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The neighbourhoods or "arrondissements" of Paris

Like most large cities, Paris is split up into various neighbourhoods. In Paris there are twenty of these and they are referred to as "arrondissements". They are numbered in an outward spiral starting in the centre of the city on the right bank.

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1st arrondissement of Paris - Louvre

Bordering on the right bank of the River Seine, this arrondissement is the least densely populated and, unlike most arrondissements in the centre of the city, it has much open space in the form of the famous Jardin des Tuileries. There is not a great deal of residential property in the district and this is one of the reasons that it is one of the most expensive to buy in. Most space is taken up by the well-known palaces and museums such as the Louvre, Palais-Royal and the Orangerie as well as many theatres and administrative buildings. However, a market area called Les Halles is currently being regenerated, which may offer good opportunities. On average, a property in this arrondissement would cost around 9225 Euros and above per square metre*.

2nd arrondissement of Paris - Bourse

The smallest of the arrondissements, the 2nd is one of the most diverse parts of the city. Two opera houses in the neighbouring 9th arrondissement (Opéra-Garnier and Opéra-Comique) and the old National Library lie in stark contrast with an important financial area and Place de la Bourse, which is home to the Paris Stock Exchange. Currently you can expect to pay 8014 Euros per square metre* for property here.

3rd arrondissement of Paris - Temple

The 3rd arrondissement is home to some of the finest museums in Paris, such as the Musée Picasso and the Museum of Jewish Life and Culture. It also forms the northern (and quieter) part of the district known as Le Marais, which is renowned for its buzzing nightlife, arty shops and cafés as well as the centre of the gay and Jewish communities. Property in the south of this arrondissement in the oldest parts are usually smaller and more expensive. Generally you can expect to pay from 8603 Euros per square metre* for property in this arrondissement.

4th arrondissement of Paris - Hôtel-de-Ville

One of the most culturally rich areas of Paris, the 4th arrondissement is sometimes known by its quartier name, the Marais. The Marais is perhaps the Parisian equivalent to London's Soho - it's essentially a gay village based around the rue des Archives. The nightlife is vibrant and there are plenty of fashionable shops, restaurants and cafés.

Important buildings are found here

The 4th also incorporates some of Île de la Cité and the Île St Louis, with its magnificent 18th century mansions. Some of Paris's most important buildings are to be found in this arrondissement, including Notre-Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité, the modern George Pompidou Centre and the City Hall (Hôtel de Ville). You can expect to pay over 9884 Euros per square metre* for property in this very sought after arrondissement.

5th arrondissement of Paris - Panthéon

Located on the left bank of the Seine opposite the 4th arrondissement, the 5th is home to many of Paris's academic institutions such as the internationally renowned Sorbonne, and is often referred to as the Latin Quarter. It has been a hub of academia in Paris since mediaeval times and even now, tens of thousands of students flock to this arrondissement every day. As well as higher education institutions such as the Ecole Polytéchnique and the Sorbonne, there are also a number of schools and colleges (lycées), including the distinguished Lycée Louis le Grand and Lycée Henri IV. The 5th has some of the finest churches in Paris, such as Saint Étienne du Mont and Saint Séverin. Property can cost 9707 Euros per square metre or more in this arrondissement, making it one of the most expensive areas in the capital*.

6th arrondissement of Paris - Luxembourg

The 6th arrondissement is generally the priciest area to buy in, with most properties costing around 11094 Euros per square metre*. Like the neighbouring Latin Quarter of the 5th, the 6th also has number of prestigious academic establishments, including the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. The 6th also benefits from the large open space created by the largest public park in the city, the Jardin du Luxembourg, which is the garden of the Luxembourg Palace, built in the early 17th Century for Marie de Medici. Despite the charming atmosphere created by its network of mediaeval streets, the 6th has some of the most trendy restaurants, bars, cafés, bookshops and fashion houses in Paris.

7th arrondissement of Paris - Palais-Bourbon

The largest and most aristocratic of the central left-bank arrondissements, the 7th is home to one of Paris's most iconic monuments, the Eiffel Tower. The 7th is perhaps Paris's equivalent to London's Westminster, with numerous government buildings including the Assemblé Nationale. Right in the middle of the 7th is the famous Les Invalides. This is a complex of museums, monuments and other buildings which relate to all things military, including a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, Napoleon Bonaparte's tomb and l'Eglise Saint Louis des Invalides with its imposing dome. You can also find one of the world's finest collections of Impressionist paintings in the Musée d'Orsay. Property in the 7th is generally less expensive than in the 6th, but still not cheap at around 10219 Euros per square metre*.

