Paris – 6th arrondissement
Perle Rare has finalised 18 flat purchases in this arrondissement since 2005. High-quality apartments in this neighbourhood go for €17,000 to €21,000/m² (excluding notary fees), while the official average price is €14,420/m².*
On the Left Bank of the Seine, the contours of the 6th arrondissement are defined by the river and three major thoroughfares: Boulevard du Montparnasse, Boulevard Saint-Michel and the Rue des Saints-Pères, leading onto the Rue de Sèvres. Packed with cinemas, theatres and bookshops, this chic, refined neighbourhood has long been a bastion of culture. It is also one of the most expensive parts of the capital.
– Notre Dame des Champs
– Odéon – Mabillon
– Saint-Michel – Monnaie
– Saint-Germain des Près
Asked to name the one place which is emblematic of their arrondissement, residents of the 6th often have trouble deciding between the Jardins du Luxembourg and the Boulevard Saint-Germain. The former is a real breath of fresh air in the city. The gardens are at the heart of life in the 6th arrondissement, with their meticulously maintained paths, symmetrical lawns and famous metal chairs, which have been much copied around the world and which visitors can place wherever they like, whether they want to read in the sun or keep an eye on their playing children. It is not unusual to bump into senators pacing the gardens on their way to the Palais de Luxembourg, home to the Senate. A short walk from these timeless gardens, the Boulevard Saint-Germain still cherishes the memory of Boris Vian, Juliette Greco, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Tourists and locals rub shoulders on the terraces of the neighbourhood’s cafés, such as the iconic Café de Flore and Café des Deux Magots. But nowadays the bookshops on the boulevards have almost all been replaced by luxury boutiques.
A privileged way of life
With its elegant streets and historic architecture (19th century for the Boulevard Saint-Germain, several centuries earlier than that for the streets between the Seine and the Boulevard), the 6th arrondissement is neck-and-neck with the neighbouring 7th in the list of Paris’s most expensive neighbourhoods. Unsurprisingly then, this area is home to a very wealthy population in spite of the proximity of various universities such as the Assas Law School and the Medical School on Rue des Saints-Pères. Local residents are understandably proud of the area’s outstanding cultural credentials. Rue de Seine, Rue de Lille and Rue Verneuil are lined with art galleries, while Rue Jacob is home to many publishers and Rue Guillaume Apollinaire is still a hub of art-house cinema. The choice of theatres is equally impressive, with the prestigious Théâtre de l’Odéon on Place de l’Odéon and the Théâtre du Vieux Colombier on the street of the same name.
Highly popular with tourists, the 6th arrondissement has come to symbolise that inimitable Parisian ‘art de vivre’, a form of cultural and aesthetic perfection shaped by centuries of history but which still maintains a lightness of touch. Although it’s all-but-inaccessible to cars and somewhat lacking in grocery stores and the like, the inhabitants of the 6th arrondissement wouldn’t exchange their “village in the city” for anywhere else in the world!
* Source: Chambre des Notaires – 4th quarter of 2022. These are “net vendor” prices and not market prices (which are generally 4% higher)
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