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Alex Packer

Speaks english, french
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
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STUNNING RARE GATED ART DECO DUPLEX TOWNHOUSE

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in 16th Passy/Trocadero - Trocadero/Passy Gem

1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms, Convertible bed(s), Sleeps 4

In Response to Popular Demand: I have made my apartment available for short- and mid-term rental on a highly selective basis. Everybody, of course, wants to know what 'highly selective' means. It means... compulsively neat, thoroughly house-broken non-smokers who would be aesthetically troubled by a crooked painting, were trained at an early age not to roller-blade in the living room or fingerpaint on the sofa, and who always remember to wipe their feet, turn off the stove and take the key. (Well, almost always!)

If you're contemplating a trip to Paris but are daunted by the thought of overpriced hotels, outstretched palms, $30 continental breakfasts, and planning the day around the chambermaid, please read on. I hope you will get a sense of why so many of my guests keep returning year after year after year.

The apartment is an elegant duplex on a gated, private street in a 1930s art deco building, located in one of the most fashionable and beautiful sections of Paris, yet with quick and easy access to all that Paris offers.

The first floor has a dramatic double-height living room, dining room, gourmet kitchen and half bath. Upstairs are the master bedroom, a modern bathroom with oversize tub and separate shower, and a study/entertainment center overlooking the living room. It's just steps to the neighborhood center and supermarkets, bakeries, cafes, restaurants, cheese and wine stores, and many other shops and conveniences.

I think you will enjoy the superior level of furnishings, art and 'objets,' as well as the many hundreds of CD's, guidebooks, and books on the art deco era, art deco architecture, design and painting, and French history and culture. My wonderful English/French-speaking housekeeper/assistant can help you with reservations, taxis and insider tips!

Top Location: The apartment is in the 16th Arrondissement, long known as one of the most fashionable and beautiful sections of Paris. It is an area of elegant boulevards, stylish boutiques, and bustling neighborhood centers. Yet the broad, tree-lined streets give you more breathing room than in the crowded and noisy tourist districts. My guests say that staying at my apartment makes them feel like Parisians instead of visitors.

Neighborhood conveniences are just steps away. The post office is a 3-minute walk. A few blocks farther is a modern indoor public swimming pool, the Ranelagh Gardens and Musee Marmottan, indoor and outdoor food markets, and the chic boutiques on Rue de Passy and Avenue Victor Hugo. A 10-minute walk takes you to the Bois de Boulogne which, with its lakes, woods, and gardens, is a great place to jog or rent a bike or canoe.

Paris is for strolling, and the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysees are all within easy walking distance of the apartment.

Getting Around is Quick and Easy by Bus and Metro: The Metro stop (Rue de la Pompe) is a block away. This line (#9) takes you to the Champs Elysees in under 8 minutes, as well as to the grand department stores, the Opera, Bateaux Mouches, Trocadero,and many other places you'll want to visit. At 'Franklin D. Roosevelt' you can change to the #1 line which goes to the Place de la Concorde, Tuileries, Palais Royale, Place des Vosges, Marais, Bastille, Centre Pompidou and the Louvre.

Two bus lines, the 52 and 63, stop within a block of the apartment. The 63 is like a sightseeing tour with its wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Place de la Concorde, and Seine. It goes to the heart of the left bank and Latin Quarter with stops that include St. Germain des Pres, Musee d'Orsay, Invalides, Luxembourg Gardens, Sorbonne, Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite and many other places.

This is a rare and stunning apartment for discriminating travelers. I hope to have the pleasure and privilege of being your host.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome

Alex Packer

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2003
Speaks english, french
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Hello! Thank you for your interest in my apartment. Although my body spends most of the year in the United States, my heart lives full-time in Paris! I have been renting my apartment for 12 years and have been privileged to host many hundreds of guests and their friends and family over this time. I get great pleasure out of knowing that others can enjoy my favorite city in the world using my apartment as their base for exploration.

