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DebitNM Nov 5th, 2014 04:27 AM

I found an affordable apartment in Paris!!
Well almost.. Very ingenious.

I finally found an apartment in Paris ( in the 17eme, no less!) that I can afford. Unfortunately, itis a tad too small to be legal, so it's for an au pair. It's 8sqm, needs to be 9sqm.

Cathinjoetown Nov 5th, 2014 04:42 AM

When I was an au pair I would have loved it, except no comfortable place to sit. That's where the extra sq meter comes in!

latedaytraveler Nov 5th, 2014 04:46 AM


Wow, that is tiny, but there is definitely a trend in that direction in cities all over the world. Interesting...

Marianna Nov 5th, 2014 05:07 AM

Interesting, but way too tiny for me. I got claustrophobic just watching it! I also could not sleep in that bed and would never close the door to prevent day light. With one window there isn't much light anyway.

YankyGal Nov 5th, 2014 06:05 AM

The Museum of the City of New York had a great exhibit awhile back on micro-apartments, complete with a staff member who showed you how everything opened/worked, etc.

While I would absolutely downsize to live in Paris, I could not go THAT small (although I love the 17th.) Very interesting, thanks for posting.

P.S. I love the "easy to access" comment - yes, for someone her age! :-)

DebitNM Nov 5th, 2014 06:21 AM

Yes, the lack of a cozy spot to lounge in needed.

IKEA stores always have some tiny space living concepts set up. I have a dream of one of them in a tiny bungalow on Coranado Island California, off San Diego --

But by comparison, they seem huge to the spot(and I do mean spot) in Paris!

swandav2000 Nov 5th, 2014 06:24 AM

Yes, I would have LOVED that place when I was living in an au pair apartment in Paris! In that place, the toilet and shower were down the hall . . . I can't believe I lived there.


branderson925 Nov 5th, 2014 08:30 AM

The before and after cutaway is fantastic. I would so live in that!!

rialtogrl Nov 5th, 2014 09:08 AM

What a clever use of space. That bathroom is pretty nice!

stokebailey Nov 5th, 2014 09:16 AM

I love it and want one. 7th floor walkup instead of a home gym.

Gretchen Nov 5th, 2014 09:37 AM

That is really interesting. What is the rent, out of curiosity.

DebitNM Nov 5th, 2014 09:39 AM

Not rented as it is not a legal apartment. Apparently, the Au pair gets to use it....

Jean Nov 5th, 2014 10:09 AM

When she closed the "bedroom door" while she was inside, all I could think was coffin.

For loungy seating, I'd get this:

I think I could handle a week tops.

flpab Nov 5th, 2014 12:19 PM

I would rather had that comfy seat than that stool. Where was the tv?

Nepheline Nov 5th, 2014 12:31 PM

This isn't an apartment. It's being buried alive. Yikes!

wunderbar2 Nov 5th, 2014 12:50 PM

My goodness, that makes the tiny home movement look like McMansions!

Jean Nov 5th, 2014 04:28 PM

Here's one you can actually rent in Rome. Slightly larger at 10 square meters although I don't think that includes the loft sleeping area. Great location!

PatrickLondon Nov 5th, 2014 10:16 PM

It's a regular staple for newspaper stories about property market madness in London:

DebitNM Nov 5th, 2014 10:29 PM

Jean,cwhat is a step up! Would like a better look at the WC, though.

DebitNM Nov 5th, 2014 10:31 PM

Sorry, should be....Now, that is a step up...

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