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SPACIOUS LOFT (54 sq meters) ON A PRIVATE COURTYARD Formerly an artist's atelier with an enormous window on the north wall, this is our cherished pied-a-terre which, as retired teachers with flexible schedules, we are pleased to share with guests on a long or short term basis. We are located in a private courtyard at the end of a cobblestone street just off Place Basch, the bustling heart of the XIV arrondisement (once described by the NYTimes as the best kept secret in Paris). Entry to the courtyard is protected by a digicode and gardienne; we are on the second floor but, with double volume ceilings, this is the equivalent of a fourth (with elevator !). The exposure is north/south with light as a constant from the north window and from two windows on the second level facing south. On the loft's first level: a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area that seats six people easily, comfortable couches, an entry with ample closets. On the second level: the studio area with a single bed, desk and chairs; adjoining is the bedroom with double bed, ample closets, and the bathroom with basin, WC and large shower. Here too, ample closets! All linens, towels, etc. are supplied; the kitchen is completely equipped with microwave and fan ovens, washer/dryer, refrigerator, halogen stovetop and all cooking equipment. Air conditioning in the form of a reversible ceiling fan recently installed. A TV set, a printer/scanner are provided as is a free ADSL connection and WiFi, free telephone calls to land lines in the United States and Europe; all utilities included; maid service of 4 hours twice monthly included in stays of 4 weeks or over. A two-minute walk from the front door brings one to the main north-south metro line (#4/Porte d’Orleans-Porte de Clignancourt), across the street are four bus lines (#38,68, 62 & 28) putting all of the city- including its major research institutions - within easy reach. There are three supermarkets in the immediate neighborhood plus a number of excellent specialty shops; an award-winning bakery has just opened across the square and Rue Daguerre where shopping is always a pleasure, is a five minute walk away. There is also an open market twice weekly on the square in front of the Mairie du XIVeme. The joy of the 14th Arrondisement is that it retains its strictly Parisian flavour with reminders of its artist-studded past still hidden away in its narrow streets, its many impasses, its cobble-stone alleys. For walkers, Saint Germain des Pres, the Luxembourg Gardens,the Latin Quarter, Montparnasse are an easy 20 minutes away and all major museums - the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay, Cluny, etc. - a direct and pleasant bus or Metro ride. For joggers there is an easy run to the Parc Montsouris. For more information about the apartment or the area, please don't hesitate to contact me; I'm delighted to be of help in any way possible. Keywords: Loft

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  1. Jack and Gina
    Many of the comments here extoll the virtues of the apartment at Impasse du Rouet, and we couldnt agree more. We loved coming through the courtyard doors at the end of the Impasse into the quaint courtyard with its cats, flowers, bicycles and strollers. Up we rode to the second floor to our home away from home. Filled with light from the windows to the North or from the perfectly placed recessed lighting, the apartment welcomed us from the first time we opened the door. But we travelled to Paris to experience the city, and Alesia was the perfect starting point for our explorations. We boarded buses--just across the street or around the corner--that took us to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysees, and Luxembourg Garden in minutes. The Alesia Metro stop was just as close for when we wanted to connect to the amazing Paris underground system. Metro and bus lines made it easy to reach any destination in the city, from Jardin Albert Kahn to the Bois de Vincennes to Ile St. Germain. On days when we stayed nearer to home, walking a few blocks would bring us to Parc Montsouris, several local street markets, outdoor cafes, supermarkets, restaurants, shops, and of course, heavenly bakeries. When we lined up to buy our daily baguette, we felt like we belonged, and for just a little while, we too were Parisians. 04 May 2012 - 02:56:07
  2. miss 'b'
    What a wonderful surprise to open the door of the brightest, most comfortable, well equipped apartment. Every little appointment was thought of and so very tastefully decorated. The up-to-date appliances, lights, bathroom and windows were such a plus. The location was perfect, the metro near by, shops, restaurants, super market and window shopping. I wish I could have stayed longer. Thank you! 27 May 2012 - 23:09:02
