If Winkworth International were to take a single piece of its own advice about buying property in Paris, it would come under number four on our list of inspirational quotes to live by in France’s capital city of light: know your arrondissements. You might think you already do; maybe you’ve lived in Paris before for work or study. Perhaps you’ve enjoyed memorable sightseeing trips and stayed in a number of districts. Nevertheless, Paris is a city of surprises, so if you’re contemplating property investment - whether as a business base, second home or a more permanent move - now is the time to review your options.
The tenth arrondissement, for example, had little to recommend it for years other than the Gare du Nord, Europe’s busiest railway station and home to Eurostar. Recently however, the district has undergone a surprising revival, with vibrant restaurants opening to suit diverse tastes from traditional Turkish dining to English inspired brunching. Affordable housing prices amidst a young, colourful scene and effortless access to the rest of Europe make this arrondissement worthy of re-exploration.
Equally, if you think you’ve the measure of the sixteenth arrondissement neighbourhood of Passy - famous for its art nouveau apartments and stately wealth - you should know that its tree-lined avenues hold their own surprises. The low-key charm contained in secret alleyways and local bakeries - not to mention the bridleways and footpaths criss-crossing the endless acreage of the beautiful Bois de Boulogne - make this one arrondissement you really can call home.
If you’re surprised by what you read, avail yourself of that excellent public transport and find out for yourself. While you’re there, contact Winkworth International - we can show you properties in a number of arrondissements across Paris.
4. “Today the...life of every Parisian...revolves around his arrondissement” If your eye has been caught by the elegant apartment (pictured above), you’ll be interested to know its left bank location is on the Quai D’Orsay, in the seventh arrondissement. Knowing your arrondissements is essential when seeking property for sale in Paris, since each numbered district spiralling out from the central Louvre area has its own distinct character. The seventh arrondissement, for example, is home to large parks and the Montessori School of Paris. Despite being close to the touristy Eiffel Tower area, this peaceful neighbourhood is family friendly. Over on the right bank, the eighth arrondissement is all Paris glamour and glitz. The Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and couture houses are located here and an opulent apartment on the Avenue Marceau (pictured below) could command considerable rental income.