I enjoy corresponding with guests and answering any questions they might have. I send every guest three visitors packets containing detailed information on the apartment and neighborhood, tourist tips, bus, metro, and airport transportation guidance, maps, favorite walks and places, and a restaurant guide containing descriptions and reviews of 24 neighborhood restaurants, as well as dozens more throughout the city.

I have been going to Paris for many decades and, if you add it all up, have made over 100 trips and spent many years in cumulative residence during that time. I adore the city's 'civilization'—its beauty, grandeur, culture, history, architecture, restaurants, parks, museums—is there anyplace else that offers such a broad and deep array of treasures and pleasures? I like not having a car, using public transportation, walking miles every day, and popping in to the neighborhood stores for the finest and freshest foods.

My dream is to spend more of my time in Paris than in the States over the coming years. That will significantly cut down on my apartment's availability, so rent it while you can! :-)

From my first trip to France at age 15, I fell in love with Paris. Over dozens of subsequent visits I got to know the major cities of Europe and promised myself that one day I would own a place in Paree! While every section of the city has its charms, I was drawn to this area of the 16th arrondissement for reasons that become evident from guest reviews. The location is convenient to all of Paris via foot, bus, or metro—but you feel like you’re living in a genuine and beautiful Paris neighborhood rather than a tourist district. While virtually every shop and service you might need for everyday life is just steps from the apartment, you don't feel like you're in a commercial district. There’s more breathing room which, after a day spent jostling with strangers in the more crowded areas, is a pleasure to come home to. While I can easily walk to the Champs Elysees or Eiffel Tower, it’s also a short stroll to the Bois de Boulogne with its 2,000 acres of lakes, forests, bike and walking paths, gardens, chateaux, and Michelin starred restaurants. What more could you ask for?

My apartment is situated on a tiny, private, gated street (they say it’s the shortest “avenue” in all of Paris). There’s no through traffic—automotive or pedestrian. What’s most unique about my place is that you enter it directly from the sidewalk of this secure and quiet community of art deco buildings.

The apartment (along with three others), occupies the first two floors of a taller apartment building. So it’s like entering your own private townhouse. My guests and I love this freedom of not having to punch in a code to get in a lobby, and then turn on lights, and then walk through a courtyard, and then turn on more lights, and then take an elevator, and then go down a corridor—just to get to your apartment. With my own front door, I can be at the corner bakery in 30 seconds—a great benefit for those seeking warm, fresh croissants for breakfast.

I was also drawn to the sense of spaciousness the apartment affords. European apartments (and hotel rooms) can be much smaller than those in the United States and many other countries. The soaring two-story high living room with its sweeping stairway to the study balcony on the second floor makes the apartment feel much larger than its actual square footage. And the art deco design—the apartment was built in 1930—makes me feel connected to one of the great eras in Parisian history, the period between the wars when artists, writers, and musicians flocked to Paris to create some of the most famous works of art and literature of the 20th century.

Mona, my wonderful housekeeper for 12 years, lives elsewhere in the same complex and is available 24/7—a great comfort for guests should any problems arise. Mona is American, but has lived in Paris for over 30 years. She greets all guests to provide keys and answer questions and, as the reviews attest, enjoys being of service to help make our guests' visits comfortable and memorable.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay nights

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5
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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16th Passy/Trocadero Paris
5

EXCELLENT APARTMENT MADE TRIP SUPER SPECIAL

  • 5 out of 5
We had very high expectations of this property due to the other reviews and the photos of the apartment. Our expectations were more than exceeded! This apartment was probably the difference between our having an excellent holiday versus a very lovely holiday. It was an oasis from the chaos of the city and yet just minutes away from the vibrancy of the city.

