Our Dream Apartment
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Before telling you about our apartment, let me congratulate you for taking time to work your way down that long array of Montmartre area listings! That gives us something in common, since when we were looking for our own place in Montmartre, we also worked our way down a long list of 'for sale' apartments, looking at one and then another, until we finally found the one that was just right for us. (Actually we had at that point pretty much given up. And so, as it happened, the apartment found us! But that's another story.)
So take a closer look--our apartment may be just right for you as well--especially if you're looking for a comfortable, well-furnished place in a quiet residential area.
Our apartment is on the 'troiseme etage' (three flights up) of a beautiful art deco building with a modern elevator.
All of the rooms face south and overlook a garden courtyard, with a glimpse of the Montmartre Vineyard beyond. There is a large living room, a good-sized bedroom with a queen-size bed, a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious modern bathroom with a full-sized tub (and shower as well), and a hallway that doubles as an art gallery.
The apartment is 66 square meters in size; quite comfortable for one or two persons.
In one half of the double living room there is a sofa and two armchairs, a flat-screen HD TV (with a cable connection as well as a multi-zone DVD player -- the photo shows our old CRT set) and a Yamaha hifi system with FM tuner, CD player and ~100 CDs. Plus two bookcases with ~200 books on Art, Paris, and French and European History, and a bunch of novels. On the other side there's a dining table that seats six, and a second smaller table where you can set up your laptop, should you bring one along. (We have a wideband internet connection, accessible via wifi or Ethernet cable.)
We also have a regular France Telecom telephone line, which allows others to call you, particularly from abroad, without incurring the surcharges added to calls made to portable phones, but in addition we also have a separate 'voip' line, which allows free outgoing calling to both fixed and portable phones in the United States, Canada, and France.
The apartment was completely renovated in the fall of 2007. We restored the original hardwood floors (topping them with several oriental rugs), and there's plenty of closet and storage space.
The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a microwave, a full size built-in oven, a full-height refrigerator, a five burner gas stovetop, a granite countertop, filter and espresso coffee pots, and plenty of cookware, and pots and pans.
Because we are in a residential area, most of the people you'll see on the streets or in the nearby shops and restaurants are those who live in the area. This has a profound effect on the local merchants, since their survival depends on giving good value and good service to a repeat clientele, rather than 'processing' tourists they'll never see again. Yet the charming byways of Old Montmartre are literally only a few steps away. Over the years we have vacationed or lived in many different quarters of the city, and have fallen in love with the charm, beauty, convenience and true village-like atmosphere of this very special part of Paris - and hope you will too.
Local transportation is excellent. The Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro station (on the number 12 line) is a two minute walk from us, and two bus lines -- the number 80 and the Montmartrobus -- pass nearby. (Walk a little farther and you can catch the 30, 85 and 95 routes as well.)
(What, you might ask, is the 'Montmartrobus'? Answer: it's a mini-bus whose route takes it right over the butte, from its starting point near the Jules Joffrin metro station to its terminus at Pigalle. In the process, it passes close to our apartment! A handy thing to have when you're loaded up with goodies from the rue du Poteau outdoor market!)
The route of the number 80 bus begins close to Jules Joffrin as well, the difference being that the 80 bus crosses the entire city, all the way to the Porte de Versailles. Stops en route include the Place de Clichy, and the Gare St. Lazare, not far from the Printemps and Galeries Lafayette department stores. It continues on to the Rond Point des Champs-Elysses, and then crosses the Seine at the Pont de l'Alma, passing close to the Eiffel Tower before descending into the uncharted depths of the 15th Arrondissement. A route that is both scenic and useful -- we ride the 80 bus a lot!)
The number 12 metro line is one of the main 'north-south' lines in the city. Stops along the route include Abbesses, St Georges, St Lazare, Madeleine, Concorde (where the Champs Elysses and the rue de Rivoli meet; change here for the Louvre), Solferino (close to the Musee d'Orsay), Sevres-Babylon (close to the Bon Marche department store, along with (it's just next door) its incredible food hall) and the Gare Montparnasse (just in case you're planning to run down to visit the cathedral at Chartres while you're in town!)
If you'd like to see our exact location please scroll down to the Google Earth map. (NOTE There seems to be a problem with the Google map on the vrbo site - hopefully it will be corrected soon but in the meanwhile you can see our location, and learn more about the apartment and our neighborhood via the link further down, which will take you to the apartment's webpage.)
There is no smoking in the apartment and, because some of our guests have allergies, no pets are allowed. References are available upon request.
