Pass through a large iron gate on the street and a cobble-stone entry and ascend a centuries-old stairway (there is no elevator in this classic 18th century building) to the third floor, where you enter a spacious, light-and-air-filled apartment. Solid oak floors covered with Turkish and Moroccan rugs underscore two large salons with 12-foot ceilings surrounding an extra-big kitchen, demarcated by revealed, restored 18th century wood beams, of black lacquer cabinetry and the best Rosle accessories and appliances. The sound system carries music through the entire apartment (and can be modulated in each room). Two bedrooms with queen size beds, each bedroom with its own luxurious full bath, a step-down tub in one, an oversized shower in the other, and both with large towel warmers. This apartment is light-filled, with six large windows, all graced with flower boxes filled with ivy, lavender, and herbs.

This property’s glory is as much outside as in. It sits in the 2nd arrondissement, directly above les Halles, one minute from the rue Montorgueil, Paris’s most popular market street. Montorgueil is lined with many markets and Parisian food shops, fruiterers, cheese stores, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, flower sellers. Go and wander on Saturday and Sunday morning, have coffee with friends and watch the Parisians doing their food shopping, and then indulge yourself, bringing your fresh lettuce, baguettes, Camembert and Morbier, and a Chardonnay that caught your eye back to your own Paris apartment for a home-cooked dinner. Try out the lovely restaurants just minutes away such as la Table Ronde and Bon2. The metro station is less than one block away, but you could spend a week in the Market Street Apartment and not use it once: the breathtaking Place des Victoires, for some seriously fabulous designer clothes shopping, is a five minute walk, and the Louvre is about 10-15 minutes by foot from your home in Paris.