“Un croisement” is a crossroad or junction, which perfectly describes this big, bright apartment ideally situated between the historic Marais, the trendy Canal St Martin/Oberkampf neighborhoods and the lively Bastille area. Located on the wide, tree-lined boulevard Richard Lenoir, the area that Gourmet magazine recently described as “The New Left Bank” is right at your doorstep. After a wonderfully exhausting day of exploring Paris’ most vibrant arrondissements, you’ll return to your pied à terre in a beautiful, well-maintained 20th century Art Deco building with concierge. The entry has digi-code as well as double key-code entry and interphone. Walk through the lobby to the private interior courtyard and take the classic, iron-caged elevator to the 3rd floor (4th floor American).
At check-in, you’ll be greeted by our English-speaking apartment manager. He’ll give you the keys, show you around the apartment, explain the operation of the appliances and be available to help if anything comes up during your stay.
As you enter, you’ll notice the calm, quiet ambiance of this roomy 600+ sq. foot apartment with its high ceilings and craftsman-style crown moldings. It was recently renovated with fresh paint, refinished original hardwood floors and all new appliances and furnishings.
Tastefully decorated in soft, soothing tones, everything was selected to ensure a relaxing, comfortable séjour à Paris. Large double-paned windows in each room provide lots of light and airflow. The apartment overlooks the interior courtyard on one side and a small side street on the other, so you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet that’s almost impossible to find in a city center.
The living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows open to a small balcony. You can curl up on the plush, contemporary-style sofa (with a comfy fold-out double bed) and catch up on world events on the flat-screen TV/DVD with over 130 channels including CNN, CNBC, Sky News and BBC.
Or uncork a nice Bordeaux and enjoy the stereo/CD (with iPod connections) while you flip through the apartment’s large, eclectic collection of guidebooks and plan your next day’s excursions.
Keep in touch with family and friends with high-speed internet service (WI-FI or cable) or just pick up the phone… long distance calls to the US, Canada and over 70 countries are free and unlimited.
The separate walk-in kitchen is the perfect place to practice your French culinary skills (there’s even a Julia Child’s cookbook for those who need a little help). With the freshest ingredients from the neighborhood’s many markets, boucheries, boulangeries and fromageries and this fully equipped kitchen, whipping up your own French feast will be a joy.
The full-sized fridge with separate freezer, full-sized gas stove with 4 gas burners, convection-toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker and blender make this a cook’s kitchen. Everything you need including pots, pans, utensils and dishware are in the built in wooden cabinets.
Spread your feast on the antique wooden dining table with 4 authentic café-style chairs, and dine to the soft sounds of Edith Piaf on the stereo.
We stayed in Joan's apartment for 8 nights this fall. We have been renting apartments in Paris for years and found this one to have all the comforts and conveniences of home. Joan has added so many touches not often found in French rentals: gigantic (unusual by French standards) bed with superb mattress, directions re how to use the appliances, electrical adaptors, kitchen with everthing you need (not that I did any cooking, other than heating croissants), restaurant and shopping recommendations that made it easy to negotiate an unfamiliar neighborhood. And the space is HUGE...the most spacious flat that we've rented in Paris!
We stayed in Joan's apartment for 6 weeks this past May and June. We have rented apartments all over Europe and in South America - including 3 other times in Paris. The apartment is very comfortable and has excellent lighting, nice cross-breezes and, for Paris, is exceptionally large. We frequently cooked at the apartment and the kitchen is as well-equipped as any that we have previously rented and better than most. And, Joan has created a how-to manual for operating appliances that is absolutely the best we've encountered in any international rental. I was in frequent contact with Joan during our 6 week stay and she was very responsive and interested in making sure our stay was enjoyable. The apartment is in a residential neighborhood where we had no concerns about safety and, on occasion, I was walking back to the apartment at 2 am or so after watching World Cup in the Brit/Irish bar around the corner. The 10th, 4th and 3rd are easily walkable and metro stops are nearby. The next time we come to Paris, this is where we'll stay if it is available.
I have stayed in many VRBO properties on various vacations in many parts of the world. This was the best experience, both from property amenities and cleanliness to information that Joan provided prior to my arrival. I loved this district and felt more "Parisian" than tourist. I was doubtful that all these reviews could be accurate, but they were all on target. Loved the apartment; the area; the convenience; the restaurants and the way this property is managed.
Very nice apartment.. Bigger than the pictures! We enjoyed the many restaurants.. It was easy to navigate the area. We loved staying here.
In Paris a boulevard is not 6 or 8 lanes of traffic, it is one or two driving lanes, one or two parking lanes, and lots of green space. Directly across from our apartment was a park that ran the length of the block filled with benches, Parisans playing bocce ball and young people engaged in lighthearted conversation. Crossing the green space were bistros, small neighborhood grocery stores, boulangeries, patisseries and people walking everywhere. The atmosphere was hurried but not rushed so that carrying our baguettes, fresh eggs, and the occasional bottle of wine into our apartment building was less an escape from the outside than a return to what we came to regard as home. The apartment, while described by the owner as 600 square feet, felt bigger. The well appointed kitchen provided all the tools and equipment to prepare meals fresh from the twice weekly neighborhood open air market. Vertical french windows in the bedroom and living room along with vertically opening windows in the kitchen and bathroom allowed for cool airflows. The rooms were large with high ceilings, crown molding, and hardwood floors. The washing machine in the bathroom allowed us to keep ourselves in fresh laundry throughout our stay. The chandelier on a dimmer switch in the bedroom emitted a wonderfully romantic aura. The audio systems in the living room and bedroom were great; although the apartment offers a television with some english speaking channels, we never found it necessary to turn it on. The owner's CD music collection provided the proper Parisian mood along with the funky local Paris radio station. The owner graciously coached us through our first trip to Paris with many suggestions and recommendations for entertainment, dining, and cultural enrichment (including wine tastings). The Paris based property managers arrived on schedule and were most helpful in getting us oriented in our Paris nest. We explored Paris easily through the three metro stations, all a short walk from the front door. The building offers two controlled accesses to the apartment making us feel safe and secure. The stained glass at every floor of the circular, carpeted stairwell that surrounds the decorative metal lift gave the building a charming Art Nouveau ambiance. We loved our two weeks in Paris and were so comfortable at La Croisement.
My husband and I spent a week in Joan's lovely and comfortable apartment. Joan is remarkable! She responded quickly to all my emails and patiently answered all of my questions. In addition, she furnished us with a wealth of information on the neighborhood, restaurants nearby, etc., so that when we arrived we felt like locals! The apartment was large by European standards and the bed was so very comfortable. Tremendous counter space in the bathroom, and it was so nice to have a washing machine. Joan's restaurant recommendations were spot on. We loved Chez Janou and Au Passage and also enjoyed having a few pints at the Rush Bar and meeting the patrons. The market on Sunday morning just a few blocks down Richard Lenoir is incredible! We bought quite a few groceries at the market, including fresh fish, and prepared a couple of dinners at the apartment. (Be sure and bring bags with you for your purchases.) Several metro stops are close by. Paris is such a beautiful city...easy to get around by metro...we had an awesome time. If we ever return, we will definitely stay at Joan's. If you are lucky enough to rent her apartment, you will not be disappointed!