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Amy Schachter

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Private Garden - Free Calls/Wi-Fi/Fab Kitchen/Now with Air Conditioner!

40 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Val-de-Grâce Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 4

In the lively 5th arrondissement, home to the Sorbonne and Luxembourg Gardens is a wonderful jewel of an apartment that awaits you as your home away from home. A five minute walk brings you to rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest market streets in Paris. Here you will find a wonderful mix of outdoor fresh food stands, food shops and wonderful restaurants.

The apartment is located closest to the Censier/Daubenton metro on line 7 and is within a 10 minute walk from the Port Royal stop on the RER B with direct trains from CDG and Orly Airports (Orly uses a shuttle train to transport passengers to the Antony stop where the RER B is available.)

Nestled on a quiet street, in a quiet interior courtyard, this lovely one bedroom apartment of 42 square meters (450 sq. feet) has all of the conveniences that any traveler could want. One of the first things you notice is how homey and welcoming the owners have made this apartment. That is because, unlike an apartment that has been furnished as a rental unit, the owners of this apartment live here several months a year. They have set it up and furnished it as they would like to live and you as their guests, reap the rewards.

Heated with gas heat, with unlimited hot water, the system’s remote control can be set to give you the perfect temperature for day or night comfort. The thermal insulated double paned windows and door to the garden are designed to help keep the apartment comfortable, no matter what the temperature. Large space saving radiators insure that heat is evenly and efficiently distributed in all rooms, making a visit in colder months as much a pleasure as the warmer months. In fact, with less crowds to deal with, staying here in the late fall and winter is a delightful way to experience a less crowded Paris. And now, in case the summer turns too warm for comfort, we offer a brand new, high-end air conditioner. Quiet and comfortable, this air conditioner allows you to set a comfortable temperature so you are cool inside.

Another wonderful thing about this apartment is its lovely private garden. Hedged all around, the space is a private little oasis in which to enjoy an afternoon drink or a pleasant meal. There is a wooden deck with a resin table which seats four comfortably or a smaller round bistro table for more intimate moments. The French door in the living room leads out to this wonderful added attraction.

A separate bedroom, with a large window looking out on your private garden is sunny and bright. Ample closet space, a comfortable double bed with comfy linens, a flat screen TV with BBC and CNN, a telephone with free calls to 139 countries, including the US, DSL WI-FI internet access, this apartment has it all.

The living room is spacious with a very comfortable double sized sofa bed, a drop leaf table which seats four comfortably, plenty of books to read and guide books to inform, a CD-collection for your listening pleasure, a radio/CD/cassette combination with great sound, an i-Pod speaker dock and a wonderful reading light.

In addition to the sofa, there are two incredibly comfortable Phillipe Starck designed chairs so four people can relax in comfort. The coffee table is on wheels and is very easy to maneuver to allow for the opening of the sofa bed. A dramatic glass and iron display unit contains wonderful pieces of glass and pottery collected by the owners. Everywhere you look is the art work of a home that reflects that someone lives here, not some sterile hotel room,

The recently renovated “American” kitchen has everything one could want to prepare a meal. With all the wonderful markets nearby, we know you’ll be tempted to try your hand at French cooking. But if you don't want to cook there are tons of restaurants nearby and within easy walking distance if the most you want to make is coffee. A breakfast bar and stools allows for easy dining for 2 people.

All brand new appliances welcome you, including an induction stove top, convection oven, microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker and a small toaster/oven. Plentiful pots, pans, casseroles, spices and cooking utensils are available as well.

The windowed bathroom has everything you would expect and more. Two separate heaters (one electric near the shower, the other, working off the gas unit which heats the apartment,near the toilet) are available to insure you are toasty warm when you emerge from the recently renovated and enlarged tiled shower. With a choice of two shower heads and unlimited hot water, this is great way to unwind after a long day of touring.

With small hotel rooms in Paris around 200 euros and the strength of the euro compared to the dollar, this apartment is a marvelous value.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Amy Schachter (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

About Amy Schachter

My husband and I are both self employed which has allowed us the freedom to travel as we wish. As long as we have an Internet connection we are good to go. When we are not in Paris, we live in Brooklyn NY in a converted warehouse from 1900. We recently transplanted ourselves from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. My husband has two kids and we have four grandchildren.

Amy Schachter purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Amy Schachter chose 5th Arrondissement Latin Quarter

It's Paris - what more is there to say? We owned the apartment for 6 years before deciding to rent and our apartment is filled with art and things we decided not to remove when we decided to rent. Paris is an amazing city - after 15 years of visits, we never tire of her street life, restaurants and architecture.

