or cancelable (with 90 days notice). As with all rental apartments, there is a two month deposit held and paid in advance and a one-month finder’s fee.

If you are interested in the apartment or know someone who might be, don’t hesitate a single second as it’s going to be rented very quickly at this price for so much livable space. Email [email protected] for more information.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. Don’t forget…This Saturday, October 7th, is your chance to learn “How to Write a Script I Can Sell and How to Sell a Script I Wrote” — with Judith Merians, Hollywood Entertainment Lawyer, Studio Executive and Consultant to Independent Producers. Bring your paper, your pen and your script for this three-hour workshop in English. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. upstairs at La Pierre du Marais, 96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, in the 3rd arrondissement. 30 Euros, limited to 30, register upon arrival, but reserve your place by emailing: [email protected] or calling mornings only.

Peace of mind for your Paris pied-à-terre…


* NEW! Concierge Services… French Property Insider Consultation now offers a range of Concierge Services. You can trust our team of professionals to help you take care of your Paris property investment when you’re not in France. /frenchproperty/consultation/concierge.html

French Property Insider Consultation…your complete solution to finding, buying, renovating or renting your new dream home or apartment in France. /frenchproperty/consultation

Foreign Purchasers in Paris
By Adrian Leeds


This Week in French Property Insider…

Based on statistics for one year from 2nd quarter 2005 to 2nd quarter 2006, Paris’ most reliable daily newspaper, Le Monde, published just last week the figures for foreign property purchases in the City of Light by arrondissementFPI Subscribers Read On…

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an e-mail newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. Learn all the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week.


Right now, get the FREE 10-page report “17 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Moved to Paris”… By Adrian Leeds when you subscribe for two years to French Property Insider! Plus, save 20% off the regular subscription price! Offer expires October 31, 2006.

To learn more, visit /frenchproperty/insider or go directly to subscribe at /frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html

History of the famous Paris Review…

Excerpt from the Writers Insider Guide to Paris
By Elizabeth Reichart

A brief overview of Paris-based publishing cannot go without mentioning perhaps one of the most significant and long-standing journals created during the postwar period: The Paris Review. As Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno writes in The Continual Pilgrimage, “The early history of The Paris Review is in many ways the story of the Parisian expatriate literary community itself. Almost every Anglophone writer and would-be writer in Paris in the early to middle 1950s seemed to be at one time or another involved with the review, as contributor, advisory editor, or playmate.”…For more on the fascinating history of Paris publishing, see the guide…

Novelists, journalists, poets, dreamers and doers…discover the writing life in Paris. It is possible, click here to find out how…

Enjoy a Sensuous, Sophisticated,
and Passionate Journey…

* Learn the Tango in Argentina, October 14-23, 2006 Spend 8 days exploring gracious Buenos Aires while you learn to tango, and discover for yourself one of the most exciting cities on earth. It has a sophisticated, genteel Latin American influence…but it’s as cosmopolitan as New York or Paris. Large boulevards, expansive parks and plazas, tall trees, such a nice walking city… it feels very European. And people use all the community green space — they read on benches, they stroll, they dance. For details about this trip this October 14-23, 2006, click here:

Parler Paris Après Midi

Come for a drink and to meet and chat with other readers in Paris:

The next gathering is October 10, 2006

So mark your calendars to be sure not to miss it! See /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more details.


Welcome to France Fair

New to France or just looking to make the most of expatriate life?

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 event organisations.

Welcome to France
October 15, 2006
Carrousel de Louvre
Paris, France

*** See the French Property Insider Consultation and John Howell of International Law Partnership booth number 55/56 next to the entertainment area and stay for our presentation, “Getting ready to find your dream home in France…” with John Howell and Adrian Leeds at 3:45 p.m.

New Tuesday Location at the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily. Meets three times a week — come as often as you like!


* Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne, 75003
3rd arrondissement, Paris
Métro Temple, République or Arts et Métier

* Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and
* Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel, Pont Neuf


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