Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Roman Polanski and Avenue Montaigne

In reading the recent news about Roman Polanski, I discovered he lived in Paris.

A little further digging showed that he lived in the 8th arrondissement (roughly just across the river from the Eiffel Tower).

Even more digging showed that he lived on Avenue Montaigne, 43 Ave. Montaigne, 75008 Paris FRANCE to be exact.

Avenue Montaigne is not just any avenue.

According to the Wealth Bulletin, it is the most expensive street in France as measured by the cost of residential real estate and the fifth most expensive street in the world.

According to the article:

Avenue Montaigne in the 8th arrondisement – which includes the Élysée Palace, official residence of President Nicolas Sarkozy, maintains its fifth place on Wealth Bulletin’s list, proving the eternal allure of Paris among the world’s wealthiest.

Estate agents say there have been little changes in the prices paid for top properties on the street in the last year. The strong euro also makes the dollar prices for residential property in the city higher than they have been for some time.

Avenue Montaigne is part of the city’s Golden Triangle, which includes the Avenue Champs-Elysees and Avenue Georges V.

Furthermore, according to Wikipedia, "Avenue Montaigne boasts numerous stores specialising in high fashion, such as Dior, Chanel, Valentino and Ralph Lauren, as well as jewellers like Bulgari and other high-class establishments such as the Plaza Athénée hotel."

Here is a map.

I have marked off the "Golden Triangle" with the blue lines. The vertical line is Avenue Georges V, the diagonal at the top is Champs Elysees and the lower diagonal is Avenue Montaigne. Roman Polanski's penthouse apartment is designated by the blue pushpin on Avenue Montaigne. The Arc de Triomphe is marked at the top of the map with the Eiffel Tower in the lower left. Finally the marker at the bottom point of the triangle is the tunnel where Princess Diana died, only 1/3 mile from Polanski's home.

View Avenue Montaigne in a larger map

If you visit 43 Avenue Montaigne, you will see the Paris branch of Bank Melli (Iran) at street level. The entrance to the apartments above is just to the right. If in fact I have the address correct, Polanski's apartment is the one at the top.


  1. Hello,

    I hate to correct you here, but the official residence of the President of the Republic - the Élysée - is on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, not on Avenue Montaigne. It is a ten-minute walk from there.


  2. Does he have a private elevator?

  3. He's talking about Roman Polanski not Nicolas Sarkozy, you moron!