  3. Paula W.
    Just returned for a wonderful 12 night stay in this delightful apartment! It has all the modern conveniences you can ask for (nice kitchen and bath, plenty of room and closet space, beautiful windows with nice views, recently remodeled and nicely). Totally upgraded with good size rooms which is not easy to find. Plus there are no tourists in the neighborhood which makes you feel like you are a local. Good cafes and restaurants near by and also a Farmers Market a couple of times a week for wonderful fresh food. Also conveniently located around the corner from the Metro which made getting around Paris quite simple.. The landlord was extremely professional and all paperwork and money was handled very efficiently. Need I say more? GO for it! 26 May 2012 - 19:55:38
  4. Jim & Lynne
    We spent 9 nights at L'impasse du Rouet in August and loved every minute of our stay. We had been to Paris a couple of times before and wanted to experience living with the French rather than as a tourist. We were so impressed with the politeness and respect the French have for each other just as a matter of course. This is such a good way to understand a culture. Our apartment was perfect. So close to the Metro and bus service. It is spacious, spotlessly clean and beautifully appointed. Just a quick walk to all shopping necessities. A little home away from home. 07 November 2012 - 08:08:25
  5. Repeaters
    It is very difficult to think of enough positive adjectives to describe 7, Impasse du Rouet, that haven't already been said by others about the flat. It is, quite simply, a wonderful oasis in the middle of an attractive and lively quartier the 14th arrondissement. The flat itself is a superb place to spend a week, a month, or a year. Everything you want or need is right at your fingertips, everything works, everything is clean, the furnishings new and tastefully arranged. If you want to go out and enjoy the city, it is easily done. But if you want to curl up with a good book on a rainy or chilly day, it is just the place as well. Filled with light and quiet, it is serenity itself with a view of the Parisian rooftops and a lovely shaded courtyard. The location has a metro stop almost at your doorstep and several bus lines. You are an easy walk from the splendid Montsouris Park. Shopping for food, whether you wish to make a quick trip to the well-stocked Carrefour around the corner or head across the street to linger in one of several fine boulangeries, wander over to fishmonger at the next corner or browse the nearby fromagerie (each one of the best in all Paris), is simplicity itself. Several large cafes surround the square, and lots of smaller ones line the streets radiating off the traffic circle. It is busy and yet easy to navigate. There are a large number of restaurants within close walking distance, including several excellent bistros and a variety of ethnic foods. We have often rented apartments in Paris over the years and can think of no place we would rather stay and can conceive of no landlord who would go to greater lengths to make sure guests enjoy themselves. 02 December 2012 - 16:03:35
  6. Ringo
    I had to fib a little to fool the computer in order to write this review. My wife and I lived in this apartment for almost a year and a half. So, our perspective is a little different than others who have commented before. I second those prior comments regarding the neighborhood and this specific apartment. I just want to add that after spending all these months in our apartment, after viewing beautiful rainbows through the huge windows, after befriending Georges, Marine and the other welcoming folks who live at the Impasse, and, after watching our little dog, Eddie, make peace with the cats that also live there, we are hopeful that Ann will be able to schedule another extended visit for us when we are able to return to Paris. 05 April 2013 - 21:51:22
  7. Connie
    I'm about to spend my final of five weeks at Impasse Rouet after an intensive month of teaching. It will be hard to leave this property because it offers the happy contradictions of all that one seeks out in Paris: comfortable accommodations, a quiet refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life, and an entry point to the excitement of the city. This best-of-all worlds apartment is conveniently situated at Alsia, a central transportation hub for the subway, buses and the tram, and is close to a variety of markets, stores, cinemas, restaurants, and to public parks and charming neighborhood side streets ("villas"). The property itself is very modern, comfortable, beautifully appointed and quiet. I especially liked having two stories where the work loft and bedroom are separate from the downstairs living room, dining room, and kitchen. The property is ideal for academics working in Paris who need quiet. The large two-story windows bring in a lot of light. The view of a wonderful series of rooftops and the St. Pierre de Montrouge clock tower at Alsia have kept me company during my stay. I've appreciated Ann's hospitality from afar (via email), the cleaning service, and having all the amenities, including Internet service, long-distance calling, and a very efficient washing machine. I can't recommend this property more highly. Thank you, Ann! 26 July 2013 - 11:12:45
