The name Vaugirard comes from Val Girard, a variation of the name of Abbot Girard, who founded his abbey in this ancient and fertile hamlet that housed a mill and a small chapel. The life of the hamlet once revolved around the current Convention metro station. In the 19th century, Vaugirard became a highly reputed village for its tranquility, and part of the Parisian population decided to settle there. Cozy houses with gardens and a few new shops and industries started to develop.
The Ruche of the 15th
The beginning of the 20th century marked the establishment of the Ruche at the level of the Passage Dantzig and near the Georges Brassens Park. Similar to Montmartre's Bateau-Lavoir, the Ruche is an artists' colony created to help young artists without resources. Among them were young foreign bohemians, including some great names in contemporary art history such as Modigliani, Soutine, Zadkine, Chagall... The name "Ruche" (Hive) comes from its creator, Alfred Boucher, a sculptor from Nogent-sur-Seine, who considered his colony as a hive buzzing with creativity.
A certain way of life
Located south of the Eiffel Tower and an extension of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés and [Montparnasse](https://www.cometoparis.com/catalog/montparnasse-tower-116 neighborhoods, the 15th arrondissement, one of the largest in the capital, perfectly embodies a certain spirit of the Left Bank: that of the art of living. While being the most extensive, the district is not the most densely populated, offering a spacious, opulent, and residential living environment, much sought after by prosperous families in the city.
Family-friendly and pleasant to live in, Vaugirard combines upscale wide avenues with grand Haussmann-style buildings and much more recent constructions. The residential streets are quiet, but they harmoniously coexist with slightly busier shopping thoroughfares. Peaceful, the district has, in recent years, been equipped with the charming and bucolic Georges Brassens Park. Its intimate atmosphere contrasts with the largest park in the 15th arrondissement, the André Citroën Park, which extends over 14 hectares and houses thematic gardens and large greenhouses.
A peaceful and family-friendly neighborhood
Located south of the town hall of the 15th arrondissement, the former hamlet of Vaugirard comes alive between the station of the same name and the Porte de Versailles. Its two main axes are the elegant shopping streets of Vaugirard and la Convention. It also hosts a few charming dead-end streets lined with houses of bucolic style and more modern lofts. A cinema, the Silvia Montfort Theatre, the Palais des Sports, numerous shops, green spaces, and relaxation areas make Vaugirard a warm neighborhood where it's good to live. The proximity to the Porte de Versailles ensures excellent access to Parisian public transportation in the "Carré Vaugirard."
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