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Peace and Light in the Heart of Paris

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Live as a local, with all international comforts, in a newly renovated architect designed, 32 square metre apartment, plus 8 meter balcony, (Caroline Hentschel DPLG),smack bang in the centre of Paris, near new and trendy rue Montorgueil (For those of you who have read 'Almost French'-by Australian author Sarah Turnbull- we've been unintentionally living the live version as a Franco-Australian couple in the same area of Paris).

Our apartment is easy to find being conveniently located within 1-3 minutes walking distance of 3 metro stations, including direct connection to Gare du Nord (Eurostar terminal) and also close to Chatelet/ Les Halles (direct connection to CDG airport) and a taxi rank is near by. There is even a bike place which has just opened up downstairs.

Once you arrive, you won't need to worry about transport because you can easily walk to the Louvres museum, the Georges Pompidou Center, the Marais area, Palais Royal and loads of Paris shopping bars and restaurants.

At the end of the day, it's easy to relax in our modern minimalistic light apartment, but still typically Parisian, with it's 18th century beams, which gives our (your) home a very cozy feeling. You've got all modern conveniences, highspeed internet (Apple G4) / free international phone to contact home, cable TV, DVD (all zones), etc (all listed below).

A feature is our garden balcony (with optional sail) where it is lovely to sit out and overlook all the roof tops of Paris with a nice glass of wine or with your 'café et croissants' in the morning (we're on the 5th floor - no lift - easy daily workout, save money on gym pass!).

Upon arrival,Breffni, Julien, Noella, or Vincent (who speak English!) will welcome you after your journey and be happy to answer any questions you may have. (They will then also 'be there for you 24/7' during your entire visit, should you have any further questions).

73 has been a perfect home for us (Australian classical singer/ music theater director and French journalist/ doco maker) and all our international friends and family...we hope you'll enjoy it as much as we have!

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More Details

Elizabeth and Albert Lecoanet
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2017

About Elizabeth and Albert Lecoanet

Franco-Australian couple, Elizabeth and Albert Lecoanet lived 'the Parisian life' in 73 rue de clery 5 years together (13 years altogether for Albert) before they decided to do a total architect-designed renovation of the apartment in the summer of 2007, and move to New York City, and rent out their Paris home.

The simple reason why they kept and rented their apartment in Paris, is because they have lived such a great Parisian local life, that they wanted to share this unique experience with fellow travelers.

French born Albert is a TV journalist now working as a foreign correspondent for French TV in the USA. You may see him or his name on M6, France 2, Canal Plus, TF1, Arte or some of the cable channels. Albert is also a documentary filmmaker.

Elizabeth (Liz) was born in Australia (Brisbane!) and is a singer, music theatre director, a teacher and a massage and sound therapist. She directed 3 musicals whilst living in Paris including Les Miserables (in French of course!)

She also sang beautiful ancient music at the church St Eustache, just down the road from the apartment, where thanks to the rehearsal each week, she also learned to speak French. You can go and hear the Choir 'Les Chanteurs de Saint Eustache' each Sunday morning at 11am, (free).

Today, Liz and Albert love, live and work in New York, and enjoy regular trips to France, Australia to visit their families and friends; and they also enjoy discovering America and other countries when the opportunities arise.

'Our apartment is for people who want to have a taste of what real life in Paris is like (except that we added all the 'non-French conveniences' like air conditioning, free international phone,etc.!).'

We hope you'll love Paris in our home, as much as we did!

Welcome to Peace and Light in the Heart of Paris!

Elizabeth and Albert Lecoanet purchased this apartment in 1998

What makes this apartment unique

Whilst we didn't purchase our Parisian home for a 'vacation rental', it was bought as a home to live in; it is located right in the heart of Paris and within walking distance to all the major 'tourist attractions'; for example, we are a 10 mins walk to the Louvres, 10 mins the other way to the Georges Pompidou Centre etc.

More interestingly though, for us, is that the current local hot spot for Parisians, Rue MONTORGUEIL, is only 3 mins away from our apartment. The Montorgueil street is a pedestrian street filled with cafes, restaurants, bars and specialty food shops. Fine local French cuisine. Need I say more?

This area is called Les Halles (or literally 'The Halls') and was the original market place of Paris (back in Roman times and up until the 70s!). When the car was invented, the small cobble stone street got all congested and the commercial markets moved out of the centre, however the Les Halles area kept its flavor and many fromageries, patisseries, and French specialties can be found in this area (including the Patisserie Stohrer dating back to 1750).