In terms of location, the apartment is a 5 minute walk to a central metro line and a 10 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. And yet, when you're in the neighborhood, you feel like you're a Parisian. In a 2-3 "block" radius there is a fromagerie, an excellent boulangerie, a chocolate shop, two butcher shops, two grocery stores, a flower shop, a bistro full of locals, and so much more.

The layout of the apartment is also excellent -it's like an American "townhouse" in that the downstairs contains the living space (dining area, kitchen, living room, and small bathroom) and the upstairs has the personal space (the bedroom, a landing that works as a tv/reading room and workspace, and a large bathroom). The layout means that you're not constantly stumbling over one another. There's plenty of room to be together (we were just two people) and to also have some quiet time. The apartment furnishings are lovely, but not so precious that you feel like you're in a museum. I felt welcome to look through the many books, play CDs, and make good use of the kitchen.

The apartment owner provided excellent service and information that prepared us well for the trip. The property was very clean and well maintained. We were met by the housekeeper who had prepared a "snack" of cheese, fruit, bread, almond, cakes, and wine for us upon arrival. She showed us the ins/outs of the property, and made sure we knew how to reach her.

I travel very frequently for work and my husband and I travel quite a bit for vacations. We love hotels and tend to stay in 4-5 star hotels. So, we've enjoyed a certain level of comfort and reception. I've even stayed in nice hotels in Paris, but having a "home" in Paris is so much nicer than having a "room"! Our experience at this apartment was by far the most delightful we've had on a holiday ever.
I highly recommend this apartment to other travelers and plan to come back as soon as possible!
  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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16th Passy/Trocadero Paris
Maryland USA
5

CHIC, WELCOMING HOME IN A LOVELY NEIGHBORHOOD

  • 5 out of 5
This lovely two story home just takes your breath away. There is a bedroom with a comfy bed upstairs as well as a study leading to it. You will find the most amazing library of art books as well as touring books and maps of Paris. A couch downstairs makes into a bed for one or two. If you can tear yourself away from your spot in the black Barcelona chair, you will find the entrance to the bois de boulogne just a few blocks away. We ran to the musee d'Orsay each morning to make up for eating like gourmands with the Marchee at Woodrow Wilson, the boulangerie on the corner, and rotisserie chicken spinning on spits a few steps from home. On your arrival you will find fruit, a selection of cheese, a fresh baguette and wine. Make yourself at home. Lets keep it a secret 'tho. We want it to be available for our return!
  • Review Submitted: 02-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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16th Passy/Trocadero Paris
5

GREAT APARTMENT IN A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD

  • 5 out of 5
We select this apartment because of its location in the 16th arrondissement. We are frequent visitors to Paris, and have visited at least annually since 1999. We have rented apartments since 2001 and we have always stayed in a different neighborhood to get the true feel of the City of Lights. Since about 2005 we have been going for a minimum of 4 weeks, unless returning from a trip to another country then we will always add a week on the front or back of the travels, in addition to our annual visit.

Honestly, this is only the second apartment that we would ever book for a second time. It is very comfortable to stay in this apartment. The apartment has 99% of anything you would need during your stay. The bed is comfortable and a bit higher than most French beds, which helps as we get older. Plenty of closet space to store your clothes, suit cases, etc so you feel like your at home. The kitchen is about as good as you will find in a French rental apartment, because most owners feel you will be taking your meals out. As a chef I love to scour the markets for interesting meats, fish and seasonal fruits and vegetables to prepare at home, of course we do our share of eating out as well. We realize that our model is a bit different from the average tourist but we go to Paris to learn and absorb a different culture, being retired were really not on vacation.

The apartment has a great location and you soon realize you are in a true French neighborhood because you see and can say Bonjour to your neighbors which you see daily. It also a very safe area for those concerned about being in a big city. Situated two blocks from the Paris Metro (rue de la Pompe )and two bus lines (52 and 63) makes it very easy to get around the city both day and night.

