Tuesday, February 2, 2016

location, location, location

location, location, location (a repost from the past)
I'd like to buy this fixer upper in Paris. Someday...32 meters on the 4th floor, no elevator and suggested asking price 128,000.00 Euros. Not bad in the Sentier, the wholesale rag trade area threaded by the rue Saint Denis, the hooker street. The area fascinates me and I wrote about it in Murder in the Sentier. A run down, ungentrified area like the Marais used to be.
In my Dictionaire Historique des Rues des Paris it cites rue Beauregard in the 16th century was formerly on the hill of Gravois and gave to a view of the countryside. Built over the Charles V wall and on the ancient rubble from the tenth century. Quite a bit of the Sentier stands on ancient and medieval garbage sites, in those days they emptied the trash over the wall and gave rise to the hills in the Sentier. But if by chance I could afford - and with a child in college that won't be in the near future - I'd need to go to City of Paris auction and bid for it with a notaire's assistance. The whole auction is conducted since Voltaire's time by the bougie - the candle. The candle is lit, the property described and shown on power point, the bids taken and yet, no deal is complete without the snuffing of the candle which concludes the deal. And you, any ideas on your dream fixer upper? Cara - Tuesday


  1. Sounds like NYC's Soho in the 1970s. Beautiful space. BUY! It will give the college graduate a place to live in--and pay mom and dad a mortgage. :)

  2. Yup, I'd say buy it too, Cara! (Will do construction work for bed and board ...)

    I came so close to buying a beautiful French farmhouse in Aveyron last summer.

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  4. Ohh.. it looks so amazing. It's my dream to live in such a beautiful and old house. They all have their own story and as for me it's amazing!

  5. I'd love a fixer-upper in Japan...IF I'd be allowed to live in it, though the current visa rules say no more than 3 months at a time unless you've got a "real job" in-country, and apparently writing is still not yet a real job to the Japanese. Not when an American does it on Japanese soil anyway...