Don’t you deserve to own your own Paris apartment?

Living in Paris for many years and coming into contact with so many people who ask me, “Why Can’t I OWN a place in this city which I love so much?”

Views from your new home in Paris--Le Notre Dame Fractional Ownership

Views from your new home in Paris–Le Notre Dame Fractional Ownership

The answer is, “But you can, and for much less money than you imagined.”  My guests and clients have a hard time to believe this, since any stroll down a Paris Rue affords the opportunity to see how pricey Paris real estate can be.  In addition. owning an apartment in the City of Light comes with all of the responsibilities of managing the property and the day to day tasks associated with any property ownership.  It is overwhelming for most people and in the end, they decide to give up their dream to own their Paris dream.  However, we have a solution for those of you who want to come to Paris regularly and really have this dream; Le Notre Dame, Paris’ most affordable and unique Fractional Ownership.

Le Notre Dame; an affordable way to own your own Paris Pied a Terre

Le Notre Dame; an affordable way to own your own Paris Pied a Terre

Le Notre Dame is ideally located in Paris’ most central and exclusive location; the Ile de la Cite, next to Notre Dame, the Seine River, Le Marais, the Latin Quarter and everything wonderful that Paris has to offer.  The apartment is located in one of the oldest buildings on the island, and is so charming, you will know that you’ve found your Parisian home as soon as you arrive.  The apartment was renovated with comfort in mind; a queen size bed, large wardrobe, beautiful Parisian bathroom, full kitchen, air conditioning and beautiful decor are all as you would expect.

Direct views of Notre Dame will be yours from this unique Parisian apartment

Direct views of Notre Dame will be yours from this unique Parisian apartment

Le Notre Dame is an ideal apartment for anybody who dreams of owning a place in Paris in the center of everything without having to worry about the cares of property management.  We take care of the property and ensure that when owners arrive each time for their Paris sojourn, that they can enjoy a care-free Paris stay.  The apartment is always in perfect shape for you and your time can be spent enjoying the museums, cafes, restaurants, shopping and sight seeing that makes Paris the most desirable city in the world.

Please have a look at our Fractional ownership website to see more information about Le Notre Dame and email us with any questions you have.  We are happy to help you to make your Paris dream come true today….

Feel free to email me any questions you have.

Glenn Cooper

 

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Lisbon Laurel Lovers Hideaway…

Well after a few months of hard hard work, our first Lisbon apartment is ready to go. Our first offering in the Lisbon market is the ground floor of this beautiful typical townhouse, located in Lisbon’s wonderful Principe Real neighborhood.

Laurel Lover's Hideaway is discretely located on the ground floor of this beautiful Lisbon townhouse

Laurel Lover’s Hideaway is discretely located on the ground floor of this beautiful Lisbon townhouse

This is the first of three beautiful apartments we will be offering our guests, all part of our Novo de Loureiro (New Laurel Street) townhouse. The pretty pastel pink facade is quintessential Lisbonesque. The entire building is being renovated floor by floor in order to combine the beautiful surroundings with very comfortable and trendy interiors. The process is moving along quickly, despite the huge undertaking we had to accomplish. Imagine what the ground floor looked like when we first received the keys….

Pre-GC (Before Glenn got his team of qualified workers started on the Laurel Townhouse renovation)

Pre-GC (Before Glenn got his team of qualified workers started on the Laurel Townhouse renovation)

The ground floor Laurel Lover’s Hideaway moved quicker than expected. We only had to redo the electricity and plumbing, install a new bathroom and kitchen and give the entire apartment a full head to toe painting….

Contemporary furnishings are perfect for this Lisbon Hideaway

Contemporary furnishings are perfect for this Lisbon Hideaway

As always, our apartments all have cable tv, and high speed WiFi, top quality sleeper sofas in the living area, and top quality queen size beds to ensure our guests a great night’s sleep.

Queen size beds are standard in our Laurel Townhouse in all apartments

Queen size beds are standard in our Laurel Townhouse in all apartments

Although a fan of contemporary decor and style, I still appreciate some of the unique historic designs we find in many European settings. Portugal is famous for it’s beautiful, bright and colorful Azulejo tiles. These tiles include Moor and Asian influences through the centuries and add a nice touch to a modern setting as well.

Portuguese Azulejo tiles have been discretely sprinkled through the apartment.

Portuguese Azulejo tiles have been discretely sprinkled through the apartment.

Our first apartment is ready for rentals and we will shortly be adding on two more beautiful apartments including the first floor two bedroom/two bathroom unit, and the duplex located on the top two floors of our Laurel Hideaway townhouse. Coming soon…..

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Rediscovering Paris with Portuguese friends

After living in Paris for many years, I ended up (as most people do) taking for granted all of the great things Paris has to offer.  Beautiful landmarks, historic sites, fun neighborhoods and great restaurants are everywhere to be in found in the City of Light.

