Our Home in Montmartre
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Any visit to Paris involves striking a balance between the monumental scale (Champs Elysses, Eiffel Tower, etc.) and the human scale (the boulangers and markets, the corner bistros and cafes) aspects of the city. In purchasing our second home in what we like to call the 'Back of the Butte' quarter—an area that has managed to preserve much of its original charm and village-like atmosphere—we think we've struck an ideal balance between the two.
Our apartment is 45 square meters (~500 square feet) in size– quite comfortable for one or two, or, if need be, for a couple and a third person. It consists of a living room with dining alcove, a separate bedroom, a (newly renovated) bathroom, a separate W.C. room, an entry hall, and a kitchen. To learn more about the apartment and our neighborhood, and to see precisely where we're located, please click the link further down on this page, which will take you to the apartment's website.
We're on a quiet residential street in a beautiful, non-touristic section of Montmartre, a few minutes' walk behind (to the north of) Sacre Coeur, and three flights up in a secure, well-maintained building.
(There is no elevator. Although the owners of the apartments in the building have discussed the possibility of adding one, no one wans to be responsible for the resultant disfiguration of the stairway, which is one of the most beautiful in the quarter.)
The living room looks out on a small tree-shaded square, the bedroom and kitchen on a quiet courtyard. There are the original hardwood floors (bearing the marks of hand-scraping!) in the living room bedroom and entry hall, along with several oriental rugs, and ample closet and storage space.
There is superb food shopping on the nearby rue Caulaincourt, plus a six-day-a-week outdoor market a few minutes’ walk beyond. The Montmartre Vineyard, the Lapin Agile Cabaret, and the streets and byways of Old Montmartre are literally just around the corner, yet most of the people you’ll see in the nearby streets and shops are not tourists, but rather those who live in the area. Over the years we’ve vacationed or lived in many different quarters of Paris, and have fallen in love with the charm, convenience and village-like atmosphere of this very special part of the city…and hope you will too.
As mentioned above, this is not a rental 'property' but rather was purchased and furnished as our second home. Unfortunately we can't come to Paris as often as we'd like, but that means that we can share it with other lovers of Paris and things Parisian when we can't be there ourselves.
All of the furniture was purchased new for our personal use, and is comfortable and of high quality. There is a dining table that seats six, a comfortable queen-size bed with a Sealy mattress, a convertible sofa, original artwork by friends, a color TV with a DVD player and cable connection (giving access to CNN, Bloomberg, BBC, etc. in addition to a host of French channels), a wideband Ethernet (and wifi) internet connection, and a Yamaha hi-fi system (not a boom box) with FM tuner and CD player. Plus ~75 CDs and DVDs, and more than 100 books about art, Paris, and French history.
In addition to the regular France Telecom phone line -- which allows others, anywhere in the world, to quickly and easily reach you -- there's also an internet (voip) line, which allow free outgoing calls to be made to fixed and portable phones in France, the United States, and Canada, and in several other countries as well.
The kitchen is in a separate room and is fully equipped, with a four-burner cooktop, a microwave oven, a countertop oven, and a serious “batterie de cusine”. (Also in the kitchen are a clothes washing machine and a dryer.)
There is excellent transportation to other parts of town. The Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro station is a two minute walk away, in addition to which five bus lines (31, 60, 80, 85, and the Montmartrobus) pass nearby. Again, please see our webpage for more information.
There is no smoking in the apartment, and pets are not allowed. References are available on request. (Over the years many of our guests have returned for second and even third visits.)
