Our family just passed a wonderful month on Rue Bouchardon in Olivia's apartment. While I have plenty to say about the place itself, I want to start off by both thanking Olivia, and recommending her in the strongest possible terms as a host. She was responsive at all times to questions and requests (both prior to and during our stay), went out of her way to bring in a high chair and bed for our little ones as well as two fans to keep us from melting, greeted us upon our arrival with water, fresh fruit and a chilled bottle of wine (all greatly appreciated, as it was outrageously hot on that day!), and left us with all sorts of helpful information about the neighborhood and things to do with our kids :)
The apartment is, firstly, ideally located. There is a market with access to an excellent selection of cheese, wine, and produce right across the street, a bakery just up the street, a small grocery store across the street for basic needs (including those of an 11 month old), and a variety of restaurants in all directions (we really loved Ciacco on Rene Boulanger). An easy walk gets you to, among other things, some great coffee (Craft and Blackburn are both great), an outrageously good bakery (Du Pain et Des Idees) and the Canal St. Martin. The metro (numerous lines) is easy to access, and there are (for those who might have little ones to entertain) several excellent parks within a 10 minute walk (both Park Villemin and Square du Temple are great).
As for the space itself, there is plenty of room and we felt quite comfortable at all times (we were 4, with a 4 yr old and an 11 month old). The kitchen is well-stocked (with both food and implements) and the views out the window from the kitchen table are outstanding (worth every one of the 118 steps :). It was, as mentioned above, quite hot for the bulk of our stay but, aside from the first few days, the apartment was quite comfortable. The windows open up on both sides and so we were able to get a great breeze going.
Should life afford the opportunity, we would gladly come back to stay here again. Merci encore Olivia, et a bientot!