Paris isn’t short of handsome architecture thanks to its plethora of Haussman-style apartments and bohemian ateliers. But some addresses stand head and shoulders above the rest.
Here are the best Paris properties on the market right now, from serene pieds-à-terre next to the city’s most famous landmarks to gilded apartments that hark back to the past.
A book lover’s duplex in the Haut-Marais
3 bedrooms; €2.39m
Bibliophiles can hole up inside this live/work duplex in the city’s 3rd arrondissement, which features towering 21-ft-tall bookshelves. The Napoleon III-style Paris property is just off leafy Square du Temple. It has a pared-back interior aesthetic: white walls and wooden floorboards set the tone, with colour coming from the spines of books set inside the floor-to-ceiling library shelves.
The book wall is the primary feature of the open plan living room and is accessed via a metal staircase. But readers seeking a cosier spot can retreat to the three-bedroom home’s study, where there is a marble fireplace and walls capped by 19th-century plaster mouldings.
The duplex has a wealth of natural light, owing to full-length windows which open onto iron-detailed Juliet balconies, overlooking the streets below. Take a snoop around.
A converted carpenter’s workshop between Bagnolet and Montreuil
4 bedrooms; €1.47m
Paris is home to a plethora of industrial buildings which have been converted for residential use, though some retain more of their rugged charm than others. This carpenter’s workshop between Bagnolet and Montreuil – the city’s industrial heartland – pays homage to its working-class roots via cleverly inserted wooden and steel elements that allow the building’s shell to shine.
A steel mezzanine hovers above the kitchen, functioning as a bedroom or studio space. Trussed timber beams cross the lower level (which includes a home studio), and though there are no windows in this main living area, there’s plenty of light thanks to the partially glazed pitched roof.
A gilded 19th-century apartment in the 16th arrondissement
Live large at this ‘majestic’ 19th-century apartment on Avenue Henri-Martin which offers total maximalist decadence. Soaring 8-metre-high ceilings are ornately decorated with friezes and bordered by decorative plaster mouldings. Original wood panelling, gilded mirrors and rich walnut parquet run throughout the 5,640 sq ft home, which sits inside a historic sandstone building in the city’s 16th arrondissement.
The Paris property offers four bedrooms in total and has been gently updated by its owner while retaining its historical essence, including the addition of a sauna. Its master bedroom has a sitting area, overlooking the main living room.
Modern minimalist off the Champs-Élysées
4 bedrooms; €8.5m
Interior architect Hélène Van Marcke designed this sleek duplex apartment, fusing subtle art deco influences with white-walled minimalism. The four-bedroom home occupies the top two floors of a Haussman-style stone building, and levels are connected by a swooping, art deco style staircase.
On the main floor, solid walls have been swapped out in favour or steel-framed glass dividers, which maximise light flow and exaggerate the feeling of space across the 4,166 sq ft home. The master bedroom has a 150 sq ft balcony with panoramic views over the Champs-Élysées and surrounding street. Peek inside.
A cupola apartment next to Place de L’etoile
2 bedrooms; €1.95m
Taking centre stage inside this 1,517 sq ft apartment is a domed living room which occupies the cupola of an 1880 building off Place de L’etoile. The rotunda has port-hole windows which peek out across the surrounding rooftops while its towering ceiling creates an interesting acoustic space.
While recently renovated, the 6th-floor apartment would benefit from an interior refresh and to see its second bedroom opened up into a single space. Still, the apartment has an inherent character owing to its unique shape.
Bohemian chic off the Champs-Élysées
1 bedroom; €866,000
Think of Paris and bohemian sensibilities spring to mind, as with this pied-à-terre off the Champs-Élysées. Though on the smaller end of the scale, it has plenty of charm to spare thanks to smoked mirrors, gothic-style chandeliers and calming minimalist decor. That’s not to say it does not require a patch-up here and there – the bathroom has mismatched tiles from the 80s and needs completely replacing, as does the kitchen, whose fixtures look outdated. But it’s the renovation challenge has a prime location, and faces onto a leafy internal courtyard.