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Boulogne-Billancourt is a good place to rent a living space in western suburban Paris. Technically a commune, the neighborhood offers a full spectrum of lovely properties, entertainment, activities, and amenities for those looking to rent or even buy property. Naturally each individual living option is a little bit different from the next - but generally speaking, these are five details about the greater area that prospective renters may want to keep in mind.
1.) The Area Is A Museum Hotspot
Boulogne-Billancourt is first and foremost a major museum hotspot, with three museums inside the commune and one just outside it to the west. These four museums are the Musée Albert-Kahn, the Musée des Années Trente, the Musée Paul-Belmondo, and the Musée Marmottan.
The Musée Albert-Kahn documents as many places in the world as possible in its “The Archives of the Planet" exhibit. Along with photographs and video, the exhibit involves seven gardens in Japanese, English, and French styles. The museum also includes a Japanese village with a pavilion where authentic tea ceremonies are held.
The Musée des Années Trente is a tribute to Boulogne-Billancourt’s 1930s glory days. It showcases various aspects of this iconic period, such as the flourishing movie industry, the expanding automobile and aircraft manufacturing industry, and the trademark architecture people still recognize today.
The Musée Paul-Belmondo is a huge collection of works by Paul Belmondo, the last of the great French classical sculptors. In 2007, Belmondo’s children donated every sculpture and drawing of their father’s that they owned. That collection now comprises the bulk of this museum, which is contained within the Château de Buchillot.
The Musée Marmottan is minutes from Boulogne-Billancourt in the 16th arrondissement and houses more paintings by Claude Monet than any other museum in the world. Of these 300 paintings donated by Monet’s son is the notable “Impression, Soleil Levant” that kindled the impressionist movement. The museum also displays works from other distinguished impressionists, such as Degas and Gauguin.
2.) Paris Saint-Germain Plays At The Parc des Princes
The elite French Ligue 1 football team Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) plays its home matches at Parc des Princes. Parc des Princes is a stadium just inside the 16th arrondissement, and can seat around 50,000 supporters. This venue is in the Boulogne-Billancourt neighborhood, and, we should note for sports fans, is also within walking distance of the area's major tennis (Stade Roland Garros) and rugby (Stade Jean-Bouin) stadiums. Most of the hotels in Boulogne-Billancourt area tend to book up quickly when PSG is playing, so having a living space in the commune during football season can actually be priceless.
For those who don't follow sport as closely, PSG is the most successful club in French football, and is one of only two French teams to have won a major European title historically. Bookmaking platforms in the U.S. and UK consistently give PSG some of the best odds in Ligue 1, and are likely to have them among the favorites in the Champions League as well. So in other words, there is world-class football right in the neighborhood.
3.) The Parks Are Excellent
Boulogne-Billancourt has two exquisite parks: the Parc de Boulogne-Edmond de Rothschild and the Bois de Boulogne. The Parc de Boulogne-Edmond de Rothschild was actually borne out of the 1855 Château de Rothschild. The grand château was built in marvelous Louis XIV style, but saw considerable damage and dilapidation during the 20th century (and the Second World War in particular). However, in the ‘70s a public park was established on the grounds to repurpose the land. Today, park-goers enjoy the lavish and exotic trees originally planted for James de Rothschild, including Corsican pines, Copper beech, and Oriental planes. The Parc de Boulogne-Edmond de Rothschild also has a gorgeous waterfall and a Japanese garden.
The Bois de Boulogne is at Boulogne-Billancourt’s northern boundary and is more than two and-a-half times the size of New York’s famous Central Park. The land used to be reserved as hunting grounds for the royalty, but was established as a public park in the mid-1800s. Now it has all kinds of attractions for visitors mixed in with its beautiful natural features.
4.) There Is Entertainment For Kids
Boulogne-Billancourt has all kinds of entertainment for kids even beyond the sports and park scenes. It's a very family-friendly area in general, though we should point out the old-fashioned amusement park, Jardin d’Acclimatation, in particular. Jardin d’Acclimatation has carousels, pony rides, miniature train rides, puppet shows, and other traditional fairground amusements that will delight kids over a range of ages. The attraction actually started as a zoo back in the mid-19th century, and there is still a petting zoo within the park. Visitors can visit and interact with various domestic animals, such as donkeys and goats.
5.) There Is A Shopping Crowd At Les Passages
There is a new shopping center, called Les Passages, in the neighborhood. In fact, it's right next to the town hall. This new shopping center was inspired by the 19th-century Passages Couverts in Paris; elegant shops beneath wrought iron and glass roofs have been replaced by high-rise stores in posh surroundings. The square of the shopping center is lined with these shops, restaurants, gardens, and a carousel, making the whole area a pleasant place to hang out even if you aren't busy shopping. Title: 5 Things To Know When Renting In Boulogne-Billancourt Boulogne-Billancourt is a good place to rent a living space in western suburban Paris. Technically a commune, the neighborhood offers a full spectrum of lovely properties, entertainment, activities, and amenities for those looking to rent or even buy property. Naturally each individual living option is a little bit different from the next - but generally speaking, these are five details about the greater area that prospective renters may want to keep in mind.
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