Pass through a large iron gate on the street and a cobble-stone entry and ascend a centuries-old stairway (there is no elevator in this classic 18th century building) to the third floor, where you enter a spacious, light-and-air-filled apartment. The Crème de la Crème apartment has two bedrooms with queen size beds and each bedroom has its own luxurious full bath. The apartment was recently used in a fashion photo-shot for Vogue magazine. Solid oak floors covered with Turkish and Moroccan rugs underscore two large salons with 12-foot ceilings surrounding an extra-big kitchen, demarcated by revealed, restored 18th century wood beams.
This property’s glory is as much outside as in. It sits in the 2nd arrondissement, directly above les Halles, one minute from the rue Montorgueil, Paris’s most popular market street. Montorgueil is lined with many markets and Parisian food shops, fruit merchants, cheese stores, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, flower sellers. Go and wander on Saturday and Sunday morning, have coffee with friends and watch the Parisians doing their food shopping, and then indulge yourself, bringing your fresh lettuce, baguettes, Camembert and Morbier, and a Chardonnay that caught your eye back to your own Paris apartment for a home-cooked dinner. The metro station is less than one block away, but you could spend a week in the Market Street Apartment and not use it once. Instead spend time visiting the nearby breathtaking Place des Victoires for some seriously fabulous designer clothes shopping, and the Louvre is only 10-15 minutes by foot from your home in Paris.
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