Not many apartments in Paris can say they have waterfront views, but this home in the lively Canal St-Martin overlooks the neighbourhood’s beautiful canal and its boats, local fishermen, swallows and ducks. The home itself is classically Hausmannian and beautifully decorated, with large windows, Hungarian point hardwood floors, marble fireplaces and intricate mouldings that contribute to its old-world regality. Bright blue velvet couches and vibrant contemporary artwork brings a pop of colour and ground us firmly in the 21st century – as do the TV, air conditioning and modern kitchen. We love that the couches face each other to create a lounge conducive to conversation, while the large dining table can seat up to twelve guests for an animated dinner party. If you don’t feel like eating in though, you’re staying in the right place. You’ll find excellent bars and restaurants in this busy neighbourhood teeming with artists and musicians. Plus, you’ll be around the corner from what is widely considered the best bakery in Paris – Du Pain et des Idées – so grab some of their delectable pastries to enjoy on the banks of the canal (or on your private balcony). On the weekends, the city closes the area for pedestrians – making a canal-side stroll or bike ride particularly pleasant. Should you want to reach other corners of the city, the Place de la République metro station is a quick five minutes’ walk away.
Home truths: *Its worth noting that there is only one toilet in this home
*There are separate bath and shower rooms but the latter is very compact
*The bedrooms are interconnected which does not lend them to total privacy – however, you can also access them all from the hallway
*There is no air conditioning in this home
*The lift is not large enough to accommodate a wheelchair, which may pose problems for guests with limited mobility
*A baby highchair and cot are available on request
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