  8. Kathie C.
    My husband and I experienced Paris from the comforts of this wonderful apartment. After a long day sight seeing and walking the boulevards of Paris, it was delightful to return to the warm, comfortable and artistically appointed appartment. This was our first visit to Paris and we spent two wonderful weeks exploring that lovely city. Although metros and buses were but a stones throw away, we took to walking as our primary mode of transportation. The apartment is a 40 - 50 minute walk from the central, old city of museums, art galleries and cathedrals - enough distance to qualify as exercise which, after all those lovely pastries and croissants purchased just down the street on Ave. Jean Moulin, was very necessary. I particulary enjoyed the selection of books available and chose two set in Second War Paris to read while there. We usually chose to eat in as restaraunts can be quite expensive, yet, I only cooked once. The Rue Daguerre and other markets offer many opportunities to enjoy nourishing, delicious precooked food (even seafood!) which you can take home and enjoy for half the price (or less) of a restaraunt. After a long stay in Europe, this opportunity was most appreciated. If we return again to Paris, this apartment would be a first choice. 08 December 2013 - 00:16:56
  9. Mark F.
    Practicalities 1st: well appointed, nicely decorated, comforting space on a quiet courtyard, 2d floor, with efficient elevator for when I'm just too tired to mount the stairs. The romance and the life it discloses: Sounds of children playing in the nearby schoolyard; the bells of the local church. But, since it doesn't front a street, quiet, peace. After a loooong day walking the city, the perfect sanctuary for the evening. Nearby is a twice-weekly open market for all the good food one could want. 1 block away a good-size modern grocery. Wine store closer yet. Cross the street early to an excellent bakery for fresh croissants & for baguettes towards evening for dinner. On major bus routes to central areas of the city. 23 April 2014 - 10:46:06
  10. Mark F.
    Practicalities 1st: well appointed, nicely decorated, comforting space on a quiet courtyard, 2d floor, with efficient elevator for when I'm just too tired to mount the stairs. The romance and the life it discloses: Sounds of children playing in the nearby schoolyard; the bells of the local church. But, since it doesn't front a street, quiet, peace. After a loooong day walking the city, the perfect sanctuary for the evening. Nearby is a twice-weekly open market for all the good food one could want. 1 block away a good-size modern grocery. Wine store closer yet. Cross the street early to an excellent bakery for fresh croissants & for baguettes towards evening for dinner. On major bus routes to central areas of the city. 23 April 2014 - 02:52:42
  11. francophile
    I stayed in the owner's apartment next door to this one. (But I have also been inside this one.) Both apartments are very open, full of light from the huge windows (a rarity in Paris rental apartments). In the next-door apartment the artificial lighting is also wonderful, which is a boon for those of us who like to read. The kitchen was better-equipped than is my kitchen at home. Linens (table, bed, towels) are impeccable. The cleaning-lady is excellent. The location is very good. Though the 14th arrondissement is a bit further away from "the center" of Paris, the bus lines which come almost to the door of the apartment are fast, reliable, direct. Same for the metro line - very close to the apartment, and takes you to all the good places. The neighborhood is much less touristy than other Paris quartiers. Shopping, open-air market, movie theatres...are all within a few minutes' walk of the apartment. But the apartment, set back in an interior courtyard, is in a quiet haven. I highly recommend this apartment to single people and to couples. 01 May 2014 - 10:49:19
  12. william b.
