Paris Market Street Living
It doesn’t matter how many times I stroll through a market street in Paris (or just about anywhere), I still get a rush of excitement. First, there are the aromas — fresh fruits and vegetables, whole fish on ice, meats often still as whole animals just killed, warm baked breads and hot coffee coming from the market cafés. The aromas often linger even after the merchants have packed their crates and carted them off to the next open-air market. I was reminded of this late last evening while strolling across boulevard Richard Lenoir where the largest market in Paris takes place every Thursday and Sunday (between place de la Bastille and rue St. Sabin opening at 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays and 3 p.m. Sundays). Even then, the spot where the fishmonger had been was clearly discernable.
This week, two of our clients (and readers of Parler Paris) found great apartments to purchase overlooking Paris open-air markets. One of them overlooking boulevard Richard Lenoir, the other overlooking the market street of Daguerre in the 14th. Daguerre is a pedestrian street lined with small shops, restaurants and food merchants beginning near Place Denfert Rochereau continuing westbound to avenue du Maine.
Both have all the attributes of perfect market-street living…one faces the side street off rue Daguerre so that the noise and hustle-bustle of the market is greatly diminished, yet just at the entrance are all the wild mushrooms and Provençal tomatoes one could want in a lifetime is there for the asking…the other several flights up (with an elevator, of course) to afford views of the colorful bi-weekly bazaar below.
These properties sold so quickly, that on one a bidding war took place and on the other, the seller achieved his asking price in full!
There are more than 70 open-air traveling markets, market streets and covered markets in Paris one can choose to “aromasphere” your daily life. Rue Montorgeuil is Paris’ oldest, although some scholars say rue Mouffetard dates as far back as the 13th-century. The “Marché aux Enfants Rouges” covered market, just one block from my own apartment, and so named because it is located on the site of a medieval orphanage where the children wore red uniforms, dates back to 1615. Residents of the 7th arrondissement frequent rue Cler, chic shoppers of Saint-Germain-des-Prés shop on rue Buci and one of my favorites is the market expanding on both rue Poncelet and rue Bayen in the 17th near Place des Ternes.
For a not-so-complete-but-respectable listing of Paris markets, visit: http://www.paris.fr/fr/marches/ or you can visit the Web site of each Mairie for a listing within each arrondissement — http://www.mairie1.paris.fr, http://www.mairie2.paris.fr, etc.
And for more great apartments overlooking market streets, scroll down to this week’s Paris Property Picks!
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
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Studio, 25 m², 75002 Paris 2nd
Studio in perfect condition on the 5th floor in an 18th-century building without an elevator steps from rue Montorgeuil. Southeast exposure. Ideal pied-à-terre or first purchase.
Asking Price: 163,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
2 pièces, 45 m², 75017 Paris 17th Proximity: Métro Villiers
Close to rue Lévis, two room on a high level with elevator in a building of good standing, double exposure, quiet, sunny, needs refreshment.
Asking Price: 275,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
3 pièces, 50 m², 75017 Paris 17th Proximaty: Ternes
On rue Poncelet, three rooms in an old building. Salon, dining room, bedroom, equipped kitchen, shower, parquet, molding, fireplace.
Asking Price: 295,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
4 pièces + service, 125 m², 75011 Paris 11th Proximaty: Richard Lenoir
Unobstructed view on boulevard Richard Lenoir near place de la Bastille in a beautiful pierre-de-taille building recently renovated, four rooms, 2 bedrooms, on the 4th floor with elevator, view on the promenade and market, double salon, parquet, chambre de bonne on the 8th floor with elevator, possibility of parking.
Asking Price: 640,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
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