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RUE DES PETITS CHAMPS

This apartment on Rue des Petits Champs is ideally situated for exploring a variety of activities in Paris on foot. Couture shopping surrounds it, the Grands Boulevards and the Palais Garnier Opera House are just to the northwest, and the Jardin des Tuileries and the Louvre with its troves of treasures are within 15 minutes’ walk to the southeast.

Luminous and colorful, this apartment of 93 m2 (1,013 square feet) is inviting and perfectly suited for two couples traveling together. Its rooftop views from the fourth French floor and flowering terraces allow for open-air privacy within the chic 1st arrondissement. A thoughtfully furnished and architect-designed apartment, this property emanates authentic charm with its parquet floors and molded ceilings but offers modern amenities including satellite TV with English-speaking channels and wireless high-speed internet connection. There is an elevator.

From the entrance hall, the open-plan kitchen, dining room, and living room lie directly ahead. The kitchen is fitted with new stainless steel appliances, including gas range and oven, dishwasher, refrigerator and freezer, and granite work surfaces. A nearby dining table can extend to seat 10 and is adjacent to a floor-to-ceiling window onto one of the apartment’s terraces. One wall of the living room showcases an extensive library of books as well as the stereo with CD player. On another wall is mounted the flat screen television with DVD player, and the third wall offers a floor-to-ceiling window with access to the largest of the terraces on which are placed a garden table and two chairs. The leather club chairs and cream-colored sofa make for an inviting and comfortable conversation area.

Beyond the living room is the den, which offers a huge desk, seating area, and access to another small terrace. Mixed with the marble fireplace and gilded mirror are objets d’arts collected by the American owners from their travels around the world.

The master bedroom is accessed from the living area; bedside tables with reading lamps flank the double bed (140 cm) with a leather headboard. The walls are painted a cool shade of blue and the window overlooks a quiet courtyard. An armoire with shelves and a wall of closets offer plenty of space for personal effects. The ensuite bathroom is tiled with grey slate and is outfitted with a large stall shower, basin and WC.

The second bedroom is near the entry of the apartment and is outfitted with a double bed (140 cm) with a red toile headboard, bedside tables with lamps, and armoire with shelves for storage. A window overlooking a courtyard provides natural light. Across the hall is the full bathroom for this bedroom, tiled in tan marble, with a tub and wall-mounted shower, basin and WC. The washer and separate dryer are in this bathroom.

While enjoying breakfast or an aperitif on the terrace there may be a bit of street noise. In our view the advantages of this newly renovated and superb apartment for four, which is exceptionally quiet inside, more than make up for any commotion overheard from the street life below. There are few apartments which offer such a high level of comfort and sophistication with a functional terrace in the heart of Paris.

This owner politely declines to rent to smokers and does not accept children under the age of 8 as guests.


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