The Eiffel Tower is the most well known monument in the world

The Eiffel Tower is the most well known monument in the world

Our ‘tourist weekend’ had to begin with a run over to the world famous Eiffel Tower.  Of course we weren’t alone and there were thousands of others who had the same agenda.  A sunny day and blue skies are rare for Paris so we were lucky.  From there we headed over to the Champs Elysees…

The world's most beautiful avenue has the Arc de Triomphe at the beginning

The world’s most beautiful avenue begins with the Arc de Triomphe

We took a quick metro ride up to l’Etoile, the head of Paris’ Champs Elysees avenue and the Arc de Triomphe.  This traffic circle has more accidents each year than any spot in France.  Insurance won’t even completely cover a collision on this traffic circle as a result….  Luckily nobody was hurt in our group and we headed to the Pompidou center for a little culture….

Roy Lichtenstein is known as one of the stars of the pop art movement

Roy Lichtenstein is known as one of the stars of the pop art movement

The Roy Lichtenstein exposition at the Pompidou Center was in full bloom.  Completely packed and a lot to see and learn about this Pop Art guru’s life and career.  He was quite prolific and the exhibit was extensive.  We then had a quick lunch on the roof top restaurant of the Pompidou Center, called Le Georges, which was a great break from the sight seeing.  On our way back home we even had a fun surprise, French politics…..

French Communist Party office

French Communist Party office

While crossing the Marais district heading to Ile Saint Louis, two of Paris’ most unconventional and liberal, free-sprited neighborhoods, we stumbled onto the French Communist party’s office.  A bit surprising in this neck of the woods.  It was quiet with not much activity going on.  Maybe on Monday business will pick up….

 

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Some color under the gray Paris sky…

For those of you who have lived in Paris for any prolonged time, you know the feeling of seeing gray for months and months on end.  This is often the case from September until April, when the sun may only choose to show it’s smiling face on a rare day.  Fall and winter in Paris can be quite gray.  It certainly does not diminish the city’s beauty or desirability as one of the world’s most visited cities.  Paris is always Paris, even under a gray sky.

Rainy days in Paris are quite common in the fall and winter months

Rainy days in Paris are quite common in the fall and winter months

In addition, those who contribute to organizing Paris events keep this in mind when they do their planning.  In the fall and winter months many exhibitions, shows and events try to focus on COLOR.  One example is the new expo being shown at the Pompidou center, a Roy Lichtenstein comprehensive exhibit.

Roy Lichtenstein is known as one of the stars of the pop art movement

Roy Lichtenstein is known as one of the stars of the pop art movement

The Centre Pompidou today presents a retrospective of his work, featuring a selection of 124 paintings, sculptures and prints that shed an original light on his career. The exhibition reveals the often surprising depth of an artist who was, from the beginning, more than just a pop painter.

 

Lichtenstein's art had depth within the pop art which shocked so many at the time

Lichtenstein’s art had depth within the pop art which shocked so many at the time

 

Now until 4 November 2013 from 11h00 to 21h00

Galerie 2 – Centre Pompidou, Paris

Tickets vary from 9-13€, depending on day of the week and time of day.  Contact the Pompidou center for details.

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Paris crime rate SOARS…

Is Paris slowly shedding its title of the City of Light, to become the crime capital of the Western world? Each day hundreds of tourists are regularly fleeced of their belongings in broad daylight…
This past few years, amid rising unemployment and a very snail-like economy, there has been a huge increase in street crimes against unsuspecting tourists, simply trying to enjoy the good Parisian life.

These gals come for business, not to admire Notre Dame..

These gals come for business, not to admire Notre Dame..

The authorities have been alerted to this terrible phenomenon, and Bertrand Delanoe, the Mayor of Paris, is doing what he can. Hopefully he will be able to improve the situation quickly.

Parisian Police seem to focus their attention on other activities

Parisian Police seem to focus their attention on other activities

Now that Paris Plage is over, maybe these boys will get back to work….

 

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Why not treat yourself to a stay in Paris’ Marais district?

Le Marais has always been a racy neighborhood for Paris.  Historically it was the place where many of society’s people, not accepted by the mainstream, were forced to live (Jewish people, Gays, other minority groups).  In reality this is what made it such a rich, culturally diverse area that today has many of Paris’ most popular places….

Paris Hotel de Ville (City Hall)

Paris Hotel de Ville (City Hall)

This is one of Paris’ most famous monuments and it is simply the City Hall.  Right in the heart of le Marais…  But it is only the beginning…

The world famous Place des Vosges is also in the Marais

The world famous Place des Vosges is also in the Marais

There are more museums, restaurants, cafes and shops in the Marais than any other neighborhood in Paris.  You could spend a week just in the Marais and never run out of things to do and see…..

Among the MANY museums located in the Marais is the well known Picasso Museum

Among the MANY museums located in the Marais is the well known Picasso Museum

Rentals in Paris has a wide selection of beautiful Marais apartments.  These include studios, one bedrooms and two bedroom units.  For your next trip to the City of Light, start by simply entering your dates here to see what is available for your stay in Paris.

http://www.rentals-paris.com/getpropsbydate.asp

Our Marais apartments include ones located at the rue de Birague, the Rue des Commines, Rue Vieille du Temple, Rue Pecquay and the Rue des Lombards.  They are all ideally located and have everything for your comfort…

 

 

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Notre Dame is having a huge birthday

Paris' most visited monument located on the Ile de la Cite

Happy Birthday Notre Dame. You don't look a day over 50....