    My wife and I stayed in Ann's apartment for one month during the autumn of this year. The laudatory reviews by previous guests are fully justified. The apartment is ideally situated in the 14th arrondissement close to but at an appropriate distance from the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. With a Navigo Pass to travel on the metro and bus system , you are within easy reach of all the major attractions of this vibrant city. We had a very active program of activity with Opera, much Theatre, exhibitions and concerts. We travelled everywhere by metro [including the Opera] and always had easy and rapid access to all venues. Transportation is just outside the front door of the apartment. Travel from Charles de Gaulle to the apartment is a breeze as long as you travel by subway. The apartment is literally next door to all that you may need for a problem free stay. Markets, the best butcher in Paris, excellent cheese and wine shops and your morning croissants are only a few steps from the apartment's front door. The apartment is spotless thanks to Myrna's excellent work. This is a residential area of Paris which means that you have an unparalleled opportunity to savour the delights of the Parisian lifestyle and, if you have some knowledge of French, have multiple occasions to learn and enjoy all that Paris has to offer. I have not mentioned the more usual tourist sights in Paris but they are all easily accessible and you have the precious ability to step back and relax at home after a tiring day. I should also mention the excellent bistros in the 14th arrondissement many within easy walking distance of the apartment. During our month in Paris we ate every second day in a bistro and usually spent 2 hours or so in conversation with parisians. This is always a highlight of our visit to Paris. All of the practical and functional aspects of everyday life are provided in this apartment. Should you decide to eat at home , you have a fully equipped kitchen and well appointed dining area. The bedroom is quiet and has a very comfortable mattress. We slept soundly every evening. Should you, however, like to watch television, you will not find a large flat screen set in the apartment.[Who goes to Paris to watch TV?]. On the other hand internet and WiFi are available as well as phone service and fully satisfactory. As you may gather, we would like to return to Ann's apartment. I hope that my review does not make this a pious wish. BOOK EARLY!! Mireille&Bill 12 November 2014 - 21:55:23
  13. We stayed in this apartment for 4 weeks starting June 7, 2014. We had discovered the listing online a few years before but our timing had never coincided with its availability. Finally success . . .and it did not disappoint. We had stayed nearby in the 14th before so we knew the neighbourhood well. Although we are tourists, we want to stay in a non touristy area. We liked the feel of the light filled space with its 2 storeys of glass open to the view of the roofscape and the ever changing sky. This artists atelier has been nicely renovated, and comfortably furnished. The building is located in a large courtyard in the centre of the city block so it is buffered from the sounds of the busy intersection nearby at Alesia. It was a treat to hear the sound of birds song in the middle of the city. We like to cook so we appreciated the good food sources within easy walking. The owner is a delight, and very helpful. Thank you Ann for sharing your home in Paris with us. We look forward to returning soon. 16 December 2014 - 23:25:20
  14. CJClink
    I stayed here with a friend of mine for 26 days starting February 1st. I was very pleased that there was a daybed separated from the bedroom for me to sleep in, as I tend to snore. So, this arrangement was much to the relief of both of us. There was more than enough hot water for both of us to have showers in the morning. There were copious linens, towels, etc., so a long stay was easy. We made a lot of quick meals in the kitchen and used almost all the appliances. They all worked well and were for the most part easy. Only tricky one was the combined washer/dryer -- but we soon mastered it. The location is amazing. Right around the corner from the Alesia Metro station on line 4. There are good restaurants and bakeries right there. The Carrefour supermarket is 1 block away and Ann provides a wheeled shopping basket in the apartment. It's also about a 15 minute walk to the Vanves Puce (flea market) -- a great open-air street sale on weekends -- you can buy unusual gifts here for friends and family back home. Also a pleasant walk up to rue Daguerre, for boutiques and market shops -- and great restaurants. Right across from the Catacombs. Ann (the owner) happened to be living next door at the time we were there, so she was very helpful when we needed any information or help. I highly recommend staying here! Despite the cold, wind, and rain outside, it was snug and warm inside. 02 March 2015 - 19:02:07
  15. JulieD
    I stayed in this apartment for a month in Fall 2014. Although it isn't the owner's pied a terre (theirs is next door), it's as well-decorated and equipped as if it were. The kitchen has everything you could need to prepare a full meal and plenty of counterspace. The living room area has a good, comfortable sectional sofa with pretty throw pillows, a nice piece of textile art on the wall, and lots of light from the large windows. Upstairs the bedroom is small but comfortable with plenty of pillows, blankets and good-quality linens. The bathroom is tiny but has ample counterspace for its size and has good lighting. Wireless works well. For a woman staying alone, this apartment felt safe, tucked away as it is off the main street. The other neighbors were quiet and polite. A good supermarket is a 5 min walk from the apartment and the owner provides a convenient shopping cart. Also just around corner is a bakery that has nice mini-quiches and other lunch-type foods. For restos, try Les Sourires de Dante in Place Michel Audiard...not real close to apt but a nice walk from there and good simple food. 17 March 2015 - 16:50:17
  16. would-be Parisians
    We love spending April in Paris and we quite simply cannot imagine another place as well-equipped, tastefully decorated, comfortable and efficient as Ann's apartment. Alesia is a lively neighborhood with everything you could possibly want within a short walk, and Ann's apartment is a peaceful haven right in the heart of Alesia. This is our third stay and will not be our last. If you want to experience Paris away from the crowds and the tourists but within a short bus or metro ride of all the sights, this is the place. 29 April 2015 - 20:31:02
