Paris’ twenty arrondissements are all very different and include many more neighborhoods, each with their own distinct personality. How can you choose the perfect place to move to in order to make the most out of your life in Paris? There are many criteria to consider, but a few are paramount: budget, size/layout, accessibility and atmosphere!
Different budgets for different areas
Historically, the arrondissements of Paris have always varied considerably in terms of budget, whether you’re purchasing outright or renting a furnished or unfurnished apartment. The arrondissements of central Paris (1st to 9th) have always been the most sought-after and are consequently the most expensive in the capital.
The rather bourgeois residential arrondissements in the west of Paris (8th, 16th and 17th) are also more expensive because they are popular with families looking for a better living environment for their children, due to the schools and parks.
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The arrondissements in eastern Paris (10th, 11th, 12th, 19th, 20th) are currently experiencing a boom, but are still affordable.
A modern or period apartment: you have to choose!
When you’re looking for somewhere to live in Paris, you’re probably immediately drawn to the typically Parisian Haussmann style with old wooden floors, moldings, and fireplaces. These typically Parisian apartments are undeniably charming, however they do have their drawbacks: they are frequently badly soundproofed and their layout is often poorly arranged, such as a small kitchen at the back of the apartment, hallways resulting in a loss of floor space, and little storage. Moreover, they are often expensive.
Why not have a look at newer properties? You should be aware that some arrondissements of Paris (like those in the east and south Paris) are very popular and will receive many offers. Newer buildings tend to be more functional and better-insulated, they are also often a little cheaper than the apartments located in the center and west of Paris.
Finally, there are also many twentieth-century houses dotted around Paris, which have been converted into apartments just as pleasant as new-builds and with a better layout than older buildings, although they are rarely bigger than 70m2.
Looking for the right size in the right district
Like the architectural style and cost, Paris’ different arrondissements do not all offer the same thing in terms of size and layout.
If, for example, you are looking to rent a large family apartment, you would be better off looking in the 8th and 16th districts where the proportion of five-roomed apartments is the largest in Paris (36%). However, you’ll have trouble finding this type of property in central Paris.
Transport links: crucial!
Most of the time, the arrondissement where you want to live in Paris is determined by where your workplace is located. Depending on the length of your commute, it is easy to work out where to live in Paris.
If you work in the business district of La Défense, for example, you might want to opt for a furnished or unfurnished rental apartment in western Paris near the Metro Line 1 or RER A. Similarly, since many professionals have to travel, it’s a good idea to stay near Paris’ train stations.
A neighborhood, an atmosphere
Paris is a patchwork of different neighborhoods, each with their own distinct flavor …
There are the very commercial districts (Ternes, Rue Clerc, Rue du Poteau …), the very touristy (Eiffel Tower, Saint Michel, Montmartre, etc.), the more peaceful areas (Auteuil, Invalides, etc.), those which are greener (Monceau, Buttes Chaumont, Luxembourg, etc.), the more lively (Latin Quarter, Bastille, République, Champs Elysees, etc.) and the more “bobo” (Canal Saint Martin, Marsh, etc.). Each district of Paris has its own personality.
There is no reason why you should not be able to find the perfect neighborhood to live in Paris, whether you’re a student, a family or a young professional.