1. “Paris is always a good idea” - Audrey Hepburn
Whether you’re increasing your property portfolio or moving to France for work, a robust economy is just one factor in its favour. Paris is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and global humanitarian organisations, affording diverse job-opportunities to well-qualified French speakers.
Just one of Paris' iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe at night
Refreshingly in these days of global business, a thirty-five hour working week and generous holiday allocation are standard in France. It is of course worth noting - as the UK approaches EU exit negotiations - that non-EU nationals need to obtain a work-permit to live here. Add world-class healthcare and travel links, universities, museums, parks, iconic attractions like the Arc de Triomphe (featured above) and incomparable gastronomy to the mix and it’s clear that buying property for sale in Paris really is a good idea.
2. “Paris is a moveable feast” - Ernest Hemingway
We know Hemingway didn’t mean anything so mundane as getting about in Paris. However, the ease with which you can travel to, from and around this city does make it a personal favorite with Winkworth International. International flights, Eurostar and feeder roads weave in and out, while an extensive network of trains, buses and boats cross the River Seine from right to left bank and throughout the arrondissements (districts).
There is a bicycle-sharing system called Velib too and because Paris is easily navigated, you can happily indulge in a spot of flâneur (a distinctly French way of strolling) without losing your way. Talking of moveable feasts, visitors to Paris will know it wears its beauty with characteristic nonchalance. Simply disembark from your train at the Gare D’Orsay, say, and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Louvre, the Notre Dame and the Seine.
3. “There could be no cure for Paris” - Paula Mclain
Paris is a city with a history of upheaval, not least a devastating and lengthy Nazi occupation. Nowadays, its transformation into the capital city of a country boasting ‘best in world’ public health-care may not (yet) promise a cure for all ills. But if you live and work in Paris (or pay self-employed tax) you can benefit from a healthcare system that lets you choose your own doctor and waiting lists are rare. Furthermore, 100% of treatment costs for serious illnesses such as cancer are covered.
An elegant apartment in the family friendly seventh arrondissement makes a beautiful Paris home
4. “Today the...life of every Parisian...revolves around his arrondissement” - Thirza Vallois
If your eye has been caught by the elegant apartment (pictured above), you’ll be interested to know its left bank location is on the Quai D’Orsay, in the seventh arrondissement. Knowing your arrondissements is essential when seeking property for sale in Paris, since each numbered district spiralling out from the central Louvre area has its own distinct character.
The seventh arrondissement, for example, is home to large parks and the Montessori School of Paris. Despite being close to the touristy Eiffel Tower area, this peaceful neighbourhood is family friendly. Over on the right bank, the eighth arrondissement is all Paris glamour and glitz. The Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and couture houses are located here and an opulent apartment on the Avenue Marceau (pictured below) could command considerable rental income.
An opulent right bank apartment in the eighth arrondissement can command considerable rental income
5."Good talkers are only found in Paris" - Villon, fifteenth century poet and vagabond
Or to quote the eminently respectable Winkworth International, “Learn the language, remember your manners, don’t mention the weather.” French conversation classes in Paris not only refresh your language skills but help navigate the subtle nuances that can make Paris society bewildering. Specifically, a polite greeting in French (however atrocious your accent) when ordering your daily baguette can mean the difference between being served or not. Equally, the British propensity for small talk is of less value - all those creatives didn’t visit just to discuss the pleasant summers and crisp winters.
In the meantime, get in touch; Winkworth International would love a “good talk” about property for sale in Paris.
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