AT Europe: Paris - Romanticizing the Paris Walk-Up

AT Europe: Paris - Romanticizing the Paris Walk-Up

"Le meilleur moment en amour, c'est quand on monte l'escalier." These are the much-quoted sentiments of French statesman and journalist Georges Clémenceau (1841-1929), who was saying that the most beautiful moment in a love story was the anticipatory climb of the staircase...

This being Paris, there are often many stairs to climb to your beloved's garrett, especially if he or she resides in pre-Haussmanian architecture that precludes room for an elevator shaft. But with a city residential building height limit of seven European stories (eight American), the climb is not impossible. Seen through the eyes of a French romantic, it's just another way of prolonging the fleeting pleasures of a tryst.

Nevertheless, French sellers and real estate agents report that many Americans are averse to buildings without elevators. What do you think? Would the lack of an elevator be the dealbreaker on your dream pied-à-terre?

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, France. She can be reached at kristinh @ apartmenttherapy . com

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