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Peter de Castro

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, mandarin

Luxury Apt. Steps to Luxembourg Gdns, 2 BR 2 BA,1075 Sq. Ft., AC

Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Latin Quarter Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

This is my second home. It is more a home than a rental. I take great pride in decorating it with warmth and luxury.

As you look for an apartment rental, consider the size (1075 sq. ft. is large), the floor where it is (We are on the fifth floor, US. You do not want to be on the lower floors.), security (We are near a police station, have two coded secured doors and a concierge.) and an elevator (We have one.)

I chose this apartment for its location. It is only steps to the Luxembourg Gardens entrance where there are pony rides, a super children's playground, a world famous puppet theater, tennis and basketball courts, a jogging track, 'petanque' players, chess matches , a huge fountain and a carousel. It feels like home, not a rental, because it is my home four times a year when I'm in Paris.

If you have young kids this location next to the Gardens is a must. They will discover the Gardens just as my kids did -- feeding the ducks and fish in the fountain with a fresh 'baguette', sailing a boat, riding the carousel and spearing rings, swinging on the ropes in the playground, watching a world-renown puppet show and riding the ponies.

We are a block from Gertrude Stein's former apartment on 27 rue de Fleurus. Picture Picasso, Matisse, Dali, Hemingway and other artists just around the corner having an aperitif before they stroll to the Montparnasse brasseries. You can't beat the location.

This two bedroom, two bath, two balcony, spacious luxury apartment is in Paris' most desirable quarter known for its peaceful central location. You will enjoy quiet full night's sleep in the cozy rear of the building. There is no noise coming from our narrow one-way street. Two coded security doors to the apartment and a live-in concierge insure safety. A brief walk takes you to the Luxembourg Gardens entrance, world-reknown gourmet restaurants (Coupole, Dome, Closerie de Lilas, Helene Darroze), Latin Quarter cafés, Montparnasse, St. Sulplice Church, the Odeon theater, the Raspail open air market, gourmet food and high fashion shopping at Bon Marche, the Alliance Francaise, Poilaine (best bakery in Paris), theaters, the Musee D'Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Boulevard St. Germain, movies and other monuments. Our scenic street set the stage for a recent French 1920's period movie titled 'Les Faux Monnayeurs'.

Joe, our English speaking local manager, meets and greets visitors with a smile, helps orient you and can coordinate various services including baby sitting, cleaning and food delivery.

We are two blocks from the district police station. The neighborhood is extremely safe because we are near the French Senate where security is ever present.

Everything you need from green grocers, pharmacies, bakeries, chocolate, gelato and pastry shops, cafes, tabacs, hairdressers, a late night grocery store, movies and theater are all within a few minutes walk.

Three metro stops, five bus lines and a taxi station are close to the apartment. The location affords easy access to the entire city and its monuments.

The 'beaux-arts' building was built in 1900 with high ceilings and elaborate wall/ceiling moldings. The fifth floor apartment with an ELEVATOR is a spacious 1075 square feet and has two balconies.

Why do I say 'luxury'? The decorator designed apartment is furnished with expensive antique furniture, oriental carpets, fine bone China, original oil paintings and Japanese woodblock prints. An artist painted a mural in the WC. In 2010-11 I completely REMODELED TWO BATHROOMS and installed a JAPANESE WASHING TOILET. The drapes are custom-made heavy velvet. In the European tradition, one bedroom's walls are covered with blue velvet, ensuring a noiseless sleep.

The apartment is well-appointed with all modern conveniences. The kitchen is new and features the highest quality built-in appliances by Miele and Bosch and a NESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINE. We have top-of-the-line cooking utensils, pots, pans, high thread count and Frette sheets, bath sheets, luxurious bathrobes from Bloomingdales, silver candlesticks, 19th century gilded mirrors, an antique mantle clock, board games and lots of reading material for rainy days. Everything is NEW except the antique furniture. The apartment is wired with WiFi and a MacBook Pro connected to a wireless PRINTER, two large FLAT PANEL SCREENS, a BOSE sound system, FREE WORLDWIDE PHONE SERVICE (except Africa and South America), and Bluetooth to connect to the music system. There are also two AIR CONDITIONING units.

