Monday, July 25, 2011

Finding an apartment

From what we'd heard and read, finding a decent apartment in Paris is not easy if you're on your own and you take the traditional route. You have to put together a thick dossier—a portfolio, so to speak. Typical things like pay stubs, a letter from your employer, paid utility bills, tax receipts, birth certificates, medical and dental records, fingerprints, and so on. Anything that will make you look like a qualified candidate. Probably in triplicate and with accompanying translations

Fortunately, we didn't have to do all that. Since we
 wanted a furnished apartment, and we just needed a 10½-month lease, we looked at the long-term vacation rentals, which there are plenty of in Paris. And since we wouldn't have a car, we wanted to be within a 15-minute walking distance from the kids' school. That made our search quite easy since we were able to focus on a very specific area of Paris. 

Luckily we found a place that met most of our requirements and is about a 10-minute walk from school. 
The apartment is on Avenue de Wagram, in the 17th arrondissement, near the Arc de Triomphe, Place des Ternes, and Blvd. de Courcelles. We've only seen it in pictures so we hope there are no surprises when we get there. Exactly one month from today we will find out.