This Paris Life

Expert Insight, Breaking News, and Insider Stories on Real Estate in Paris

Ever wondered where the Haussmannian legacy is strongest, or where Paris’ oldest buildings are to be found? A new map from the city hall’s official urban planning think-tank illustrates the capital’s age using the most comprehensive database of building records to date.

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The Abbey of Pontlevoy in Loir-et-Cher did not find any takers at an auction organized in late December. Now no one knows what will become of the building – common trend for religious buildings looking for buyers, and a lot of questions arise. Built in 1034, the Abbey of Pontlevoy has 8,900 square meters of […]

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The Mas de Notre-Dame de Vie, in Mougins, the house where Pablo Picasso lived towards the end of his life, could soon be auctioned off. A property named “Mas de Notre Dame de Vie,” the former residence of Pablo Picasso and his spouse is composed of a main house, garden, swimming pool, pool house, tennis […]

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When it comes to Paris’ older properties, there is no need to break the bank to renovate: great looking results can be achieved at every budget. Here’s what to expect cost-wise when renovating property in Paris. Construction Construction prices vary with the complexity and the required amount of work. For more accurate and precise pricing, […]

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Taking place quietly under our feet, the Grand Paris project is one of the top infrastructure projects in the world and is expected to significantly increase property values surrounding Paris. The ambitious regional planning project that is the Grand Paris seeks to transform the Paris area into a major global urban center, improving the living […]

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Paris’ business district is undergoing a major revamp, complete with sprawling terraces and gardens, new avenues and towers under construction, organic restaurants and trendy bars.

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The long awaited completion of the billion-euro project revamping the Forum des Halles, central Paris’ underground shopping hub, has been marred by detractors criticizing its aesthetic and construction faults. The current Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, was joined by former Mayor Bertrand Delanoë in the unveiling of the renovated Forum des Halles shopping complex on […]

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Latest urban planning competition in Île-de-France calls for projects to develop La Métropole du Grand Paris ­— the Greater Paris Metropolis. Urban planning contests are decidedly popular in the French capital of late. After “Reinventing Paris” and “Reinventing the Seine,” the Regional Council of Île-de-France has recently launched a new architectural competition, focused on Grand Paris, or […]

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In today’s Wall Street Journal: Paris Property Group’s own Kathryn Brown gives her insights into real estate finds on Paris’ charming Ile Saint Louis. Its beautiful views, historic buildings and central location make it a preferred destination for many international buyers; although more seasoned buyers may prefer locations a little further from the beaten path. […]

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A unique building project whose apartments will be free of co-ownership fees is scheduled for completion in 2018. This will allow units to be 30% cheaper than normal. The future building is one of 22 projects selected as part of the Reinventing Paris competition. A new real estate project called Edison Lite is expected for […]

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