La Vie en Rosé: Celebrating the Wine of Montmartre

Source: La Vie en Rosé: Celebrating the Wine of Montmartre

Once you’ve fallen for Paris it becomes abundantly, almost painfully clear that one lifetime won’t be enough to squeeze all the juice out of it.

Well put by the author…

This is a fun article with amazing photos which really gives you a great feel for Montmarte in the Fall and it’s many charms.

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Villa Monceau: The Neighborhood – Part 2

Last time we had some fun and imagined what it was like to walk out on the streets of Paris as a property owner; a true Parisienne.

We walked north and discovered an amazing, award winning boulangerie, owned by artisan talent Lohezic Jocelyn. He and his wife have won many awards including “Winner of the Best Almond Galette Ile de France for the year 2014.”

Then we stumbled on the comfy, classy, cool world of childhood friends Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief and their clothing store ‘ba&sh’.

How cool?

Their mission statement goes something like: ‘TEA, GOOD MUSIC, VIBES, SMILE & LAUGH, SOFT CASHMERE, COCKTAILS, FRIENDS & LOVE…’

No kidding…

That cool.

We picked up some Reblochon cheese made with lait cru (raw milk) at the local Monoprix and found a nice, chilled out cafe called the Royal Pereire on the corner.

Tune into this episode Villa Monceau: The Neighborhood – Part 2 and come with us to see what we discover when we take a stroll in the opposite direction… 🙂

Villa Monceau: The Neighborhood – Part 1

What does it feel like to own property in Paris?

Well let’s have fun and pretend. Imagine you bought a share of fractional ownership property Villa Monceau.

The process was fun and easy.

You’re excited! You’ve got your keys in hand and are about to step on the streets of Paris as a true Parisienne!

What’s it like? Come with us and find out…

If there is anything that you find particularly interesting?

If you see something you would like to know more about?

Please feel free to let us know.

We love to talk about Paris! 😀

Links highlighted in video:
HAUSSMANN’S PARIS RENOVATION IN UNDER 3 MINUTES
www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-_mVRG2IDI

Vidéo BOULANGERIE LOHEZIC JOCELYN Paris 17
http://www.telecommerces.com/spot/loh…

ba&sh collection Printemps été 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2A7nuOG-Q0

Free Homes In Sicily – An Offer You Can’t Refuse?

Looking for an inexpensive home? Gangi, a town in Sicily is attempting to make an offer to good to refuse. It is giving away houses for free.

What is the catch?

The properties in this picturesque town are generally dilapidated, many abandoned generations ago and anyone ‘lucky’ enough to acquire one has just four years to make it livable.

Although the offer has already lured dozens of holiday home hunters from around the world a website for British investors, shelteroffshore.com, advises buyers to beware.

If a piece of property has been handed down from one generation to the next, “the path of ownership is not clear.” There may be outstanding taxes, or debts and loans.

“Sicily is not for everyone,” the website warns.

Paris Mayor’s Pod Squad Crack’s Down On Illegal Vacation Apartment Rentals

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has made affordable housing for local Parisians a priority for her six-year term.

“We can’t have entire neighborhoods or buildings turned into tourist homes,” says Hidalgo’s housing adviser Ian Brossat. “That’s why we’re fighting to keep Parisians inside Paris and we won’t let tourist rentals eat up their space.”

So Hidalgo has put together a 20-person team whose sole purpose is to make unannounced visits to apartments where landlords are suspected of renting to visitors unlawfully.

France is the most visited country in the world before the U.S.

Last year 32 million tourists came to Paris, among them, 15.5 million were foreign travelers.

With the growth of short-term room rental services like Airbnb, Hidalgo’s team is the latest attempt to curb a development housing advocates say drives up residential rent prices. They rose 42 percent in the decade to 2013, according to government-funded research.

“It’s simple math: A studio on Airbnb can be 1,000 euros a week. That’s four times the price usually paid by a Parisian,” adds Brossat. “We’re fighting to keep the middle class in town, they are the heartbeat of the city.”

The squad has made 400 inspections in 2013 and is ramped it up in 2014. Five landlords were given a 25,000 euro fine each in 2013. In the first half of 2014, the city tallied fines from 10 landlords with another 13 under investigation.

As of today some 200 rental owners in total have been tracked down.

Legally, landlords who would like to offer short-term Paris rentals must request that the city reclassify their property as a commercial site. This then obliges them to buy a commercial property nearby and devote it to residential housing in return.

Although the law can be interpreted in different ways, being found guilty can get expensive. With a maximum fine of up to 25,000 euros, continued violation can mean further charges of up to 1,000 euros per square meter per day.

HERMITAGE PLAZA – The Spectacular Twin Towers of La Défense

Press release

On the 24th of June, the Administrative Court of Cergy-Pontoise rejected all the appeals against the building permits of the Hermitage Plaza towers. Some plaintiffs’ appeals were dismissed by lack of interest in bringing proceedings. The other appeals, namely from Allianz Life, AXA (Ugitour), Beacon Capital Partners (First Tower) and the Living in La Défense Association (Association Vivre à La Défense), were dismissed and plaintiffs were condemned to pay the legal costs.
« Since we announced our intention to build the towers with Norman Foster, one of the world’s leading architects, we had to face a fierce and vindictive opposition that initiated numerous appeals. In the end, fortunately, the law prevails. Previously, the Court of Appeal had already rejected all appeals against the demolition permits. The Hermitage Group welcomes this decision as another very important step for the realization of its project which is now entering the final phase prior to construction, » said Emin Iskenderov, CEO of the Hermitage Group.

In addition, the work initiated with Bouygues Construction as a technical consultant for Hermitage Group 5 years ago allowed to develop new building techniques and construction management that will reduce the 6-year construction period to 4.5 years, thus catching up some of the time lost due to these abusive appeals. These appeal procedures have also delayed the launch of a project which will create 5,000 jobs during its construction and 3,000 direct jobs for its operation.

Nevertheless, the Hermitage Plaza operation has already allowed for the creation of, and commitment to, 300 social housing units in the Hauts-de-Seine department and the operation itself will create 135 additional social housing units for students. The towers will be best-in-class in terms of technical efficiency and sustainable development.

They were designed to be certified BREEAM (an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings) with an « Excellent » rating, which will be a world premiere for a mixed-use tower. In late September, Emin Iskenderov, will hold a press conference during which he will detail the next project milestones and the adjusted timetable for the development. – Emin Iskenderov

The Amazing Hermitage Plaza At La La Défense Is Finally Ready To Be Built

Paris Renovation

Press release

“On the 24th of June, the Administrative Court of Cergy-Pontoise rejected all the appeals against the
building permits of the Hermitage Plaza towers…Since we announced our intention to build the towers with Norman Foster, (2009-2010?) one of the world’s leading architects, we had to face a fierce and vindictive opposition that initiated numerous appeals. In the end, fortunately, the law prevails.” – Emin Iskenderov

This sturcture which will be the largest mixed use building in Europe is a joint venture between Russia and France. It will create 5,000 jobs during its construction and 3,000 direct jobs for its operation. The towers will be best-in-class in terms of technical efficiency and sustainable development.

Some of the most powerful people on the planet were behind this project.

Yet it still took 5 plus years to get it green lit.

That’s why France is considered THE most transparent real estate…

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