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Noise @ Blvd St-Michel~Rue Racine~R de L'ecole de Med.~Rue des Ecoles

Noise @ Blvd St-Michel~Rue Racine~R de L'ecole de Med.~Rue des Ecoles

Old Aug 4th, 2014, 10:18 PM
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Noise @ Blvd St-Michel~Rue Racine~R de L'ecole de Med.~Rue des Ecoles

Hello friends. I'm considering an apartment at the exact epicenter of above-mentioned streets. It's a 5-way (freaking) intersection on Boulevard Saint-Michel. Ouch.
Apt. is on 6th floor, but has terrace overlooking this magical intersection. I'm afraid the noise will make the terrace unrestful, at best. I've read the handful of reviews from prior renters & no one mentions noise, but no one says it's quiet either. Seems odd to me. How can you review an apartment in this locus & *not* mention street noise, one way or another: as in, "In spite of location, the apt & terrace are relatively quiet" OR "Naturally there's a bit of street noise, but ..."

I'm surprised no one mentions it at all. Makes me think the reviews are censored. Anyone familiar with this intersection? Thanks so much.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 01:25 AM
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It is an extremely busy interesection. The apartment is not necessarily noisy if the trees efficiently muffle the worst of the activity.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 03:48 AM
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Well, most people renting an apartment in this situation would probably expect to have street noise and would see no reason to complain about something that would be obvious.

I always think that people who want quiet in a major city should get very high floor rooms in new high rise hotels or else rooms that face into a hotel with a courtyard (understanding this will mean no views).
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 07:54 AM
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>>How can you review an apartment in this locus & *not* mention street noise, one way or another:
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 08:55 AM
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I also think perhaps it doesn't bother some people. Or maybe the reviews have been censored, who knows. But I do agree that anyone who books an apt in that location would kind of have to know what they are getting if you looked at anything at all to see where it was. SO maybe a lot of them booked it and are the kind of people who don't care.

I sure would comment on noise if I didn't expect it (and maybe even if I did, just to say something about -- yes, it was noisy but the bedroom overlooked a courtyard and I was there in winter) or something. Many people do comment on noise on lots of hotel and apt reviews I've read. Especially when unexpected (ie, on top of a very noisy bar/restaurant and you didn't know it when booking).

Yes, the terrace, even on the 6th floor, will be very noisy at that location. And until very late, or even all night due to traffic (motor scooters are the worst). If the bedroom does not overlook the street, but an interior courtyard or nothing, that part might be okay, though. And sometimes an apt can be in the back of a building and not on the street at all, but you seem to think this one is. For example, I once rented an apt right on rue Mouffetard. You would think this would be noisy, but it wasn't at all because this was in a building with apts around an inner courtyard which you entered through a door from the street, and the one I rented was in the back of the building away from the street. None would have been noisy unless they had windows right onto rue Mouffetard.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 09:25 AM
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Have you determined if the bedroom faces the street? If so - plan on noise.

As for everyone mentioning noise. If you live in a city you are typically used to some level of street noise and expect it - and would never comment on it.

What I can't stand is being woken up in the country by all of those miserable birds cheeping away at about 5 am.
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Old Aug 5th, 2014, 06:36 PM
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Thank you all for your rational thoughts.
Kerouac - what a treat to hear from you after, lo, so many years!
Indeed, there are two enormous & well-placed trees on Blvd S-M that should do the trick.

nytraveler: For what it's worth, commenting on an apartment's noisiness doesn't have to be registered as a complaint. Pas du tout! As Christina mentions, you could say, "Be aware of the downstairs restaurant that's filled with loud patrons until 2AM." Not complaining - just clueing in potential renters. As for the bedrooms - I think they face Rue Racine (haven't confirmed this yet), but with the apt jutting into the intersection the way it does, it won't make much difference. I believe apt is between Blvd S-M and Rue Racine.
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