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Buy An Apartment In Paris And We'll Reveal Which Pastry You Are

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Congratulations! Your company wants you to work some of the time from Paris, France — and they're going to buy you an apartment!

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You'll also use some cool company tech to learn conversational French in like an hour, if you don't speak it already. Because of course.

  1. Welcome to Apartment #1! This two-bed, one-bath apartment is located in the 18th arrondissement. Step on in to the living and kitchen area. What's your initial reaction to the space?

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  2. What comment do you make as you tour each of the rooms?

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    "It's small but not THAT small...why is the kids-height area so large?"
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    "The living room's super spacious, and we could add a lot of storage."
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    "This is a GREAT-size second bedroom, with a little extra space."
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    "This kids room is just right for my art/music/hobby studio."
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    "With my furniture, this master would be calm and romantic."
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    "The tile in here is...less than ideal. But I love the huge tub."
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  3. How would you set up the little spare room?

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    A different art/music/<br />hobby studio.<br />
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    A little reading room and library.
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    My home office.
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    An exercise/yoga studio.
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    Honestly, extra storage.
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    Something else!
  4. That's all for Apartment #1! It's 7012.50 euros per square meter, or about $770 per square foot. Is it still on your list?

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    Yes, I love it!
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    Yes, but not at the top.
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    No...<br />Let's keep looking.
  5. Time for Apartment #2 — welcome! This three-bedroom, two-bathroom abode is in a building built in 1900, in the 3rd arrondissement, the center of Paris. What part of the space do you kind of fall in love with?

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    The cozy but well-lit little living and dining area.
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    The old wood beams and the library they hide.
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    The attic master bedroom with more beams and an en suite bath.
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    The second bedroom that would be perfect for working.
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    The windows with enough space to keep a few plants.
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    The lofty staircase, where you can hang your favorite photos or art.
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  6. What comment do you make as you tour the attic master suite?

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    "I just CAN'T get over these beams!"
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    "Gotta watch so I don't bump my—ow!"
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    "I like that there's space for both a queen-size and storage."
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    <br />"Ohh, those built-in shelves are so useful!"<br /><br />
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    "Would definitely need a hanging rack for clothes."
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    "It's nice, but I really wish there was more space."
  7. In France, many kitchens aren't actually finished with appliances — and in this apartment, you'd need to bring your own refrigerator, oven/stove range, and microwave (on your company's dime). How do you feel about that?

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  8. That's a wrap on Apartment #2! It's about 12,500 euros per square meter, or $1,371 per square foot. Will you keep it under consideration?

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    YES. It's small but PERFECT.
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    Yeah, but I want to see all options.
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    Nope, not really.
  9. Ready for Apartment #3? Welcome! This is a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom apartment in a Haussmannian building, in the 11th arrondissement. What's your gut reaction to your first look?

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  10. What comment do you make about the original OR the more modern features of the home?

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    "I think we'd have to get all this molding professionally cleaned..."
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    "OK, so this bathroom's not great, but this place is so SPACIOUS."
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    "I understand the VALUE of the original fireplace...I just wish it wasn't brown and green."
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    "I might make a *few* changes to this kitchen, but overall it's nice!"
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    "Sure it's renovated, but these tile colors are...something else."
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    "IDC about other renos, the main rooms are so ELEGANT."
  11. The current resident uses the two main front rooms as a formal dining area and a formal sitting room. As you tour, how do you picture using each room?

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    The same way: formal dining area and sitting rooms.
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    Swap 'em, so the dining room's closer to the kitchen.
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    Add a TV to the sitting room. And sure, have a dining area in the front.
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    Swap 'em, and add a TV to the sitting room.
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    Divide the sitting room so it's living+dining (+TV), and make a formal entry
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    Something else entirely.
  12. That's it for Apartment #3! Oh, take a look out the window — then we'll discuss price. This apartment's 10,701 euros per square meter, or about $930 dollars per square foot. Will you still keep it on your list?

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    YES! This is my favorite!!
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    Yes, but I haven't decided yet.
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    No, I liked another one best.
  13. It's time to choose your apartment! Drumroll, please. Will you buy Apt. #1 (modern, small, newer), Apt. #2 (well-renovated, small, has character), or Apt. #3 (larger, has character, some updates)?

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