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Alex Packer

Member since: 2003
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse

Bedrooms 1
Separate WC's1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Alex Packer (Owner)
Member since: 2003
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Speaks English, French

About Alex Packer

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 time in Paris over the coming years. That will significantly cut down on my apartment's availability, so rent it while you can! :-)

Why Alex Packer chose 16th Passy/Trocadero

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 have the feeling of being in a dense commercial zone. 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?

What makes this apartment unique

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.


based on 66 holidaymaker reviews

Stunning Rare Gated Art Deco Duplex Townhouse
average rating of 5.0 based on 66 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our annual goal is to rent someone else’s apartment in Paris. We just don’t want the responsibility of owning. The catch is - we want an apartment to be handsomely furnished, thoughtfully equipped and located in an upscale area. And then the final hurdle is a business arrangement with the owner which is mutually beneficial rather than excessively bureaucratic. Past experiences were not encouraging. This lovely apartment has not only solved those problems; it has exceeded our expectations!

The overview and photos represent the apartment well. We found being in a gated community in an upscale area to be delightful. Entering the apartment from the front door on the courtyard rather through a common foyer with elevator is indeed exceptional.

But working with the owner was the icing on the cake. It could not have been more reasonable and pleasant. We certainly care for the apartment as we would our own. The owner in return has thoughtfully provided all that is promised and more.

Needless to say we are in the process of booking for next year.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Gem

  • 5 of 5

We felt at home immediately in this stunning Art Deco apartment. Owner has thought of everything that one could want and need. Apartment is decorated with stunning taste. Owner is so easy to work with and gives so much of his time so that renter will feel relaxed and familiar with neighborhood even before arrival. The book collection and travel information is fantastic. We know we will be staying there again when we next travel to Paris and highly recommended this apartment.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston. MA

Our second stay but not our last!

  • 5 of 5

Perhaps if I say that we have asked Alex to consider us perpetual three week renters for years to come that will tell you all you need to know about our enjoyment of this very special apartment. For the past five years, we have spent three weeks in Paris in the October-November time frame. We tried other apartments during the first three years and stayed in Alex's apartment last year and again this year. His is in a league of its own. Because Alex considers this his Paris home, the apartment is furnished and maintained to a very high standard that is missing from apartments that are primarily rentals. There is even an air printer that we used a lot to purchase and print tickets to museums, music, sports events to avoid lines. Not only is the apartment every bit as good as the pictures show, but his immediate neighborhood is very special. Excellent butcherie, boulangerie, fromagerie are steps away as well as a very good grocery market and wine shop. Alex provides excellent information on touring and dining options. This apartment is a terrific home base for enjoying this amazing city.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Great beautiful Art Deco duplex. Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at the "gated Art Deco duplex" and I just love it. I feel like a true French Paris resident, by staying at this beautiful apartment. I do not feel like a "tourist," but a resident.I love that feeling, which I never had when I stayed at hotels. Not only is the apartment is a very posh neighborhood, but all the stores, nearby, are great. So I can do my evening shopping for a great dinner or whatever. The apartment is always clean, fresh, and well maintained. Wilson, the caretaker, was always available to assist me in any need I may have had. I will again stay at this lovely apartment, for my third - and fourth - and fifth - time I go to Paris (which is every year, for my work). I strongly recommend anyone to stay at this beautiful apartment in a fancy neighborhood of Paris, so centrally located. It is a real pleasure to be lucky enough to be able to visit Paris and to reside in this gorgeous apartment. Go for it!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Evergreen, CO

D & A

  • 5 of 5

We can only describe our stay at this fabulous apartment as "magical." We were here to celebrate our anniversary, and everything Alex provided made it so special. Pictures online do not even do justice to the apartment. The apartment was immaculate and contained everything we needed and more! Its location is perfect--close to restaurants, fabulous shops, the metro, the bus, and interesting people watching. Alex is a fabulous tour guide. His library is stocked with guidebooks and maps that took us everywhere we wanted to go. His recommendations for things to see and do were so helpful; we just checked them off his lists. We have been to Paris several times before, so his suggestions took us to places we would not have found on our own. (Look out Rick Steves; Alex will give you a run for your money!!) We actually had the privilege of meeting Alex and having coffee with him in Paris. He is friendly, funny, and fascinating. We would recommend this apartment to anyone. We could not have been happier with this rental.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We arrived to be greeted with flowers, wine, cheese and bread, in an impeccable apartment. Its décor brings thoughts of a different Paris, of the 30s, and this is highlighted by its outstanding library of Art Nouveau books, which can keep anyone interested in the topic busy reading for weeks. The library also has an outstanding collection of guidebooks for France and Paris.

While we knew the XVI Arrondisement we had never stayed there, and we much enjoyed being in the neighborhood, which has all that a resident of this magnificent city could want: three bakeries within a block and a half (one has the best neighborhood bread, another the best croissants and the other, superb pastries); cheese and vegetable stores; butchers; two supermarkets; laundries; shoe repair shops, etc. The owner has provided his own comprehensive guidebooks on the neighborhood, suggestions for restaurants and for all things to do in Paris and beyond, with thoughtful and interesting notes on walks, nearby attractions and museums.

We have already recommended the apartment to friends and family and urge anyone wanting a different, more personal and "living in" Paris experience, to go there -- it is particularly welcoming and comfortable for anyone who has lived in Paris, like an old sweater you fell at home in.

The one thing that we did not realize and could be a drawback for those eager to "see" and "do" Paris, is that while the neighborhood has many attractions and provides a comfortable, residential experience, it is distant from the city's many attractions and livelier areas, so a visitor should plan on half hour bus or metro rides to get to them, sometimes more in taxis, given the city's traffic.

Would we return? Yes, definitely.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Paris Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Nearest Train
0.1 Miles
Henri Martin
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


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Mar 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £341
Cleaning fee £68

Rates include: WiFi, linens, towels, utilities, cable TV, free local and international calls to land lines in most countries (cell phones, too, in USA and Canada), assistance from my bilingual local property manager

March 1, 2015 - October 31, 2015; December 16, 2015 - January 5, 2016
$295/night; $1,990/week
8-13 Days: $1,990 + $270/night above 7
2 weeks: $3,700

LOW SEASON: November 1, 2015 - December 15, 2015; January 6, 2016 - February 29, 2016
$270/night; $1,750/week
8-13 Days: $1,750 + $240/night above 7
2 weeks: $3,300
Security deposit: 25% of rent (min. $500/max $1000)
Cleaning fee: $100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in 16th Passy/Trocadero in Paris

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeper
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
The apartment is extremely well-equipped. There are two mini-stereos 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 200 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 over 100 countries, and calls to cell phones in the United States and Canada.

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