Une Petite Histoire about Cobblestone Paris
Paris Rentals is a small, customer oriented,
Vacation Rental Company. Get Ready To Live Like a Real Parisian !
It all began in 2004 when Ryan and Jennifer took a vacation to Paris and chose to rent a furnished apartment instead of staying in a hotel. They chose an apartment in the 4th Arrondissement on the charming Rue de Petit Musc, in the amazing Marais quarter of Central Paris. The apartment was in a 350 year old house built for a local 17th Century Parisian nobleman. They stayed on the 4th floor, with no elevator of course, in what was probably the servant quarters. Ryan and Jennifer may have been living like servants, but felt like royalty.
They walked the streets of this wonderful city for a week and explored every quiet park, magnificent building, and cobble stone street. Upon returning home to Los Angeles, California, the magic of their Paris memories stayed with them. They dreamed of one day buying an apartment in Paris and moving there permanently. It was only a dream, something for retirement perhaps, but it never left them.
One day in 2006, while he was on a business trip to Paris, Jennifer sent Ryan a listing of a studio apartment that she had seen for sale on the internet. To kill some time Ryan made the visit. Without a second thought he made an offer to purchase the apartment that very day. It was an impulse purchase, totally unplanned, and completely influenced by emotion but Ryan and Jennifer never regretted their decision.
Studio La Fontaine became the name of the studio apartment that Ryan purchased that day. It was located on an adorable cobblestone square with a small Parisian fountain in the center. From their home in Los Angeles, they began to advertise and rent the apartment to tourists from around the world. Little Studio La Fontaine still makes many Parisian dreams come true. Ryan and Jennifer used their love of Paris and their understanding of North American customer service to create magical Parisian holidays and to help guests experience Paris as locals.
One at a time, new apartments were added, and Cobblestone Paris Rentals was born.
Less than two years from their first trip to Paris, Cobblestone Paris became a full time job and their dream became a reality, and Ryan and Jennifer moved to Paris.
Cobblestone hopes to help you have a wonderful holiday by providing you with a lovely apartment, great service, and Parisian memories that will last a lifetime.
Bon Voyage and See You in Paris Soon!
Merci, Ryan & Jennifer
Paris Rentals is a small, customer oriented,
Vacation Rental Company.
Get Ready To Live Like a Real Parisian !
Ryan & Jennifer, Paris 2013
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January 7, 2011
Hip + Urban Girl of the Week: Jennifer in Paris.
Imagine your life: waking up in Paris every day and checking-in on the multiple French apartments you own, while sipping an espresso and eating a fresh-baked croissant. Maybe you'll pack your bags and check out a Greek island on the weekend or wander around a local market. Yeah, we thought it was a pretty awesome time too. This week, we chat with a hip + urban girl who does just that - Jennifer, Co-Owner of Cobblestone Paris Rentals.
Tell us about your business!
My husband and I own and operate a short-term vacation rental agency in
France. Tourists come to us for great value, service and an authentic
experience vs. a hotel.
We also assist buyers looking for their vacation rental purchase in Paris and also decorate and equip the apartment for tourists.
How did you get into starting a vacation rental company?
My husband and I bought our very own small studio apartment in the 11th
arrondissement of Paris near the Canal St. Martin (the one that Amelie
skip stones in). It was really just a spur of the moment decision, and
crazy when we think about it now, but it changed our lives more than we
could have imagined. We were still living in Toronto, so we decided to
our love of Paris with other travelers by renting it out to tourists
were not there. We had no idea it would be such a success. As time went
started meeting other international owners and they shared their horror
about leaving their properties in the hands of rental managers that
trust to take care of their apartments. We envisioned a need, and
provide a service that would make both the owners as well as renters
was a labor of love, so it was not a big surprise when our plan worked.
the story of how Cobblestone Paris Rentals was born.
What brought you to Paris?
Everyone wants to go to Paris. We were no different. As a couple, in
a passion for travel, we didn't wait too long before booking flights
off. Of course, we rented an apartment instead of staying in a hotel,
first trip planted the seeds of the idea that we would one day like to
something of our own there. I think we were both surprised by how
happened. That has turned out to be a recurring theme, we get an idea,
before we knew it, Voila! It’s a reality. We are now thrilled that we
our joy of Paris with others.
Are you fluent in French?
Every day I learn a little more, that's just a benefit of living in
Paris as a
local. You find yourself in all kinds of situations that a tourist
What is your typical week like?
