The Belleville neighborhood was great - so many good Asian restaurants, grocery stores close-by, etc. Very close to the brown/blue (lines 11/2) Metro lines. Great value for money. Washing machine in unit was nice to have too!
Belleville is a lively area with lots happening all the time, Chinese, vietnamese, Turkish and even Italian eateries abound. The boulongeries are great and there is a VERY busy market on r. Pyrenees. Despite all this activity the apartment is very peaceful being on a secluded walkway. I would wholeheartedly recomend it to anyone, but don't expect luxury as this is a friendly family apartment.