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(March 2020) AFFORDABLE FOOTHOLD IN THE SOUTH.  People who live in trendy Provence take vacations in Occitanie because it’s just as beautiful but is cheaper and less crowded. Explore this fascinating region close by the Mediterranean, the Canal du Midi, and the Pyrenees from our foothold in Quarante, a small village of about 1,700 with an historic abbey, surrounded by vineyards, with all amenities including doctor and dentist, butcher and grocer. Plenty of pictures and description. here:  If you contact me directly at instead of the agent, take 5% off the already affordable price. Our house has served us well since we retired here permanently six years ago, but for personal reasons, it’s time to move on. Secure your entry into French village life now. You won’t regret it. We haven’t. Not for one minute.

(September 2016) FURNISHED ONE-BEDROOM IN MONTCLAIR HILLS.  Beautiful furnished one-bedroom apartment attached to main house located in the Montclair Hills. Separate entrance and patio. Close to Joaquin Miller and Redwood Regional parks and easy access to Montclair Village. French speaking owner.  Montly rent: $2,500./month includes utilities, cable tv, and wifi.  If interested please email  

(September 2015) COME TO PARIS THIS YEAR.  A two-bedroom apartment awaits you in the 17th - a charming corner of Paris full of neighborhood shops and very close to all attractions.  Traditional quarter, modern apartment.  Pictures, references and more information available -

(May 2015) RENTAL IN THE HILLS OF PROVENCE, SUMMER 2015.  Due to a really bad rental season, we are giving a 25% discount on the rental of our home in the hills of Provence for the summer of 2015.  A week in our home will now be $1087.50 per week, instead of the regular price of $1450.  Usual discounts for stays of two or more weeks apply on top of that. We have owned this home for 17 years and have rented it successfully most over the years.  You may visit our website at We use it ourselves for several months every year and know the area very well.  We are located in Seattle and you may call us (425) 868-2887 or by email at  Please note that this discount does not apply if you go through an intermediary, such as Flipkey, because of the fee involved.

(March 2015) LUXURY APARTMENT IN PARIS’S 7TH ARRONDISSEMENT.  This central Paris luxury apartment is elegantly appointed with high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling arched French windows overlooking a bright quiet dead-end square and courtyard, an ideal spot for your romantic getaway in Paris. This Haute Luxe (high luxury) apartment is located on the most ornate floor of a six story historic Haussmann building in the 7th district of Paris. It is very modern, completely renovated and comfortable for a short or long stay. It sleeps comfortably 2-4 people. It is located in the heart of the most popular 7th district of Paris. It is located within an easy walk to all major museums, historic sites and attractions. In addition to this it is also convenient to the best boutique restaurants and shopping in all of Paris, which is not typical of all Parisian districts or rental apartments. The metro stop is less than a block away as are bus lines and taxi stands. The most popular neighborhood and street, Rue Cler, is two blocks away for the best of food and wine shops in all of Paris. for details.

(January 2014) FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED COMPANY OFFERS VACATION RENTALS IN THE PARIS REGION. We are privately owned and only have 4 employees, but we compete with FlipKey and HomeAway (such owns VRBO and VacationRentals). We are celebrating our 10 year anniversary this spring :)  Visiting prospective students, parents, alumni and visiting professors will find alternative lodging options rather than staying at a hotel or inn, especially if they are traveling with the whole family or a four legged friend :)  We currently have 19 properties in area but are looking to add more to our site. You can check out our Paris listings at

(May 2013) MOVETOFRANCE.INFO.  If you’re reading this right now, you’re just the person who’s also going to want to regularly visit this site: Where some sites are already offering informational portals for expats wanting to travel or move to France, Move2France members go one step further by sharing genuine ideas, courage and motivation on topics like little known favorite destinations, how to manage a move, or even how to creatively sustain a life in France.  Move2France was originally set up by a California mom who relocated to the South of France to raise her two young girls, offering them new perspectives and languages. It has grown to include information, links, and inspirational stories by and for expat retirees, couples, students, families and more. The focus is mainly on relocating to France, but also living and traveling to France.  Subscribers to the website will receive a FREE report on living in France and other goodies in the future.  You will also want to join their community on Facebook (just “like” their page to stay in touch)


VACATION BY THE MEDITERRANEAN IN A HISTORIC FRENCH VILLAGE HOME. On the French Vermeille coast near Spain, sits your villa on a quiet street in the heart of Argelès-Sur-Mer Village. Steps from cafes, bars, restaurants and shopping and just a lovely walk to the 7 kms of pristine Mediterranean beach. Sleeps 9+. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, kitchen with bar, large living-dining room, garage and private garden patio with barbecue, roses, bouganvilla. Renovated with modernities and skylights, yet has original vaulted ceilings, exposed stone and wood-beam historic architecture. Ammenities for families with children or perfect for small group of amies...Experience what it would be like to live in an authentic French village by the sea! Photos and more info:   Contact Beth (619) 550-2180 or

4-STAR VACATION RENTAL IN FRANCE: fully renovated farmhouse in the country side of France for up to six people. Located in the small village of Domptail, in the Lorraine region. 2400 sqft, 3-bedroom, 3.5 bath, fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, home cinema, courtyard, deck. Reservation by the week, starting at EUR 430. For more information, e-mail For pictures and reservation // A LOUER GITE RURAL 4 EPIS EN FRANCE: ferme lorraine entièrement rénovée pour 6 personnes, située dans le petit village de Domptail (88700) au cœur de la Lorraine. 230 m2, 3 chambres, 3.5 salles de bain, cuisine entièrement équipée, cheminée, home cinéma, terrasse. Réservation à la semaine à partir de 430 euros. Pour plus d’information, e-mail Pour voir des photos et pour réserver

