PETIT MONTROUGE In a beautiful building dating from 1880, on the first floor with no lift access, this 57 sqm (613.5 square feet) dual aspect apartment located between Alésia and Montsouris comprises an entrance, living room with open kitchen facing south, two bedrooms, shower room and cellar. Close to schools, shops and public transport.
Certain parts of Paris don’t really deserve their “neighbourhood” title. There are some areas where one can simply pass through, without necessarily forming an attachment. Conversely, this great southern area of Paris, Alésia, has conserved an authenticity that is both rare and touching.
Formerly an extremely popular area, it has kept a charm that can be felt as soon as one emerges from the Pernety metro station.
All the components of business, family life and cafesin this area contribute to a timeless atmosphere one would expect to find solely in the Cinema. But everything is true to life in this neighbourhood. Rue des Thermopyles is an excellent example, a charming village lane which perfectly highlights the secret heart of the 14th arrondissement; and likewise, the private roads we pass through - 29 Rue Boulard, 14 bis Rue Mouton Duvernet; not to mention the Villa d’Alésia at 111 Rue Alésia - the genuine article indeed. And of course, the delightful “cité Bauer”, another enchanting alleyway to be admired, especially the door at No. 19 which is covered in a mysterious fresco, representing a shepherd playing a pipe.
One could say that this the countryside, in a sense, but Alésia is also one of the most Parisian of neighbourhoods, and one of the most popular colloquial areas in the capital.
Alesia is a place where one can live happily. Its contemporary buildings adjoin the little townhouses with endearing charm. Major hospitals sit contentedly beside small local squares. One sees the modern and the classical combine in true harmony, as represented in the metal frame of the beautiful Church of Notre Dame du Travail.
The spirit of Jean Moulin, who once lived in this area, is palpable still, and the present-day avenue bearing his name boasts one of the spearheads of Parisian bistronomy: La Regalade. For the past twenty years this restaurant has been a Mecca for foodies who come here and delight in the abundant meals.
This is of course out of bounds, but if you step over the fence blocking access to the old railway belt path (at the corner of Giordano Bruno and Rue des Plantes) you will discover an untamed entryway into the quarries, which run under almost all of the Left Bank… But shhh, it’s a secret, just between us!