Keywords: One-Bedroom Apartment
- 5 story
- On floor 3
- 45 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
- Bedroom 1
- Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Towels Provided
- Living Room seats 6
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Video Library:
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Broadband Access
- Free Long Distance
In addition to several attractive parks, gardens and squares you'll also find a selection of excellent small family-owned restaurants close at hand, plus an array of fine food shops - boulanger, patissier, boucherie, several traiteurs, and marchands de vin, fromage, legumes, - ranged along the nearby rue Caulaincourt, less than 100 yards from the flat. A five-minute walk away there is a lively outdoor market (open six days a week) on the rue du Poteau, and a similar array of fine shops, In addition, every Saturday morning an organic market sets up in our part of town, and is easily reached from the apartment, A public swimming pool and an exercise club are also nearby...morecollapse
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Happy in Montmartre
Happy in Montmartre
My husband and I had the pleasure of staying here for a week in late February, after making last minute arrangements with the owner, who was most helpful in getting the key, useful directions, and instructions to us promptly. The apartment was comfortable and well-equipped and everything worked! Being there in winter we were concerned about the heat situation but it was very comfortable. We turned it down while out and things warmed up nicely after a day walking in the Paris chill. Lots of hot water,a good shower and a comfy bed. The kitchen was just fine for our purposes. We had most of our breakfasts there as well as making a couple of lunches and suppers when we were too tired to go out again. Some better knives would be helpful but everything else was more than adequate. We had a wonderful time shopping in the area as there are lots of good patisseries,produce stores,etc. There are some wonderful restaurants nearby and Mark provided an excellent list of suggestions complete with addresses and a map. It was great to have a washing machine as we'd been travelling prior to arriving here. The clothes air-dried quickly so no need for a drier. The building was very quiet,clean and secure which we really appreciated. Not a view but we were out all day seeing Paris so we didn't really need one. We had memorable walks up to Sacre Coeur and the great view by hiking directly uphill from the apartment building! A good climb!! Go at night as well as daytime! The building is a short walk to the Metro,which we made great use of.What a great system! We also hopped the bus a few times but mostly we enjoyed walking almost everywhere!The apartment is in a great location; we explore in all directions and if too tired we took the Metro "home". Having the internet access was fantastic. Also, the good sound system as we are musicians. I don't understand a complaint I read after we returned to Canada, about the selection of videos as we greatly appreciated the movies chosen for their Parisian or French connection.We enjoyed a couple of them. The apartment was pretty much true to the photos we'd seen.There was a waterleak repair that had not been completed....a small area of unpainted plaster and exposed pipe in the hall/bathroom. We've heard that this has now been repaired but it didn't bother us at all. I have already recommended this apartment to friends.If we are lucky enough to have another Paris holiday we won't hesitate to contact Mark. Merci Mark!
- Guest two for the road
- Date of stay 02/22/13
- Review Submitted 05/11/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car.
Although pleasant in terms of lay-out and space, this apartment is in dire need of cleaning and updating. Coming in to the entry hall, one is confronted by a mess of peeling plaster on the right wall outside the bathroom. The owner says that a leak in the bathroom plumbing is responsible. Needless to say, the plaster is crumbling in the bathroom as well. A date pencilled on the wall (early spring of 2012--March or April, I think) suggested to me that the problem is long-standing. Needless to say, finding the apartment in this state upon entry does not leave a good impression. The owner requests that occupants undertake "light housekeeping." I thought that meant cleaning up after yourself, rather than previous guests. Some examples: said bathroom was littered hair/dust balls; almost every dish and piece of cutlery had to be re-washed because of caked-on food; and, upon my arrival, I had to clean the bathroom sink and mirror, after which I couldn't find a hand towel to dry my hands because they're not provided. All furniture upholstery in the apartment is dirty, from the light-colored dining room chairs to the arm chair and couch. It's great to have a full set of chopping knives, but they're so dull as to be next to useless. At a more general level, the apartment is in desperate need of a paint job. It would do wonders to the apartment's current grimy and dingy appearance. Owner is pleasant and semi-responsive to requests. For example, he helped when I had trouble operating the hair dryer, but didn't replace the tea pot when I told him that its lid had been broken by a previous tenant. He provides lots of CDs and (dated) DVDs (although the system wasn't working when I stayed there). However, for the money I spent for the week, I would've appreciated more a clean and well-maintained dwelling.
