To get to this charming two-bedroom apartment, walk straight through the entry hall of the 19th Century building on the street and emerge into an expansive courtyard, a sunny oasis of tranquility with tall trees, flowering gardens, benches and, here and there, table and chairs. The apartment is in the courtyard building, one flight up.
Entering our apartment, there is an open area and all rooms are off this entryway. This is very advantageous if you are using both bedrooms as it means that no one need disturb anyone else when they move from room to room, giving you the utmost in privacy for your stay.
In 2005, the flat was completely renovated, keeping faithful to its original charm. The old hardwood floorboards were leveled. The original ceramic Prussian stove that once heated the apartment was polished and left in place. New windows were installed. At the same time, the apartment was modernized and equipped with all the amenities you should need. The original kitchen became a new state-of-the-art tiled bathroom with twin sinks, a deep tub with shower, a separate shower stall plus a heated towel rack. The kitchen was then placed in the former bathroom area and opened up into the living area. This style is known as a 'Cuisine Americaine'. The kitchen appliances are all new and there is a full sized fridge with freezer. We have a stove top, oven and a microwave to make cooking a breeze. The backsplash is finished with the same Paris Metro tiles as the bathroom and we have installed a combination washing machine with dryer in this area as well.
The main living area is a combination living room and dining room area. There is an antique dining table with chairs so you can enjoy a meal for four. The buffet beside the dining table houses our dishes and has the entertainment system on top of it in case you would like some music to add to your dining experience.
The music collection varies from the old (Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Barbara, Django Rhinehart) to the contemporary (Gypsy Kings, Francis Cabrel, Raul Barboza, Keith JarrettĂ˘â‚Źâ„˘s Paris Concert).
Light floods in through tall windows from two exposures.
The master bedroom has a queen sized bed with a long wall of mirrored closets, and a large TV. The second bedroom has a double bed and wall-to-wall closets, and is where the charming Prussian stove is located.
The furniture throughout is a mix of the brand new (beds and sofa) plus the antique (big mirror in entry, dining table and chairs, night tables, secretary.) Colourful rugs and framed artwork enhance this apartment to give it a very Parisian, homey atmosphere.
We have tried to take our Parisian experience and put it into this apartment making it a place you look forward to coming back to at the end of your day exploring the city.
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Montmartre Vacation Rental Hideaway Paris, Ile-de-France (Paris Region), France
Additional Location Information
Located in a quiet courtyard building in the heart of historic Montmartre, a stone's throw from the Basilica of Sacre Coeur. Transportation to other parts of Paris could not be easier, with two major Metro lines (2 & 12) and multiple bus stops a minute or two away on foot.
If the ideal is to be on a quiet street (let alone in a courtyard building) in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood, then rue Houdon is the place to be. Just a block long, this street provides a sort of side entrance to old Montmartre. At the bottom of the hill is the busy Place Pigalle, with its Metro station, bus stops, taxi stands and late-night shops and clubs.
At the top of the street, just past the live jazz club, Cafe Houdon, is the storybook Place des Abbesses, which boasts an original Hector Guimard Metro station, a classic Paris kiosk, a Wallace fountain and a children's carousel, a vest-pocket park all in flower, an unusual brick church and the start of the climb up to the Sacre-Coeur basilica.
We are in Amelie's quartier, for those who saw the film. The Marche de la Butte, the picturesque produce shop where she hung out, is right off the Place des Abbesses. Down the street is the rue Lepic, Montmartre's best market street, which also has Amelie's cafe. Just off Abbesses in the other direction is the rue des Martyrs, another famous neighborhood market street.
A few blocks away, at the foot of the butte, is Parisâ€™s fabrics district (Marche St Pierre), including Dreyfus, six floors of every imaginable material, colour and design.
The neighborhood is also full of guitar stores. Down a side street off Houdon is a modest atelier where a master craftsman makes harpsichords.
Just on our little block-long rue Houdon are found the following: a cafe at each end of the street (one with jazz), an antique store, a music store (mainly guitars), two local-designer womenâ€™s clothing boutiques, a beauty salon (male & female), an internet cafe, three restaurants (Indian, Thai and the wonderful Chez Grisette), a little grocery store and, across the street from no. 14, the neighbourhood ecole maternelle (public pre-school). The ATM is around the corner.
More About This Location
Nearest train station: Abbesses, line 12, 1.99 miles Nearest airport: CDG, 30.01 miles Car is not necessary
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