“We’ll always have Paris,” Humphrey Bogart famously said to Ingrid Bergman. Granted, it was wartime Casablanca, and a veiled reference to something beyond the City of Lights. And yet decades on, we found ourselves relating all too well to the sentiment; Paris, for those that know it, is as entrancing as it is inspiring, as unique in its charm as it is universal in its beauty.
The French capital is home to some of the world’s greatest luxury hotels, whether it be international names including the Mandarin Oriental and Peninsula, or city exclusive icons such as Le Bristol Paris. And yet for a city that pulls us back in again and again – whether for work or leisure, a stopover or a long visit – the Paris property scene gets little airtime compared to its hotel counterpart.
Although admittedly, with average prices in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 16th arrondissements up almost 25% since the Brexit vote in 2016, Parisian property is quietly buzzing. It’s especially popular with American buyers – long time Francophiles, US purchasers accounted for 55% of Knight Frank overseas buyers in 2022.
For those considering buying a Paris property of their own, Knight Frank have an incredible offering that truly encapsulates everything we love about the French capital. This 7th arrondissement apartment, located right in the heart of the ever-chic Sant Germain-des-Pres, reflects the infinitely historic and cultural character of the district, with additional lashings of luxury.
Housed within a former ‘Hôtel Particulier’ – the French equivalent to a London townhouse, a city residence for the country’s aristocracy – and constructed in the 18th century, this Paris property features five bedrooms and five bathrooms, alongside an additional three-bedroom staff apartment.
Inside, classical hallmark features of the period remain, with crown moldings, open fireplaces, and hand-painted frescoes dazzling the recently renovated space with a sprinkle of elegant majesty. Perfect for entertaining, living spaces include a grand salon, a south-facing library, an office, and two dining rooms.
Also featuring a landscaped garden within the building – a rarity in Paris, made all the more magical by its lush green beauty that is as bewitching in the summer months as it is magical at the dawn of spring – the property exterior also includes double gates and a security gate, which will be particularly notable for those seeking residential privacy.