Notre Dame, Paris’ most visited monument, receives 13 million visitors from all over the world each year.  That amounts to roughly 30,000 people each day, and same days jumps to over 50,000 pilgrims and visitors entering the cathedral.

2013 is going to surpass these ‘regular’ numbers by far.  This is the 850th anniversary of the construction of Paris’ most majestic Cathedral. The events which will last all year, will ensure that more than ever, it is the time to come and see this landmark yourself.

come and take part in the festivities planned for 2013 in Paris

Can you imagine all of the Paris apartment rentals this year?

Each day, walking in front of Notre Dame and seeing all of the thousands of visitors with my own eyes, I see that for once the statisticians are not inventing their numbers……  Bienvenue a Paris…

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There’s something about Paris & Helmut Newton…

Helmut Newton is one of our favorite artists and photographers and we strongly suspect that you would love to take a visit to Paris’ Grand Palais where the first show of Newton’s work is displayed in for the first time since his death. The show consists of more than 230 breathtaking images in the form of original and vintage prints, Polaroids, contact sheets in a variety formats and huge exhibition pieces… Newton died at 83 in 2004 when a heart attack caused him to crash his car as he left the Chateau Marmont, in Hollywood. He did a lot of his work in France – especially for French Vogue – so it makes sense that the Grand Palais (one of the most beautiful places ever) is home to a retrospective of his provocative work…

Helmut Newton at work in Paris

Newton‘s work brings us the beauty, eroticism, humour and – sometimes – violence of his world: fashion, luxury and power. The exhibition which lasts until July the 30th is a unique opportunity to discover how much Newtonian women are seductive, powerful and dominant, and yet never icy… He presents a unique vision of the contemporary female body. The exhibition also explores the secret fields of his work, with press clippings and a film made by his widow, June Newton, rounding out the exhibition – on display in the Southeast gallery. Eventually, you can enjoy the amazing sun filled terrace of the Grand Palais to nibble and have a nice drink under the arcades while enjoying the first rays of Summer… Controversy was never this tasteful !

Exhibition Helmut Newton. Open everyday (except on Tuesday), from 10am to 10pm.Admission: €11, €8 for 13-25, free under 13.

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Vanves: a sunday morning at Paris’ nicest flea market…

Ever wondered how many precious mornings you’ve lost, lazing around in bed on week-ends? We’ve found a real good reason to drag ourselves out of the sheets: the Vanves flea market on Saturday and sunday mornings. It is amazing and inspiring. There are so many hidden treasures to be found here, an exciting place that will capture your imagination.. 380 stall holders await you: furniture, trinkets, paintings, time pieces, jewelry, militaria, fabric, kitchenware, photography, music, and curios. It’s the place to visit for flea market enthusiasts. Be the weather sunny or rainy, its merchants, all professionals, will welcome you and offer you their lucky finds of the week!

Puces Vanves, Paris, France

Vanves is quite straightforward and easy to navigate: it’s two long blocks with open stands. Things are fairly priced and the vendors are open to bargaining. You can find just about everything here, from the many regions of France as well as elsewhere – not surprising given the international character of Paris. Another plus about Vanves is the excellent food market nearby on the Boulevard de Brune with a great selection of fresh products, rotisserie chickens, mouth watering fish and smelly cheeses… But suddenly it’s 1pm, and everyone packs up and takes off to the melody of an old piano somewhere. You could go on with your day wearing your newly acquired vintage Ray-Bans or head back to bed. Your choice.

Bulldog at Vanves, Flea Market, Paris
Marché aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves – Avenue Marc Sangnier & avenue Georges Lafenestre – 14th -
Open on Saturdays & Sundays 7am-1pm 
- Metro : Porte de Vanves – Bus : 28 – 38 – 48 – 58 or Tramway T3
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rentals-paris.com LOVES France’s Vide Greniers

France's Vide Greniers, Paris Apartment rental winners

Rentals-paris.com contest winners enjoying a day's outing

This past November rentals-paris.com hosted our contest winners, Patricia and her close friend, for a week stay in one of our beautiful Ile de la Cite apartments. They are both big fans of Paris so it was an easy trip to organize.  We had so much fun going with them to some great restaurants and enjoying a wonderful French country village Attic Sale (Vide Grenier). There were lots of fun things to see and to buy there. It’s amazing what you can find in a French Attic….

We had our good friend, Kit, along with us too.  She enjoyed the experience and compared it to the markets she does in New York although the French countryside experience was definitely new for her.  One seller even offered her a nice French gift….

Paris vide greniers, Paris flea markets, Paris fractional ownership

One of our Paris Fractional Onwership patrons enjoys a Vide Grenier...

Among the joys of spending time in Paris and throughout France, are the funky flea markets and Attic sales. All sorts of unexpected items are to be found in these markets. Always more fun than going to Walmart…

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