Thursday, November 08, 2007

The little house in the Paree...


If you already visited Paris, there is very little chance that you saw these houses. They are located rue Dieulafoy, in the Maison Blanche area (13th arrondissement), far away from the traditional places to visit. They are quite exceptional, not only because they are very colorful and well kept, but also because there are simply very few houses in Paris. They were all (44 of them) built in 1921 and were exceptionally modern for the time : imagine, they all have a bathroom and a garage!

22 comments:

  1. They are darling - looks like San Francisco!

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  2. You're right Pont Girl, I thought of SF too when I saw them ;)

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  3. Hey, Eric, that's my 'hood! Glaciere is my metro. Been there-and recommend it highly!--even tho at first I called this area nowheresville. What did I know.
    If you are looking for a truly different Paris, this is it.

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  4. Hi, Eric! Thanks for the great blog!

    It was only an off-hand remark, but I found it interesting when you said there are 'very few houses in Paris.' I never realized that. Are there mostly apartments and condos?

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  5. Very cute! The colors are more reminiscent of the south of France, I think (well, maybe just the pink / earth one). Great find! Love the "timeless - off the beaten path" Paris.

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  6. Oh they are lovely. Very pretty. I too am intrigued that there are few houses in Paris. I just imagined a healthy mix but no? Tell us more Eric, how do most people live; in apartments? Some i imagine are the size of houses and some tiny? How much would one of these houses cost please dear Eric? How many bedrooms? I know i know i'm full of questions...;)

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  7. I love this area too!! But it's not mine like you phx-cdg! I wish tho:)

    Ok Eric, you have to admit it was taken in SF hu?!:)

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  8. I love that street, close to where I live and I always thought it had a London style, that's because I never went to SF ;o)

    In Paris we mostly live in appartements. Many people rent it from social funds, that is in buildings dedicated to this purpose. Others rent from landlords (do you say so in US?) who own sometimes just one orr the whole building. Others own their appartment. Both owners and renters can be found in the same buildings.

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  9. I love the angle of this photo. The horrible brown building in the back hardly shows! I saw the other photo like this one on the Wikipedia site you noted. However the ugly brown building was vastly more intrusive. Great shot!

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  10. I love these pretty homes, and the way you photographed them, Eric. Wikipedia needs to get this photo from you for their post. Really!!!

    Lili, thanks for your interesting information reference propietaires et locataires. And yes, you are correct... we say "landlords". ;)
    Bonne journee a tous!

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  11. I spent over a month in the 13th a few years ago, and never saw them. Glaciere was my metro stop too. I'll have to look for them on my next trip to Paris, they're very charming.

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  12. Yes Todd - & Lynn, there are very few houses in Paris unlike in London for instance. The city is too small for that.

    The few houses that we built in Paris have actually been built a long time ago when the city was much smaller that what it is now and when what is now the 2 digit arrondissements (10 to 20) where "at the the country" off the inner Paris limits.

    We still have the same phenomenon now: you can find houses in the close outskirts of Paris but they are now talking about including theses suburbs into Paris.

    It will take years for it to happen, but it will and what is now the suburbs will, in a 100 years, be considered as the inner city. And the houses will probably be replaced with tall apartment buildings.

    Yes Lynn unless they are extremely rich, most people live in apartments in Paris (I do!)

    LOL Le Quartier ; No it was not !!

    Thanks for your explanations Lili ;)

    Hey Vicky... Yes, actually, this neighborhood is also surrounded by awful buildings, it's hard not to include them in the frame...

    Thanks Loraine ;) Actually, Wikipedia gives a better idea of what they look like, but, precisely because what I just said about the surroundings, the photo is less nice. The art of photographing is also sometimes the art of framing!

    Justine. You want to know something? I've lived in Paris 40++ years and guess what? I never saw these houses until I took this photo a few days ago;)

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  13. They must be worth a small (or large) fortune now.

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  14. Framed like that, they look like beach houses for me, the type you would find on the North coasts!!!!

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  15. Okay...Just wanted to post a picture for you all of a House in San Francisco that many of you have been confusing with Eric's photos!! LOL!! There are two small houses near where I live that are very similar to the ones in Paris, with French gabled roofs and all..but I don't have a pic for you. Desole'

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  16. Very interesting Eric thank you for taking the time to tell us all of that.

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  17. These look lovely! I will have to make sure I visit the area next time I'm in Paris... thank you for allowing for that opportunity!

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  18. C'est vraiment un quartier merveilleux.

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  19. You know, we have a "Maison Blanche" here in the US.

    I see your pictures every day Eric, thank you so much.

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  20. Hi Eric,
    Is this the street that has a Corbusier building at the end of it? I believe it has a glass front or side? I don't think the Corbusier building is very well known...unlike his other building in Paris? Just curious, I think we walked down this street back in the early 90's and I adored it!!! Thanks for the picture.

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