8th arrondissement of Paris - Elysée

Like the 7th arrondissement, the 8th is also home to a number of famous monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe at the top end of the Champs-Elysées, a long, wide road which stretches down to Place de la Concorde. Some of the most fashionable shops are to be found in this arrondissement as well as a buzzing nightlife, particularly centred along the Champs-Elysées with well-known clubs like the VIP Room, Le Queen and Club 79. The least expensive residential area of the 8th is situated around the Gare St Lazarre, with its excellent rail connections to Normandy and the coast. You can expect to pay in the region of 8560 Euros per square metre in this arrondissement*.

9th arrondissement of Paris - Opéra

If you love shopping, then the 9th arrondissement is the place to be as it is home to the Boulevard Haussmann with its large department stores, including the flagship stores of Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. The striking Opéra-Garnier still hosts many performances of opera and ballet, although many of Paris Opéra's performances now take place at the Opéra Bastille located in the 12th arrondissement. To the north bordering Montmartre, is the Boulevard de Clichy and Pigalle, with their many bars, brasseries, theatres and sex shops. The area has one of the most buzzing atmospheres in the city, with a wealth of entertainment on its doorstep. Property is somewhat cheaper than the neighbouring 2nd and 8th arrondissements at around 7333 Euros per square metre*.

10th arrondissement of Paris - Enclos-St-Laurent

In terms of buying property, one might look at the 10th as a wild card. On one hand, property prices are steadily rising and there is much urban renewal going on, but on the other, the 10th has had a poor reputation in terms of crime and there are areas of squalor. This is particularly apparent around the two main train stations in this area, Gard du Nord and Gare de l'Est. Despite these problems there are many pleasant parts in this arrondissement, such as the Canal St Martin, which has been regenerated in recent years. Both tourists and Parisians alike enjoy navigating its locks and towpaths. There are many hidden gems in the 10th too, as well the obvious advantages of the excellent transport connections provided by the two large train stations, so at around 6422 Euros per square metre*, it does perhaps provide more value for money than some of the other central arrondissements.

11th arrondissement of Paris - Popincourt

The 11th is the most densely populated arrondissement in Paris, yet paradoxically, it is mainly favoured in terms of buying by non child-producing groups such as young singles, couples and the gay community. The social mix here is also great, ranging from the trendy youth, to the bourgeois, to a high population of low-income immigrants. Despite the mix, the arrondissement is extremely popular due to its hip bars, clubs, shops and cafés, mostly centred on the rue Oberkampf and the rue du Faubourg St Antoine. There is not much to see in this arrondissement, but there's certainly plenty to do. Property prices in this arrondissement are around 6770 Euros per square metre*.

12th arrondissement of Paris - Reuilly

Situated on the right-bank of the Seine next to the 11th arrondissement, the 12th is one of the most popular areas for young families in Paris. It has benefited from much needed regeneration in the last decade or so, including the construction of Opéra Bastille in 1989, an important cultural establishment in the city. Its popularity amongst young families is partly down to the abundance of open spaces such as the Parc de Bercy and the enormous Bois de Vincennes, just beyond the périphérique which encircles the city. Another appeal for young people is the large number of trendy shops and bars on the Faubourg St Antoine (which also runs into the 11th). You can expect to pay around 6725 Euros per square metre in the 12th*.

13th arrondissement of Paris - Gobelins

Like the 10th and 12th arrondissements, the 13th has been the focus of some serious regeneration in recent years, and is home to the majority of the city's high-rise accommodation. In the past, the 13th has been mainly used as a convenient residential location from which to access the more salubrious arrondissements, but now there are reasons for people to visit the 13th, such as the new Bibliothèque Nationale, the rue Louise Weisse (an important stamping ground for the arty set), as well as the vast MK2 Cité de l'Image cinema complex. Paris's main Chinatown has its home in the 13th arrondissement, with numerous restaurants, shops, banks and supermarkets. To the west is the charming Butte aux Cailles district which is particularly popular with the young and trendy, with its picturesque properties and quaint little streets. The Butte aux Cailles has a real village feel to it and is one of the hidden gems of the city. Property prices in the 13th are similar to those in the 10th, 11th and 12th arrondissements, at around 6866 Euros per square metre*.

14th arrondissement of Paris - Observatoire

The 14th arrondissement is dominated by the Montparnasse district, which has been a favourite location for British and American ex-pats for many years. Although mainly residential, the 14th also has a vibrant nightlife which is mainly centred around Montparnasse train station. It's also home to the famous Montparnasse Cemetery, in which many of Paris's well-known artists and intellectuals are interred, such as Simone de Beauvoir, Guy de Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre and César Franck. The north of the 14th is generally more expensive as properties generally get cheaper as you move towards the périférique. You can expect to pay around 7515 Euros per square metre here*.

