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Renovated Artist's Atelier

Petit-Montrouge, Paris, France
  • Apartment585 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay14 nights

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + 1 single bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)


Formerly an artist's atelier with an enormous window on the north wall, this is our cherished pied-a-terre which, as retired teachers with flexible schedules, we are pleased to share with guests on a long or short term basis. We are located in a private courtyard at the end of a cobblestone street just off Place Basch, the bustling heart of the XIV arrondisement (once described by the NYTimes as the best kept secret in Paris).

Entry to the courtyard is protected by a digicode and gardienne; we are on the second floor but, with double volume ceilings, this is the equivalent of a fourth (with elevator !). The exposure is north/south with light as a constant from the north window and from two windows on the second level facing south. On the loft's first level: a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area that seats six people easily, comfortable couches, an entry with ample closets. On the second level: the studio area with a single bed, desk and chairs; adjoining is the bedroom with double bed, ample closets, and the bathroom with basin, WC and large shower. Here too, ample closets!

All linens, towels, etc. are supplied; the kitchen is completely equipped with microwave and fan ovens, washer/dryer, refrigerator, halogen stovetop and all cooking equipment. Air conditioning in the form of a reversible ceiling fan recently installed.

A TV set, a printer/scanner are provided as is a free ADSL connection and WiFi, free telephone calls to land lines in the United States and Europe; all utilities included; maid service of 4 hours twice monthly included in stays of 4 weeks or over.

A two-minute walk from the front door brings one to the main north-south metro line (#4/Porte d’Orleans-Porte de Clignancourt), across the street are four bus lines (#38,68, 62 & 28) putting all of the city- including its major research institutions - within easy reach.

There are three supermarkets in the immediate neighborhood plus a number of excellent specialty shops; an award-winning bakery has just opened across the square and Rue Daguerre where shopping is always a pleasure, is a five minute walk away. There is also an open market twice weekly on the square in front of the Mairie du XIVeme.

The joy of the 14th Arrondisement is that it retains its strictly Parisian flavour with reminders of its artist-studded past still hidden away in its narrow streets, its many impasses, its cobble-stone alleys. For walkers, Saint Germain des Pres, the Luxembourg Gardens,the Latin Quarter, Montparnasse are an easy 20 minutes away and all major museums - the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, Cluny, etc. - a direct and pleasant bus or Metro ride. For joggers there is an easy run to the Parc Montsouris.

For more information about the apartment or the area, please don't hesitate to contact me; I'm delighted to be of help in any way possible.

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english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Mar 26, 2018
Why Owner chose Petit-Montrouge

Ours is not strictly speaking a vacation rental. It is instead our much-cherished pied-a-terre in the city that above all others we love and where we feel totally at home. Unfortunately for us, we can make use of it for limited periods throughout the year and for this reason are delighted to share it with guests who already know or are about to discover what a joy a period in Paris can be.

What makes this Apartment unique

About the apartment itself, I love the compactness of it together with the illusion of ample space occasioned by the double volume of the ceiling and the light from the floor-to-ceiling north window. About the area, I love the feeling of being in a truly authentic part of Paris with everything close at hand to make the everyday part of Parisian living (shopping, bars, bistros, cinemas, parks, etc.) easy but with all of Paris within quick access by foot, by Metro - a two minute walk away - by bus of which there are five lines immediately across the street.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
        • Double Bed (1), Single Bed in Study Area on Second Level


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Large shower, w.c., basin


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Iron & Board
                • Air Conditioning
                  Ceiling fan, reversible for winter/summer
                • Elevator
                  Double volume ceiling/equivalent 4th floor
                • Free Long Distance
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Electric radiators on both levels
                • Internet
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Linens Provided
                • Living Room
                  corner couch seats 4/6
                • Telephone
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine
                • Wireless Internet
                  printer/scanner provided


                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Cooking Utensils
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 6 people


                            • Books
                            • Television


                                • Bicycles
                                  Velib station at the end of the Impasse


                                    • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                    • not suitable for children
                                      The inside staircase creates a possible problem with very small children.
                                    • wheelchair inaccessible
                                      The elevator is too small and the bedroom and bathroom are located on the second level,up a narrow staircase.

                                      Onsite Services

                                        • Concierge


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • playground
                                            • restaurants
                                            • synagogues
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • outlet shopping
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • swimming


                                                            • Bi-weekly Maid Service included in rentals for 4 weeks and over

                                                              56 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Sweet life in XIVeme!

                                                              elaine l.

                                                              Impasse du Rouet

                                                              We stayed at the atelier in the Impasse du Rouet for two weeks recently and now know we will not have to look further when we visit Paris in the future. Ann’s apartment is spacious, light-filled, well-accommodated, comfortable, quiet, convenient and, in a word, lovely.

                                                              The atelier is found at the end of a short dead-end right off a roundabout where 4 major avenues in the XIVeme come together. Although it is busy on any of these streets during the day—shopping, boulangeries, fresh fish /vegetable markets, cafes— behind a secured gate the concierge’s cats lie lazily stretched out. Past the cats, all is calm along the plant filled courtyard where the atelier is located.

