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Saint Germain des Prés or the Latin Quarter, the Marais or Saint Louis Island, Bastille or Ménilmontant, le Faubourg Saint-Honoré or Passy Auteuil, buying a flat in Paris begins with selecting your favoured neighbourhood. With its world-famous architecture, its museums, its parks and its luxury department stores, Paris enchants visitors and entices them to stay. Buying a flat in Paris has always been a dream : a loft or a flat with a terrace, a town house or a ground floor flat with a garden, a property overlooking a park or the Seine river, Paris has something for everyone
"Achat-appartements.fr" assists you in your property ventures and can find for you small flats, new flats or apartments to be refurbished, lofts (duplex, triplex), town houses or properties throughout Paris’s 20 districts.


The districts of Paris
Latin Quarter
"Cité" island and "Saint-Louis" island
The Marais
Bastille and the "Faubourg saint-Antoine"
Beaubourg and the Halles
"Saint Germain des Prés" and the "Carré Rive-Gauche"
The Invalides and the "Champs de Mars"
The XVIe district of Paris : Auteuil, Passy and Chaillot
The "Champs Elysées" and the Concorde place
The Louvre quarter and the Palais Royal
The "Faubourg Saint-Honoré" and the "Rive Droite"
Opéra and the "grands boulevards"
From Saint Lazare toSaint Martin
Montmartre
The "canal Saint-Martin" and the Villette
Belleville and Ménilmontant
The "Butte aux Cailles"



The Latin Quarter (Paris 5th district)
The Latin Quarter is one of Paris’s oldest neighbourhoods. It rose to prominence during the 17th century with the creation of the University by "les Maîtres dissidents de la Cité" and its “escholiers” (scholars). Today, it remains the student’s neighbourhood, with the Universities of the Sorbonne and Jussieu, the prestigious school Louis-Le-Grand or the Collège de France : one-bedroom flats, small flats and student accommodation are in high demand and the purchase of a flat in the heart of the Latin Quarter is both an original pied-a-terre in medieval Paris and an excellent property investment.

The "Cité" island and "Saint-Louis" island
(Paris 1st and 3rd districts)

Flowing through the heart of Paris, the Seine river has two islands : the "Cité" island and the "Saint-Louis" island. The "Cité" island, heart of historical Paris, was the seat of judicial, ecclesiastical and royal power from the 3rd century. Rebuilt during the 19th century by Haussman, the island today boasts the "Hôtel de Police", the "Palais de Justice" and "Notre Dame" Cathedral.
Discreetly located next to it is l'île Saint-Louis, which has preserved its medieval architecture, its narrow streets and its local life. The inhabitants include many famous people, living there incognito. They refer to the island as “The island". With its flats overlooking the Seine or Notre Dame, its duplex or triplex lofts, buying a flat on l'île Saint-Louis is a refined and rare luxury.


The Marais (Paris 4th district)
During the 12th century, the marshes located to the North of Philippe Auguste’s town walls were cleared by the Order of the Temple and religious congregations. The urbanization of the Marais had begun. The buildings in this neighbourhood have preserved their medieval architecture, embellished during the 14th century with private hotels and the Place des Vosges. With its town houses and private gardens, its passageways leading to rows of lofts, its top-floor flats, this neighbourhood offers an epicurean and artistic lifestyle. Buying a flat in the Marais is an excellent investment.


"Bastille" and the "Faubourg-saint-Antoine" (Paris 12th district)
Bastille is an emblematic Paris square. Between the Bastille opera and Faubourg Saint-Antoine, the Bastille district has managed to preserve its craftsmen and its traditional popular atmosphere. The buildings are on a human scale, with typical passages and backyards, artist’s studios or cabinet-makers. Architects and interior designers have invested the area and the now fashionable Faubourg-saint-Antoine is dotted with out of sequence buildings, reflecting an original lifestyle.