- 6 story
- On floor 3
- 66 m²
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- Bedroom 1
- Convertible bed(s)
- Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
- 1.0 Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
Kitchen & Dining
- Pantry Items:
- Cooking Utensils
- Clothes Dryer:
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
Answering Machine, DSL, Widescreen TV with cable connection (CNN, BBC, etc, ), Component Yamaha Stereo, CD Player and ~100 CDs, library of ~200 books on Paris, art and history, full complement of kitchen equipment, Filter Coffee Pot, Espresso Pot, Towels and linens are provided...morecollapse
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- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Free Long Distance:
- Wireless Internet
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
In addition to the attractive parks, gardens, and squares nearby you'll also find a selection of excellent family-owned restaurants in the immediate area, plus an array of fine food shops ranged along the nearby rue Caulaincourt, less than 100 yards away, A five minute walk takes you to the rue du Poteau and a lively outdoor market open six days a week, plus a similar array of fine shops. In addition there is a superb outdoor organic market -- one of two in Paris -- that sets up in our part of town every Saturday morning is easily reached from the apartment. (You'll find full details in the apartment information folder.) (At point we probably should mention that a public swimming pool and a fitness club are also located nearby!) The Musee d'Orsay is one of several popular destinations that are a direct ride on the number 12 Metro line from our stop....morecollapse
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This place is wonderful! On arrival we found the building entry decorated with a Christmas tree that was very welcoming. The space is airy and roomy, the view of the yards and classic buildings off the back balconies delightful, as well as the slice of the Montmartre vineyard. The apartment building is very quiet and feels like home very quickly. The well-equipped kitchen and the owner's detailed notes on where to shop for food encouraged us to cook for ourselves almost every day. It is nice to have the tourist highlights of the Montmartre just a few blocks away, but just off the hill enough to get away from the crowds. And the shopping along Lamark, Caulaincourt and rue de Poteau was an embarassment of riches for fine food. The metro and the bus are right down the hill and it was easy to navigate to each of the places we wanted to visit. Each eatery we tried had a great character and feel to it. The people at neighborhood shops were friendly and helpful, even though our french is poor. It was hard to leave and we look forward to returning one day.
- Guest Pat and Cindy
- Date of stay 12/28/12
- Review Submitted 01/08/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Perfect apartment in the 18th
Perfect apartment in the 18th
My husband and I wanted to find an apartment in this wonderful residential neighborhood which we knew because French friends live there. In addition to being in the "right place" for us, this apartment could not have been more comfortable, well-equipped, light and airy. The owner was easy to deal with, extremely helpful, and his love of the area made this seem less of a commercial transaction than one between friends with a shared affection for the 18th. I recommend the apartment highly.
- Guest Carol
- Date of stay 12/15/11
- Review Submitted 02/02/12
Recommended for: Tourists without a car, age 55+, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
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4 night min stay
Additional Fees and Taxes:
$1200/week for 1st week, for one or two guests.
Additional nights are $120/night; additional weeks $840.
$3960 (30 days) for 1st month; $3600 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'.
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: THE MAP SHOWING OUR 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 LEFT. . For years our fantasy was to -- someday -- have an apartment in Paris. About fifteen years ago, and after months of looking, that dream became a reality. The apartment was ideal—in a beautifully maintained building in a quiet residential area of Montmartre, and fronting on a little tree-shaded square. But then, with the passage of time, my knees began to hint that an elevator might be in order. And so we started looking again. That first apartment had spoiled us though, and we weren’t easily satisfied. But then one morning, walking out to pick up a baguette for lunch, we bumped into the realtor who had sold us the apartment. We hadn’t seen him for years but just the same there he was, and it was clear that he was glad to see us. Just fifteen minutes earlier, he claimed, he had taken a listing for an apartment that he claimed would bowl us over. “Right” we thought. But as they say in Paris, 'on ne sait jamais', and in any case his apartment was only just around the corner. Turns out he was right, and we were the first (and only) clients to see it. It needed a LOT of work (though that's what made it affordable) but now that the renovations are done we're simply delighted. It's truly our dream apartment. Come share it with us.
Why the Owner Chose Paris Arrondissement 18:
When we started to look for an apartment we had a pretty good idea of what we did and didn't want. Three particularly important things were, first, to be in a real Paris neighborhood, rather than in a commercial area, or one inundated with tourists; second, that the apartment should be quiet (some of the places we stayed in earlier got a lot of street noise); and third, that wherever we settled, we wanted to have good transportation to other areas of the city. What we like to call the 'Back of the Butte' quarter of Montmartre meets those, and our other needs, 100%
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
This apartment is our home, and was chosen, remodeled, and furnished as such. We hope you will be as comfortable when you visit as we are when we are there.
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Looking into one half of the double living room.
Looking down the hallway towards the bedroom.
Kitchen (The outside scaffolding has since been removed!)
Other side of the bathroom - the washer and dryer are off to the left.
Radishes at the nearby rue du Poteau market.
Our favorite boulanger.
The Montmartre vineyard is just around the corner!
The entrance to our building.
Looking the other way.
Bedroom. (A corner of the desk is just visible at the bottom left of the photo.
Tub and shower.
One of the bookshelves in the apartment, showing cookbooks and guidebooks.
Veggies at the organic market.
An afternoon scene in a nearby park.
The the long way 'round to the Montmartre Vineyard!
A welcome sight after a day of running around town!
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