The project of a home in Paris, either as a permanent or holiday home, can become a little daunting precisely because of the sheer beauty, diversity and density of the city. Each quartier has its own flavour, from the stately luxury to the intellectual, bohemian or cosmopolitan –there are so many styles and ways to enjoy the pleasures of the City of Light. Restaurants, museums, art galleries, shopping… Paris has it all. And although the French capital is perceived as a place that holds fast to tradition, within the past couple of years the city has embarked on a transformation to become a smart city, in harmony with the environment, and embracing the wider scope of the surrounding outskirts, which may create opportunities for property hunters to find great value.
FrenchEntrée estate agent partner in Paris Susie Hollands, who since 2002 heads a team of property agents, specialises in finding international clients their perfect Paris home. She constantly covers all types of properties, including studios, apartments and houses working with clients from all over the world, so we asked Susie to give us the insider’s scoop of the top three hotspots to find good value in the city.
Montorgueil: is a beautiful area in the centre of Paris, with an array of boutique restaurants, cafés, bakeries, fish stores, cheese shops, wine shops, produce stands and flower shops. The area is the place for Parisians to their shopping whilst socialising in one of the many cafes or bars that line the streets. Locals will be ally too familiar with one of the concoctions available at the Experimental Cocktail Club, or simply sharing a bottle of wine in the grassy park surrounding the magnificent Église St Eustache, and admire its nighttime glow.
Montmartre: once the home of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, has historically been popular with artists and artisans, however, the area is now becoming popular with professionals, young couples and families looking for a peaceful area to live, within distance of the City. The area is one of the buzziest places in Paris, filled with the best cafes, bistros in the City, as well as being home to the finest restaurants boasting some of the most talented young chef’s in Europe.
Marais: At once a quaint and bustling neighbourhood, the 4th arrondissement is laden with shops, cafès, small museums and some of the oldest architecture in Paris. A walk though it’s ancient maze-like streets is an extraordinary way to spend the day. At once a quaint and bustling neighbourhood, the 4th arrondissement is laden with shops, cafés, small museums and some of the oldest architecture in Paris. A walk though it’s ancient maze-like streets is an extraordinary way to spend the day.
•With thanks to Susie Hollands