Beaubourg and the Halles (Paris 1st et 4th districts)
This neighbourhood was first urbanized during the 11th century and development proceeded rapidly right up to the 20th century, when the former Halles, a market which was built there in early times, was closed down and refurbished under the sign of contemporary Art. The architecture in this neighbourhood is varied : small flats which have remained the same size as they were in former times, new flats in the buildings around the Forum des Halles, a shopping centre and one of the largest pedestrian precincts in Europe, larger flats to the North of the district, Beaubourg and les Halles are both excellent quality property investments.


"Saint Germain des Prés" and the "Carré Rive-Gauche"
(Paris 6th et 7th districts)

Saint Germain des Prés, the mythical neighbourhood of Paris, is located on the left bank of the Seine river. The “Left Bank” is synonymous with literature, the arts, a chic lifestyle, refinement and discretion. Located near several world-famous brasseries, the construction of the Abbey of Saint Germain des Prés began in the 6th century. Benedictine monks cultivated fields within its walls. Saint Germain des Prés was given the name of the bishop of Paris who founded it. The village it was surrounded by in the 1950’s, which has kept its narrow streets, has become the neighbourhood of Art galleries and antiquarians. To own a flat in Saint Germain des Prés is to rub shoulders with the Parisian literary and artistic elite.
The Marais became unfashionable in the 17th century and its aristocratic inhabitants moved to the Faubourg Saint Germain neighbourhood. Built in the 18th century, the Faubourg retains around a hundred private hotels erected at the time of Voltaire. The Carré Rive-gauche is a world-famous curiosity with its 120 antiquarian boutiques and art galleries within a perimeter bounded by the Quai Voltaire, Rue des Saint-Pères and the University. The invention of a new art of living during the 18th century is reflected in the neighbourhood’s architecture : private hotels, spacious apartments, buying a flat in Faubourg Saint Germain is a truly Parisian property investment.


"Les Invalides" and "Champs de Mars" (Paris 7th district)
The avenues around the Champ de Mars were formerly bridle-paths through fields and woods. The Eiffel Tower, erected for the universal Exhibition in 1889, was the only element from this exhibition preserved during the refurbishment of the Champ de Mars : in order to eliminate the works presented during the exhibition, the Town Hall sold the surrounding plots of land for the construction of flats. With the funds thus collected, it was able to transform the Champ de Mars into a park.
A grand testimony to the 19th century, the apartments surrounding the Champ de Mars offer a wealthy, calm and very privileged way of life.

The XVIe district : "Auteuil", "Passy" and "Chaillot"
(Paris 16th district)

Three “villages” surrounded by fields and hamlets were urbanized during the 19th century to form one of the most elegant neighbourhoods of the capital : the 16th district. Town houses, old private hotels, luxury apartments, luminous lofts or student’s lodgings, there is a wide range of choice. The early 20th century has left its mark on the architecture of the 16th district, with its Art Nouveau and Art Deco façades, “private thoroughfares” bordered with plush houses each with its private garden.


The " Champs Elysées" and the Concorde place
(Paris 1st et 8th districts)

Between Place de la Concorde and the Grand Arche de la Défense there is a 7 kilometre stretch as the crow flies. Built in the 17th century on royal orders, this road towards Normandy rapidly supplanted rue faubourg Saint Honoré and became a recreational area : lined with private hotels and gardens, it is the symbol of luxury and refinement. Residential neighbourhoods to the North and South of the avenue display sumptuous apartments and private hotels, built from the 17th century to the present day.


The " Louvre" and "Palais Royal" (Paris 1st et 2nd)
The Louvre, the "Palais Royal" and the "rue de Rivoli", one of Paris’s historic neighbourhoods, display unity and harmony of architectural style. With its luxury boutiques, grand hotels, tea houses or English bookshops, this ultra select neighbourhood offers plush apartments in the heart of Paris. The "rue de Rivoli", with its impeccable 19th century architecture, faces the "Jardin des Tuileries", with the Seine as a backdrop for the upper storeys. An apartment in the "Rue de Rivoli" is thus an exceptional property investment.
The "Palais Royal" is a sublime Parisian curiosity. Formerly a temple of pleasure and gaming, the "Palais Royal" today houses the "Conseil Constitutionnel", the "Conseil d’Etat" and the Ministry of culture as well as the "Comédie Française". The Palais Royal also has a number of inhabitants, whose discreet apartments overlook the gardens, among whom in the past were Colette and Jean Cocteau, as well as a number of small boutiques under the archways. An indispensable visit.


