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Buying and living in Paris - Ile-de-France part of Paris - IDF

Buying a property in Paris means that you get to call the most romantic city in the world “home”. Not just that, but you will be making an excellent long-term investment and joining buyers from all over the world. Welcome to Paris - Ile-de-France


Paris: the city of lights, the city of love, the fashion capital of the world. Whatever name you give it, you can expect to be wowed. For sure, Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and renowned for its famous landmarks. There is only one place to start, the Eiffel Tower is the tallest structure in Paris, and it dominates the landscape. Constructed as the centrepiece of the 1889 World’s Fair it is a global cultural icon and welcomes around 6m visitors a year.

A list of the other “must see” landmarks would be as long as your arm. The Arc de Triomphe is the bookend at the top of the Champs-Elysée, built in 1806 it is one of the biggest arches in the world and the view from the top of the monument is superb. The view from the Sacré-Coeur, atop the hill of Montmartre is not too shabby either. This architectural masterpiece has four minor domes that encircle the huge main dome of the Basilica.

Leggett has an office in the heart of Paris, close to Notre Dame cathedral, the most visited monument in the city. It took almost 200 years to complete, and when you visit you will understand why. The intricate décor and glorious stained-glass windows have seen weddings, coronations, and funerals of the French aristocracy for centuries.

Or how about the Louvre, or the Palais Garnier, or the Musée d’Orsay, or the designer shops, or the historic markets. The list is endless – expect to always want to come back for more!

Transport and Access

You can get to Paris from anywhere in the world.There are three main airports: Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly, and Beauvais. Orly is to the south of the city and used mostly for domestic flights, with CDG (also known as Roissy) to the north-east. CDG is the biggest airport in Europe, with over 70m passengers every year, and this is where most long-haul flights land. Beauvais is known as the airport where most budget airlines fly in to, with direct flights throughout Europe and north Africa.

From Paris, the A1 heads north towards Lille, Belgium, and the channel tunnel, the A4 heads east to Reims, the A6 heads south-east towards Dijon and Geneva, the A10 heads due south to Orleans, the A11 heads out west towards Rennes and Nantes, and the A13 heads up towards Rouen, Le Havre and Caen.

All of the major cities in Europe are accessible by train via the six main stations: Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare de Lyon, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare Montparnasse and Gare Saint-Lazare.

The Paris metro system covers 227 km’s and has 308 stations, covered by 16 lines. The Grand Paris Express project is the largest transport project in Europe and is revolutionising the capital. It will be completed by 2030 and will better connect the three main airports with the business districts. It will also make the daily lives of 2m commuters easier. It will add four new lines to the metro system, as well as extending two lines. It will make travel throughout Paris and the Ile de France much easier, and it is having significant impact on property prices.

The market

For an in-depth analysis, read our latest Paris/Ile de France market comment (below), which includes average prices in all the arrondissements, and expert comment from our Paris team of agents.

Prices in Paris and Ile de France had been rising dramatically in recent years but levelled off in 2022. There simply wasn’t enough stock (particularly inside the périphérique) to meet demand, from both French and overseas buyers. Apartments were often selling before they hit the open market. Many people were looking in the suburbs, often buying in new-build developments. These increased in popularity during and after the pandemic, as buyers looked for more internal space, balconies, and even gardens. Property prices in the suburbs rose accordingly.

There is still a strong demand throughout Paris and the Ile de France, but things have cooled slightly. This is meaning more choice for buyers, and is opening the door for those from overseas, many of whom have been watching as locals snapped up most of the available property.

The recently published European Living Cities Index analysed 142 capitals and large cities throughout Europe, to determine which were the most attractive and liquid, helping investors develop a profitable property portfolio. Paris came out in first place (followed by London and Berlin). It is undoubtedly an excellent place to buy an apartment or house – both with your heart and your head.

The market is sure to receive a further boost in 2024 when Paris hosts the Olympic Games. Local hotels and businesses will reap the rewards of the 9.7m spectators flooding into the capital.

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Just about everything . It would be too easy to list the famous tourist traps so we’re going to share some of the hidden gems that we love. Let’s start with the “Marais” which is a trendy district with a village feel that cuts across the centre of Paris. Originally built on marshland it is the ideal place for a leisurely stroll, and a little shopping in the trendy boutiques. The most famous landmarks in the Marais are probably the imposing Hotel de Ville (possibly the prettiest town hall in the world) and the superb Place des Vosges, which is a garden square surrounded by red-brick Renaissance buildings. It is the oldest square in Paris, and you will find some superb restaurants and art galleries overlooking the gardens. Nearby are some beautiful half-timbered houses in Rue Francois Miron, or why not go to Rue Montmorency and see the oldest house in Paris, dating back to 1407. The Marais is the ideal place for some vintage shopping – take the metro to Temple and simply stroll around, you’ll come across them.