                                                              The apartment has two levels defined by two-story high windows that frame a view of roof tops, the sky and clouds and let in abundant sunlight and breezes. The first floor is a well-designed and appointed living space, complete with a comfortable sectional, an expansive dining table cheerily covered in a print tablecloth, and a well-equipped kitchen. Upstairs, the study/television area and the bedroom are comfortable and provide a nice separation from the lower level living area. As noted by others, the shower provides abundant hot water allowing for two people to shower in succession before leaving for the day’s adventures.

                                                              Ann is a thoughtful host providing guests with plenty of towels and linens, a kitchen and dining room stocked with plenty of plates, glasses, and all implements necessary for cooking with ease. In addition to providing guests with information on transportation, restaurants suggestions, local areas of interests, and details relevant to the apartment itself, Ann promptly responds to any questions that may arise.

                                                              Lastly, not enough can be said about the convenient location of the Atelier. Within a five minute walk of the Impasse du Rouet, are the metro and bus service connecting to the entire City. There is an award winning boulangerie/patisserie in Alesia square, steps from the apartment, and perfect for morning coffee and croissant, or picking up the day’s bread and dessert. There are several grocery stores, a vegetable/fruit market, and fresh poultry and fish market within a few blocks.

                                                              In a word – perfect!

                                                              Elaine L and Steve K Boston, MA

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Elaine and Steve,

                                                              Many thanks and my deepest appreciation for a welcome addition to my Vicarious Paris collection, another moment of shared pleasure to be gone back to, read over and remembered will delight in such times as we can't be there ourselves.

                                                              Again, too, my thanks for having chosen our hidden corner of Paris as headquarters for your anniversary celebration. Now, shall be aim for 25?



                                                              Wonderful, perfect place to enjoy Paris, look no further.

                                                              Joseph B.

                                                              My wife and I have visited Paris many times in the past 10 years and the apartment we rented from Ann Ottanelli, in terms of facility, location, and relationship with the owner, as about as good as it gets. The apartment was within a locked community on the end of a short street then opens essentially onto Place Basch in Alesia. This area is almost without tourists, and is the home for many middle class Parisians. Although I only speak enough French to be polite, we found the people in the area to be marvelous. The Place has a metro station and is serviced by at least four different busses. There are easy connections to the airports via the RER to a nearby station and then a short trip on the Metro or by bus. The busses can take you directly to major places at the center of the city and for us are much more pleasant than the Metro. There are, within 5 minute walking distance, wonderful sources of French pastries, bread, groceries, fish, cheese, meat, and several places to eat.

                                                              Once inside the locked community, the apartment is on the second floor of a building that just a short walk from the gate. There is an elevator that is small by American standards, but can hold two people or one person and some luggage. The apartment is on two levels, the main level has a kitchen, a dining area, and a living room with two comfortable couches. There is stairway to a loft that has a enclosed two-person bedroom, a bathroom, a single bed, a small desk with printer/scanner, and many books on seeing Paris and France. The wifi and telephone worked flawlessly. Everything you will need is there. It is as if the owners went on a trip, cleaned out their refrigeration and left. You only need to bring you own clothes and personal items, and then buy some food if you choose to cook in the well appointed kitchen. For those of you who have rented in Paris in the past, let me add one important point, the shower is wonderful, plenty of hot water and good pressure.

                                                              We communicated several times with Ann the owner who always replied promptly and with grace and charm. We found staying at the atelier a wonderful experience and would recommend it without reservation. Well, we are concerned that it is so attractive that it may not be available the next time we visit Paris, but we can hope.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Kelly and Joseph,

                                                              With guests like you, it is easy to be "graceful and charming". Do come back; we'll always find room for you ! And don't forget that promised rendez-vous in Tuscany.

                                                              Many thanks for this greatly appreciated addition to my "Vicarious Paris " collection.



                                                              A Secret Courtyard

                                                              daryl a.

                                                              Everything is anticipated in a calm setting. The gracious owner responds quickly to answers and promptly offers advice and counsel. The apartment is tucked away in an unassuming Parisian neighborhood blessed with a true range of bistros, entertainment outlets and serious pastry shops. Matisse's old studio is reportedly a few blocks away. A nearby supermarket delivers within minutes. Area markets include a fish emporium on General LeClerc and twice-weekly outdoor stalls (olives, cheese, flowers, paté and more fish). Buses and metro line are steps away. Du Rouet represents a lovely and tranquil space to return to after museum hopping, ingredient shopping and what-what.

                                                              A beautiful place to stay in the 14th arrondisement

                                                              Our apartment for two people was exactly as promised...fully equipped, comfortable, modern and quiet, though located in a lively neighborhood in Montparnasse. The phone and wi-fi worked perfectly, the kitchen was efficient and totally equipped (though the refrigerator/freezer was a bit small), and the washer/dryer was excellent. Tall, opening windows in the living area allowed us light and a sense of space while providing a vision of Paris rooftops. The bathroom in the loft/sleeping area was small but the shower was wonderful. As the French say, tout confort. Our landlord, Ann, could not have been nicer or provided better instructions and support by phone from her home in Italy. Outside our door and within a block or two, we had a bakery, fish market, butcher, green grocer, two supermarkets, a half dozen cafe-restaurants and even a multi-screen movie theater. Buses crisscrossed the place outside the apartment and we were well served by the Alesia stop on the No. 4 Metro line. We will certainly recommend this rental to friends searching for an authentic neighborhood experience in the heart of the real Paris.

