Using Sketchtool, I drew this. The 17th arrondissement enclaves of Ternes and Monceau, home to the largest apartment structures and top schools in Paris, are where rich and important Parisian families enjoy the good life. In contrast, the 8th arrondissement has the most popular nightlife among Parisians in general and rich ones in particular.
The other major central arrondissements are mostly inhabited by middle-class Parisians who can afford small apartments and don't need to go out every night. They work in offices or at one of the many big department stores that line the streets of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
On the edge of the city center are the northern suburbs. Here you'll find high-end houses built after World War II for French military officers and their families. These areas used to be very rural but now have shops and restaurants. The closest station is Gare du Nord, which is on the main train line connecting France with its regions.
In the south of the city is the 18th arrondissement, which is where you'll find Paris's highest concentration of luxury hotels. These are where famous people live when they're in town—Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Albert Einstein are just a few of the celebrities who've lived here.
These neighborhoods are some of the most expensive in France, if not the world. The average price of a house in Ternes is more than $1 million US. A small apartment there will cost you at least $10,000 US.
In comparison, the 9th arrondissement is where you'll find the majority of poor Parisians. They're surrounded by luxury shops and high-end restaurants on Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré but have only simple houses with low prices. In fact, it's one of the cheapest areas in Paris to rent an apartment.
Rich and famous people don't just live in luxury hotels, they also live in luxurious apartments. If you want to see what the rich and famous drive, where they shop, and how they eat, take a look at my other posts about these topics:
Trocadero The 16th arrondissement is one of Paris' most affluent residential zones while also being one of the city's least populous. There is a significant international community here, making it an excellent site for connecting with other expats. The area is home to many large houses and hotels as well as a few lower-end apartments.
The Faubourg-Saint-Germain - which extends from the Invalides to the Seine River - is another wealthy area of Paris. It is home to many famous universities such as École Normale Supérieure and the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes). There are lots of old buildings and galleries here that offer culture vultures plenty to explore.
The 9th arrondissement is another popular choice for billionaires looking to live in Paris. This is where you will find the Père Lachaise cemetery, full of famous graves including that of Napoleon. There are also several museums around here that visitors can enjoy.
The 7th arrondissement is where you will find the Louvre Museum. This is one of the largest art museums in the world and contains everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to French paintings.
The 5th arrondissement is where you will find the Champs-Élysées avenue.
This is one of Paris' most iconic neighborhoods and a popular tourist destination for a stroll, a coffee, or a meal. The sixth arrondissement is split into four districts: Monnaie, Odeon, Notre-Dame-des-Champs, and Saint-Germain-des-Pres.
The area was once home to a large number of money changers who worked from house to house. This earned it the nickname "Moneytown" or "Currency Village." Today these houses serve as interesting museums dedicated to art or anthropology. There are also several famous churches including Notredame des Champs, Saint-Sulpice, and Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
The neighborhood is known for its high concentration of universities and colleges. Some of the best schools in Paris can be found here on every level from primary education through to university. The area is also home to two soccer clubs: Paris Saint-Germain and FC Metz. PSG was founded in 1970 by American investors who wanted to bring football (soccer) back to France after it disappeared during the French civil war. They originally called themselves Club de Football Pariz Sainte-Geneviève but changed their name in 1976 when they moved to their current home at Stade de Marceau.
Le Marais, Paris's twisted medieval passageways, fashion boutiques, art galleries, and bolthole bistros, is sometimes compared to Manhattan's West Village district. Its well-preserved pre-revolutionary characteristics make it an appealing Parisian abode for celebrities such as actor Johnny Depp.
The area is within walking distance of several major tourist attractions such as the Picasso Museum and Palais-Royal Garden. It's also close to public transportation: The RER B line runs one stop past the end of rue du Bac, where many celebrity homes are located. There's also a metro station called "Bac Monastry" on lines 1 and 6 at Rue du Bac.
Other popular neighborhoods for celebrities include Saint-Germain-des-Prés (close to the Louvre), Faubourg-Saint-Honoré (with its exclusive shops and luxury hotels), and le 7e Arrondissement (near the Arc de Triomphe).
But keep in mind that these are just some of the more expensive areas in Paris. In fact, nearly a third of all households in France have only one income family, so living in a high-priced neighborhood doesn't necessarily mean you can afford a large house or luxury item purchases. You should also consider the type of neighborhood you want to live in when choosing between locations with similar prices.
When you think of a traditional Parisian apartment, you probably think of a classically magnificent 19th-century Haussmanian structure with high ceilings, large French windows, intricately carved moldings, marble fireplaces, herringbone oak flooring, and wrought iron balconies. Rooms with good bones look beautiful in any setting. But what if we told you that today's Parisians are actually living in much more modest dwellings? While some apartment buildings are being converted into luxury hotels or offices, most modern Paris apartments are small by American standards (about 1,000 square feet or 9 meters wide by 150 square meters or 16 meters long).
In general, they're located in the center of town near public transportation, have one or two bedrooms, and cost around $500 to $1,000 per month. That's less than half the price of a house in many parts of the US and far below the price of similar accommodations in Asia or Latin America.
They usually include a spacious living room with glass doors that open onto a small balcony, a dining area, a tiny kitchen with an old refrigerator, a bathroom, and one or two small bedrooms.
Most important, you get what you pay for. Apartments in poor conditions can be dirty, have broken appliances, and even contain bugs. Make sure to check all the furniture before you move in! Also, take special care not to scratch any of the walls or floors when moving objects such as chairs or tables.