15th arrondissement of Paris - Vaugirard

The 15th is the most populated arrondissement in Paris, with over 230,000 inhabitants (more than the population of Southampton!). Like the 14th, it's mainly residential which means there is a certain lack of cultural excitement and nightlife here. Property is generally more expensive towards the north, which is closer to the chic of the 6th and 7th arrondissements. There are certain pockets of interest in the 15th, such as rue de Commerce with its selection of shops and cafés, including the well-known Café de Commerce. The 15th also hosts Paris's only skyscraper, the Tour Montparnasse in addition to a number of TV stations, France 2 and Canal Plus among others. The 15th is a safe bet for solid accommodation which isn't astronomically priced, although it's still on a par with prices in the 14th at around 7539 Euros per square metre*.

16th arrondissement - Passy

The 16th is arguably one of most conservative, affluent and family orientated arrondissements in Paris. There are large residential districts, such as Anteuil and Passy, with comfortable apartment blocks on tree-lined streets. The 16th also has the advantage of containing the largest park in the city, the Bois de Boulogne (which is more than twice the size of Central Park in New York!). Combine this leafy suburban feel with a number of cultural attractions, the Guimet Museum of Asian Art, the world-renowned Marmottan Museum and the Passy Cemetery, and you have one of Paris's most desirable locations. However, all is not rosy in the 16th. The conservatism and affluence of this area may not make it an ideal place to live for the liberal, young and trendy, and there has, surprisingly, been a problem with prostitution. Female prostitutes and rent boys have been known to crawl the kerbs near the Bois de Boulogne and also the Avenue Foch, which must be frustrating for locals. Despite this, the 16th is a generally one of the most reliable and safe places to live in the city and you can expect to pay in the region of 8176 Euros per square metre for the privilege*.

17th arrondissement of Paris - Batignolles-Monceau

Located in the north-west of Paris, the 17th is a popular spot for property buyers, mainly due to its good transport connections and buzzing atmosphere. There is a village atmosphere in many parts of the 17th, particularly around the Place des Ternes and Batignolles, which was once considered an undesirable working-class district, but is now a real attraction for the young and trendy, with many fashionable apartments and cafés. It is also has another of Paris's famous cemeteries, the Cimetière des Batignolles, eternal home to André Breton and Paul Verlaine amongst others. The 17th also has the advantage of bordering onto the chic of the 8th and the trendy bohemian of the 18th. Prices in this arrondissement are roughly around 7417 Euros per square metre*.

18th arrondissement of Paris - Butte-Montmartre

The 18th is perhaps the most "happening" of all the outer arrondissements. It is certainly the most vibrant, as it is home to two of Paris's most famous and exciting districts, Pigalle and Montmartre. Pigalle, the red-light district, is a real attraction for tourists and a buzzing location at night. Montmartre is situated on a hill from which you have stunning views over Paris, and is famous for the white-stoned Sacré Coeur Basilica. The area around Sacré Coeur is full of small restaurants, bars, gift shops and creperies (one of which has a piano and its walls and ceilings are covered with photos and notes from people who have visited over the years!). Both Pigalle and Montmartre are huge tourist hotspots, however there are quieter patches and property prices in the 18th maybe provide the best value for money in the city at around 6288 Euros per square metre (although there are spots where you can expect to pay over 9000 Euros per square metre!)*.

19th arrondissement of Paris - Buttes-Chaumont

You could easily describe the 19th as something of a melting pot, and like the 18th, there are areas of deprivation beyond the chic touristy haunts. One of the more salubrious parts of this arrondissement is a beautiful park (one of Paris's largest), the Buttes-Chaumont. It's a popular destination for many Parisians, particularly families. The 19th is also home to the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, the largest science museum in Europe, the Cité de la Musique, a popular venue for music and arts events and the Paris Conservatoire, an internationally renowned training ground for some of the world's most talented musicians and dancers. Property in the 19th is generally the least expensive in the city, at around 5581 Euros per square metre*.

20th arrondissement of Paris - Ménilmontant

Depressingly, the most important "attraction" in the 20th is the largest and most famous of all of Paris's cemeteries, Père Lachaise. Here some of the world's greatest artists, writers, politicians, actors and other celebrities are buried, including Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Jim Morrison and Maria Callas. Despite the vast array of creative talent entombed in this cemetery, there is not much in terms of culture outside it in the 20th. There is however, a lovely park called the Parc de Belleville here. It is one of the loveliest parks in Paris with a splendid view of the Eiffel Tower. Not usually frequented by tourists, here you can enjoy a picnic on the grass in relative peace and quiet. And though quality of life might not be the greatest in the 20th, like the 19th, prices are amongst the cheapest in the city and there is always hope for regeneration in the more deprived areas, so it could be an ideal investment location for first time buyers. Expect to pay around 5873 Euros per square metre here.

*Prices given are estimates as of July 2010, and are for rough comparison only. For more information, see www.fnaim.fr.

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