Reviews

5
based on 40 traveler reviews

Private Garden - Free Calls/Wi-Fi/Fab Kitchen/Now with Air Conditioner!
average rating of 4.975 based on 40 reviews
5

Cozy, Quiet, Complete

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay in this quiet apartment; it was everything we needed to enjoy Paris. The enclosed courtyard buffered any noise, and offered a place for the restless to wander and stretch legs. The portable AC was available, but unnecessary with the deliciously cool nights. The kitchen was completely equipped. Plenty of blankets in case weather should turn arctic, and a fold out couch for ten year old daughters. Enjoyed the surrounding neighborhoods, and found the shopkeepers here friendly and relaxed. Walked to the Seine, The Louvre, Tour D'Eiffel, The Pantheon, Luxembourg gardens. Ubered back from the Eiffel Tower, the furthest of our tourist locales, as it was late, and we had tired legs.

Amy was very responsive to all our questions before and after arriving, and made clear exactly what our responsibilities were. Happy to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So appreciate your taking the time to write this review to let people know how much you enjoyed our apartment. We would welcome you back anytime and hope that your stay will be longer next time. There are so many things to do in Paris. Hope this visit gave you a taste which will make you want to try more.
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5

Tranquil retreat in the city

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for three nights with my mother and sister, and we had a wonderful time. The apartment is so cozy, and perfectly equipped - you do not need to bring anything except fresh food, which you can buy on the fabulous Rue Mouffetard market street just around the corner. The owners provide many detailed and thoughtfully written instructions and tips -- from getting there and getting in, to the best local places to go, to how various things in the apartment work -- that there is nothing for visitors to worry about. The apartment is at the back of a quiet courtyard, and there's a lovely, private terrace right outside the living room door. We picked up fresh croissants each morning (the owners tell you which local baker is best) and ate breakfast on the terrace every day. It was like having an extra room, and was so peaceful and quiet--despite being in the heart of Paris. Communication with Amy was very easy, and she was very quick to respond, and generously accommodated requests (like a late check-out).

I recommend this one highly, and can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to welcoming you back. Thanks for taking the time to write such a complete review. We try very hard to make staying in our place as seamless as possible for visitors. Thanks for your kind words of appreciation for these efforts. It makes everything we do to make our guests comfortable worthwhile.
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Very plesant apartment in a terrific location

  • 4 of 5

The apartment consists of a living room, a bedroom, a small kitchen, and a bathroom, as well as a terrace that you access from the living room. The bed is comfortable with plenty of pillows, and the linens are especially nice. Everything was clean and in good condition, and the pictures are accurate. The kitchen has good-quality appliances and is well stocked with equipment. The owner, Amy, has been especially thoughtful in providing detailed information in the apartment about pretty much everything you need to know: how to use the various equipment, what to do with trash, etc. Amy was also very responsive to any and all questions that I had, and she has provided some excellent recommendations. Also note that because it's a ground-floor apartment, you'll have no flights of stairs to deal with (although there are one or two steps at the entrance, for those concerned with accessibility). Biggest downside of the apartment for me is the lack of a washing machine (thus 4 stars instead of 5); however, there is a laundromat nearby.

I love, love, love the location of this apartment. It's set well back from the street (which is a quiet one, anyway), in a residential section of the 5th arrondissment. It's a 5-minute walk to the rue Mouffetard, which is a wonderful shopping street (with several blocks pedestrian-only) where you can pick up your daily foods -- fresh breads, gorgeous cheeses, fruits and vegetables, meats and fish, prepared foods, even ice cream and sorbet from Berthillon. The nearest metro is a block beyond the rue Mouffetard, but bus stops for several lines are just around the corner from the apartment. I much prefer the bus to the subway -- way more relaxing and no stairs to climb up or down -- and the lines near the apartment go directly to places like the Orsay Museum, the Louvre, the big department stores on Blvd Hausmann, Montparnasse station, and many more places. Really, it's an ideal location for getting a feel of living in Paris, not just visiting as a tourist.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks so much, Don for your thoughtful and complete review. It is always helpful for future travelers to hear the thoughts of those who have stayed before. I completely understand your thoughts about the washer/dryer and wanted to give you some background about why we don't have one. When we renovated our kitchen two years ago, we thought long and hard about installing one. Ultimately, we decided not to because of the terribly small capacity of French machines, the complexity of their operating instructions (complex French machinery and tourists often don't mix well) as well as the interminable length of their cycles. That, coupled with the proximity of a big, bright and clean laundromat up the street with the ability to do all our laundry at one time, prompted us to decide against installing one in the apartment. Since we visit Paris twice a year and stay for 6-8 weeks we were also making the decision for ourselves, not just our guests. We do provide laundry detergent, fabric softener and all the other laundry essentials. We truly appreciate your visit and hope you consider us when next you visit Paris. Thanks again, Amy
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Return visit

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit and everything was in perfect order. It is so nice to come back to a known entity. The apartment has many upgrades since our last visit, making it even more comfortable and inviting.

