Our guests at Paris Perfect love the combination of factors that goes into the selection of a Paris Perfect apartment. It’s a long list including features such as: locations on high floors, views over Paris rooftops, natural sunlight (easily forgotten if you’re viewing apartments in spring and summer, but important on short winter days), elevators in classic Parisian style buildings.
One of the most important factors is to live in the best, central Paris locations where it’s easy to explore Paris on foot. Our favorite Paris neighborhoods such as the 7th offer this and more, with its village-like atmosphere close to bustling markets, patisseries and green grocers, fashion boutiques, affordable bistros, good restaurants, favorite cafes and more.
Step outside each morning and the day is yours. Enjoy a café au lait and the Herald Tribune on rue Cler, make plans to visit a new exhibition or museum, or shop at the best open air farmers’ markets as the locals do. Take a cooking course, French classes or attend a lecture at the American Library. Stop at a favourite bistro in the company of a special person over wine and a delicious lunch. Stroll along bustling streets to enjoy the ever-changing fashions in designer boutiques. In winter, bundle up and watch the lights come on along beautiful streets or linger on the bridges of the Seine and watch the boats float by. End each day with a beautiful walk home along the Seine at sunset.
Many readers have dreamed about spending part of each year in Paris and often ask if our owners are interested in selling their apartments. They don’t come up for sale often, but we have good news as the compact and charming Medoc one bedroom apartment will be offered for sale early next year. See more photos and a full description below. There are additional photos and other Paris apartments for sale on this site.
The asking price is €599,000 for this fully remodeled apartment. This includes all furnishings and quality touches such as granite countertops, Italian marble tiles in the bathroom and top appliances. An important factor is that our award-winning team wishes to seamlessly manage and maintain Medoc when the owners are away.
Relying on years of experience to locate the best apartments in Paris, we found Medoc via inside sources we have developed over the years. Charming apartments that contain ‘wow’ factors are hard to find in Paris. Even though it needed a complete remodel, it possessed those important factors. The purchase offer was made and accepted on the spot, before other buyers had a chance to visit it. Using our development expertise and sources we selected the best builders to remodel the apartment and best suppliers to furnish to the highest standards at a cost of over € 130,000.
Most apartments in Paris are sold completely empty – not even the kitchens – and in need of a full remodel.. If a buyer were fortunate enough to find a similar apartment in Paris — the same sought-after Left Bank neighborhood, sunny upper floor location featuring balconies and views — it would cost significantly more to purchase and remodel. Buyers would need to locate reliable builders, specify materials, design details and expect to pay € 180,000 to €210,000 to remodel and furnish. Not being on hand to oversee the works, buyers should expect constructions times of nine months or more. In contrast, Medoc is ready to enjoy as soon as you receive the keys.
Touring the Medoc apartment:
Walk through the lobby of this 1800’s building, through the back courtyard to the rear building.
Look up and you’ll see the two small balconies of Medoc on the very top floor. Then walk thru the short corridor that leads to the elevator — you’ll see the original French tiles on the floor that were laid in the 1800’s. Step into the small elevator and up you go to the 7th floor.
Centuries ago, the most desirable apartments were located on the lowest floors because people had to take the stairs to access their apartment. All of this changed about the time that Gustaf Eiffel built his famous tower, with the invention of the elevator. Over the decades and centuries, elevators have been fitted into most Paris buildings … but definitely not all. This reversed apartment values due to the ease of access ad now upper floor apartments are more valuable than lower floor ones. Visitors to Paris are often surprised at the size and shapes of elevators, not realzing that are individually designed around the shapes of each lobby and staircase. In order to fit, they come in all shapes and sizes . One thing is common; they are often small like the one in Medoc. The positive point is Medoc’s elevator is relatively recent and works well.
Take the elevator to the 7th floor and step inside the Medoc apartment. Step inside and you’re immediately struck by the sparkling sunlight that streams in from the french doors in the living room and bedroom, plus the windows in the dining room. On warm days, open the french doors onto the balconies so you can step out and savor sunny Paris skies, rooftop views and the golden Invalides dome in the distance.
Possessing the important features we look for at Paris Perfect, the efficient one bedroom Medoc measures approximately 410 sq. feet and is located in our favorite Left Bank arrondissement, the 7th. The pleasing layout was designed by our favorite architect who opened up the living, dining area and kitchen to create a sunny open living space.
If you’ve started to search for a Paris apartment, you’ll realize why these features are important, because most apartments are located on lower floors and therefore face into a dark courtyard or the opposite building. There isn’t alot of sunlight and sky — you automatically turn on all the lights when you step inside. We demonstrated this a few years ago, taking photos from the top of a building and each floor on the way down. Even we were surprised at the diminution in light. Click here to read the post about why it’s important to stay in upper floor apartments in Paris.
In order to continue to continue the seamless upkeep and marketing of the Medoc after purchase and when owners are away, it is being sold with all furnishings. This includes everything down to the teaspoons, including such items as the comfortable sofa imported from Italy (converting to two single beds at night), the luxury bed, same as ordered by top Paris hotels, the pretty scalloped oak dining table and chairs, comfortable armchair and ottoman, antique mirrors, the combination washer/dryer by Miele, dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator-freezer, all kitchen appliances, porcelain dishes, throws and accessories down to the Nespresso maker, champagne glasses and napkins. We invite you to compare with other offerings in Paris and the value is compelling.
Beyond the living room is the dining room and kitchen. This pretty room is accented by the oak dining table and crystal chandelier, combining the modern beech cabinets of the kitchen with the scalloped oak table. Find the bathroom is to the left of the kitchen.
The bedroom is just beyond the living room and has a high quality, extra wide queen sized bed. Built-in cupboards are on either side of the balcony for storage, with additional storage from the brilliant Italian bed base, which opens up with a touch of a finger to store linens, duvets and more. We found the fresco in Italy which serves as the elegant headboard.
The chic bathroom is off the kitchen and features a walk-in shower, tiled in beige botticcino marble that we imported from Italy. The over-the-counter sink sits on a beige limestone countertop with contemporary glass shelf underneath. A deep mirrored cabinet adds excellent storage.
The powder room is conveniently located in the apartment entry, an added convenience for extra getting-ready room. The marble sink came from an antique market in Italy, sold as a large bowl. It was fitted as a sink and makes a lovely addition to the room.
Sleeping up to four, this is a favorite Paris Perfect offering which we wish to manage and rent while the owners are away. Click here to view more photos and descriptions.
If you have been considering purchasing an apartment, please email us at [email protected] for more information.
The delightful Left Bank neighborhood that surrounds the apartment …
The village-like feel is what makes the 7th arrondissement so popular among Parisians and visitors alike. Shop on the rue Cler market street or sit at one of the many cafe’s on this cobblestone street and watch the world go by.
Makes you want to feel alive.
You want to do and be and savor when you are here.
You want to feel, simply feel, and it doesn’t matter what.
All sensation is heightened.
Paris makes you want to cry and laugh and fall in love and write a poem and make love and compose a symphony.
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