This Paris Life

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

Paris turns into a Christmassy winter wonderland every year around the holiday season.  Festive lights and luminous decorations are hung along the city streets, decorated Christmas trees pepper major squares, and shop windows put out their best holiday-themed displays for passersby.  Most impressive and magical of all, though, are the city’s many Christmas markets.  Filled […]

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The Parisian commercial real estate market is the second largest in the world in terms of capital invested, just behind New York and far ahead of Seoul, which is in third place.   Despite the economic slowdown felt worldwide, the real estate market remains solid, with record levels of capital available for investment.  According to […]

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Le Grand Quartier Saint Martin opened last month in the heart of the lively and diverse 10th arrondissement.  The space consists of a hotel, a café, several meeting rooms, a shop, and a rooftop terrace, all built around a large courtyard garden.  This future neighborhood within a neighborhood promises to be an “urban haven,” offering […]

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French brasseries were originally small, informal restaurants where predominately working class guests could enjoy a drink and some simple food to eat.  Over the years, however, the French brasserie has become a cultural institution with a wide culinary impact.  Michelin-starred chefs have even integrated in this particular restaurant sphere, taking over some of Paris’s most […]

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For those lovers of bread and of history alike, Vivreparis has compiled a list of some of the most beautiful historically classified bakeries in Paris, most still in operation today.  If you’re looking for holiday treats, perhaps you might want to try some of these out.  Or share some of your favorites with us!   […]

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With the help of Paris Property Group, one couple not only made their dream of owning a Paris apartment a reality, but were truly lucky to learn that their Paris property shared a common history with Dora Maar, French artist and longtime mistress and muse of Picasso.   After more than five years of deliberation […]

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Launched this summer by the Mister of Housing and the President of l’Agence nationale de l’habitat (l’ANAH), “Facil Habitat” accompanies landlords throughout their property ownership, including during energy-saving renovation projects.    It was created to centralize responses to the many questions homeowners may have.  “It’s a tool to guide owners throughout their home ownership and […]

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Parisian architecture is gorgeous with its Haussmannian buildings, but its streets tend to be rather neutral compared to other large European cities.  Paris being Paris, however, the capital of course boasts some colorful hidden gems, discoverable thanks to vivreparis.fr, who’s put together a list of the city’s most colorful streets.  Now’s the perfect time to […]

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The City plans to restore the 20-hectare garden along the Champs-Elysées.   Rough and sometimes muddy sidewalks, seemingly forgotten green spaces… tourists are the first to say that the Champs-Élysées gardens are a poor reflection on “the most beautiful avenue in the world”. An ambitious project After it was announced that more “urban forests” – […]

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As of June 8th, cigarettes have been banned in 10% of the capital’s parks and gardens.  Offenders could be liable to a €38 fine.   Smoking is now prohibited in fifty-two of Paris’s parks and gardens, or about 10% of the capital’s green spaces.  The ban was put in place on June 8th after trial […]

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