I’ve been very very good this year …”
Some of you may remember that six years ago we wrote a “before and after” blog about a gorgeous Paris apartment on the coveted Ile St. Louis. I had seen the apartment in its forlorn “before” state, but due to its extraordinary location and the fact that it checked all the desirability boxes of high floor, elevator, bones and view, fell madly in love with its enormous potential. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the enormous funding to support the enormous potential, and so this one slipped away, although I never forgot about it.
And then one day I happened to be perusing a rental site and found the very same apartment with a completely new and gorgeous facelift, listed as the crown jewel of the rental agency. Despite being green with envy over the fantastic renovation, I was excited to find my old friend again, and in a cathartic kind of way, wrote about it, possibly to express my love, mourn and move on.
Fast forward six years, and I’m happy to say that although any time I walk by the gorgeous building on the Ile St. Louis (which is identified by a plaque announcing the previous home of Camille Claudel, the sculptor and muse to Rodin), and although I’ve been known to patiently wait by the massive front door in the hopes that someone might open it and afford a glimpse of the gorgeous private garden beyond the gates, I have recovered from my crush and successfully moved on.
Until now! Because alas an email from a Susie Hollands, a Realtor acquaintance in Paris, just landed in my inbox announcing that this gorgeous apartment is now for sale. This time, there’s no need to dream about its potential: The previous owners have done it perfectly from top to bottom. You can see it for yourselves:
Here’s the funny thing about this sale that you should know. Back when I looked the apartment, the dollar was depressed and the euro was hovering at a high of $1.60. Even though the apartment was a fraction of today’s price, had I been able to buy and renovate it, knowing renovation costs in Paris, I estimate it would have cost $1,688,000 dollars – not to mention the cost of countless headaches over the renovation. Amazingly, with today’s euro conversion and the dollar the strongest it’s been in ten years, the list price of 1,650,000 euros converts to $1,724,000 which means in effect that some lucky person could buy this fully renovated and gorgeous turn-key furnished apartment for almost the same price that it was back in its forlorn state. All this, and being spared the enormous cost of a headache (which, I can assure you from experience, is a guaranteed side effect of any Parisian renovation)!
So if this is all I want for Christmas, why am I sharing it with you? I think I’ve been very very good this year, but I’m not sure that’s quite good enough for Santa! Maybe it is for one of you, and if so, I hope you’ll invite me for bubbles the next time we’re on the Ile St. Louis, so that I can walk through those enormous doors, and catch more than a fleeting glimpse of the secret courtyard within … and dream about possibly living there some day, in another life.
Meet you in the courtyard!
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