As of March 1, we will have a permanent place to live in Paris! Our temporary housing ends at the end of March, and we started searching in January via an agency.
I love touring homes. I actually used to visit Open Houses in San Francisco with my mom and grandma just for fun. Finding a place in the US was pretty straight-forward: search on Craigslist or contact the apartment complex’s leasing office, schedule a tour, sign the papers, and you’re good to go.
Le Quartier Latin might be my new favorite neighborhood. We’re right by Rue Mouffetard, which is the cutest street filled with boutiques, boulangeries, pâtisseries, and more. I already found my go-to baguette guy, fromagerie, and neighborhood golden retriever.
We now have a place to live! Microsoft provides 3 months of temporary housing to help us settle in until we find a more permanent place.
After doing a ton of research and talking with friends who lived in various arrondissements, I had my heart set on Saint-Germain or the Latin Quarter. These are lively neighborhoods in the center of Paris (yet quieter than Le Marais) rich with museums, markets, and cafes. I also wanted to be left bank slightly closer to the office. My criterion:
- Furnished (we’re packing minimally and leaving all furniture behind)
- Walking distance to metro (specifically the trains to work)
- High floor with lift (since most apartments are in older buildings, elevators are actually rare. walking up 5+ flights of stairs with groceries in heels is a deal-breaker for me)
- Natural lighting (this made all the difference in my current home happiness)
- Close to shops and restaurants open late so it feels safe