Another Paris Apartment

Oct 13th, 2014, 03:28 AM
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Another Paris Apartment

I am thinking of renting this apartment:

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p293342

As anyone stayed here? Does the washer and dryer work well. When we go , we will rent for a month so I want to ensure the washer and dryer work well so that we do not have to pack a lot.

Any information would be appreciated
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Oct 13th, 2014, 04:29 AM
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I've not stayed

My concerns would be, too few photos of the bathroom, kitchen units look very cheap, 16/16 almost too good to be true, like a Putin election.
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Oct 13th, 2014, 04:48 AM
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Like most apts in europe it's actually quite small - 540 sq ft. (My one bedrrom in NYC which was large was more than 900 sq ft - a 3.5 with a separate dining area but not dining room). But this is a reasonable size for europe.

It has a kitchenette rather than a kitchen with what looks like IKEA fittings, and you can expect a small washer and drier. Washers typically work well but driers don't - just sort of spin the clothes around and warm a little bit. Will work for light weight items but not for towels, jeans or anything heavier. (I don;t think a real drier is realistic in europe - except perhaps in a commercial launderette.)
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Oct 13th, 2014, 05:20 AM
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The flat looks like photos from an IKEA catalogue, not a crticism, with the exception of some lovely hand-thrown tiles, my kitchen is 100% IKEA.

The "amenities" list separates the washer from dryer which could mean two units, a good thing. ime, the combined units do a terrible job of drying, better to take the clothes out after the wash cycle and let them air dry.

Newer or updated flats now have tumble dryers which usually have a tray below the drum which captues the water (often impossible to vent a dryer to the outside in older buildings). I have one of these that dries clothes very well. Towels literally take two hours but my dryer is 7+ years old. Works just like a dryer at "home"; always clean the lint filter and empty the tray after each use.

Be careful not to overload either the washer or dryer.
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Oct 13th, 2014, 09:14 AM
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I like this apt very much. We stayed in one for a month this May without a dryer but with a drying rack. It was not inconvenient. Our sofa was very hard on my back. I find that to be the case with pullout sofas. Yours looks quite comfortable. And the price is great!
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Oct 13th, 2014, 10:19 AM
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FWIW, the nearest launderettes appear to be about 5 minutes walk away, round in Rue de Prague and Ave Ledru-Rollin.
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Oct 13th, 2014, 11:13 AM
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We use laundromat dryers when in Paris, just to get the job done quickly. Also another chance for everyday human interaction, where locals can help clueless tourist figure out the machines.

Your post sent me down an hour's rabbit hole of recreational Paris apartment search. That one seems fine, and I like the neighborhood.
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Oct 13th, 2014, 03:24 PM
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I think it looks pretty nice. Only in Paris could one call a 540 SF apt "spacious." That's the size of studio apts where I live. I had a 1 BR once that was somewhat spacious and it was 800 SF. My niece has a studio that is 500. But I will admit it looks larger than 540 SF in the photos, just don't see how all that could fit in that size, so maybe they aren't measuring just by the perimeter.

I doubt if the washer and dryer are two units, as they are in the bathroom, and from the photo of the bathroom, it looks like only one machine (one of those that switches between washer and dryer). Never had one yet anywhere in Paris that worked well, I wouldn't count on that.
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Oct 14th, 2014, 08:33 AM
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Have you determined whether or not it is a legally licensed rental?

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-0...-is-legal.html
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Oct 14th, 2014, 08:48 AM
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Sorry - in NYC 540 sq feet is HUGE for a studio and considered a medium sized one bedroom (400 sq feet would be a small one). In many major cities high real estate taxes make large apts a rarity (they exist but are VERY expensive). And over, apts and houses in europe are smaller than the US - often quite a bit smaller.
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Oct 14th, 2014, 09:43 AM
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Certainly nothing wrong with the neighbourhood - I regularly stay near there.
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