We as always appreciate the detailed instructions and all the info about places to eat etc

We hope to return many more times.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Parisian Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Parisian Hideaway

Lovely little Latin Quarter unit in the 5th arondissement, just couple of minutes to Rue Mouffetard. Walking access to the Metro station and the RER is 5-10 minute, and The Jardin de Luxembourg, the Blvd St. Germain and Notre Dame are 15-20 minutes away on foot. We were in the neighbourhood of many schools, universities and hospitals.

The apartment was clean and safe despite being at ground level, as it is located in inner courtyard of the apartment complex and there are no windows opening to the street. The unit has an enclosed garden patio in the courtyard which created our own little oasis in the city.

Storm shutters on the windows provide security and privacy at night, but allowed airflow. An unusual find in European units, an air conditioner was also available to us, but it was not needed as the temperatures were moderate during our stay in early September.

The unit was as described, and was extremely well-stocked with everything that we would need during our stay in Paris. There was a fully-equipped kitchen that allowed us to eat in, when we chose. This was a luxury we appreciated, as we were travelling with our 2 children.

Amy the owner was very pleasant to deal with, was extremely well-organized and was a great resource for our stay. We had a problem with blockage of the shower drain the first day of our stay. Amy was available and responsive by email, and provided instructions on immediate management of the problem. Her property manager came to assess and definitively manage the issue the next day.

Amy provides a very thorough user manual/information booklet for her guests which was very useful for navigating the apartment and the neighbourhood. There are many suggestions for restaurants, cafés, sight-seeing and shopping.

Each morning would start with our pilgrimage to rue Mouffetard in search of our breakfast and daily groceries. Wonderful aromas of fresh baguette, pastries, cheeses, coffee, roasted chicken, crepes and fresh fruit would emanate from the little shops that lined the street. Our days would often end there as well. Tired from a long day of sight-seeing or shopping, we would wander home with a delicious crêpe in hand.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad you and your family had a great time. I particularly appreciated your kind words about the organization of the apartment. Preparing your home to welcome guests when you are not there is always a challenge and we spend a great deal of time trying to look at our apartment from a stranger's point of view. Figuring out what needs explaining and helping to make them feel at home are our primary goals. Reviews like yours let us know that we have succeeded and we are very grateful to hear it. We are thrilled that you enjoyed our private outdoor garden and that the one issue you had was resolved easily. It was a pleasure to welcome you and your family to Paris and we hope that if and when you return, that you will consider our place as your Parisian home.
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5

Ground floor and a lovely garden

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed ant Amy's lovely apartment for only 3 nights but enjoyed it very much. We try to spoil ourselves by staying in ground floor apartments with gardens. They are fairly scarce so we were excited to find this one in an area of Paris that we love. The apartment was spacious and very well organized. The booklet about the apartment had all of the information that we needed. The garden was very relaxing and even though we were in Paris during a hot spell it was nice and cool.

During the planning stages and during our stay Amy was always available and helpful and responded to my many questions quickly by email.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Val-de-Grâce Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Standard Rate
Sep 16 2016 - Dec 22 2016
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
Holiday Rate
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 3 2017
5 night minimum stay
$210
 
 
winter rate
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$195
 
 
standard rate
Mar 16 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
$200
 
 
Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$205
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$200
 

Additional information about rental rates

3rd and/or 4th person $25
Cleaning $100
Property Damage Protection $59

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Amenities

Val-de-Grâce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Living Room - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Comfortable double size sofa bed with 7 inch mattress for sleeping two
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Notes:
Free Long Distance, Gas heat and hot water, air conditioning unit, double paned insulated windows, window shutters for extra quiet, ground floor apartment facing large open planted interior courtyard, private garden, tiled stall shower, coffee maker, dishwasher, steps to self service laundromat, library of guide books. With hotel rooms in Paris averaging around 200 euros a night for about 180-200 square feet, our place is a huge value.

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