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PARIS FOR RENT. Paris vacation apartment rentals – Paris Vacation Apartment Rentals in central Paris - From luxury to casually elegant, Paris For Rent is the way to rent an apartment at bargain prices in the heart of historical Paris in the Marais, Ile Saint-Louis or St-Germain.  Located in the Bay Area, Paris For Rent is a US based agency with service staff in Paris.   Founded in 1998, we have been hosting thousands of guests in our apartments in Paris, nearly 30% of them loyally returning year after year.  Our rates are in US dollars, protecting you from currency fluctuations when paying your balance. And our customer service is highly personalized, from the booking process in the beginning until your checkout at the end of your stay.  We have permanent representatives in Paris to greet and service you during your stay in our apartments.  All of our bilingual staff are either French or Americans who have lived in Paris and know the city by heart.  We are available to answer any further questions about our services so contact us today and let us know how we can make your stay in Paris parfait.  Email: phone: 415 642 1111 web:

TWO-BEDROOM FLAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE AVAILABLE FOR VACATION RENTAL.   I have a 2 bedroom flat in the South of France (Villefranche-sur-Mer) that I rent for vacations. My website is:   Contact:  Erin, 415.640.1021.

FOR RENT (prefer by month but open to other options) ~ BISCARROSSE-BEACH  (south of Bordeaux/Arcachon) on the ocean (3 minute walk to water over a sand dune), 3 bedroom 2.5 bathroom, brand new home (to be completed 10/07).  Large fenced/gated yard, 2 blocks from shops/restaurants, 5 minute drive to 3 lakes.  Many American upgrades (granite, washer/dryer, dishwasher, etc.).  Sleeps up to 8.  One car garage.  Large patio wraps around entire house.  House is all windows so a lot of light. We rent by month but open to other options including house swaps with similar properties.  For more information, please email:

MAISON DE BOURG IN ST. CYPRIEN.  Maison de bourg in St. Cyprien (, a hillside village six miles from Les Eyzies and minutes from Sarlat, Beynac, and La Roque Gageac. The house has two bedrooms and a finished attic, and sleeps five. There is no yard, terrace, or balcony, but the top floor offers superb views of the valley. This house is a wonderful base for exploring the Périgord Noir region, which is home not only to cave art, fabulous medieval châteaux and walled towns, and kid-friendly activities like canoeing and horseback riding, but is also a mecca for good food. Rates vary by season. 5% of the rental fee will be donated to Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley. Contact for photos and more information.

FABULOUS fully-furnished PARIS PIED-A-TERRE available weekly: Light! Bright! BEAUTIFULLY RENOVATED (March 2007) by architect-owner. Wood floors, exposed beams, 3 huge windows, on 2nd floor of gorgeous restored 1790 building--with large elevator! In historically noted Cour Damoye, a quiet pedestrian-only cobblestone street spoking off  Place de la Bastille. One minute from the opera, across the street from the Marais, a minute to the métro/major bus lines, around the   corner from the best street market in Paris. See our web site: (or call: 415.826.1234). Non-smokers only.

PIED-A-TERRE A PARIS – à louer.  Paris apartment at 12, place de la Bastille.  Please contact Jan if you are interested in renting her place.  Contact:  Jan Hanson, 415.282.3648 or or for details.

FOR RENT:  CHARMING HOUSE WITH STUNNING CASTLE VIEW.    For rent (long-term/sabbatical leave) in Beynac, a village in the lovely Dordogne area of SW France. EUR 650 per week in high season (three-week minimum)  or EUR 1,000 a month for long-term rental (excluding heating costs). Two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, sleeps 4 comfortably. This quaint, fully-equipped Perigord-style home has a full view of the castle of Beynac, just a few hundred yards away perched above the Dordogne river. The village has been designated one of the most charming in France and is ideally situated for visiting the area's castles. The famous medieval town of Sarlat and the lovely villages of La Roque Gageac and Domme are also minutes away, as are the famous prehistoric caves of Font de Gaumme and Lascaux II. For the active holiday-maker, canoeing, hot air ballooning and horseback riding are all close by. Be sure to sample the region's famous food and wines at numerous local restaurants. This comfortable home will be a welcome retreat after your local journeys. Have dinner on the veranda  and watch the beautiful sunset, followed by a stunning view of the castle aflame with light. For more information, e-mail 

YOUR SECRET GARDEN IN PARIS.  Your Secret Garden in Paris.  Take your morning coffee and afternoon aperitif in your private garden in Paris! Relax in a quiet, peaceful and comfortable studio apartment looking out on the trees and flowers of your garden.  Walk to the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’ Orsay, and the Seine embankment in minutes.  One block from a metro station and many buses; near cafes and shops.  The 325 sq. ft.  apartment consists of a bed-sitting room (with double bed, couch, TV, dining area) with large glass doors opening on to the garden; a kitchenette with clothes washer and dryer; and a bathroom.  In a well-maintained, clean and secure modern building. Linens, dishes, etc.. provided - everything needed to make your vacation easy and comfortable.  Sleeps two persons.  Non-smokers only.  Rent $750 per week, includes all utilities except telephone calls.  Photos available.  Contact Martine LeGrand at or call her in France:  (33) 1 39 31 18 73. 

DREAM OF OWNING A PLACE IN FRANCE? Look no further! I  research and buy wonderful old properties in France in order to provide a home base for people who love the idea of their own place but prefer to share the on-going expenses among 6 or more members. It only makes sense! New home shares available in 2006 include Paris and the south of France. For more information, contact Ginny at or visit

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