Considering Buying an Apartment in Paris? Just Do it.

What are you waiting for? You have a dream, you’ve got so far as to start researching, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this blog, you probably have the money or you wouldn’t be searching (you must be looking really hard to have found my tiny piece of the internet), so just do it! Take the…

The Pros and Cons of Buying in Le Marais

When I say I have an apartment in Paris, most people say, “oh, where is it exactly?” They don’t necessarily know Paris well and probably won’t recognize the majority of addresses, but they ask anyway. The chance of recognition is higher when you say, “do you know the Marais?” East bank, just across the river…

Stay In a Little Piece of Paris

Do you also dream of your own Little Piece of Paris? Why not start by staying in ours? Small, stylish and undeniably Parisian, our studio apartment is in the heart of the lively, fashionable Marais. Enjoy your morning coffee or evening aperitif on the beautiful terrace, and explore the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants on…

8 Things I Miss About Paris When I’m Not There

I rarely get homesick and when I do it’s usually because I’m stressed out, worn out or weighed down. It’s more of a longing for a simpler time than anything else—a subconscious wish for someone else to look after me and worry about my problems for me. While I don’t often crave home, Paris is always…

Bloody HSBC France

I’m at the stage where just hearing, saying or writing those four letters – HSBC – makes me want to hurl something across the room. I’m tempted to start trolling them on facebook; I could set up a fake account and post antagonistic comments in the middle of the night just to let off some steam. I could strive to…

The Tiniest of Paris Apartments

Eyes widen when I tell people that our Paris apartment is only 18 square metres. It feels larger, I tell them, especially in summer when the windows open up onto the 7m2 balcony. Actually, I like it. When you say you own a pied-à-terre in Paris, people make assumptions about wealth and privilege. I temper…

The Cost of the Keys to Paris

After years of living in Oslo and then paying the insanely high square-metre price for an apartment in Paris, I thought there was very little (cost-wise) that could shock me. I once paid €18 for a glass (not bottle) of house wine in a piazza in Venice. In Oslo, I regularly fork out the equivalent…

5 People You Need for Your Paris Property Hunt

Once you have your heart set on buying your own place in Paris, there are five key people you need to help you to realise your dream. 1. A Property Finder It’s not that we couldn’t have made our Paris dream come true on our own, but the process would have been so laborious, stressful…

First Impressions? Who Cares, It’ll Sell Anyway.

Want to sell your home at a great price? Make sure it sparkles. Tidy it from top to bottom, get rid of clutter, fill it with fresh flowers and brew a pot of coffee. Sell a lifestyle others aspire to be part of. That’s what real estate agents, lifestyle TV, magazines and blogs tell you to do…

Don’t be Scared of Going to Paris

These days, I often get asked if I feel safe in Paris. The city is on high terror alert but I force myself to think rationally. The attacks in Paris targeted our freedom and I sit firmly in the camp that believes that if we give in to fear, the terrorists have won. Of course I was…

A Little Piece of Paris – One Year On

We bought our little piece of Paris in April 2015. We got the keys in June and spent our first night there on a blow-up mattress on the floor. In November we finished the renovation and were able to start using it properly. That is what I consider to be our real anniversary. One year on and there are no regrets. There…