Another favourite spot is Le Jardin de Luxembourg, in the 6th. The glorious gardens straddle the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. They cover 25 hectares and are split into “French” and “English” gardens, between the two is woodland and a large pond. There are 106 statues scattered throughout and the gardens are modelled after the Boboli gardens in Florence.

If you like the gardens, then you’ll love the secret vineyard in Montmartre. Most tourists brave the steps up the Sacre Coeur (or cheat and take the funicular), but head behind the Basilica and you will come across Rue Saint-Vincent and the small patch of vines, which have a history dating back to 944. It covers just over 1,500m2 (producing about 1,700 bottles a year) and is owned by the city of Paris. Public access is not usually allowed, but you can take a private tour, or look out for the official festivals when you can get to stroll around for free.

Finally, as you are in the fashion capital of the world, why not visit La Samaritaine, which is a department store with a difference. For a start, it is housed in one of the most beautiful buildings in Paris. The Art Nouveau interior features decorative iron staircases, glass floor tiles and glorious frescoes. The store is home to the biggest collection of luxury brands in France: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Christian Dior, Tiffany, Gucci, Cartier and many more. The top floor restaurant, Voyage, sits under a glass roof and is the ideal place to just sit and watch the world’s most affluent customer base.

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    • This is Paris – there is no better place to own a property.
    • Global demand means that property is a great long-term investment.
    • There’s always something to do – from World Cup’s and Olympic Games to major concerts and wonderful theatres.
    • World class bars and restaurants, and the renowned “café culture.
    • Paris is easy to get to – from within France, and from further afield.

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    €16331 per m2
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    Versailles - Mantes-la-Jolie - Rambouillet - Saint-Germain-en-Laye

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    Pontoise - Argenteuil - Sarcelles

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    Bobiny - Le Raincy - Saint-Denis

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    Créteil - L'Haÿ-les-Roses - Nogent-sur-Marne

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    Nanterre - Antony - Boulogne-Billancourt

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    ...The most iconic symbol is the Eiffel Tower, and it is hard not to be awed by its sheer size and intricacy. But Paris is more than just a single landmark – it is a city defined by its incredible architecture. Stroll across one of the bridges onto the Ile-St-Louis and pay a visit to our office on the island, and you will see what we mean.

    The beauty of Paris stretches beyond the buildings and architecture though. It is a city that is alive with culture. The world-class museums, galleries and theatres showcase some of the greatest works of art (Mona Lisa anyone?) and performances in the world. The city has long been associated with fashion, and strolling along the streets of Paris can feel like walking through a living, breathing, work of art.

    What we like most of all though, is simply strolling through the different neighbourhoods and villages. From the winding alleys of Montmartre to the grand boulevards and Champs-Elysées, there is always time to stop and have a coffee. This is a city that invites exploration and encourages visitors to embrace the finer things in life – that includes treating yourself and buying an apartment, after all you only live once.

    Possibly the most famous, and iconic, architectural style is Haussmannian. This refers to the distinctive building style that was used in the mid-19th century, to transform Paris into the city we know today. It accounts for around 40,000 buildings in Paris. They are typically characterised by their imposing facades, intricate wrought iron balconies, and tall windows that flood the interiors with natural light. When people talk about “stunning” architecture they very well could be talking about Haussmann apartments in Paris. Many of these flats and apartments have been beautifully restored in recent years, and they remain highly coveted among Parisian property buyers.

    Another popular property style in Paris is Art Nouveau. These buildings are characterised by their organic shapes and motifs, as well as their emphasis on craftmanship and the use of high-quality materials. Head to the beautiful 16th arrondissement and you will see some lovely examples.

    Of course, there are plenty of other property types in Paris, including eleganta and traditional Parisian townhouses, charming, converted lofts, and sleek modern apartments. Speaking of which, new-build (or VEFA) apartments are incredibly popular with both French and International buyers. Many are now being built in the suburbs, where there is more space, and offer large room sizes, balconies and outside space, and an easy journey into the city centre.

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