The amenities in the area are fantastic, 2 butchers, 3 bakeries, 2 fruit & vegetable stores, 2 grocery stores, a cheese shop, a fresh pasta shop, two flowers shops, a wine shop, a chocolate shop, a oriental take-out and numerous restaurants, our favorite being Relais du Bois and Bon (best to make a reservation) , but we enjoyed a quick meal at Cafe Le Chalet as well. These are all within about 2 blocks of the apartment and if you jump on the bus you can be a a huge Carrefour in about 15 minutes, where to prices are great.

On Wednesday and Saturday there is a street market along President Wilson Boulevard (metro Alma Marceau, of about a kilometers walk), said to be the best upscale street market in Par
  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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16th Passy/Trocadero Paris
5

AN ELEGANT PARISIAN APARTMENT

  • 5 out of 5
We felt very welcome and at home in this lovely and spacious apartment.  It was beautiful.  When we arrived we were greeted by an immaculately clean apartment and beautiful fresh, yellow roses in the dining room, bedroom, and even in the bathroom!  It felt like we were very special guests!

A sumptuous assortment of french cheeses, with fresh fruit, baguette, and a bottle wine awaited us on the dining-room table so that we could sit down and start to enjoy our week's stay there.

 I thought the kitchen was well appointed with all equipment one might need, and lots of glasses, of all sorts, which we made good use of! Champagne everyday, and we got to try many wonderful French wines from the local wine stores where we received knowledgable advice on the various wines, and at good prices!

We especially enjoyed walking to the outdoor market on President Wilson Avenue and we came home with many bags filled with goodies to try.  It goes without saying, we cooked a lot - tiny mussels with herbs and white wine, mushroom soup with morels, chanterelles with thick veal chops, and seared fresh scallops, all from the outdoor markets and the great neighbourhood green grocers. (I found all of the recipe in the cookbooks I found in the kitchen!)

The apartment had a wonderful library, including display and art books, maps and travel books, and general reading books. The upstairs library/den was wall-to-wall books and we enjoyed browsing through them.

It was truly a pleasure to come home every day, and we would be very happy to come back again.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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+1 6178343600
16th Passy/Trocadero Paris
5

WONDERFUL SPACIOUS APARTMENT - LOVELY NEIGHBORHOOD

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I just returned from Paris where we stayed at this very clean and charming apartment adorned with high book shelves filled with art, design, and informative books on Paris which it made it hard to want to leave the apartment. The bathroom was very comfortable and included a bathtub and separate shower. We were greeted warmly by Mona who offered us a lovely bottle of red wine and several cheeses and was very specific about how the apartment functioned. The great high ceilings in the living area provided a wonderful sense of space. The entry to the very classic building was locked, providing an extra feeling of safety in a great upscale neighborhood which we really enjoyed venturing out into. It is minutes from both the Eiffel Tower and Musee Marmottan. We loved the whole set up and would be happy to return. Thanks Alex.
  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
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Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
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16th Passy/Trocadero Paris
simpsonville, sc
5

A FABULOUS PARISIAN HOME AWAY FROM HOME!

  • 5 out of 5
My wife and I just returned home from Paris and I went on line to provide a review of this stunning apartment which we rented for a week. I was planning to write a lengthy review, but in reading past reviews i realized that doing so would be redundant..That said my wife and I had never been to Paris before, are not as young as we used to be and were a little intimidated as the time for our trip got closer to reality. I really cant say strongly enough how wonderful the help and assistance we received from both the owner and his Parisian helper was as we tried to prepare for the trip. From inviting emails on specific questions or issues to the extensive package of well organized materials he emailed us weeks before our trip, the attention and help we received helped us approach the trip with total confidence. He made us feel like we were the ONLY TENANT he had for the year and emails to him were answered almost instantly!
The apartment photos are entirely accurate. The place is a palace and shows the attention to detail and pride of ownership of someone who actually lives there most of the time even though the owner lives in the Boston area! We frankly did not think the apartment could be as nice as it looked in the pictures, but it was at least that nice.The plentiful collection of books, maps, guides etc about Paris were very helpful to us as we became more familiar with Paris and could better plan activities.
The apartment was clean as a pin when we arrived and we tried to leave it that way when we left for home. The housekeeper is just around the corner from the apt and was helpful to us during our visit in more ways than i can list. The security of the gated apartment building was solid and made us feel very safe even though the 16th Arr itself felt very safe both during the day and evening.

