This Paris Life

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

The city of Paris boasts just about 500 places, or squares, throughout its mazes of streets, avenues, and boulevards.  Unlike the historic place de la Concorde, place de l’Étoile, place de la Bastille, or place de la République, however, these smaller, more unknown squares, are the perfect spot to relax under the shade of a […]

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From busy avenues and boulevards to quaint cul-de-sacs, alleyways, and side streets, a stroll through the capital city is always a bit surprising.  Be on the lookout for these gorgeous secret courtyards on your next outing around town: these unique hidden gems provide the perfect interlude of peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle […]

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The Paris metro celebrated its 120th birthday on July 19th.  Take a look back at the history and development of this symbol of the capital.   On July 19th, 1900, the very first line of the Paris metro was inaugurated, with great pomp and circumstance, just in time for the World’s Fair.  The appropriately named […]

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Socialist mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo sits down with Le Parisien in her first interview since official re-election on July 3rd, an opportunity to confirm her campaign promises, like the creation of “urban forests,” a project that should begin in the near future.   […] Environmental Issues At the end of your campaign, you announced […]

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Although real estate sales volumes declined by 39% between March and May when compared to the same period in 2019, real estate activity in Ile-de-France quickly rebounded in the month of May.  It is even 4% higher than the average activity in May over the last 10 years.   After eight weeks of quarantine between […]

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We’re all guilty of walking around the capital with our head somewhere else from time to time, getting from point A to point B without bothering to look around.  Without even realizing it, the distracted and negligent Parisians that we are have overlooked a good number of bizarre relics stashed all over the city, each […]

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Victor Hugo, Balzac, Le Corbusier… All of these celebrated French creatives have taken up residence in Paris or its suburbs at some point in their lives.  Their homes are all open to the public, and definitely deserve a visit.   Victor Hugo’s house Considered one of the most famous Parisian artist houses, Victor Hugo’s residence […]

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Paris is full of fascinating places to explore, from theaters, gardens, and traditional restaurants, to hidden passages and old pastry shops.  The team at ParisZigZag has selected some of their favorite haunts for you, ten places where you can feel like a real Parisian.   Escape with a book in the jardin de Luxembourg   […]

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It’s been years since the real estate market for chateaux has generated so much interest. Post-quarantine, this micro-market is fully benefiting from a renewed interest in both the countryside and in vacation homes where owners can work remotely while remaining in proximity to the big city.   It’s a pleasant post-quarantine surprise for luxury real […]

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The Paris real estate market has quickly recovered after an uncertain first half due to coronavirus.    Sales numbers The first few months of 2020 heralded an exceptional year for Paris real estate, especially after the momentum of 2019 with a record 1.07 million sales.  At the end of April, however, with the coronavirus, the […]

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