The Perfect Studio
This great studio apartment was my home for three months, Spring of 2012. I had a life-long dream of spending at least a year in Paris. But, alas, with my budget, that was quite out of the question. So I settled on three months. I did a lot of research in preparation for my Paris stay…searching for a particular combination of charm, ease of access and cost. I looked at many properties on Home Away and this delightful studio looked like it would fit all my needs….and it certainly did. Exactly as advertised - and more!
The property is located in the southeast corner of the 17th Arrondissement. The apartment building, on a quiet, narrow street, is full of old Parisian charm, with a winding (but perfectly accessible) stairway – the curved wooden hand-rail richly burnished by well over a hundred years of hands..
Even though I would have loved to have been in a romantic sixth-floor walk-up, with a rooftop view…. Montmartre and Sacre-Ceour are close by and would have made for a fantastic view……unfortunately, that time has passed. I wanted one flight of stairs – no more. I was surprised and pleased with my first view of the studio. In contrast to the aged charm of the main floor, the studio was modern - bright and shining clean….tall windows at each end of the room - one window looked out on the street (good for people-watching) and the other looked directly at a tall, majestic tree growing up out of a small courtyard with a garden and a blooming camellia bush. The studio had gleaming wood floors - modern furniture…a perfect bathroom and a roomy shower.
Later, as I explored the neighborhood, I found it had…everything!….several great bakeries – all within a few blocks, more great restaurants and cafe’s than you could explore even in three months, grocery stores, fruit and vegetable stands, a fabulous organic market every Saturday just two blocks away, drug stores…. In short, this is a neighborhood where people actually live, so everything you need is close by.
There are numerous transportation options nearby, and the property owner has assembled a thoroughly comprehensive resource to find them all.
The very best thing about this delightful home, away-from-home, in Paris, is the property owner’s care and attention to creating a space that anticipates the needs of the occupants – the traveler who needs a quiet, convenient place at the end of the day….and me….the dreamer who came to see Paris and, gratefully, found the perfect sanctuary.
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