A small dictionary for the Parisian apartment advertisement….beware!

The price of an apartment in Paris and per square meter (m2) is probably the highest in Continental Europe (on average 8.000 Euros per m2, with a range between 6.000 and 25.000 Euros per m2) . So when advertising an apartment up for sale, the Parisian vendor real estate agents often use sophisticated language to underpin the beauty and justify the high prices of their apartments. Nothing wrong with that! And easy to relate to if you know these few words!


But sometimes, the situation is depicted a bit too bright...! So, in order to manage your expectations, here comes the “normal” and “worst case” interpretation of this typical Parisian “real estate slang”. 


Only a brush of paint and new wallpaper required to freshen up the interior.

But also: you will have to carry out a substantial renovation.



Original wooden parquet floors, decoration strips on the ceilings, original fireplaces.

But also: creaking sloping floors and non functioning fireplaces.


Charme de l’ancien:

Very charming and originally preserved interior.

But also: you will find an old interior, totally affected by wear and tear. You need to put in serious money to refurbish the place and get its old good looks back again!


Faibles charges de copropriété :

Reasonably low building charges every month.

But also: no concierge or housekeeper in the building to receive your mail packages and transfer keys if necessary. And to verify: are the charges so low as a result of maintenance provisions that have been too low?


Sans ascenseur:

No elevator.

But also: you need to be fit to climb the staircases multiple times every day. And in the future you may face serious increases of the service charges of your apartment building when the building association opts to install an elevator!


Sans vis-à-vis:

The neighbour does not look into your apartment.

But also: you look at a blind wall.


Bon état général:

In good state.

But also: a bit old fashioned and some refreshing will be required, or in worst case, a total renovation.


Cuisine équipée:

A fully equipped kitchen.

But also: the kitchen has a sink, a refrigerator, a few cupboards and the connections for utilities are there, but that’s it! And often no space for additional equipment or cupboards.



Old beams and tiles. The style of the apartment is very old and original.

But also: beware of borers!


Petite copropriété:

A small building with only a few apartments. Like a small house!

But also: the high maintenance costs of the building are spread over only a very few apartment owners. Normally resulting in higher service charges per owner!


Sans aucune perte de place:

All space is efficiently used.

But also: the place could be very small and cramped.


Avec terrasse:

With terrace.

But also: a small place of 4 m2, where - with some effort - you could put one bistro table and two foldable bistro chairs.



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