This 6 bedroom family house at Porte des Lilas offers a truly French living experience in a less touristy neighborhood, that is still on the Paris Métro system. Only minutes from central Paris (on Line 11), Les Lilas offers all the culture of central Paris with more of a family atmosphere.
If you are looking for more affordable space, without losing that parisian experience, this is the house for you. Built in 1920, this recently renovated house is complete with a large, private garden. Large gardens are not easy to come by in Paris. This garden has a gas grill/bbq, 2 parking spaces, built-in sprinkler system & plenty of room for your kids to pitch a tent & go on exploratory missions.
Centre sportif Floréal is one of two nearby swimming pools, & was just renovated in January 2012. There are several sports centers in the area, offering everything from racket ball & tennis to gymnastics & martial arts classes.
Théâtre du Garde-Chasse showcases live music, theatre, children’s programming & cinema. You will find both the classical & the avant guard at this local treasure. There are several theatre in the area. Look for ateliers pour enfants (workshops for kids) – French theatres often have educational & creative arms for children.
Grocery shopping is easy in Les Lilas, with a full range of options: Bio C’Bon biologique (organic) supermarket, Auchan hypermarché (think Super Walmart), Carrefour supermarket, & Lidl (discount supermarket).
If you prefer the traditional, food French markets, there are several: open-air organic (Friday afternoons), & the neighborhood market (Thursday & Saturday mornings), the covered market (Wednesday & Sunday mornings). Visit this link for more info: Marchés Alimentaires Les Lilas.
The Mairie des Lilas offers a comprehensive guide to all things civic, cultural, & educational. It even offers a list of local babysitters. There are several local French schools, as well as a private pre-school & elementary school, Ecole Notre Dame.
Transportation by Métro: Marie des Lilas, Line 11 / Bus: Porte des Lilas 96, 48, PC3, PC2 / Night bus: N23