I went on an apartment visit this week that left me with a smile. I visited a delightful, luminous, and not to mention cozy apartment in Montmartre.
Stephane came down to the front door of the building to let me in - and was surprised that I was on time.
Instead of meeting with Claudine, the apartment’s owner, I met with her son Stephane, who manages the place. We walked in and he offered me coffee. We chatted a bit about the apartment and the wonderful views as he showed me around the place, which has just been completely renovated. Everything from the windows, to the espresso machine, to the dishwasher was brand new. Each room in the apartment has a view of either the Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel Tower or the whole city. Views like this in Paris are only really visible from the 18th arrondissement, and a 270˚ view makes this one stand out.
Stephane has lived in Montmartre for over 15 years and knows the right places to go. Across the street is a nice brunch place, and the bakery next door is one of Stephane’s favorites. Besides the food, there is also rue Lepic nearby, the Sacré Coeur and the Montmartre Cemetery (Truffaut, Stendhal, Offenbach and Degas are buried there).
As I started taking the pictures and made my way around the apartment, Stephane’s dog Zion (named after a song by Lauren Hill) followed me around and liked to stare up right at the lens. Some dogs like the spotlight, I guess.
The low sound of jazz seeped throughout the different rooms, amplifying the stillness and overall comfort of this place. I felt like I could easily make myself a cup of tea, grab a book and borough on the living-room sofa, pausing between chapters to take in the view.
In the bathroom there’s a steam shower, a form of modern Turkish bath, that may have helped push the apartment onto my favorites list.
Finally, comfort and lifestyle are two key elements of Stephane’s apartment.
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