Montparnasse, twice

We’ve been apartment hunting for about six months now and have not come across anything on our street in our budget in that time, but this week two very similar apartments just a few buildings down from us were listed!

Apartment #1 – ~32 m2 US sixth floor walkup in stone building.  Plan “étoile” – when you walk in, the kitchen and bedroom are on your right, the bathroom is straight ahead, and the living room is on your left.  Living room faces the Montparnasse Tour,* kitchen and bedroom have panoramic views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.  Bathroom and kitchen would need to be redone.  I didn’t visit this one, but my companion did not like it and thought it was too expensive with the work it needed.  Price was later reduced by 15k,** but still not really interested.

Trust me, the sunsets must be glorious.

Apartment #2 (in the building next door to Apartment #1, 5k more than the newly-reduced price) – ~32 m2 US sixth floor walkup in stone building.  Plan “étoile” – when you walk in, the kitchen and bedroom are on your right, the bathroom is straight ahead, and the living room is on your left.  Living room faces the Montparnasse Tour,* kitchen and bedroom have panoramic views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.  Kitchen needs minor work, floor needs to be redone in entry.  Bedroom is really tiny and not even sure it would have enough room for our current double bed.  Absolutely no closets and don’t know where you would have room to put them anyways.  Maybe you could knock down the wall between the bedroom and the kitchen to make an open kitchen/living, and make the current-living room the bedroom?

Most importantly, the thought of a sixth-floor walkup makes me want to cry.  We have rented a sixth-floor walkup before and it sucked, there’s no other way to put it.  A balcony would make it worth it, but for just a normal apartment in a normal neighborhood, I was not feeling it.  It would be impossible to rent for seasonal rentals, rental value for long term rentals is not great (maybe 900 eur unfurnished), and who knows what the market will look like when we want to sell?   Plus, the realtor was incredibly rude to me.  It was the same one who showed me the Square Gaston Baty apartment way back when and when I expressed my concerns about the size of the bedroom and the fact that it was a sixth-floor walkup, she hissed at me “I’m so annoyed with you.  You’ve been searching for an apartment for six months and you have nothing and you wonder why?  Look how picky you are!”  The visit was over right then and there, and her outburst cemented my doubts about the apartment.

Maybe I am annoying, maybe I am picky, maybe as an American I expect too much, but when we are plunking down so much money in an apartment can you really expect me to be anything but?

*Whether or not that is a good view is a personal opinion, the majority would say no!  But it is pretty neat to look right up at it.

**This is pretty incredible, and the first time I have ever seen a price reduction on a small apartment.  Maybe this is a good sign of things to come?

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3 Responses to “Montparnasse, twice”

  1. Janell Beals Says:

    Stopping over to get caught up on your search…oh!! I am so sorry you haven’t found anything yet, from your experience I see I would be a disaster at hh in Paris!! GOOD LUCK!! Janell

  2. Struggler Says:

    Six floors is a big deal and I’m so sorry the agent was rude to you.
    Apartment hunting is definitely about compromises but she has no excuse to say that to you. Have you considered a career change? You’re definitely qualified now!

  3. househuntinginparis Says:

    Thanks both of you – hopefully the good West Coast vibes will make their way to Paris!

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