  17. Sharon K.
    When I began my search for a Paris apartment for this trip, I absolutely had to be in the Alesia area. I love this neighborhood and felt fortunate to have found Ann's apartment. This home is exceptionally clean, comfortable, and well stocked. It is conveniently located just steps from the very central 4 Metro line. Because it is situated inside a city block, one is greeted with the sounds of birds in the morning. After busy days, it was so nice to return home to relax. Ann makes your comfort and experience a top priority. Thank you so much for sharing your special place with us. 16 July 2015 - 20:04:06
  18. Daniel M.
    Google Streetview before signing up: Big KFC place on the corner! Aarghhh! So to get that out of the way once and for all: Yes, its there, but irrelevant. You go about 25 meters to the end of the cul-de-sac, where a door admits you to a world apart. A true oasis of peace, guarded by 3 friendly cats. A little gated compound of low-rise cottages, plus three 4-story apt buildings, of which ours is furthest to the rear, totally secluded, reached via a plant-lined path, a veritable country lane. Magical, really. The flat, reached by lift, is wonderfully light. The beautifully equipped kitchen had tons of staples including olive oil, salt, pepper, spices, and much more. Dining table seats 6 comfortably. Living has a huge double-height window, L-shaped sofa, and coffee table. Upstairs, overlooking the living, the study has a small TV, desk and chairs, printer/scanner which actually works, router for the excellent wifi, and a good single daybed, a welcome refuge from a snoring partner. The study leads via a heavy curtain into the double bedroom, with firm bed and good storage. Bath is en-suite, with a straightforward shower, plenty of hot water, and great water pressure. Tons of bed and bath linens. Noise? We heard NOTHING, with the exception of the occupant of the flat immediately above quietly padding about. No loud music. No loud conversations. Perfect. Transport? Metro and buses 2 minutes walk. Neighborhood? Entirely French. No tourists. Supermarket 90 seconds walk. 3 bio stores within 5 minutes. Excellent cheesemonger and butcher. Lovely postage-stamp-sized park west along Alesia, plus delightful Parc Montsouris 20 minutes walk the other way. Plenty of restaurants/bistros/cafs within steps. Negatives? No dishwasher. Bed is about the size of an American double, about to be replaced by the a 160cm-wide bed, wider than an American queen-size bed. There is no A/C, no problem 80% of the time. In summer, it is something to consider. We were lucky: The extreme heat was in late June/first half July this year. Out of our four-week stay, one week was 20-23C (wonderful!), otherwise mostly 27-29, just tolerable. For about 5 days, temps rose to 30-35, too much for the flat despite the many fans which did help. Simple portable A/C units for the bedroom and living area would be ideal. We loved our experience at Impasse du Rouet, and we intend to be back soon! 16 September 2015 - 15:38:06
  19. Liz
    So much is wonderful about this former artists studio renovated into a spacious 2-story 1 bedroom apartment. I spent two months here feeling like a Parisian resident. Outside the gates of the courtyard, everything I needed for daily life was close by. Inside, the apartment is filled with light from the two-story windows which also provide a fascinating display of the ever-changing sky. The first floor, with its cozy couches, ample dining table and fully equipped kitchen makes all the inner pleasures of eating, reading, planning excursions and activities, and entertaining friends so easy. Upstairs, a wide balcony has a single bed outfitted as a couch and a well equipped office space. Through a doorway is the bedroom with lots of closet and storage space, a comfortable bed, reading lights and a window which I opened every night for fresh air. The bathroom offers plenty of water for a hot shower in the morning and soft towels which you can warm if you want. This was the fourth