MONTMARTRE – 9th
Le 9th arrondissement acts as the transition between the very bourgeois neighbourhoods of the 1st and the Place Vendôme and the more lively and bohemian area of Pigalle and Abbesses. The Opéra Garnier and the large department stores located in the south 9th gradually make way for streets bordered by a multitude of small shops like the rue des Martyrs which leads directly to Montmartre. The village of Montmartre was attached to Paris in 1860 and for several decades was the favourite haunt of artists and home to painters such as Pissarro, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Modigliani. The butte Montmartre is now one of Paris’ most popular tourist sites with its splendid Basilique du Sacré Cœur and numerous cabarets and theatres which every year attract millions of visitors from across the globe. The narrow little streets have beautiful, charming apartments to sell or to rent as well as splendid houses with magnificent views of Paris.
In 1140, a group of monks put in a ferryboat crossing on the Seine, probably slightly to the north of what is now the avenue Charles de Gaulle. In 1316, a village began to grow up around their former farm, called Nully, gradually becoming a strategic point on path between Paris and Normandy. There is no real town centre in today’s Neuilly, but rather many different neighbourhoods. There are the areas of the Place du Marché-Sablonville, of Bagatelle-Saint-James, of the Pont, of the rue Louis-Philippe and of the rue des Huissiers as well as the neighbourhood of the Ile de la Jatte or the part bordering the Bois de Boulogne. If you are looking for an apartment in Neuilly, you can choose between a high-end apartment with a terrace in a modern building, a luxury apartment overlooking the Bois de Boulogne and an exclusive house with a secluded garden.
Boulogne-Billancourt’s cultural golden age was no doubt the period between the first and second World Wars, and more precisely the 30s, of which it has the largest architectural legacy in France. Boulogne-Billancourt resulted from a merger of two towns at the beginning of the 20th century and was considered for a long time as both a residential and working class town. Even now, the town has an urban fabric made up of contrasts: elegant mansions located in the north part and, to the south, modern apartment blocks built on the former industrial zones of Billancourt. With its different neighbourhoods, Boulogne-Billancourt has a wide variety of architectural assets: high-end houses, Haussmann-style apartment buildings and private mansions, charming small houses, brick working-class buildings, high-rises, superb villas designed by architects of the ‘30s, and modern luxury apartment blocks.