7th Arrondissement

The Seventh Arrondissement is centrally located on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank) of Paris. Just as its sister arrondissement, the Sixth, it is one of the most sought out locations for Paris apartments. The Seventh has held this aura of desirability since the 17th century when it became the favored Parisian district of the French upper nobility. Since then the Seventh has come to serves as the location of several institutions and monuments, including the Parisian icons of la Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) and Les Invalides. The Seventh is a fantastic place for a Paris apartment because it lacks nothing, and has everything in spades.

Obtaining a Paris apartment within the Seventh is following in the footsteps of the French upper nobility. This is especially true if the apartment is found in the eastern neighborhood of the Faubourg Saint-Germain. In fact, the Faubourg came to have such a concentration of the nobility as to have its name become synonymous with the nobility. Naturally this neighborhood is full of extravagant and beautiful architecture. The western portion of the Seventh is no less glamorous either. It was developed over the 17th and 18th century by nobles and a bourgeoisie who were no less affluent. Together they built an arrondissement that is understandably a perfect location for Paris apartments.

Any Paris apartment in the Seventh is near several monuments. Residents can surely spend days on end walking among museums and monuments that line the Seventh’s border with the Seine. Starting at the eastern end of the Seventh is the Musée d’Orsay. This converted Beaux-Arts train station now holds the richest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings (Monet, Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, etc) in the world. The museum is also home to other styles of paintings, not to mention sculptures, photography, and furniture. Neighboring the Musée d’Orsay is the Musée de la Légion d’honneur, which has exhibitions on the national orders of merit of France from Louis IX onwards. A short walk downriver from these two museums is the Assemblée nationale (French National Assembly). The Assemblée nationale occupies the Palais Bourbon, which was originally built as a palace for the daughter of King Louis XIV. It isn’t hard to imagine how magnificent this building is when knowing who it was built for. Continuing the walk along the Seine quickly brings Les Invalides in sight. This bastion to French military history is where the remains of the Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte are found. His sarcophagus, guarded by angels and bellow the great dome of Les Invalides, is nothing short of awe inspiring. History buffs won’t be disappointed either by the adjacent military museums. Further down the Seine is the Musée du quai Branly. This museum will be of special interest to anyone fascinated by anthropology and indigenous cultures. After the Musée du quai Branly is the final, most anticipated, monument on the walk along the Seventh’s border with the Seine. Indeed, the anticipation has been building up as la Tour Eiffel (the Eiffel Tower) has increasingly dominated the skyline with every step. The only thing left to do is to gaze upon the beauty of Paris from the peak of the Eiffel Tower. From up there it’s easy to understand why the Seventh is the perfect place for a Paris apartment.

The Eiffel Tower, although the climax, isn’t actually the end of the Seventh’s charm. The depths of the Seventh, away from the Seine, still merit discovery. Starting at the feet of the Eiffel Tower is the Champ de Mars Park which leads to l’École Militaire (Military School). Naturally the park is a favorite of Parisians looking to relax, have a picnic, or even enjoy a bottle of wine with their friends. Not far from the end of the Champ de Mars, in the direction of Les Invalides, is the Musée Rodin. Inside the museum, as well as scattered around its gardens, are a large number of Rodin’s masterpieces, including The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, and The Kiss. Even if the gates of hell are found in the Seventh, a Paris apartment there is surely a gateway to heaven.

Sales & locations in this district

  • Renting
    Apartment - Paris VII
    Apartment
    120 m²

    Luxury apartment rental - Saint Germain des Pres - Verneuil - Furnished apartment 120 sq.m with 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 1st floor with elevator

  • Renting
    Apartment - Paris VII
    Apartment
    58 m²

    Paris long term rental - Champs de Mars / Invalides. 1 bedroom apartment of 58 sq.m. on the 3rd floor of a secure building.