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From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Monday, August 30, 2010

A conversation with C

Sometime in July:
So a lot of people have been asking me lately when we're going to move in together...
Yeah, I've been getting that too.
What kind of timeline were you thinking?
I don't know - maybe sometime in October or November?
Yeah, that sounds about right. I'm going to sign up for some alertes emails on and, just so we can start getting an idea of what's out there and what can afford.
That's a good idea. We should make a list of exactly what we want in an apartment. My musts are: on the line 12, easy access to Luxembourg garden, safe neighborhood. And a balcony and parking spot would be great, even though it's not likely. How about you?
Hmm....I'd say I'd like at to have least 45m2, less than 10 minutes from Montparnasse, and a decent-size kitchen. No higher than 3rd floor (French) if there's no elevator. My optionals would be: a bathtub, room for a washer, dryer & dishwasher, a cave and somewhere in the 5th or 6th arrondissement. And it'd be great if there was a gym nearby.
Do you care if it's an old or new building?
No, not really....but maybe newer would be better so that we wouldn't have to deal with creaky floors or bad plumbing/electrical work.

A week or so later:
Hey hon, check out this email I got. It's for an apartment in the 15th. It's 50m2, has a parking spot and a balcony. The only thing is the price - it's about 200€ less than it should be...
That sounds kind of suspicious, but it's through an agency, so we could at least give them a call and try to visit it. There's no harm in visiting a few places so that we can see what we like and what we don't like.

A few days after that:
So this is the apartment. As you can see, it's on the 3rd floor, with an elevator. It's 2 minutes from the metro, on a quiet street. There are plenty of shops around here and there are two gyms within a one minute walk. The parking lot is downstairs, as is the cave. It's 50m2 total, and has a nice big living/dining area. The balcony is a bit small, but it's big enough for a small chair and some plants. Now on to the kitchen- it is a decent size, with lots of storage, AND there's room for an oven, a dishwasher and a fridge/freezer. The bathroom is quite large as well, and has a bathtub, plus hook-ups and space for a washer & dryer. And now on to the bedroom. It's a bit small, but also looks out on to the balcony and has electric shutters, which are great for keeping out any noise. So what do you think?

We look at each's perfect. It has absolutely everything we want, at a really fantastic price. The only thing's available August 1st and we weren't planning on moving for a few months yet and it's not in my neighborhood (more on that another day). Plus Crystal & her husband had given us some good advice on getting an apartment through C's job, and there are some real steals to be found in Paris (though we found out afterward that we made too much money to qualify for any of the good stuff anyways).

We decide to think about it overnight. It really is the perfect apartment for us. And neither of us had any notice to give on our current places. The low price would allow us to make some small improvements, such as giving the walls a fresh coat of paint and replacing the carpet with parquet, with money left-over to buy some new furniture & appliances. The gym was just a few doors down and was worlds better than my current gym (for the exact same price). Taking it would also mean that I wouldn't have to spend the next few months pouring over ads or stressing about the fact that I was out of town so often and would miss out on visits. Or that I would be gone on a work trip when we would need to move. And that was all extra stress I certainly didn't need or want.

Which is how we found ourselves signing a lease on August 4th, and then spending the rest of the month cleaning, renovating, cleaning some more, shopping, packing and unpacking. There are few more boxes to put away and a few more decorations to buy, but we're just about settled in now.

So that was my August. How was yours?



Blogger Animesh said...

[checks to make sure it is not April 1st]

Congrats for the wonderful apartment, and for entering this phase, KSam :).

August 30, 2010 at 10:20 AM  
Blogger Katia said...

LOL! Like Animesh, I had to check the date to make sure I wasn't in a time warp ;)
Congrats on making this step! It's an exciting adventure & I am sure you guys will be really happy there!
ps. If I spot fairy lights anywhere, I'll let you know. They're selling them at Habitat but for a ridiculous price. I think we'll have to wait to the Christmas decorations come out!

August 30, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger wcs said...

Very cool! Congrats!

August 30, 2010 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger meredith said...

That sounds great! I think you did good to jump on a good deal when it came your way.
ps after July back in Minnesota, we were in Paris in August. Love your town :)

August 30, 2010 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Um, wow. This is a huge deal! I am so glad it was easy to find a great place.

August 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Wow! Congrats! Wonderful news!

August 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger DiaryofWhy said...

Aww! Yay! (A real estate story with a happy ending always makes me mushy. Oh, and moving in with your boy, too.) :)

August 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Alisa Tank said...

so did you ever find out why it was so cheap? (and yay, of course!)

August 30, 2010 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger L Vanel said...

Hey wow! That's great! Congrats. Looks like your August went really well.

August 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's awesome! :) Congrats!

August 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Wow! Congrats!

August 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger TreeFeathers said...

Congratulations, how exciting! Did you find out why it was cheaper than it should be?

- Grace

August 30, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

What a twist of fate :) Congrats on the new place and on the next step. Glad to hear you had a good August!

August 30, 2010 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger JChevais said...


August 30, 2010 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger MISS YURI said...

damn, you sure know how to keep a secret! congratulations!!!

August 30, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

That's great! Amazing how things just fall into your (anyone's) lap sometimes.

August 30, 2010 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Quantumhollapena said...

Yey Sam!! As an agent, I am so glad to hear that you jumped at an opportunity instead of hemming and hawing and letting it slip away. This happens waaaaaayyy too often and is a let down for everyone (except those other, less hesitant ppl).

It's been a busy August for you then!! How exciting, though! I'm really happy for you! :) You deserve this and I only hope the best for your futures together.

August 30, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i wondered why news of C was so scarce for so long.
i am just so happy for you.

August 30, 2010 at 11:18 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Woohoo! It was about time, lady! I'm happy for you and the C-ster. We can exchange horror, I mean, happy stories about the live-in bfs now!!

August 30, 2010 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Emily Marie said...

omg I had no idea! How exciting! Can't wait to see some pictures (if you're willing to share) :)

August 31, 2010 at 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It sounds like the apartment is big enough so that you won't hear C clipping his nails.....!!

August 31, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger au soleil levant said...

Congratulations! I had a feeling something like this was going on. Glad to hear August has been so productive and happy!

August 31, 2010 at 5:35 AM  
Blogger House Hunting in Paris said...

Your wishlist sounds very much like what we are looking for, neighborhood included and I'm a bit envious that you were able to find it so quickly without even intending to! Congrats and good luck with the move!

August 31, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger Astrid said...

Congratulations!! And soon there's the house warming party to think of right?! :)

I hope you'll be really happy together in the new appart.

August 31, 2010 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger corine said...

Splendid news and I am happy for you. Corine

August 31, 2010 at 11:57 PM  
Blogger Michele said...

congrats! i hope things go really well for you two there...sounds amazing!

September 3, 2010 at 12:52 AM  

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