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Two buildings in the Marais compete for the title of oldest house in Paris

Architecture & Landmarks
Oldest house in Paris

Have you ever wondered which of Paris’ historic buildings is the oldest surviving one? Two houses in particular, whose structures seem to have endured since the Middle Ages, were up for the title. A little investigation revealed which one won.

French buyers reaffirm their presence on the super-luxury property market

Big Deals
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Several large transactions undertaken by wealthy French buyers this year highlights the return of resident buyers to France’s super-luxury real estate market.

Luxury property in Paris flourishing since the start of the year

Market Trends
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According to real estate professionals, 2015 saw the luxury property sector in Paris experience a booming recovery. Since then, opulent apartments and high-end mansions are once again being snapped up by wealthy buyers, to the delight of Parisian agencies.

Paris’ finest palaces and mansions: the Hôtel de Soubise

Architecture & Landmarks
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The Hôtel de Soubise is an elegant 18th century mansion on the rue des Francs-Bourgeois in the 3rd arrondissement (district). It has been the property of the French State since Napoleonic times and now houses the Musée de l’Histoire de France (Museum of French History) and part of the French National Archives.

Real estate prices in Paris: around the arrondissements

Market Stats
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French weekly l’Express recently published its annual run-down of property prices in Paris, having questioned realtors in each arrondissement (district) to get their view of market trends.

The Picasso Museum in Marais neighborhood now set to reopen in October 2014

Architecture & Landmarks
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The long-awaited reopening of the Picasso Museum is scheduled to take place on October 25th 2014, the 133rd anniversary of the Spanish-born artist’s birth. The re-launch was originally planned for June 2014. We reported on it back in April as part of our series on major projects that are enhancing parts of Paris.

The Rue du Vertbois in Marais neighborhood is being transformed into a hip foodie destination

Changing Landscape
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Parisian millionaire Cédric Naudon is transforming the Rue du Vertbois in the northern Marais neighborhood into a gourmet and design destination. The project, nicknamed ‘La Jeune Rue’ (the young street), aims to combine ethically sourced food with high quality design.

Covered Paris marketplace le Carreau du Temple enters a new phase after a makeover

Changing Landscape
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Located on an historic site in the Marais neighborhood, the covered marketplace le Carreau du Temple reopened in March 2014 following a major restoration.

The Picasso Museum in the Marais reopens in June 2014 after major makeover

Architecture & Landmarks
Picasso Museum - Paris Property Group

Art lovers will be delighted that the Picasso Museum in Paris’s Marais neighborhood is to reopen to the public in June 2014. The art gallery has been closed for five years for a major renovation and restoration program. The €52 million project will increase the museum’s size from 2,300 m2 to 3,800 m2. An additional 10 rooms will bring the total number of exhibition spaces to 34.

A new luxury hotel is to open in the historic Bains-Douches building in Marais

Architecture & Landmarks
Bains Douches - Paris

A historic building in the Marais neighborhood is to be renovated and converted into a 5-star hotel. Cinema producer and hotelier Jean-Pierre Marois plans a 39-room luxury hotel that will preserve the unique character of the Bains-Douches (literally, public baths) building, located at 7 rue du Bourg l’Abbé in the 3rd arrondissement (district). The hotel is scheduled to open in 2014.

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