We spend most of our working hours answering inquiries and making
arrangements online, including organizing the arrivals for our guests
Most of our business is done online, which is great, because it means
live or travel anywhere in the world. For the last year we have been
Paris where we could train and supervise staff to do many of the tasks
once did ourselves. The confidence that we have in hiring the correct
has allowed us to travel more and work anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is
How often do you get to travel?
Sometimes it feels like we live out of a suitcase! When we are in Paris
advantage of the close proximity to many great countries. This year we
Spain, Italy, South of France, Turkey and Greece.
Your apartments are gorgeous! Did you have a background in design? How
approach decorating a room?
I don't have a background in design, but I have learned what people
what they are looking for in their perfect French apartment. We are
conscious that what we are selling is the "mystique" of Paris, and
this means that we have to tap into people's inner vision of the
apartment when coming up with a design for a new apartment. Of course,
reality of how French people actually live is totally different, but
tourist has another idea and that is what we are trying to capture. We
closer we get to recreating a "dream apartment" that people are
imagining, the more successful the apartment will be.
Besides design, what do you do to get an upper hand in marketing your
Because we travel so much, we have a good idea of what travelers
their accommodation. We try to keep all of our experiences, good and
mind when furnishing and equipping an apartment.
On one visit to a coastal village in Spain, we rented a beautiful little villa on the cliffs above the Mediterranean. Even though we booked it for a last minute discount, it wasn't cheap, so we were not happy when we discovered that there were absolutely no basic amenities like shampoo, paper towels, oils, or spices. The closest store was in a village on the top of a mountain, and it was closed most of the day. We remember experiences like this and go to the extreme in the opposite direction when equipping our apartments. We want to overwhelm people and leave no chance for disappointment. We offer free amenities that hotels don't offer such as free Wi-Fi internet, free long distance calling, hundreds of TV channels, Paris themed DVDs, Paris Guidebooks, and French Cook Books. We also offer coffee, tea, sugar cooking oil, spices, paper towels and more so you don't have to shop for these basics when you arrive. The kitchen is ready for you to shop at a local market and try a new recipe.
What is the best part of your job?
When we hear that we have made someone’s dream come true! We get emails
gush over our apartments and services, and know that we are doing
What has been worst part of your job?
jeopardizes a customer experience that is beyond our control is
the worst part of our job. Some examples are regular transportation
stolen wallets, and building problems that we have no direct ability to
We must wait for the building's unenthusiastic management to handle
their own good time, which is sometimes a lot longer in France than you
expect in Canada or North America.
Top three destinations of all time and why?
course, because it is the most magical, romantic and historic city in
the world. Santorini, Greece, as it is the most serene and enchanting
have ever been, and Barcelona for its vibrant and modern style and
husband and I got engaged there.
What did you study in University/College? Would you have done anything
Marketing Management at Sheridan College in Oakville. It was a
well-rounded choice and I use aspects from marketing every day.
Where are your
favorite places to hang out in Paris? (Restaurants, Bars etc)
neighborhood is "The Marais", which encompasses the 3rd
and 4th arrondissements near Notre Dame Cathedral and the famous
Modern Art Museum. You get a good mix of historic architecture and
and boutiques. It is always active and has many gorgeous mansions built
French nobility before the French Revolution. It is still an "original"
Parisian neighborhood because Napoleon ran out of money before he could
demolish it like many other Paris neighborhoods.
Best place to
shop in Paris?Open-air
markets always offer the best produce and also a good mix of
affordable clothing, shoes, scarves and sometimes furnishings. Rue de
in the Marais is also a fun shopping street
Tell us about
your neighborhood and what you like best about it.The 11th
arrondissement is an up and coming neighborhood on the border of the
trendy "Marais". It is very residential, so you see a lot of real
Parisians, and not so many tourists. It offers authentic bakeries,
and boutiques and you don't see any souvenir shops. My favorite places
11th are the Canal St. Martin and the Popincourt Open Air Market on
What do you
wish someone told you when you were younger and just starting out?I wish someone
had taught me knowledge of finance and investing. Schools do not
educate people enough about smart investments and how to avoid the
poor financial planning. Most people have to learn through trial and
losing valuable time.
advice do you have for hip + urban girls out there trying to figure
out what they want to do?Take risks! Do
not just do safe things because everyone else is doing it. You
only live once, and you don't want to be someone who looks back and
they had done something more interesting. My motto is “JUST DO IT”.
too long thinking or talking about it, because it may never happen.
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