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Single in the City: Moving to Paris Tout Seul

HiP Paris Blog explores what it's like to move to Paris aloneCandice Johnson

As an expat in Paris there is one question I am asked without fail on basically every encounter with a new person: “So what brought you to Paris? Was it love?”

Oh man, do I wish I had a love-based story to explain my relocation to Paris! There is nothing more romantic to my mind than falling in love, throwing caution to the wind, and following your heart to Paris. I have lived that story in other cities, but the reality is that I moved to Paris to follow a job. Slightly different.

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Paris Style: Secrets to Decorating Like a Parisian

Parisian Deco, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Carin Olsson

Carin Olsson

When we decided to move to Paris, one of the things I was most excited about was decorating my own Parisian apartment. It would be classic Haussmannian with herringbone floors, marble mantels, high ceilings and moldings – the works.

Parisian Deco, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Haven in Paris

Haven in Paris

Scrolled iron balconies and a rooftop view were also on the wanted list. After a few weeks of scouring (and drooling over) listings from afar, I fell hard for an appartement familial in the 7ème. We negotiated with the rental agent and sealed the deal even before laying eyes on our future home.

Parisian Deco, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Haven in Paris 1

Haven in Paris

It was better than I’d imagined: a light-filled double salon and a killer view of the Dome des Invalides, even a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in all its iconic beauty. But the fun was just beginning. It was now time to decorate. Continue Reading »

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Paris With a View: Erica Berman Featured on “Paris By Appointment Only”

Our friend Zeva Bellel over at Paris by Appointment Only has published a piece by HiP’s own Erica Berman about Parisian apartments and the importance of light, outdoor space, and views.

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Article by Zeva Bellel, Paris by Appointment Only

The most in-demand Parisian properties are the ones with amazing views. It’s no surprise, really: Who wouldn’t want this cityscape as a live-in tableau? Luckily, there are some incredible furnished flats with views available for short-term rent. So on your next swing through the city, skip the claustrophobic hotel and rent a light-filled apartment instead. You’ll not only be able to throw impromptu soirées, cook up market finds in your own kitchen, gain space and save precious cash, you’ll have a frame on the city that most Parisians dream of.

For the inside scoop on the most picturesque Parisian pads on the market, please welcome guest blogger Erica Berman, owner of the divine apartment rental agency, Haven in Paris and the HiP Paris Blog.

To read the full article, head to Paris by Appointment Only.

Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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The Straight Story: Buying & Renovating a flat in Paris

After living for years in Paris, Bill O’Such and his wife Ineke relocated to the United States. In an effort to “keep one foot in France,” they bought and renovated a pied-à-terre which they rent to tourists when they can’t use it themselves. Below, Bill discusses the ins-and-outs of buying, renovating, and maintaining a home in France.

living roomThe living room of the Elzevir Apartment.

by Bill O’Such, Elzevir.net

While some websites might lead you to believe that buying an apartment in Paris is as easy as buying a good bottle of wine, the truth is: it’s a lot of work! Unless money is of no object, the process is incredibly hands-on and requires both creativity and perseverance. As I learned by buying and renovating my “Elzevir Apartment,” the process is challenging… but worth it. Continue Reading »

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