The "Faubourg Saint-Honoré" and the Right Bank or Paris
(Paris 8th district)

The urbanization of the faubourg Saint Honoré began during the 18th century and intensified during the 19th, offering us today a neighbourhood in the unique Haussman style. It is the Right Bank of Paris, with its haute couture enterprises, the "Elysée" Palace and the Stock Exchange. This is the neighbourhood of private hotels, interior gardens and bourgeois homes, together with its top floor rooms overlooking the Paris rooftops. Buying an apartment in "Faubourg saint Honoré" or in the Stock Exchange neighbourhood is a secure property investment.

"Opéra" and the "grands boulevards" (Paris 8th et 9th districts)
This area of Paris was totally redeveloped during the 18th and 19th centuries. The Opera district and the elegant sector of the grands boulevards remain today a choice property investment. The theatre district, up to the Parc Monceau, the business area around the Bourse, the Elyséé Palace and the Madeleine Temple, Opéra and the grands boulevards are some of the most lively neighbourhoods of Paris. A number of private hotels in the alleys around the Parc Monceau, the vestiges of the stately homes built on the Monceau plain during the Second Empire, form a unique architectural set.


From "Saint Lazare" to "Saint Martin" (Paris 9th et 10th districts)
During the 18th century, Paris needed to develop towards the North. This district saw the rise of private hotels, town houses and Haussman-style buildings, an architectural style that extends up to the Canal Saint Martin and the place de la République. Easily accessible, thanks to the three Paris train stations serving the North of France, this district is made up of a mosaic of villages within the town. Small flats or 1 bedroom flats, apartments with terrace or garden, lofts, duplex or triplex, the property choice is vast.


"Montmartre" (Paris 18th district)
Montmartre, a wine-growing village on a knoll, was annexed by Paris in 1860. From the Sacré Coeur to the Place du Tertre, together with the Bateau-Lavoir colonized by artists during the 19th century, Montmartre has become a legend. Buying a flat in Montmartre is for the deserving, but remains possible for an original and epicurean lifestyle. A few town houses, snuggled up among the haussman style buildings, bring back to life the Montmartre village.


The "canal Saint-Martin" and the Villette (Paris 19th district)
Saint Martin canal was built on the orders of Napoleon in 1908, in order to supply Paris with drinking water and was prolonged by the La Villette canal. In 1974, the city’s slaughterhouses were demolished and in their place the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie was erected. This popular neighbourhood has been redeveloped and the properties of Saint Martin canal and La Villette are extremely varied. New apartments stand next to former warehouse converted into lofts, Haussman-style or 1960’s buildings, offering a wide range of property choice.

"Belleville" and "Ménilmontant" (Paris 20th district)
During the 19th century, Belleville was a village and Ménilmontant a hamlet. From this agricultural and working-class past, Belleville and Ménilmontant have preserved villas and garden cities and a very popular lifestyle. During the 19th century, urbanization intensified, with the development of town houses destined for ordinary people, accessible through private driveways, sheltered from the bustle and cry of city life. Buying a flat or a town house in Belleville or Ménilmontant is a fashionable purchase.


The "Butte aux Cailles" (Paris 13th district)
The Butte aux Cailles, like Montmartre, is one of the last « villages » in Paris. It got its name from Pierre Caille, who bought it in the 16th century. A hill overlooking the Bièvre department, La Butte aux Cailles was a tannery centre during the 16th century. During the 19th century, a hot water spring was discovered and led to the construction of a Spa in 1908. Today, the Buttes aux Cailles swimming pool is a sought-after establishment which offers both public baths, several swimming pools and a solarium. La Butte aux Cailles has retained its village architecture and offers an environment of town houses and small flats for those who don’t like city life. A guaranteed change of scene. .




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