Though some deplored Haussmann’s renovations, he left an indelible mark on the architecture of Paris with wonderfully pretty apartment buildings laced with iron balustrades and balconies topped off with Mansard roofs. On the Left Bank, the very upmarket district of St-germain-des-près is just south of the Seine in the sixth arrondissement. Here genteel blocks are lined with art galleries, cafés, designer boutiques, lovely restaurants as well as museums – you’re not far from the Musée d’orsay with the wonderful Impressionist paintings on display.
Close to Rue Dauphine and Place de Furstemberg, an immaculate courtyard loft-style apartment sits in peace and quiet despite being so close to all the action. The living room is high-ceilinged and spacious, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, dining room and bedroom together with masses of storage. Ready to move straight in to, it’s a haven close to St-germain’s covered market.