What specific architectural features does your building have ?
It was definitely once part of a much larger apartment; traces of this can be found in some of the old passages that have been transformed into alcoves and shop windows, but the division was very well executed. The apartment is on the first floor of an old mansion that has been transformed into an apartment block over the centuries. As it is located on what is known as the 'noble floor', it has the benefit of high ceilings unlike the upper levels. The bedroom opens onto a balcony which is the only one on the street and the whole neighbourhood - hence the property's name: Le Balcon Saint-Louis! There are plenty of features and details that are typical of the 18th century such as the Hungarian parquet flooring and the high casement windows, as well as some more recent contributions like the 19th century chimneys and the iron railings that date back to the 20th century. My recent decorations were simply added to bring back the original spirit of the apartment.
Places you would personally recommend
One naturally thinks of the Chateau at the mention of Versailles, and it is without a doubt an unmissable attraction for any lover of French art and history. But Versailles is also a city, and a charming one at that, with many hidden gems. The Saint-Louis district has retained more of its authenticity that its neighbour, the Notre-Dame district. Fully renovated by the city council over the last few decades, Saint-Louis is perfect for strolling around the streets that are mostly still paved and lined with 18th century (or even older) buildings. It also has access to large open spaces that are great for walking such as Balby park, the King's Vegetable Garden, the Swiss lake, and a little further away is the Chateau's park which can be reached by the Porte des Matelots. These places are also full of history with the Convent of Recollets, the former Hôtel des Affaires Étrangères of Louis XV, the Salle du Jeu de Paume where the monarchy was abolished, and the cathedral. Not forgetting the famous 'Carrés Saint-Louis' - four squares that were built by Louis XV to house a new market at the time, they are still home to art craftsmen and charming restaurants that are perfect for lunch or dinner outside on a sunny day.