Chic and verdant, lively and commercial, hip and residential, Boulogne is synonymous with good living. Connected by two metro lines, Boulogne attracts families in particular, but also young entrepreneurs, artists and seniors. Thanks to its prime location and proximity to Paris’ 16th arrondissement, it is lined on one side by the Bois de Boulogne public park and the banks of the Seine on the other. The 1930s private mansions stand elegant and tall while the townhouses and apartments benefit from all the advantages of their bustling surroundings. To the north are the upscale food traders and the market which supplies the restaurants. while the south abounds with organic shops and neo-bistro restaurants that promote local cuisine. Boldly modern yet timeless, Boulogne exalts the French art de vivre on a daily basis.
The real estate market
The market has seen a 20% increase in five years, stabilising at €10,500 per square metre. The most coveted neighbourhood remains North Boulogne due to its numerous reputed schools, its proximity to the public park and to the town centre with its many shops. Prices vary from one neighbourhood to the next, in the range of €9,000 to €18,000 per sq.m.
The current market balance is particularly favourable to buyers. Families concentrate on North Boulogne, while the Jules Guesde district with its Bohemian allure attracts young buyers in particular.
Boulogne is formed of micro-neighbourhoods each with its own characteristics, home to charming streets lined by atypical little houses. Treasures just waiting to be discovered. - Valérie LE ROY MAGUIN, Directror BARNES Boulogne
Art of living
Historic museums, must-visit shops and flagships restaurants - Boulogne is teeming with hot spots.
Musée Paul Landowski
The man behind the iconic Christ the Redeemer that towers over the bay of Rio and the bas-reliefs of the Palais de Chaillot, Paul Landowski seems to have sculpted his life to perfection. Here visitors can admire the works of an unforgettable artists who has adorned the world’s greatest cities.
Espace Landowski: 28, avenue André-Morizet, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Musée des Années Trente
Showcasing film posters, Art Deco furniture and pictorial works by Henry Arnold and Joseph Bernard, the museum highlights the intricate complexity of an era that left a flourishing artistic heritage in its wake.
Espace Landowski, 28 Av. André Morizet, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
The selection in this gallery reflects the creative imagination of painter turned gallery owner Emerich Meerson. Pop colours, arty photographs and paintings that seem alive with movement decorate the walls and provide ever-renewed inspiration.
137 Rue d'Aguesseau, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
A planted concept store where visitors can find pieces from urban and cutting-edge brands like Stone Island as well as the great British and Italian classics like Paul Smith and Alberto Biani.
16-18, Bd Jean Jaurès, 92200 Boulogne-Billancourt
Happyblend: art & fabric
Happyblend is a French label that manufactures limited-series pieces that give new life to high-end luxury fabrics. And if that’s not enough to tempt you in, the designers here will customise the model of your choice with a certain cut or new ornamentation.
29 bis, boulevard Jean Jaurès, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
L’Atelier de l’ongle
Relax in the green velvet chairs under the pastel neons and enjoy one of the best manicures in the city. Protein treatments, colourful French nails and lash enhancements are just some of the specialities of the discreet beauty therapists here with their nimble fingers.
200 bis boulevard Jean Jaurès, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
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All of the products here are fresh and depend entirely on Mother Nature, as the owner, Maximilien Kuzniar, is proud to remind clients. Sure, the dishes change every week, but we have a particularly soft spot for the blind tasting menu that places clients’ trust in the chef’s inspirations.
46 rue de l’Ancienne Mairie, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
La Machine à Coudes
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Brick walls and Sienna chairs bring the convivial warmth of lunchtime meals to life here. The authentic midday menu is a huge hit with the neighbourhood’s regulars, complete with a wine list that alternates prestigious references and natural vintages.
35 rue Nationale, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
The Boulogne-based branch of Mamma Mia is missing none of the ingredients to success that have built the reputation of this group specialised in Italian cuisine. A sleek interior and vintage tableware are the characteristics of this address serving truffle pizza and antipasti to be shared among friends, to name but a few.
32 Av. Jean Baptiste Clement, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
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