Let's say (hypothetically speaking) that someone was going to move to Paris. She had two potential apartments, both in great locations. One location is more central, but the other is a better price and still an excellent location--it would just require a longer bike ride to school (or, she could use the savings from rent to buy a transportation pass).
Keep in mind that school at the Sorbonne starts in February. The average temperature (low-high) in early February in Paris is 38-46 degrees Fahrenheit (and it snows on average 4-6 times in the month); by mid March it's from 44-57 degrees.
Apt 1 - Great Location, 400 Euros/month, much farther away from school
Hello, the Arc de Triomphe would be a block away!!
Apt 2 - Great location, 500 Euros/month, only 3-5 blocks from school
This one is about two blocks from Notre Dame and has a bakery right out the front door.
Both will have a bunch of tourists around in the summer because they are close to big Paris sights. Both have a washing machine in the apartment, a well-lit bedroom with a desk, and a sanitary-looking, albeit tiny, bathroom. Each will also have one other tenant who is not the owner living there.
I already know which one I'm going to take. But I'm curious... which one would you take?
Oh, yeah. Obviously the "hypothetical" is... not. I'm moving to Paris in mid-January. Hooray!
Photos are screen shots of the Google Maps Street View of each location.