place I have stayed in Paris and I will never again stay anywhere else. Its location in the 14th arrondissement is perfect. If you want to mingle with the Parisians living their everyday lives, you can pull up a chair in the Parc Montsouris which has lots of grass, a lake and even a puppet theater. Or you can hang out in one of the myriad cafes, dine in a local restaurant or cruise the shops only a few blocks away. Buying groceries for the week? Stepping out for your morning pastry? Choosing flowers for your loved one? Hop on the elevator, stroll down the path, pass a smiling neighbor, then through the gate, and out onto the vibrant street where the citys sounds and energy will greet you. I walked almost everywhere, but the Metro and multiple bus routes are right across the street and will take you in mere minutes to the museums, monuments and all the attractions for which Paris is famous. Yet nothing is as remarkable as the quiet calm in this residence. Despite the cacophony and hustle-bustle of city life which begins outside the courtyard gates, all is peaceful within. In the courtyard the foliage and flowers surround your building with a visual and fragrant environment which adds to your peace. Ann, the owner, has created a lovely place for homey, easy living. She is a warm and welcoming person who provides all the information and help you need to navigate your arrival and relax into your stay. All the promised amenities are there and many resources to enhance your Paris visit. 17 September 2016 - 17:22:48
  20. Harry J.
    We have just returned home after staying 6 weeks in this beautiful unit and can't imagine a better place to call our "Paris home!" It is light with soaring windows, clean, quiet and wonderfully comfortable. The owner did everything possible to make our stay memorable. We were half a block away from major thoroughfares, the #4 Metro (which we literally rode everyday), buses, charming restaurants, one of the best bakeries in Paris and interesting shops. A beautiful church is across the street, just adjacent to the Metro. The 14th arr. is not a tourist area so the hordes of visitors disappear--it's a real Paris neighborhood. Our son joined us for a couple of weeks and we were all very comfortable. He had no difficulty conducting a couple of meetings with his US offices; the wi-fi is terrific. The shower has plenty of hot water and great pressure. There are plenty of linens for the beds. The washer/dryer works beautifully, though with a refreshing cross-breeze we hardly ever used the dryer. The kitchen is well-stocked with dishes, towels, spices, etc. One of our favorite activities every day was chatting about where we planned to go while eating breakfast at the dining room table. Shopping at the nearby bakery, supermarkets, cheese-mongers, vegetable stores, fish markets and butcher shops was convenient...and fun! We loved every minute. There is an elevator for those occasions when we didn't feel like using the stairs. We cannot overstate the convenience of this location. We are enthusiastic tourists and visited every arrondissement while in Paris. With the transportation available at our doorstep, we had no difficulty finding everywhere we wanted to go with 1 Metro ticket. We only used a taxi once when it was late at night. It was so simple to pick our son up and return from the airport on the train as well as visit Versailles and Chartres--all with only one ticket and one stop to change trains. We became Friends of the Louvre and visited this amazing museum at least twice a week; because of this great location, we only had to walk half a block at both ends to arrive there and it only took about 15 minutes! While we love the noise and crowds of a large city, it was great to return to our quiet, peaceful home at night. Aside from school children playing in the morning and the occasional tolling of the church bells, we didn't hear any city noises. We will stay here again in a heartbeat. It is perfect. 29 July 2016 - 03:50:00

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