My wife and I are looking to spend several months living in Paris this fall. We'd like to find a furnished studio or 1BR apartment for monthly rental in central Paris hopefully for under $2,000/month.
What is the best way to find a long-term furnished rental in Paris?
Are airbnb, VRBO, etc good options or are there other sites more specific to Paris? Or should we work with someone on the ground when we get there?
I've had incredible luck with a magazine called FUSAC (France U.S.A. Contacts) which is an English language magazine about Paris. I once placed an ad for a home exchange on their bulletin board (and back then it was a literal bulletin board) for $15 and ended up exchanging homes with someone on the French Riviera for two and a half weeks.
These days they have both an on-line magazine as well as an actual magazine (which you can pick up for free just about anywhere in Paris English is spoken). You can get it for sure at Shakespeare and Company. They have their own housing ads as well as ads for other places. It's great for what you want because they cater specifically to people who are staying there long term.
Here's the link to the general site:
And here's the link to their housing ads:
Hi,you can find some good places at a "cheap" price on this website: http://www.leboncoin.fr/ it's a French website like craig's list very popular in France.
I think that google translate could help you if you have some trouble understanding French, otherwise (I don't know if it's possible but i can help you).
This website is not only for locations, so generaly you will not have to pay anything by the website. All the interactions will be done directly with the owner of the appartment in your case. If you don't speak French, better emailing him.
For example you can find a place like that :
(they speak english, the price is 1400€ so nearly 1900$ => taxes are mostly always included in France)
Or that one :
Have a good trip in France I hope you will enjoy it.
PS: If you want a very good restaurant French style go to Restaurant Aux Lyonnais that place is... amazing.
The website 9flats.com is the European equivalent of AirBnB. But AirBnB itself is now becoming more popular in Europe.
For a really longterm stay, I would probably book something online for a short period of time, and then look for a permanent place (maybe on craigslist) after I arrive so you can actually see it in person before committing to it for a longterm stay.
Vacationinparis.com is a company based in NJ. You pay in US dollars and receive the keys before you leave home. Although specializing in short term/holiday stays many can be rented for longer periods. I have used them twice and my neighbor has rented a number of their apts for her daughters wedding. You will have a contact in Paris if problems arise
Use the web site VRBO to find your rental, you'll deal directly with the owner in most cases. Paris specific sites are usually run by rental brokers. Do it in advance to get the best deal on your perfect Paris flat.
I do not know Vrbo. I know that lot of people use Airbnb.
I have had nothing but great success with parisaddress.com I'm a repeat customer for many years. Easy to navigate website. Lots of choices. Professional staff and service. Never a problem with my flats. It's easy peasy and I enjoy doing business with them. Very transparent and professional.
www.paristay.com is a good place to look with options for rentals under and over 3 months. Enjoy your stay in Paris.