You’ve now decided you are moving to Paris, but where would you like to live? Paris is not as big as London, that’s for sure but each area (arrondissement) is different from one another.
LB-RB will help you with that and will make a series of articles in its blog to explain the specificities of each areas.
Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, this central arrondissement which includes the historic districts of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Luxembourg (surrounding the Palace and its Gardens) has played a major role throughout Paris history and is well known for its café culture and the revolutionary and literature it has hosted.
With its world famous cityscape, deeply rooted intellectual tradition, prestigious history, beautiful architecture and central location, the arrondissement has long been home to French intelligentsia. It is a major locale for art galleries and one of the most fashionable districts of Paris as well as Paris’ most expensive area.
Saint-Germain des Près is very unique. It has the art Galleries of Mayfair, but a bit more of a bohemian Notting Hill feel, or perhaps a bit of old Chelsea (SW3) could be found there…
Who lives there?
French Intelligentsia, properties stay in families for generations, people all know each other and meet at the Organic Market on Sundays. It is also the perfect place for a Parisian Pied-à-terre. Properties are expensive and hard to source. Buildings are older, sometimes without lifts. There are less large family apartments and International schools.
What type of property?
Large apartments can be found on the main roads, but most flats will be smaller with features like beams and a bit of quirkiness and a lot of charm.
The Locals think of themselves as Germano-Pratins, not Parisians!