This Paris Life

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The latest Paris Notaire press release on the capital’s property market had a special focus on the chambres de bonnes, old maids’ rooms that can be found in the upper levels of Haussmannian apartment blocks.

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Nestled in the attics of Parisian buildings, service rooms, maids rooms, or chambres de bonne as they are referred to in French, are selling like hot cakes, according to the notaires. A new study by the Parisian notaires entitled “Three decades of real estate in Paris” has found that service rooms in the capital are […]

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Commonly called chambres de bonne — or maids’ rooms — thousands of small properties lie empty under Parisian roofs. The City of Paris plans to buy these spaces and turn them into private or social housing. The City of Paris has turned its attention towards the capital’s roofs, or rather, what lies directly underneath them. […]

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Question: I have recently bought an apartment that included a chambre de bonne, with the intention of renting that out separately. The room has its own toilet and shower, and  from what I understood about city regulations, was large enough to be rented out for residential use. But when I was showing it to interested […]

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