Coup de coeur

Tuesday was the day where everything changed.

On our agency tour on Tuesday, we met with Mme D who works at a real estate agency in Cagnes-sur-Mer.  After explaining our requirements, Mme D first told us that she only had one apartment but that it was currently being renovated.  (The last tenants left their mark it seems.)

The apartment is also slightly over our initial budget.  Mme D added that the apartment is well situated, has a view on the sea from the balcony, but is located in a calm and quiet part of Nice.  Okay, sounds good on paper.  She decided to give the owner, Mme F, a call to see if we could stop by.  This was no problem for Mme F, we could stop by the apartment; we had to call the painter to find out when he’d be there so he could let us in.

D called the painter who said we could come by on Wednesday between noon and 2 pm.

We checked our map before heading out.  We figured we could walk there from our hotel.  Oh, did I mention that it was uphill?  We easily located the complex and managed to locate the building and the apartment.

Now, I didn’t take pictures because I’m a little superstitious but…Oh. My. God.  This is a 2-bedroom apartment of my dreams.  The building is not a recent building so the apartment comes equipped with beautiful high ceilings with slightly curved moldings.  The apartment has tiles laid throughout, all of which appear to be in fantastic condition.  The layout is also ideal; the bedrooms are split with the séjour between the two rooms.  The kitchen is at the front of the apartment and will be completely redone.  Ditto for the salle de bain and the WC.  The second-best part is that the balcony runs the entire width of the apartment and each bedroom and the salon have double doors that lead outside.

The best part is the balcony, to be sure.  The balcony is big and it is from here that you can see Nice and the Mediterranean.  I’ve already started to imagine where our furniture will go.  Even better is the fact that D has also started to do the same.

We’ll see how it goes.  The owner says that it should take 6 weeks for the work to finish.  This means that really it should take 8 weeks.  This actually works in our favour but, so as not to put all our eggs in one basket, we’ll keep looking, just in case.  This apartment has now become our benchmark and I’m not sure it can be topped.

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6 Comments on “Coup de coeur”

  1. May 20, 2010 at 8:10 PM #

    Paris in the springtime is great and all, but now you’ve got me dreaming of a pied-à-terre in Nice. Le sigh. Good luck with the apartment hunting!

    La Mom
    An American Mom in Paris

    • May 23, 2010 at 8:52 PM #

      Dream away! It’s a beautiful place to have a pied-à-terre and I can’t wait to get settled.

  2. May 23, 2010 at 1:03 PM #

    WOW! I’m just back from holday and catching up and can see you have been very very busy! And you find time to blog!

    A view of Nice and the Med would be fantastc and high ceilings are lovely 🙂 I couldn’t do without high ceilings now. Fingers crossed for you then!

    • May 23, 2010 at 8:56 PM #

      LOL! Well, some of my posts were scheduled; I think I only wrote something twice during the week. Yeah, the apartment is lovely and I hope the paperwork goes smoothly too. I can’t wait!

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