This Paris Life

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

With the last of winter fading away in Paris, there’s no better time than now to treat yourself to a comforting spa day.  Whether you’re looking to pamper yourself in the warmth of a sauna during the drab days of winter, or detox after the holidays as you continue your wellness journey in 2019, Paris […]

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With many groundbreaking projets on the horizon, the 13th arrondissement of the capital is a promising territory for investors.   The 13th is Paris’ most unusual arrondissement.  Between the historic gritstone homes of la Butte-aux-Cailles and the American-style buildings on the avenue de France, the 13th arrondissement offers different options to buyers wishing to invest […]

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Overwhelmed by heightened security measures, including the installment of a bullet-proof glass barrier, the surroundings of the Eiffel Tower are not the most eye-pleasing as of late.  Even before reaching the never-ending line to access the elevators, visitors must make their way past the multiple construction barriers that surround the four feet of the “Dame […]

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Urban renewal projects around France have become a national priority as lawmakers aim to curb the number of city-dwelling citizens that head to the outskirts of town. France’s “Action cœur de ville” plan will allocate a budget of €5 billion over five years to improve infrastructure and business development in 222 medium-sized French cities.  This […]

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After months of deliberation, la loi Elan has just been definitively adopted by Parliament and published in the Journal officiel.  Although it most notably imposes new city planning legislation, it also includes measures that help homeowners, especially those who rent out their apartment in Paris.   Flexible rental agreements Property owners will be able to […]

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Although housing prices in France’s largest cities are still on the rise, the national average is hampered by price decreases in the rest of the country.   Focusing on Paris and France’s largest cities, we often forget about the price stability apparent in France’s many provincial regions. Admittedly, the real estate price index (IPI) of […]

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A recent study on the impact of the Grand Paris metro expansion on more than twenty suburbs in the Île-de-France region shows prices are up more than 10% over the past year in about ten suburban cites that will benefit from the new metro lines.   With 200 km of track and 68 new stations, […]

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Valérie Pécresse aims for the disappearance of paper metro tickets by the end of 2021.  To replace tickets, the magnetic Navigo Easy card will be launched in 2019. The President of Ile-de-France also announced test-drives of self-driving cars.   The use of individual metro tickets in Paris should be a thing of the past by the […]

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After a dynamic 2018 year, the French luxury real estate market continues its upward climb, benefitting more and more from the marked return of French citizens, non-residents, and Europeans from London.  With their substantial buying power, these groups have contributed to price growth in the capital.   It’s the new normal: the number of French […]

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Marie-Guillemine Benoist [Public domain] Marie-Guillemine Benoist - portrait d'une negresse

After a 2018 year dedicated to Cubism at Pompidou and Surrealism (Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró) at the Grand Palais and Musée d’Orsay, including retrospectives and themed exhibits on Alphonse Mucha, Michael Jackson, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Parisian museums continue the momentum in 2019, having prepared for the spring season with great care.  Several collections featuring masterpieces […]

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