- Guest Pomo
- Date of stay 10/28/12
- Review Submitted 02/18/13
Owner response: I'm baffled by this review, which arrived out of the blue almost four months after our guest's visit. I tried to contact her about it, but she did not reply. I visited the apartment prior to her arrival, and verified that it was in good order. I met her there when she arrived, explaining that the (actually relatively minor) water damage in the hall had appeared the previous March, but that before repairs could be made things had to dry out—there's no point in painting over damp plaster. However because water had infiltrated behind the tile, the necessary drying out was still in progress. (Update: Repair was completed in March.) During her stay she contacted me about the hairdryer and the teapot lid. I explained how to work the hairdryer and apologized for the missing lid, which could easily have been replaced had she indicated that it was disturbing her so. None of the other issues she raises now were mentioned to me at the time. There are plenty of towels on hand, of all sizes, and the apartment is not in "desperate need" of a paint job. In fact the kitchen, bath, and entry hall were repainted only a few years ago, when we remodeled the bathroom. While by comparison the less-recently repainted bedroom and living room are not as bright, they certainly are not "grimy" or "dingy". Our DVD collection, on the other hand, is indeed dated, consisting mostly of some of the (Paris-related) classics that have delighted us over the years, such as Irma la Duce, An American in Paris, and Casablanca. We're not trying to anticipate this year's Academy Awards! Finally, visitors to our apartment are not "tenants", they are guests in our home. But each guest, or potential guest, is different. It can be a first visit to Paris for one, and a fifth for another. One couple may plan on mostly eating in—so that a well-equipped kitchen and good local food shopping are essential—while another may plan on mostly dining out—so that a choice of good local restaurants is more of a factor. One may be looking for a three star restaurant experience, and another for a five star hotel experience. And so on. And so one of my tasks as host is to try to assure a good match between the needs and expectations of each prospective guest, and the character of our apartment and our neighborhood. Although I regret that in this instance it looks like I didn't do that job very well, many of our guests are satisfied repeat visitors, so we must be doing something right.
The best of Paris
The best of Paris
I stayed in this charming flat a number of weeks ago. The owner's description is thorough and accurate; no need for me to repeat him. I've rented any number of flats in Europe (Berlin, Prague, Barcelona, others)--all attractive, but none compared in value or appeal to this cozy walk-up in Montmartre. The original artwork, owner's personal book/CD libraries, the neighbors you meet on the stairs...all add to the intimate feel. You'll imagine you're visiting a friend's home. And Mark, the owner, will in fact become your friend, with invaluable tips and advise on shopping and dining, transportation, saving a few euros, etc. What ultimately matters though, in my opinion, is the personal experience, the impressions we take back with us. Isn't this why we travel? Now weeks later, I'll find myself going through my day and I'll randomly recall walking back from a busy schedule to my Parisian home, or sitting on the couch with a glass of cab and a plate of cheeses and bread and listening to Miles Davis, or strolling to the cafe right across the square for a nightcap. Smiling at those reveries and wishing like crazy I were back in Montmartre.
- Guest Bearcatty
- Date of stay 07/05/12
- Review Submitted 09/26/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thanks, Ron. I wish I was there right now -- we don't get over often enough! (Glad you enjoyed our jazz cds -- we're going to add a few more on our next visit!)
When you rent the owners' enchanting second home, it will be as though you have been magically transformed into a real Parisian, a resident of the lovely neighborhood of Montmartre. My husband and I had the pleasure of staying a week at this apartment this past September. Each afternoon, after a long day of sightseeing, I would open the living room windows and see window boxes filled with geraniums and hear the sounds of French children playing in the alley below. My husband and I would often eat at Au Relais, the lovely neighborhood cafe that is just next door to the apartment building. A local market, an excellent patisserie, and a Metro station were all within easy walking distance. My husband and I spent a day and half exploring vibrant, beautiful Montmartre, home to Sacre Coeur, a stunning cathedral built on Paris's highest point. We became engrossed in the rich history of the neighborhood, once home to such great artists as Renoir, Picasso, and Toulouse-Latrec. If you long to experience life as a true Parisian on your trip to Paris, I know you will not be disappointed in this home away from home. Not only will you fall in love with Montmartre, but you will be enchanted with your temporary residence as well. The bed is very comfortable. The adorable kitchen leaves nothing to be desired. There is even a telephone where you can make calls to American land lines for free. The owners have left an entire notebook of helpful information about the apartment and the neighborhood and are very easy to contact in case you need them for anything. My husband and I enjoyed our experience so much that we felt compelled to write this recommendation. Just writing these words makes me want to make a return visit. Thanks again to the hospitable owners. We are so glad we discovered you!
