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Elegant Haven in Impressionist Paris

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Living Room with comfortable period furniture will make you feel at home


Last updated: 07/29/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Paris Arrondissement 9 apartment description

Imagine yourself in a charming apartment in the heart of Impressionist Paris. Our sunny, light-filled classic apartment is located on the second floor of an 1870's building in the "Nouvelle Athenes" neighborhood of Paris, close to Montmartre.

It is elegantly furnished, sleeps four to six comfortably and is convenient to the center of Paris. Decorated with antiques and oriental rugs that we collected and fully equipped with appliances (full-size refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, gas cook-top and electric oven), it feels like a close friend's home and is the perfect pied-a-terre for a short or extended stay. Our personal art collection complements the charm and warmth of the apartment. Located on the "cour" side of the building, there is no traffic noise and the apartment is tranquil and welcoming.

Our apartment has all original period architectural details --high molded ceilings, parquet floors and marble fireplaces -- but has been completely restored for comfort and convenience. There are windows in all rooms, so the apartment is cool in the summer and light year-round.

Our spacious apartment is 950 square feet (88 square meters), comprised of four rooms; a master bedroom with full queen bed, second bedroom with double bed, and living room with double sofa bed. The separate dining room features a mahogany dining table and six chairs. The full-size bathroom has a large bathtub and shower, double washbasins, toilet and washing machine. There are doors from both the dining room and the master bedroom into the full bathroom. The half bath has a toilet and washbasin. The well-designed gourmet kitchen has granite countertops, ample cupboards and is equipped for preparing a dinner for 8. Linens, cutlery and kitchen utensils are furnished. Telephone/answering machine, DSL internet connection, CD stereo and cable television and a cassette player are also provided. We have tried to anticipate all our guests' needs so that they feel at home--hair dryer, iron and ironing board, high-quality beds, sheets and towels.

We ask our guests not to smoke in our apartment.

Our apartment is situated in the heart of the "Nouvelle Athenes"--a neighborhood which is an appealing neighborhood of nostalgic Paris. Within steps are traditional boulangeries including the winner of the best baguette of Paris, small working shops--the shoemaker, the antique dealer, as well as true neighborhood bistros where the welcome is simple and genuine. This is not "chic" Paris of high fashion and fancy prices, but a true neighborhood. A small park nearby with a children's play area looks just as it did when painted by Vuillard. The apartment is close to Montmartre and the lively market street of rue Lepic, Moulin Rouge and historic Place de Clichy and Sacre Coeur. There is a unique organic market on Saturdays on boulevard des Batignolles, a pleasant stroll from the apartment. It is within close walking distance to Opera Garnier, Madeleine, and the Galeries Lafayette and Printemps and the "hip" shopping of rue des Abbesses.

We live in this neighborhood and Stephanie is fluent in French. She led walking tours in Paris and can help you plan your itinerary. We greet our guests to make sure they are comfortable and we are happy to assist with dinner reservations, airport or train connections or the numerous small details which make a trip comfortable and memorable.

There are two Metro stops and multiple bus stops in the immediate neighborhood within 5 minutes on foot. These connect to all major lines of central Paris and are direct to the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysees and all major tourist sites such as the Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, the Eiffel Tower and others. This area of Paris is unusually well served for efficient access to all areas of the city and suburban sites (Versailles, Giverny).

The building is small and owner-occupied. There are several English speaking residents who are friendly and willing to help with simple requests. The apartment has been fully modernized, while remaining faithful to the spirit of the Impressionists. Children are welcome. We will furnish additional photos, an area map and description of the neighborhood upon email request.

Here are excerpts of comments about the apartment from former guests:"Of the many apartments we have stayed in in Paris, we remember none so fondly as Darrell's and Stephanie's stunning apartment on rue de Douai. The space is light, airy and very quiet. They are exceptional landlords and we would gladly stay there again."..."We absolutely loved our pied-a-terre during our wonderful two weeks here. Thanks so much for providing a gorgeous apartment and for giving us such a warm and hospitable welcome."..."We loved the apartment. It is beautifully decorated with tasteful touches such as the art, carpets and curtains. The ambience is great – we felt like true Parisians! The multitude of literature is an added bonus." "Your apartment has provided us with a joyful, comfortable respite after each day's adventure. What a treasure you have created."

