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ituated on the right

bank of the river Seine,

the 8th is the business

and diplomatic centre

of Paris and home to

around 40,000 Parisians,

including me. I live here with my

French wife and two teenage

boys, and my background in the

construction industry means that

I can fully appreciate the beautiful

architecture on offer. Of course, the

8th boasts famous landmarks such

as the Palais de l'Élysée, Place de la

Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe

(well, one side of it anyway), but it

is the hidden gems that I appreciate

the most.

The property market in Paris

has been red-hot for a while, and

my days are pretty full, looking for a

new property to take on. We have

clients from Paris, London and much

further afi eld looking to buy, and

this demand looks set to continue

Canadian Aaron Wagner is one of our agents in

Paris, and he is a passionate advocate for the 8th

arrondissement and its hidden gems.

throughout 2020. If I get a spare fi ve

minutes during the day though, I will

often head to the Parc Monceau,

right on the northern border of

the arrondissement. It was built in

1778 as a private garden for the

Duke of Orléans, and it is a haven

of tranquility - don't tell too many

people about it, please!

Given my North American roots,

it also makes me smile to walk past

the Flame of Liberty at Pont d'Alma.

Covered in gold leaf, it's a full-sized

replica of the real thing on the statue

in New York - it's also become

an unoffi cial memorial for Diana,

Princess of Wales, so a great place

for people-watching.

There are 23,885 residential

properties in the 8th, of which

full-time residents occupy around

three quarters, and the rest are

holiday homes. As I said earlier, these

properties are in high demand. The

average price of an apartment here

PARIS &THE ÎLE-DE-FRANCE

Historical cafe on the

Ile Saint Louis

Flame of Liberty

Place de la Concorde

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