Issue 74 november 2011
Crisis ? What Crisis ?
For the Parisian tourist industry, 2011 has been one of the best years ever! The number of visitors has reached its highest levels in the past 5 years. Paris is still the most visited city in the world and Le Marais is slowly becoming the most desired area in Paris where cost of real estate is approaching prices in London and New York. Only Monaco remains more expensive at this point.
Last Tuesday, November 15, I was interviewed about the economic situation in le Marais district for the prime time economic talk show on BFM Business TV. I was honoured to be given 10 minutes to talk about my knowledge of Le Marais economics. I called it the first luxury alter-globalist district in the world, and in fact it’s somewhat true.
It’s hard to feel the crisis here when we’re surrounded by so many magnificent historical buildings, chic boutiques, good restaurants and fantastic urban facilities. We are lucky to live in the hyper center. The city policy for car owners is a nightmare so riding a bike is a wonderful alternative. Many streets are blocked off on Sundays and become pedestrian zones. Rue des Francs Bourgeois, the street dividing the 3rd and 4th, is one of them. The result is a massive invasion of visitors who come to visit our “historic” island within the city. It is very lively.
Paris is not merely a city, it is a myth. At its heart, is the Marais like a chocolate melting cake, a deluxe perfume or an haute couture dress. Like a precious jewel, it’s there for the taking. The Marais is the place where the history of France was born. In just a 2 km surface area, there are nearly 170 mansions dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. No historical center contains so many treasures. That’s why the neighborhood is now a classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Discover the most beautiful monuments in the Marais thanks to the remarkable work of the Swedish photographer Marianne Ström who has been living in the Marais for 35 years.
Take a look at the clip TVHD "In Love with le Marais"
November 15 to December 15 is the off-season in Paris. Perhaps you won’t find inexpensive train fares or airline tickets, but you’ll be sure to find the best possible rates for your accommodations: hotels, guestrooms and guesthouses.
For le Marais Hotels, please make your request by following these links:
A bientôt !
In the following section, we show you how the Marais has changed, with great new shops and galleries we have just discovered and are happy to promote for their creativity.
Pascal Fonquernie, Editor Parismarais.com
Invest Now in Real Estate.
How about having your own residence in le Marais? You can live here permanently or for just a couple of months per year and then rent it out the rest of the time. The market for short-term rentals is rather saturated in Paris. However for long-term rentals, especially for expats, there’s a real need and a niche market.
We are now developing our own property search service to help long-term residents establish themselves in Paris. It will include connections with several top professionally licensed French agencies and coaching services to adapt to French culture and French laws.
Below is one of our properties available now. In the present crisis nobody trusts banks anymore. Artistic goods, paintings and luxury real estate are a genuine refuge. Property is always a smart investment. The apartment will start at an auction price of 250,000 euros, furniture included. Last year property prices increased nearly 20% in central Paris, especially for small apartments like this one that includes all you need. It’s in a secure luxury hotel particulier with a nice view and sun all day. No major works on the building are needed and full management service is at your disposal if you wish.
The closing for this property must be done before January 30, 2012 as the owner is leaving Paris and wants it sold in the next few weeks. So if you have any money in an American, British or French bank, it’s wise to place it in a long-term investment for you and your family.
To enquire about this property, write to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in contact with the agent in charge of the sale.
Le Marais in 1900 and 1960
Discover through vintage photographies what le Marais looked like in 1900 and 1960 :
Visit Le Marais in 1900 : www.parismarais.com/marais/1900-uk.php
Visit Le Marais in 1960 : www.parismarais.com/marais/1960-uk.php
Boutiques to discover Today
LOFT 18 offers another way of living healthy for all ages and every moment of the day. If you’re interested in beauty products, or treatments for you and your loved ones this is top-notch. Objects for creating a new interior style are all natural. Discover products that will change your vision of every day living. Baby wear and t-shirts made of natural textiles, products using biodegradable materials, natural cosmetics made in France and candles with natural odors and no paraffine, energizing infusions and herbal teas, essential oils... Everything you need for cooking healthy: spices, woks and tableware that comes from Japan and Korea. It’s all lovely and very Zen.
18 rue Charlot
Every Month a new artist, a new exhibition at Gallerie du Marais. Nothing compares to the hi-quality productions we discover and promote. Want to be kept informed of new events and openings of the Gallerie du Marais?
59, rue des Francs- Bourgeois 75004 Paris
In one of the most beautiful parts of the Marais, the pléiades offer a choice of hand-made jewelry which is both varied and surprising. Conceived like an art gallery, this innovative place shows the work of several craftsmen who propose their most beautiful creations to you, created here and inspired elsewhere. You will find here, to begin with, Eden Wynter. Using leather as the principal material, she designs each piece made-to-measure. Nadia presents métissés jewels, and makes each part a timeless and playful accessory. Meudoxia developed a collection in a limited series, made of semi-precious stones and of silk wire, which will surely surprise you by its originality. This gallery accomodates also creators and photographers who wish to make their work more known, why not to you... Come meet them! Pleiades: a unique opportunity to combine art and fashion.
Photography specializing in portraits, Fabien Breuvart opened his boutique in June 2004 entirely dedicated to expressing your image.
35-37, rue Charlot
LA BOUTIQUE EXTRAORDINAIRE
Run by someone passionate about textiles, La Boutique Extraordinaire will make you feel exceptional. You enter here intrigued, and leave here dressed in a textile work of art. Several creators exhibit here and truly spotlight the noble and rare materials utilised. Each piece of clothing is a true collector's item that will whisper sweet nothings in your ear and be soft to the touch… All that, at reasonable prices, with organically-responsable principles behind all the products, as well as the know-how of the creators. La Boutique Extraordinaire really is the first textile art gallery.
ORIGINAL BARBER SHOP
Very few places offer to you the originality and the professionalism of l' Original Barbershop. Traditional, modern or eccentric, Samy will not lack creativity and precision to create for you the cut or the hairstyle of your desires. Throughout your visit, this “studio” environment gives you a true feeling of being taken in hand, from beards to hair! Indeed, Samy also proposes to take care of your beard and moustache. Not only men are spoiled here. Women also can come here to have a cut or a coloring. The place is pleasant/lovely, with exposed brick walls, large mirrors and square armchairs. The ideal place for a new face.
56 rue du temple,
LE MARAIS MAP, DOWNLOAD FOR FREE !
To prepare for your trip to Paris, you can download the exclusive
Parismarais map of le Marais for free !
You can also visit the following page where you will find more
maps of Paris and le Marais as well as selected places to visit - photos
and addresses will “pop up” as soon as you click on the colored
dots. Fabulous, n'est-ce pas ? :
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