We also provide a GPS navigator to help you around the city and countryside should you travel.

So you do not need to bring guidebooks, hairdryers, adapters, computers , an iron, IPhone/Pad chargers or umbrellas. We have all for your use.

Please be sure to click the "VIDEO" tab to further see the apartment.

You will enjoy your stay. We want you to return.



Keywords: luxury apartment

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Peter de Castro (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, mandarin

About Peter de Castro

I first fell in love with Paris when I attended the American University in Paris. Now I am on the board of trustees of AUP and am fortunate to have my own apartment in the 6th. I have had two careers, first as a US diplomat, now as a private banker. I plan soon to work remotely from my apartment. Eventually I intend to retire in Paris and this will be my second home.

Peter de Castro purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Peter de Castro chose Paris

Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. My grandparents spent many months in at a hotel two blocks from this apartment and I visited them there. Now this is my second home.

The proximity to Luxembourg Gardens was a dream of mine-- to leave my apartment and play tennis in the middle of a park in the center of Paris!

What makes this apartment unique

Access to Luxembourg Gardens, jogging in the park, free tennis courts, organic open air market, central location, restaurants, 'Bon Marche' best shopping, Alliance Francaise, Gertrude Stein's former neighborhood.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Here is another review which a guest family left in the "livre d'or":

Dear Peter

We thank you for while we are in Paris and before we return home to California.The lovely chatter of children going to and from school each day, the view of the blue sky every afternoon, the breeze that cooled the apartment in the evenings, the restful quiet of the nights, the elevator, refrigerator, and washing machine, the patisserie, epicerie biologic-- all these splendors of the apartment and "les environs" made our stay at 8 rue Huysmans more than memorable. Oh! and we loved the buses ! While we saw and experienced so much of Paris in general, we will henceforth think of th is little "quartier" as our home.

PS We never watched TV no time!
Sep 2010
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Luxury Apt. Steps to Luxembourg Gdns, 2 BR 2 BA,1075 Sq. Ft., AC
average rating of 4.9850745 based on 136 reviews

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was well presented and all the amenity to enjoy Paris .

Located near the Luxembourg Gardens and within a relaxed residential street made you believe you were living the Paris dream.

Peter the owner was prompt and excellent to deal with,

the local contact Joe very helpful to settle you in .

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mother/Daughter trip to Paris

  • 5 of 5

My mom and I spent a week in Paris for her birthday. The apartment really made the trip special. It is on a quiet street just a short walk to Luxembourg Gardens. The beds were comfortable and the apartment is truly lovely. Peter has thought of everything the apartment is so well stocked. The location is so close to the Raspail mkt, which made dinners very easy! Both of us took full advantage of the gardens for walking and running every day. The metro is close but we ended up walking most days so we could see the different shops and bakeries. The apartment was so welcoming it was a wonderful way to end each day. We were sad to leave it!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Impressive, comfortable and convenient

  • 5 of 5

We were 5 ladies traveling to Paris to attend the flea markets. This apartment was perfect for us. My Mom and I shared the large master bedroom. Two others had single beds, and one more stayed on the comfortable sofa bed with no problem. We always felt like we had plenty of room and privacy. The apartment is large and has a large dining room table for meals. We cooked almost every night and found the kitchen to be well equipped. Other conveniences were the laptop and the phone to call home to the US. The location is very close to multiple Metro stops as well as restaurants, shops and most importantly Luxemborg Gardens, one of the most beautiful places on earth! I highly recommend this apartment and hope I can return soon.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Melbourne, Australia

