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5 of the Best Places to Buy Property in South West France

South West France is defined by many attributes: sundry cultures, accessibility to Spain, outdoor adventure, historic ruins, sprawling parkland and artisan influences. If you’re looking for prime property in South West France, Home Hunts has luxury listings throughout the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées regions. But where are the best places to buy property in south west France? Here is a selection of five handpicked and coveted locations that will allow you to finally live in an area of France with easy access to your favorite type of recreation, whether it’s hiking, skiing, swimming or unwinding in a spa village. Continue reading

Where are the best places to live in France?

Where are the best and most popular places to live in France? And where are the up-and-coming areas so that you can find a good investment opportunity for the future?

France is the most visited country in the world and this year the world record is set to be broken with more than 85 million visitors expected. Likewise, Paris is on target to be the most visited city, having welcomed more than 30 million people in the last 12 months. Incredibly, by 2020 100 million people are expected to visit France each year.

But where are the best places to live in France? And where are the up-and-coming areas that could help you make a clever purchase?

According to Home Hunts, the most popular regions are: Aquitaine, Paris, The Alps, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence and the Riviera. Continue reading

Best Places to Live in Cannes

Cannes is one of the most desirable locations to live in the world, but where are the most coveted property hotspots in Cannes? We have picked four properties in four of the most sought-after locations to help enhance your search for the perfect property in Cannes.

Cannes, one of the most famous seaside resorts on the French Riviera, is located in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Côte d’Azur region of France. Just 25 minutes from the international airport of Nice, it is one of the Riviera’s most popular destinations.

Recognised as one of France’s international commercial hubs, around 75% of companies are owned by US and European companies in this area, which is, in part, due to the success of the nearby Sophia Antipolis technology park. A thriving economic area, with a non-stop events programme, it is also annual host to the world famous film festival and other industry-leading conferences and festivals. A prosperous city, Cannes is also sophisticated, chic and endlessly popular, making it one of the most coveted places to live in the world.
But what are the most sought after property hotspots and the best places to live in Cannes? Here is a hand-picked selection of properties in Cannes’ most coveted locations. Continue reading

The Best Places to Live in Paris

More than 30 million people visit the Paris region each year and it is currently on target to beat London again for most visited city in the world. With London’s property prices having risen 121% between December 2005 and June 2015, and real estate in Paris by 60%, according to data given to the Financial Times by Savills, Paris remains far more affordable than its English competitor.

There is more good news. Paris is also currently experiencing a growth period, with prices having risen nearly 4% in the first half of 2015, and this, combined with favourable exchange rates, means that it is an excellent time for overseas buyers to invest in property hotspots in Paris.

The most coveted property hotspots and best places to live in Paris include the 1st, 8th and 16th arrondissements. Here are some hand-picked luxury properties from Home Hunts’ online portfolio that illustrate what you can expect to buy in these areas.

1st arrondissement

The 1st arrondissement of Paris is situated on the right bank of the Seine and is where the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Garden can be found. The gardens, which were originally created by Catherine de Medicis (the wife of King Henry II) in 1564, are located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. This arrondissement is also one of the most fashionable places to shop as Place Vendôme and Rue de Rivoli are both situated in this area.


This beautifully-presented four-bedroom apartment (HH-9670350) is located in an extremely privileged position in Bouloi Street near the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden. In a Haussmannian-style building, it has spacious rooms, three-metre-high ceilings and well-designed neutral interiors. A rare find, at €1,880,000 a property like this will not be on the market for long.

8th arrondissement

The 8th arrondissement is situated on the right bank of the Seine and is one of the main business districts in the city. It is also home to the Champs-Elysées and the Elysée Palace, which is found on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Famous for offering some of the best shopping in the world, the Champs-Elysees is one of three streets – along with Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V – which forms Paris’s renowned “Golden Triangle”.


This stunning two-bedroom apartment (HH-7783187) is situated on the border of the “Golden Triangle” on the 6th floor of a 1970s building. Having been entirely renovated with top quality materials, this spacious, modern property is perfect as a prime residence or as a holiday home, which, due to its position and large south-facing terrace, has high rental yield potential. It is priced at €1,900,000.

16th arrondissement

The 16th arrondissement is a quiet, family friendly area where some of the most admired and widest streets in Paris, such as Avenue Foch, can be found, as well as prestigious schools, such as the International School of Paris. The Trocadéro, perhaps one of Paris’s most well-recognised landmarks, is located in the 16th, linking this tranquil area with the Eiffel Tower, and making it one of the most coveted property hotspots in Paris.


