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"Investing in a place to live is a major decision in our lives. Investing in Paris is an opportunity that has to be guided by both the heart and head. Our blog aims to offer you a look at a variety of subjects with the aim of enriching your vision, clarifying your thoughts and so help you realize your plan to buy or sell in the most beautiful districts in our capital." Hugues de La Morandière
Neighborhood Gros Caillou
Oct 23, 2017
Oct 23, 2017
Originally, what was Gros Caillou (big stone)? A marker, no doubt. Perhaps even one of the prehistoric stones that can still be found in France’s forests. Since then, the city has covered the countryside, but the district of Gros Caillou has kept a village atmosphere, centred by a church of modest dimensions at the end of rue Cler, which is a permanent market.
This is both the most family friendly and the liveliest district in the 7th arrondissement. Everyone seems to know each other, from generation to generation, going to the same schools, the same shops with all the joy of a neighbourhood anxious to preserve its soul and its pleasures. The shops on rue Cler have not been replaced by luxury names. The shops on rue de Grenelle have kept their authenticity (so much so that people come from all over Paris to shop here).
The very small neighbourhood streets (often old country roads) have lost none of their provincial charm: rue Valadon; rue de l'Exposition; passage Jean Nicot; rue de la Comête, named in homage to the asteroid which passed over the Parisian skies in 1763; rue Amélie, the first name of the daughter of the owner of the street! On the fringes of these charming alleyways are some Art Nouveau masterpieces, such as the remarkable square Rapp, or the Jules Lavirotte building at 29 avenue Rapp, whose fascinating arabesques have been hypnotizing passers-by since 1900...
It is very agreeable to settle down here as a family in a neighbourhood that has an almost provincial spirit. Schools and shops abound. It is not difficult to discover charming places such as the delightful Lutheran Evangelical church of Saint-Jean-Denys-Bulher at 147 rue de Grenelle. There is also a wealth of restaurants - both relaxed and more formal, such as the delicious Ami Jean, rue Malar; the famous Thoumieux brasserie, rue Saint Dominique; and the gourmet pastries in the tea room Les Deux Abeilles, rue de l'Université, opposite Musée Quai Branly...
Dinner on the terrace, on a spring evening, opposite the charming fountain on the corner of rue de l'Exposition and rue Saint Dominique – a pure delight! Whether you choose classic dishes served in La Fontaine de Mars or the more creative cuisine from Fables de la Fontaine: your taste buds will be partying!
Hugues de La Morandière
Five reasons to live in Paris’s 16th arrondissement
Oct 9, 2017
Oct 9, 2017
From Elsa Court, FT
Stretching from the Arc de Triomphe to the Bois de Boulogne, the 16th arrondissement of the French capital is popular with expats and well-established Parisian families alike. Due to its top internationalschools and elegant residential architecture, historically the neighbourhood has attracted affluent and fashionable residents.
“The 16th was hard hit during the [post-2008] downturn, however activity has grown rapidly from a 2012 low as buyers seek space and value,” says Paul Tostevin, an associate director at Savills World Research. Property values there fell 0.6 per cent in 2016, according to Savills, the estate agency, compared with 4.3 per cent growth across prime Paris during the same period.
The seizieme, as it is known locally, is set up for global citizens. The International School of Parisoffers the international baccalaureate programme and teaching in English. Nearby, the Eurécole teaches the French baccalaureate and has multilingual learning. Many local supermarkets offer “international” aisles and are open on Sundays — which, in Paris, is a plus.
The avant-garde: then and now
Close to the river is the Palais de Chaillot, built to host the Paris International Exhibition in 1937 in celebration of “art and technology in modern life”. Today it hosts three museums and a theatre. On the Avenue du President Wilson — one of the district’s big thoroughfares — is the Palais de Tokyo, the city’s temple of contemporary art.
Imagine Paris through the eyes of a Hollywood director, and you won’t be far from imagining the seizieme. The district is home to the iconic Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue Foch — the widest avenue in France. Indeed, its broad streets, less hectic than those in the historic centre, make it a good place to enjoy the city’s signature Haussmannian apartment buildings.
The Eiffel Tower — perhaps the city’s most famous emblem — sits across the River Seine from the Trocadero Gardens.
Bois de Boulogne
The seizieme includes the leafy Bois de Boulogne, with its lakes, ponds and wooded grounds. The Louis Vuitton Foundation, located within the park, holds events, screenings and exhibitions all year round, while the prestigious Le Frank restaurant is run by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Louis Nomicos.
The striking red clay courts of the Roland Garros tennis complex nestle in the south-west corner of the district and host the French Open Grand Slam each spring. Le Parc des Princes, home stadium of the Paris Saint-Germain football team, is also located in the 16th. Across the street is the Stade Jean-Bouin, which hosts international rugby championships.
Hugues de La Morandière
Ile de la Cité Neighbourhood
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 15, 2017
What sights have been seen here in Ile de la Cité! Just like a salamander re-emerging from the cinders, or a cat surviving more than its allotted seven lives, the Cité subtly reimagines and reinvents itself, continuing to delight us all. In this area, the history of Paris emanates from the very ground on which we tread.
The poet Joachim du Bellay once resided here, where the exquisite melange of Rue des Ursins, Rue de la Colombe and Rue Massillon remain true to the description given by Victor Hugo and Eugene Sue, when reporting the bustling Paris of Medieval times. A divine surprise awaits at the beginning of Rue des Chantres - enter through the doors of 26 Rue Chanoinesse, a pastiche style medieval house, and your feet will press upon ancient tombstones…
But to live in Ile de la Cité is to share your life with Notre Dame. The cathedral resides here, visible at every emerging street corner, surpassing the roofs, the trees, piercing the sky. Majestic and timeless, it is the unwavering memory of Paris. Like those bells heard from one's home, which directly transport one to life in the country, Notre Dame evokes a similar experience. With just a glimpse, or a remembrance, all the history, secrets and adventures reverberate and one can feel the echoes of the past. Nothing is more moving than to attend the distinctive procession which displays the Crown of Thorns, on the first Friday of the month at 5p.m.
This island of stone and trees celebrates and honours nature beautifully: Pope John XXIII Square encircles the Church with tender vegetation, acting almost like a protection. Across the way is the renowned Flower Market, a permanent fixture since the early 1800s, a place of poetry unchanged by the passage of time.
Ile de la Cité exudes the feeling of eternal youth.
Living in Ile de la Cité is to experience living both sides of the river, simultaneously! Just like this “point zero” in the middle of Notre Dame’s esplanade, one is at the very heart of everything. Go and grab a delicious egg mayo dish at the Brasserie des Deux Palais across from the Palais de Justice. Or else…. Stroll around! Just a stone’s throw away is the bustling Marais, with BHV and the cheery shops of the Right Bank. Alternatively, depending on your mood, navigate the Left Bank, explore the market at the renowned Place Maubert, take off to the Latin Quarter. So many possibilities, everything is so accessible and so close.
Exploring the Hôtel Dieu courtyard, the veteran of Parisian hospitals is highly recommended. Observe the statue of Dr. Dupuytren which lies centersquare, an object of a very particular devotion. Every month, to the horror of medical authorities, the med students disguise and dress the statue. So, we get to see Dupuytren as Batman, Mickey Mouse, a Smurf... Hilarious!
Hugues de La Morandière
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