A quiet and comfortable retreat in a lovely part of Paris

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our two and a half week stay in this comfortable apartment. The location is quiet, though only steps away from lively Montparnasse and the Luxembourg Gardens. Restaurants, cafes & bars, wonderful bakeries and delicatessens - it's all out there within a 10 minute walk or less from the apartment. Several metro and bus lines allow for easy explorations further afield. Check-in went smoothly thanks to Peter's careful instructions and Joe's competent and friendly assistance in showing us around and helping us to settle in. The apartment itself has all mod cons plus floor rugs everywhere to dampen sound and provide comfort, rare for Paris rentals. The living areas are spacious and elegant, the kitchen works efficiently, and bedrooms are comfortable, the bathrooms a bit small but everything works well. There is a most generous supply of basics such as cleaning products, toilet paper, washing powder, sheets and towels. Peter was helpful, prompt and patient in answering all my queries from the outset, and we were glad to have met him briefly in Paris. All in all, this is a great apartment in an excellent location.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Amazing location, super family friendly apartment

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this apartment in Paris, we had two young children with us and we couldn't have enjoyed it more. Having the apartment really felt like home, at the end of each day it was great to return to a well furnished comfortable apartment. The location was great for the kids, we were two blocks walk from Luxembourg Gardens, which the kids absolutely loved and wanted to go back to every day. We pretty much walked everywhere from the apartment and revisited the same stores, restaurants, bakeries daily. I met Peter (the owner) before we stayed there b/c we happen to be in the same city, which definitely made me feel more comfortable about booking an apartment from a different continent. He's really taken care of the apartment to make it feel like home.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Novi, Michigan, USA

A Quiet Surprise

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in Paris many times over the past dozen years and though we typically stay in the Marais, we were pleasantly surprised by this apartment in the Latin Quarter. The apartment is well appoint d to accommodate both work and play. By Parisian standards, the apartment is very large boasting a separate washer and dryer rather than the typical combo machine; has updated appliances with plenty of cutlery and dishware making it easy to take advantage of the many outdoor local markets and the fresh meats, fruits and veg available daily. The wifi also is pretty strong w/ sufficient bandwidth to support multiple devices again, for work and for play. Since we are away for extend d periods, we like to keep up w/ our local TV shows and were able to run our sling box most of the time. The apartment is very centrally located and as we are big walkers, allowed us to get to most of the places we wanted to go by foot. Located on the 4th floor is a big advantage as it tends to be quieter and there was little noise coming from the other tenants in the building.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Charles De Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Nearest Train
1.5 Miles
Gare Montparnasse
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Nearest Point of Interest
boulevard Raspail open air market
Nearest Point of Interest
pony rides
Nearest Point of Interest
Monop grocery store to midnight
Nearest Point of Interest
la Coupole, le Select, le Dome
Nearest Point of Interest
6 public tennis courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Bon Marche department store
Nearest Point of Interest
Vavin Square
Nearest Point of Interest
St. Sulplice church
Nearest Point of Interest
Gertrude Stein's "salon"
Car: not necessary

Luxembourg Gardens which were built for children is 5 minutes away. There is a large children's playground with pony rides, a famous puppet show and free tennis courts.

We are also 2 minutes from the 'Alliance Francaise' to study French language and culture. 5 minutes walk to the famous nightclub and brasseries in Montparnasse.


Rates & Availability

Latin Quarter Apartment Rental Rates

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Mar 2 2016 - Oct 31 2016
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Nov 1 2016 - Nov 19 2016
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Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
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Nov 28 2016 - Dec 17 2016
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Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
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Jan 2 2017 - Feb 28 2017
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My Standard Rate
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

$200 extra for stays less than 7 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Latin Quarter Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1075 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Elevator
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , large vanity and sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , small sink with mirror, the toilet is in a separate room-WC
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , twin beds can be combined for a king
    Convertible bed(s) - convertible in the living room - greta for kids
  • King size beds (1) top quality, firm mattress with feather cushion, 2 square meters, Twin or Single Beds (2) feather cushions, Baby Cribs (1) available on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • tennis

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