Square de la Tour Maubourg is a private street that deadends into a small garden. This lends itself to a lack of automotive and pedestrian traffic, and therefore a very quiet atmosphere (something rare in a large, bustling city like Paris!). This grand apartment on Square de la Tour Maubourg resides near a French elementary school, and the sounds of children playing during la recreation are audible if the windows of the apartment are left open.
The common rooms
The living room is an elegant, comfortable room with pale green walls and mirrored panels - an authentic belle époque touch - that reflect the abundant natural light that streams in from the enormous windows. The fabrics of the overstuffed sofas and armchairs are a combination of warm golds and reds. As in the other common rooms, beautifully maintained parquet floors are partially covered by high-quality Persian rugs.
In the separate dining room is a classic wood table that seats up to eight. The soft butter color of the walls complements the colors of a Picasso-like painting that dominates one wall. There is plentiful light from floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the courtyard and garden. As is true throughout the apartment, the windows have filigreed wrought-iron grilles that reflect the essentially late 19th-century character of the building and its immediate neighborhood.
The dining room and kitchen are joined by a pantry hall, which has storage space that includes a full stereo system. The spacious and superbly appointed kitchen is done in a classic Parisian black-and-white color scheme. The countertops are granite, and for breakfast there is a little table for four that looks as if it were borrowed from one of the many nearby cafés. The appliances are top grade, and include a professional quality five-burner gas stove and oven, good-sized refrigerator, dishwasher, toaster, coffeemaker and other countertop devices.
The master bedroom, large and graceful, has wall-to-wall carpeting, high built-in bookshelves filled with English-language guidebooks and novels, a decorative fireplace and walk-in closet with shoe rack and plentiful hanging and shelf space. The bed is queen-sized. Wide floor-to-ceiling windows admit abundant light.
The well-illuminated ensuite master bath has oversized twin basins, a bathtub with wall-mounted overhead shower, a WC and bidet.
The second bedroom, which overlooks the courtyard, has two single beds that can be made up as a queen-sized bed. The floors are parquet with a colorful area rug. As in the master bedroom, there are a desk and decorative fireplace. For clothes storage there is an armoire, and in the hallway is a large closet for storing suitcases.
The third bedroom, at the end of the hall, has a single bed and an additional trundle bed that slides underneath the single when not in use. With its cheerful yellow linens and limited space, this is entirely appropriate for one adult or child. An additional child may be accepted upon approval from the owner.
The second and third bedroom share a bathroom off the hall that has a bathtub with overhead shower and a number of storage cabinets. The WC is located down the hall.
With its sunny and quiet third-floor location, classic appointments and decor that artfully combines an essentially 19th-century Parisian appearance with discreet contemporary touches, this apartment is an excellent choice for the Parisian visitor in search of luxury accommodations that offer comfort and style, replete with 21st-century amenities. The apartment is especially appealing because of its location in a quartier of Paris that is removed from the crowded commercial and tourist areas, but within easy reach of the city's most important museums and historic sites.