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From the fashion to the food, Paris can seem intimidating. And while that je ne sais quoi lifestyle might seem impossibly unattainable, the folks at HomeAway helped us find some apartment rentals that are surprisingly within reach and our budget. (Sporting a beret on the other hand? Yeah, we’re still working on it.) Here, five affordable rentals for a magical Parisian vacation.

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Restored 18th Century Studio in the 2nd Arrondissement
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Restored 18th-Century Studio in the 2nd Arrondissement

Sleeps: 4

Rate: $157 avg./night

This charming studio comes equipped with all of your modern needs, but the antique beams, parquet floors and Haussmann façade will instantly transport you to La Belle Époque. But, hey, you didn’t come to Paris to stay inside. Good thing this apartment’s central location means you’re right in the middle of a lively area with boutiques and restaurants. Plus, you’re walking distance from the opera, Louvre and metro.

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Shabby Chic Apartment in the 16th Arrondissement
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Light and Airy Apartment in the 16th Arrondissement

Sleeps: 4

Rate: $177 avg./night

This is the epitome of an airy, light-filled Parisian abode with a dining room that invites you to relax and stay awhile. But before you take your shoes off, you might want to stroll over to the Eiffel Tower for that ’Gram you’ve been pining for. Plus, with the Ranelagh metro station just outside your door, the City of Light is right at your fingertips.

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Stylish Flat in the Heart of the Marais
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Stylish Flat in the Heart of the Marais

Sleeps: 4

Rate: $172 avg./night

Located on a quiet street in Le Marais, one of Paris’s most elegant and bustling neighborhoods, this flat is just a block away from the Pompidou, which you can see from your very own balcony. So, if weather permits, we highly suggest grabbing a bottle of Champagne (you are in France, after all) to pop on the deck before you explore the incroyable area.

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Charming 1 Bedroom in the Bastille
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Charming 1 Bedroom in the Bastille

Sleeps: 4

Rate: $169 avg./night

History buffs will love how close this apartment is to the Place de la Bastille. But anyone with an appetite will love the open-air markets hosted in the plaza. Think: an enormous range of stalls where you can pick up some fresh baguettes, charcuterie and meats and cheese for a delightful picnic.

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Quiet Studio in the Upper Marais
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Quiet Studio in the Upper Marais

Sleeps: 2

Rate: $123 avg./night

Although it’s right between the bustling 11th Arrondissement and Le Marais, this studio is a surprising oasis of calm (we’re looking at you, light sleepers). But once you’re awake and ready to explore, you’re a 20-minute walk to Notre Dame and the Seine and close to the metro. Travelers also mention getting a more authentic taste of Paris in this less-touristy area.

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