A Wallet-Emptying View of Sacre Cour from Champs Elysées Penthouse

A Wallet-Emptying View of Sacre Cour from Champs Elysées Penthouse

You have to hand it to the French.  Here in the US, we’re thrilled if we can cobble together real estate sales and rental data going back a few years.  In preparation for my trip to Europe on Friday, I took a look at what data was available in Paris.  A lot.  Easily downloadable are the purchase and rental data for Paris from 1200 to 2016.  Yes, the year 1200 … 816 years of data at your fingertips.  The data is tracked by the Conseil Général de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable (CGEDD).  Quite a mouthful.

Looking back a bit more reasonably to 1965, there are some interesting comparisons to be made.  First of all, the average property in the US as measured by Freddie Mac and Case-Shiller was consistently higher than in France from 1965 until 2001, when the costs merged.  From that point onwards, French residential real estate has greatly outperformed the U.S. market.

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homeaway eiffel tower

HomeAway’s Eiffel Tower apartment. Photo: HomeAway

If Paris is the city of love, then the Eiffel Tower is one of the most romantic landmarks in the world. Lots of people get engaged there, but what if you could do that, or renew your vows, in an Eiffel Tower apartment?

Vacation rental website HomeAway has partnered with architect Benoit Leleu to design a temporary and totally fabulous apartment inside the Eiffel Tower. They’re running a contest, called the HomeAway LoveAway sweepstakes, which ends tonight at midnight.

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La Belle Maison Paris TX

Paris is an excellent Texas town for your ranch getaway, as it’s a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, has some great shopping, and the scenery is just splendid. And you can tell everyone you have a second home in Paris! Oui oui!

Well monsieurs and madames, this lovely ranch with a total of seven — SEVEN!!!! — fireplaces is a place you can fall in love with. Check out Kathryn Roan’s writeup of La Belle Maison on SecondShelters.com today.

La Belle Maison Paris TX

Paris is an excellent Texas town for your ranch getaway, as it’s a short drive from Dallas/Fort Worth, has some great shopping, and the scenery is just splendid. And you can tell everyone you have a second home in Paris! Oui oui!

Well monsieurs and madames, this lovely ranch with a total of seven — SEVEN!!!! — fireplaces is a place you can fall in love with. Check out Kathryn Roan’s writeup of La Belle Maison on SecondShelters.com today.

Paris Chairs

Sure, Valentine’s Day was a  week ago, but why stop sharing the love?

That’s Bernadette Schaeffler’s philosophy. The Dallas decorator and style maven is in love with love, especially the Parisian variety.

“Paris awakens all your senses! Everyone who ever spent time in Paris keeps the memories in their hearts as though it were yesterday. I have no  explanation but there is just something magical about this capital,” Schaeffler said. “Just setting feet on cobblestone streets is an experience. Living history combined with fashion, food and shopping is wonderful vibrant lifestyle for me. Every time I go to Paris it seduces me and I guess many other people.”

Paris Gargoyles

It’s a source of inspiration for her, especially landmarks such as the Notre Dame Cathedral with its gargoyles and stained glass. Walks along the Seine revive her, as do the colors and people of the city of light, and of love, for that matter.

Paris Stained Glass

“After visiting the gothic masterpiece, I love to stroll down the Seine Quai and see what the Bouquinistes — the famous booksellers — have to offer. This is a 300 year tradition!  Then take strong coffee or a Ricard in a little bistro and just enjoy life!”

Bernadette Shaeffler Dining Set

Schaeffler definitely employs that same zest for life into her designs, which are inspired by her European roots. Find out more about her and her collection on her website.