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Bonne-Nouvelle in 2nd Arrondissement

Property Type:
  • apartment
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Brand new. Comfortably sleeps 2 adults. King size covers.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
Iron/ironing board, central heating, inflatable bed (not for long term). There is access to the bathroom from both bedroom and lounge room.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveller reviews)

Peace and Light in the Heart of Paris
average rating of 4.9512196 based on 41 reviews

Very Accomoddating

  • 4 of 5

Elizabeth and Albert were very attentive to our needs leading up to our arrival in Paris. They paid attention to all of the details to make sure we would make it to their lovely apartment in one piece and when we got there, we found we had made the right choice. Centrally located, we were very comfortable arriving back at our nest at the end of each day and even the 5 flights up was part of a Paris experience we will never forget.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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December in Paris

  • 5 of 5

My daughter, a friend and I recently stayed in this apartment (second week in December) and had a fabulous time - apartment was fantastic, brilliantly located and perfect for our needs. We managed to fit so much into a week but not so much that we were overwhelmed. Security was high which was reassuring and we loved the feel of Paris in December – brilliant time to go!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Joanne, Albert and I are so glad on so many levels that you had a great time in Paris. And good on you for going!!!!!!!! Paris needs the love and we just can't let fear win! So bravo bravo! It is probably one of the safest cities in the world at the moment with the heightened security. Anyway, so glad you had a great time, and enjoyed our/your home. You are welcome anytime! Thank you for writing a review. Warmest and best, Liz, Louis et Albert
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from staying for 6 days in this wonderful apartment in the perfect location. The apartment was clean, bright with a fantastic balcony where we enjoyed our cafe and of course wine! We can't say enough about the location. We were able to walk to almost everything we wanted to see. Rue Montorgueil is a few blocks away and is lined with amazing shops and restaurants. It was one of our favorite spots!

Liz was very helpful and informative throughout the whole process and a huge thank you to Breff who met us and helped carry our bags up the stairs! The stairs may seem daunting at first, but they become second nature and help walk off all the delicious breads and pastries! The manual put together by Liz and Albert was so helpful and informative. It became our home away from home! Exactly what we were hoping for and will stay there for our next visit. Thanks Liz and Albert.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bonjour Kim, Oh Albert and I are always so glad that you both made our home yours. Isn't Rue MONTORGUEIL fabulous! Albert and I just arrived in clery last night, and even with the jet lag (from Australia!) and our 9month old, we are just loving being back in our little home. You are so right about the stairs. Thank you for saying though, to give others an idea.. I have already had... dare I say, 3 croissants since arriving. Shameful. We look forward to welcoming you again. And yes, totally agree. Breffni is a star! (they are his photos on the walls by the way...) Such a talent! Warmest, Liz et Albert
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had the pleasure of staying for 5 days in this wonderful little Parisian flat. Liz was so informative and lovely in the reservation process, and when we arrived the place was exactly what we had hoped it would be. The flat is well stocked with all the comforts of home, and thank god there are a few extra stairs to get up to the fifth floor because I was able to work off all the wonderful treats from just around the corner at Rue Montorguil. Don't hesitate - this is your place in Paris!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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C'est formidable

  • 5 of 5

This was truly a wonderful experience and having a cozy apartment in the heart of Paris made it a perfect anniversary vacation. The apartment was bright, clean and so cozy. The balcony was a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine and watch life in Paris. We were centrally located and were able to walk to all the attractions, including the Eiffel Tower. We can't thank you enough for letting us stay in your apartment allowing us the wonderful experience of living like a Parisian for 12 days.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sue for taking time to write a few, and such a lovely one at that. So glad you had a great time being Parisian! And yes, totally possible to walk to the Eiffel Tower. It's not our area (we are more central of course) but Paris is so small and such a walking city. I hope you discovered lovely things on the walk. We are here anytime you want to be Parisian again. Warmest always, Liz, Albert et Louis! (3 months now!)
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The best apartment and central location

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this wonderful apartment for 15 nights and can only confirm what other guests have said. The apartment is very comfortable and has everything I needed. It is well situated, in a quiet street, close to the metro however I chose to walk to most places as the apartment is central to many attractions. Rue Montorgueil is a few minutes away where there is an amazing boulangerie and fromagerie as well as cafes and restaurants. Coming home each day was something I looked forward to, opening the doors to the balcony and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

Breff met me on arrival and departure and carried my bags up to the apartment which was very much appreciated. Liz and Albert have put together an extensive manual that explains everything you need to know including recommended restaurants and cafes. If there were any queries, Breff was only a phone call away.

I have stayed in apartments in different areas of Paris over the past few years and this one I will return too as it felt just like home. Thanks Liz and Albert.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What kindness, thank you so much!!! The fact that it felt "just like home".. is exactly why we are renting it out and sharing our home with others - to have the experience of "living in Paris" -and totally agree about Rue Montorgueil - it just keeps getting better down there! Look forward to welcoming you "back home" again soon! Warmest, Liz et Albert (et Louis - 10 weeks now!)
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Bonne-Nouvelle, Paris

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Mar 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

The rates above are for 2 people (one bed included). An extra 1/3rd of total is added for 3rd and 4th guest (negotiable).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Car: not necessary


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Portable wifi hotspot

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