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Property Type

  • Apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Children Welcome:

    Children are welcome in our apartment. There are a number of families with small children in the building. We provide a folding crib, high chair for small infant and there is a ground floor locked storage area for a stroller....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    There is a modern elevator. There are no specific handicapped modifications in the apartment....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    There is an extra cleaning charge of 150E if the guests smoke in the apartment Smoking is not allowed....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The apartment itself is wheelchair accessible, but the wheelchair would need to fold to enter the elevator....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • Queen size Beds (1) High quality queen bed is provided in the master bedroom., Double Beds (1) High quality double bed is provided in the guest bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Folding crib can be provided for infants up to 3 years., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) High quality sofa bed for 2 persons is provided in the living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Decorative marble fireplaces Hair dryer, iron and ironing board provided. Extensive library of guide books available, Neither pets nor smoking is allowed please, ATM and post office 150 yards from apartment....moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Television with English channels is provided....moreless


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Broadband Access:

    Computer must be provided by guests, but free DSL internet service is included....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Ceiling hung drying rack in the bathroom...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    Off-street, covered parking is provided in nearby commercial structures....moreless

  • Elevator
  • Linens Provided:

    High quality linens, bedding and towels are provided. There is no limitation on the number provided per guest....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Telephone with message function....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Full-size washing machine in the bathroom...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Integrated in the France Telecom Livebox service. Guest's computer must have compatibility....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Decorative fireplaces are located in the living room and bedrooms....moreless


  • Cooking Utensils:

    Full set of cooking utensils plus dinner service and glassware for 8 persons. Espresso machine, toaster, coffee-maker provided....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Upscale modern kitchen with granite countertops; all full-size, modern appliances....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    Full-size refrigerator with freezer compartment....moreless



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One couple:  1,100E/week; 2,600E/month.  We accept PAYMENT ONLY IN EUROS
Two couples: 1,500E/week; 3,200E/month.  We accept PAYMENT ONLY IN EUROS
We prefer a minimum rental of 1 week, but may make exceptions.
Price is negotiable depending on length of stay and number of occupants
Extras: Refundable Security Deposit.
Special rates for combined stay in our Paris and Cassis apartments.

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Walking tours of the historic area, theaters, biking and roller blading, billiards, 0pen air produce markets, meat and cheese shops on rue Lepic, Saturday organic market on boulevard des Batignolles, Direct bus and metro access to all major tourist destinations


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1998

About the owner: Leaning out of our apartment window, we can almost touch the Moulin Rouge. Darrell and I moved to Paris in 2001, after having lived in Seattle, Hartford and Brooklyn. We wanted a mid-life adventure and felt that Paris had everything--the buzz of a big city, great access to other European destinations, famous French cuisine (well, wine and cheese)and the experience of a new culture. When we miss having our toes in the ocean, we hop on the TGV and find ourselves in Cassis 3 hours later. Now, 10 years later, we are astonished to find ourselves almost locals and delighted to wake up each day with another adventure ahead of us, here in Paris.

Why the Owner Chose Paris Arrondissement 9:
We choose our neighborhood in the "Nouvelle Athenes" part of the 9th arrondissement because it has jazz--both literally and figuratively. We're in lower Montmartre, so there are jazz clubs just up the street, but we also love the energy, the movement of this part of Paris. When we arrived, 10 years ago, it was still known as the "sex district." Now that is mostly folkloric and we are surrounded by young French families pushing their babies in strollers. We can get to any part of Paris from our neighborhood; transportation is terrific; there are all kinds of local restaurants and great shops and yet, the neighborhood has an authentic Parisian feel. There's a bit of nostalgia, a bit of hipness and a bit of "naughty Paris" all together here. Our guests love the real French feel of our apartment which was built in the 1860's (think Napoleon and Lincoln) and we are delighted to share our knowledge of Paris with them.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Just walk out the front door and you are in the heart of Paris! Aside from the Moulin Rouge, you'll find great food shopping (one of the favorite pleasures of the Parisians) on rue Lepic. You can hike up to Sacre Coeur--pass the last real "moulin" on your way, or have a tea party in the garden of the Musee de la Vie Romantique. All of this is minutes from our apartment. Beyond the neighborhood, the Opera Garnier (ballet) is within walking distance, if you need culture. If you want shopping, try the Grands Magasins, also a short walk away. For the Champs Elysees and the Tour Eiffel, hop on the #30 bus and you're almost there. It's hard to imagine an area that is better situated, close to everything but cosy in its own space.

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Speaks: english, french, italian

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  • Living Room with comfortable period furniture will make you feel at home

    Living Room with comfortable period furniture will make you feel at home

  • Master Bedroom adjoins spacious, fully-equipped  bathroom

    Master Bedroom adjoins spacious, fully-equipped bathroom

  • Enjoy a hot bath after a long day of exploring Paris

    Enjoy a hot bath after a long day of exploring Paris

  • Invite guests for elegant dining in the well appointed dining room

    Invite guests for elegant dining in the well appointed dining room

  • Fresh ingredients and your cooking magic in the kitchen

    Fresh ingredients and your cooking magic in the kitchen

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Speaks: english, french, italian
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  • Calendar last updated: 07/29/2014
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