- Guest Nashville_AMP
- Date of stay 09/02/11
- Review Submitted 10/19/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: My thanks to our September guests for their thoughtful review... and for the care they took with our apartment during their stay. About the only "correction" I would make is to mention that the living room does not overlook an alley, but rather a small tree-shaded mini-park -- where neighborhood kids do indeed play!
$900/week for 1st week, for one or two guests. Additional nights are $85/night; additional weeks $595/week. $2850/month (30 days) for 1st month; $2500/month for each additional month. Please note that our rates are in US Dollars. Our rates are constant during the year; we don't push them up for 'high season'. *** Please be sure to include your telephone number. *** References are available on request.
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Year Purchased: 1997
About the owner: (THE MAP SHOWING OUR APARTMENT'S LOCATION IS NOT VISIBLE IN ALL WEB BROWSERS. IF THE MAP DOESN'T APPEAR ON YOUR BROWSER YOU CAN SEE IT BY GOING TO THE APARTMENT'S STAND-ALONE WEBPAGE, BY CLICKING ON THE LINK TO THE UPPER LEFT.) . I first came to Paris in 1974, on a one-year fellowship in oceanography. (That's me in the photo, standing in a field of seaweed on the coast of Brittany. Our interest was in the gases (phew!) emitted by the seaweed at low tide, when it was exposed to air.) . That project went well, and, as is often the case, one thing led to another... And so, by various subterfuges that first year was extended to four years. But then, after returning to the United States, I continued to come back to my old lab for one month each year, on a part-time appointment. . That arrangement, amazing to relate, continued for more than twenty years! During those visits we stayed a series of short-term rental apartments. These were of widely varying levels of quality, cost and comfort, and scattered all over the city. While some were nice enough each had its disadvantages, and we never found one we cared to return to. . And so, in 'self-defense', we started looking for a place of our own, focussing on Montmartre because that was the part of town we liked best. We must have looked at fifty apartments, but, like our prior rentals, each had its drawbacks. Then we came to this one. . As we walked with the realtor up the beautifully waxed wooden staircase it was clear that the building was well cared for; two minutes after entering the apartment we knew we had found what we had been looking for. Just the right size, and in a beautiful part of the 'Old Montmartre' area. And with a separate, good-sized kitchen. And quiet -- the living room overlooked a tree-shaded square free from traffic, and the bedroom faced a quiet courtyard. . Bingo. . “Full price offer!” we cried. Our search had ended.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
As mentioned above, this apartment is not a 'rental unit'. Instead it was purchased and furnished as our second home. Our books are here. Our CDs and DVDs are here. Some favorite artwork is here. This in contrast to some of the bleakly furnished apartments we had rented in the past. Beyond that, our neighborhood is here. After fifteen years we have come to know and appreciate many of the local shop and restaurant owners, who offer a wide selection of carefully selected goods and foods. To help you get started we've marked the locations of some of these on the accompanying map, and provided more information in a folder you'll find in the apartment. However the real fun will begin when you start 'cruising' the neighborhood on your own, and coming up with your own discoveries!
Links to more information:
The little square in front of our building.
Living room, looking the other way.
Bedroom, with queen-size bed.
Our newsvendor's chow
New Wave Bistro -- Steak Frites ain't what it used to be!
People cross Paris to get here. (We, alas, need only walk a short distance.)
Window display of a local traiteur.
Vineyard Painter -- The Montmartre Vineyard is just around the corner!
Living room. (The edge of the couch is just visible at the right.)
Entry hall, with a corner of the 'powder room' just visible.
Our corner bistro's cat
Ditto for Pave du Saumon!!
Antidote: A nearby organic market.
Local favorites: our greengrocer and boulanger.
Le Passe Muraille - Square Marcel Ayme
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