About

Currently searching to buy an apartment in Paris.  The Paris housing market is at a relative low and we’re sick of our current rented shoebox so it seems like the perfect time to become apartment owners.  Join us as we search for the perfect apartment in the City of Lights!
househuntinginparis at gmail.com

Our wishlist (most realtors laugh but since I found the perfect apartment, under budget, after only 3 weeks I’m sure another perfect apartment is out there somewhere waiting for us.):

-1 bedroom (or 2 bedroom if we can afford it) – 35 m2 minimum (ballpark)

elevator

-old building (preferably pierre de taille/stone; brick/cement buildings are not ok)

étage élevé (higher floor – preferably French 4th, 5th, or 6th/American 5th, 6th, 7th, but 2nd floor with balcony is ok anything but RDC (ground floor) and 1st floor

-outward/road view (double exposition, with the bedroom on the courtyard and the living room on the road, is ok)

-cave (cellar)

-other extras that would be nice would be a concierge, and a balcony

-the condition of the apartment is irrelevant, we don’t mind renovating

We are pretty flexible on the neighborhood.  The 16th, 17th, 19th, and 20th are out because they are too far on the outskirts of Paris.  Realistically so are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th because most one bedrooms in those districts will be out of our budget.

***Update: I am fully aware that these requirements are crazy-specific and crazy-demanding, which complicates the apartment search exponentially.  In the historic central districts only 20-30% of the buildings have elevators.  Of those buildings, maybe half of the apartments look on the road (so now we are down to 10-15% of all apartments)…and then you have to eliminate the ground floor and first floor apartments.  And out of those how many are actually on the market, in our price range?  But I want to buy the best possible apartment for our money, the type of apartment that will sell within hours when we want to resell it no matter what the market/economic conditions.  And since we are not *so* rushed we can afford to be so picky…for now***

The companion blog is House Hunting in Paris DECO, http://househuntinginparis.tumblr.com/, where I post design inspiration and finds here in Paris, including my Drouot picks and wins.

Advice, comments, and leads welcome =)

(updating this as I go along to adjust for, well, reality 😉 )

4 Responses to “About”

  1. Susan Says:

    Hi! Do you happen to know of any blogs/sites about renting in Paris? My husband (British/American) and I (full blood Yank) are going to move to Paris in a year. We are definitely not interested in buying anytime soon –we own a condo in LA which we’ll have to hold onto for several years before we can break even. But it’s great to get some inside info on how it works there, so I’ll be bookmarking you.

    Can I ask you a question about dishwashers? I consider it essential and frankly barbaric that my 80 yo mother in law in the UK has never had one. Do rentals have them or are they easy to install? The site we have looked at for a short-term furnished rental lists some with a dishwasher so I know it can’t be impossible, but eventually we will have to find a more permanent place and a dishwasher is definitely at the top of my wishlist.

    • Laura Says:

      Hi! We recently discovered that my husband’s mom (deceased) was heir to two parking spaces in Paris. Her estate was settled years ago and the firm that handled the estate ‘missed’ this property. Since then we have had a difficult time figuring out the value or even who can assist. Any tips or thoughts on the value of parking spaces in Paris?

      My brother in law has contacted Century 21 in Paris…the process and communication is slowwww.

  2. househuntinginparis Says:

    The apartment rental sites that come to mind are Paris Attitude, Lodgis, Paris Stay, and Locaflat. These offer short and long term furnished rentals and are catered to expats. I do not have any personal experience with these. If you are interested in long term unfurnished rentals you can try any agency (including the ones I’ve listed in previous posts), PAP, and the small agencies in the neighborhood where you want to live.

    For dishwashers – I have rented 4 apartments in Paris and only one had a dishwasher. Our current POS shoebox doesn’t even have a proper oven…it depends on your budget and if you are renting a furnished apartment. No idea about installation.

  3. Jeff Says:

    Hello!

    My name is Jeff and I live in San Francisco. I love Paris and am considering buying an apartment there because the Euro is cheap and home prices seem to have declined there.

    Wanted to connect with you, and see how your search is coming along. Read through your website and saw that you have a lot of ground experience.

    Would love to connect! Please email.

    Best,
    Jeff

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