Hello! We are Ralph and Karen, an American couple who fell in love with Paris and France over 20 years ago. Work-related trips brought us here, but we kept coming back for holidays, then extended visits, and then…
In 2005, we evaluated and decided nothing was stopping us from buying a place of our own in Paris.
Lots of research, learning, and many kilometers of sneaker-rubber later, we put our house in the United States on the market. It sold in 10 days, and we found our apartment in Montmartre two months later.
The Best Laid Plans…
After a massive, year-long renovation project and its many challenges, we hit our biggest bump yet. As it turned out, we had to stay based in the US after all. Our lovingly remodeled apartment in Paris became a place where we returned only for short visits.
In 2008, we started renting to guests—travelers like we once were (we always preferred apartments over expensive, cramped hotels).
And the rest, as they say, is history.
Le Trésor de Montmartre has proved quite popular, to the extent that we have trouble finding a break in the booking calendar to stay there ourselves!
Call Us Crazy
In the midst of this, we found Nice.
After several holidays in and around Nice, we thought, why not buy a pied-à-terre in the area? Despite the challenges involved in renovating from afar—which we knew very well at that point—we jumped in again in late 2010.
After another renovation, another year, and hundreds more gray hairs between us, we added Le Trésor de Nice to our rental portfolio.
At some stage, we’ll probably write a book about the “joys” of buying a property in France [easy, once you know the ropes] and renovation do’s and don’ts [interesting when you live 5000 miles away and speak limited French!].
Would we do it again? Time will tell. For now we’re just enjoying the ride.
We hope you find the properties inviting, and hope even more that you will come see them for yourselves!
Please get in touch with questions, or to book your stay at one of our apartments. We’d be happy to share our insider knowledge of these places we love so much.