When we arrived we found an amazing welcome present of a nice bottle of wine, some great cheese, apples, peaches, bananas and a loaf of bread, not to mention the beautiful flowers we found around the apt! We were stunned and very appreciative of the consideration.

The area around the apt, as other reviewers have mentioned, is filled with bakeries, butcher shops, small supermarkets, a pharmacy, chocolate shop and restaurants. The metro was a 2 block walk and we walked most every day up to the Trocadero and Eiffel Tower which only took 15 minutes..Overall our apt was exceptonal in every respect!
  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Paris Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Henri Martin
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Car: not necessary

Great location! Elegant, safe and more relaxed than the crowded tourist zones. Stroll the broad avenues and chic, nearby shopping streets. Buses and Metro within a block for quick and easy access to all of Paris. Walk to the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees and Bois de Boulogne. All neighborhood conveniences within 1-2 minutes: supermarkets; cheese and wine shops, cafes and restaurants, pharmacy, ATM's and much more. Act like a tourist; live like a Parisian!

Other Activities: shopping

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday apartment in 16th Passy/Trocadero, Paris

Notes

  • $215-$295/nt - $1650-$1950/wk; $3,000-$3,500/two wks; US Dollars
  • Rates are all-inclusive: Wi-Fi, linens, towels, utilities, cable TV, local and most international calls, 'concierge' assistance, end-of-stay cleaning
    LOW SEASON: November 1, 2012-February 28, 2013 (except December 15-January 7);
    4-6 Nights: $255/night
    1 week (7 nights): $1,650
    8-13 Days: $1,650 plus $235/night above 7
    Two weeks: $3,000
    HIGH SEASON: March 1-October 31, 2013 & December 14, 2013-January 5, 2014
    4-6 Nights: $295/night
    1 Week (7 nights): $1950/week
    8-13 Days: $1950/week PLUS $270/night above 7
    2 Weeks: $3500.
    For longer stays, please inquire.
  • Dates Available: Year Round
    Calendar may include tentative or changeable reservations so it never hurts to ask about availability despite what the calendar may indicate.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in 16th Passy/Trocadero in Paris

Property Type:
  • apartment
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Iron & Board
  • Parking On Street
  • Free Long Distance ...
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Half 1 - Toilet
  • The master bathroom upstairs is quite large and immaculately clean. There's a deep, oversize tub and a separate tiled shower, along with a sink, toilet, bidet and heated towel rack. Cabinets provide ample space for guest toiletries and belongings. This bathroom can be accessed without going through the bedroom, so downstairs guests can use it without disturbing upstairs guests. The half bath on the first floor contains a sink and toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The apartment is luxuriously ideal for two. Depending on the ages and privacy preferences of visitors, the apartment can sleep up to four persons: two upstairs in the master bedroom; one in the living room on the convertible B&B Italia sofa; and one more in the living room on a day bed. The bedroom has an entire wall of mirrored closets that provide storage space for clothes and suitcases.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Audio Tape Player
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Concierge
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • restaurants
  • live theatre
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • walking
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The apartment is extremely well-equipped. There's a mini-stereo for CD's, tapes and radio; an iPod docking station, Wi-Fi and Broadband for high-speed Internet connections, and a printer for guest use. My cable service offers over 160 channels including numerous movie channels, TCM, Sundance, BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC and many more. Local calls are free, as well as international calls to land lines in nearly 90 countries, and calls to cell phones in the United States and Canada.