July 4, 2014 7:04 pm

How to live like a local in Paris

The editor-in-chief of RedVisitor picks five favourite apartments
One Fine Stay property in Rue de Rome

One Fine Stay property in Rue de Rome

Apartment-rental companies are becoming increasingly popular in Paris, offering an alternative to hotels and the chance to “live like a local”. Here Kimberley McLoughlin, editor-in-chief of RedVisitor, a new quarterly magazine devoted to Paris, picks five favourites.

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Rue Amandine Launched by Parisian Amandine Dubessay in 2010, Rue Amandine pitches itself as providing “a friend” in the city. Guests are met at the door and their trips planned based on their interests. The 19 properties on offer include the charming one-bedroom Apartment 1 in Montmartre, where a local chef can take you on a food tour of the area then host a French cooking lesson in your apartment that evening. rueamandine.com

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Paris Luxury Apartments One of the city’s most upmarket agencies, Paris Luxury Apartments represents 18 magnificent properties ranging from light-filled lofts, to classic apartments with antique furnishings and ceiling frescoes, and designer spaces filled with art. Reserve the three-bedroom Vosges Royal residence, for example, and you can wake up in an antique silk canopied bed that overlooks the 16th-century Places des Vosges. It features exquisite interiors by designer Jacques Grange and ornate chandeliers. parisluxuryrentals.com

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One Fine Stay Launched in London in 2010, One Fine Stay expanded to Paris in 2013 and now has 180 properties, ranging from a cosy philosopher’s residence in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, to a designer loft in Canal Saint Martin, and a palatial penthouse overlooking the Jardins des Tuileries. The company offers hotel-style benefits such as 24/7 service, luxury linens, free iPhones, and local guides created by each apartment’s owner. Its website sets the industry benchmark with a simple booking process and “home truths” about each property. My pick is the four-bedroom Avenue Emile Deschanel residence showcasing modern artworks, a private courtyard garden, and a fabulous location on the doorstep of the Eiffel Tower. onefinestay.com

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Paris Attitude Frédéric Lecoq and Thomas Elisian met in 1999 while working at a New York apartment rental agency, and they saw an opportunity to transport the concept to Paris. Launching with 20 apartments in 2001, they now represent more than 6,000 properties including houseboats, lofts and townhouses. For an affordable stay, reserve the two-bedroom Apartment 4562, in a 19th-century building in the artistic neighbourhood of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, or the spacious two-bedroom Apartment 8418 in Montmartre, which overlooks the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur. parisattitude.com

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Haven in Paris If the language barrier is daunting when searching for an apartment, contact Haven in Paris for its helpful, friendly service in English. Its 33 apartments are located in the city’s best areasand come with extras such as laptops or iPads, unlimited phone calls and wine and fresh flowers upon arrival. haveninparis.com

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