                                                              A Peaceful Retreat with all of Paris at Your Doorstep!

                                                              Harry J.

                                                              We have just returned home after staying 6 weeks in this beautiful unit and can't imagine a better place to call our "Paris home!" It is light with soaring windows, clean, quiet and wonderfully comfortable. The owner did everything possible to make our stay memorable. We were half a block away from major thoroughfares, the #4 Metro (which we literally rode everyday), buses, charming restaurants, one of the best bakeries in Paris and interesting shops. A beautiful church is across the street, just adjacent to the Metro. The 14th arr. is not a tourist area so the hordes of visitors disappear--it's a real Paris neighborhood.

                                                              Our son joined us for a couple of weeks and we were all very comfortable. He had no difficulty conducting a couple of meetings with his US offices; the wi-fi is terrific. The shower has plenty of hot water and great pressure. There are plenty of linens for the beds. The washer/dryer works beautifully, though with a refreshing cross-breeze we hardly ever used the dryer. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, towels, spices, etc. One of our favorite activities every day was chatting about where we planned to go while eating breakfast at the dining room table. Shopping at the nearby bakery, supermarkets, cheese-mongers, vegetable stores, fish markets and butcher shops was convenient...and fun! We loved every minute. There is an elevator for those occasions when we didn't feel like using the stairs.

                                                              We cannot overstate the convenience of this location. We are enthusiastic tourists and visited every arrondissement while in Paris. With the transportation available at our doorstep, we had no difficulty finding everywhere we wanted to go with 1 Metro ticket. We only used a taxi once when it was late at night. It was so simple to pick our son up and return from the airport on the train as well as visit Versailles and Chartres--all with only one ticket and one stop to change trains. We became Friends of the Louvre and visited this amazing museum at least twice a week; because of this great location, we only had to walk half a block at both ends to arrive there and it only took about 15 minutes! While we love the noise and crowds of a large city, it was great to return to our quiet, peaceful home at night. Aside from school children playing in the morning and the occasional tolling of the church bells, we didn't hear any city noises.

                                                              We will stay here again in a heartbeat. It is perfect.

                                                              Live Like A Parisian

                                                              LizDurham, NC, USA

                                                              So much is wonderful about this former artist’s studio renovated into a spacious 2-story 1 bedroom apartment. I spent two months here feeling like a Parisian resident. Outside the gates of the courtyard, everything I needed for daily life was close by. Inside, the apartment is filled with light from the two-story windows which also provide a fascinating display of the ever-changing sky. The first floor, with it’s cozy couches, ample dining table and fully equipped kitchen makes all the inner pleasures of eating, reading, planning excursions and activities, and entertaining friends so easy. Upstairs, a wide balcony has a single bed outfitted as a couch and a well equipped office space. Through a doorway is the bedroom with lots of closet and storage space, a comfortable bed, reading lights and a window which I opened every night for fresh air. The bathroom offers plenty of water for a hot shower in the morning and soft towels which you can warm if you want.

                                                              This was the fourth place I have stayed in Paris and I will never again stay anywhere else. Its location in the 14th arrondissement is perfect. If you want to mingle with the Parisians living their everyday lives, you can pull up a chair in the Parc Montsouris which has lots of grass, a lake and even a puppet theater. Or you can hang out in one of the myriad cafes, dine in a local restaurant or cruise the shops only a few blocks away. Buying groceries for the week? Stepping out for your morning pastry? Choosing flowers for your loved one? Hop on the elevator, stroll down the path, pass a smiling neighbor, then through the gate, and out onto the vibrant street where the city’s sounds and energy will greet you. I walked almost everywhere, but the Metro and multiple bus routes are right across the street and will take you in mere minutes to the museums, monuments and all the attractions for which Paris is famous.

                                                              Yet nothing is as remarkable as the quiet calm in this residence. Despite the cacophony and hustle-bustle of city life which begins outside the courtyard gates, all is peaceful within. In the courtyard the foliage and flowers surround your building with a visual and fragrant environment which adds to your peace.

                                                              Ann, the owner, has created a lovely place for homey, easy living. She is a warm and welcoming person who provides all the information and help you need to navigate your arrival and relax into your stay. All the promised amenities are there and many resources to enhance your Paris visit.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Liz,

                                                              Thanks, m'dear, for your welcome addition to my "Vicarious Paris" tome. It's what turns renting into sharing .

                                                              Remember too that your "stuff" awaits your return whenever you can arrange it.

                                                              Best wishes,



                                                              Petit-Montrouge, Paris, France

                                                              Restaurants/Bistros/Trendy/Ethnic, Parc Montsouris

                                                              Rates & Availability

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                                                              minimum occupancy one week. I've just had a last minute cancellation for Sept. and October. As a result, I'm offering an additional 10 percent discount off of the usual rate of 600 Euros for stays of four weeks and over.

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