Well positioned on Avenue Foch, this large three-bedroom apartment (HH-9436862) offers grand, spacious rooms that are filled with light and splendour. High ceilings, an impressive master suite and a caretaker’s studio are just a few of the standout features in this prestigious property, which is on the market for €2,390,000.

To find out more about property hotspots in Paris, visit where you can also carry out a property search. To discuss your requirements directly with a Home Hunts’ consultant, call +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

Six Top French Property Styles to Choose

From beautiful bastides in the country to Parisian Haussmannian apartments, here is a list of six of the most popular French property styles to improve your search for the perfect property.

1. Bastide

The term “bastide” comes from the name given to fortified mediaeval towns in the 13th and 14th centuries. Bastide properties are found in the countryside or in towns and villages, and are usually larger and more elegant than traditional farmhouses, yet built in a similar style. Often with courtyards or outbuildings, they are square or rectangular in shape with highly practical layouts.


This eye-catching five-bedroom property near Grasse (HH-9652372) is a good example of a traditional stone bastide. Built in 1895 it is every bit the dream Provençal home, having been renovated throughout and featuring a large luxurious swimming pool and an arched open pool house. There is also a beautiful rose garden, olive trees and a two-bedroom guest house. The price is available on application. Continue reading

Why You Should Buy Property in the French Alps

Are you ready to take the opportunity to live in one of the world’s most stunning and prestigious regions? The French Alps give you a playground to enjoy year-round and is the ideal place to move if you’re looking for a lifestyle change. There are many reasons why investing in property in the French Alps is a good idea, here are just 8 reasons why many people choose to invest in property in this area of France.
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Lifting the curtains on Property hotspot in Bordeaux

What are the most sought after property hotspots in Bordeaux? The capital city of Aquitaine and one of France’s most popular locations for real estate investment, Home Hunts’ portfolio is bursting with luxury real estate in Bordeaux. Here are three hand-picked choices in and around Bordeaux to help enhance your property search.

Home to around 6% of France’s population, Aquitaine’s popularity continues to increase and this is, in part, due to Bordeaux’s glowing reputation and ongoing transformation. Long adored for producing world class wines – and so an obvious choice of location for wine lovers and those wishing to buy a vineyard – Bordeaux has also become one of France’s most impressive cities, offering residents a difficult-to-beat combination of French tradition and modern culture.  Continue reading

8 useful online magazines about France

As France is the most visited country in the world and home to hundreds of thousands of English-speaking expats, there is an enormous range of online magazines about France. But how many of these are truly useful and worth returning to again and again?

Home Hunts has made a selection of eight online magazines about France which provide well-researched articles that are written by journalists and industry experts. If you are looking to learn and read more about France then these online magazines about France are an excellent place to start. Continue reading

5 Luxury Hidden Gems in Paris

We’ve all heard about the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, such as the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles. But what about the other attractions in Paris that are slightly less well known, yet no less fascinating? TRULY Experiences, leading providers of the luxury experiences and unique gifts, an incredible array of hidden gems in Paris to go beyond the typical tourist trail. Continue reading

Lifting the curtains on South West France’s hottest properties

Where are the most sought after property hotspots in South West France? Home Hunts has hundreds of luxury properties for sale in the Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine, but here are five hand-picked choices in some of the most coveted locations in South West France to enhance your property search.

The Midi-Pyrénées is the largest and possibly the most diverse region in France. With landscapes ranging from the wild, rocky valleys of the Lot to the picture-perfect countryside of Gers, the heart of Gascony, this is a region that offers a range of lifestyle choices.

Aquitaine is one of France’s most popular locations for buyers looking for property in South West France. It is home to around 6% of France’s population and runs alongside the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Pyrénées in the south to join Spain’s most northernmost border.

Vineyard opportunity near St Emilion

The number of buyers investing in wine businesses is increasing and Bordeaux – famous for its world class wines – is one of the most sought after property hotspots in South West France for vineyard investment. The Home Hunts team, through their vineyard-finding service, are ready to share contacts and know-how to help you find your perfect wine chateau. They also know how to find bargain wine businesses in Bordeaux, in some of the most expensive and coveted AOPs (Appellation d’Origine Protégée).


This stunning seven-bedroom château (HH-8958908) is located near the famous town of Saint Emilion. With 40 hectares dedicated to Côtes de Castillon and Bordeaux Supérieur it has so much to offer the right owner, as well as the possibility to rent 12 further hectares. The property is a beautiful 18th century chartreuse with three wine-making chais, a barrel cellar and storage room, as well as a swimming pool and tennis court. Continue reading