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Best Places to Buy Property in Antibes

Antibes is a highly sought-after area for France, partly thanks to its deep appreciation for history, culture, music and art. Here we look at 10 of the best places to buy property in Antibes…

Antibes a gorgeous city for people who prefer to walk, you can see some of the best views from Old Downtown. Due to the flat nature of the surrounding landscape, the area is also ideal for biking, with bike lanes leading from Antibes to Villeneuve-Loubet.

Port Vauban is perfect for viewing some of the world’s finest superyachts and The Cap is especially romantic at night. Located close to the harbour is the Marché Provencal covered market, offering fresh fish, meat, cheese and produce most mornings. Scenic restaurants serve traditional French cuisine and modern local specials, with many dishes featuring fresh seafood and produce from Provence.

Antibes has excellent scuba diving year-round, with the best season for divers being from May to October. Just five minutes from Antibes is Cap d’Antibes, which is known for its beaches, year-round events and exclusivity. If you’re in the market for buying French property, then consider these premier properties in Antibes. Continue reading

Why You Should Buy a Property in The Dordogne?

For the price of a family apartment in Paris you can buy a château or mansion in the Dordogne amidst some of the most beautiful countryside in France. With house prices set to increase throughout 2016, now is the time to buy a property in the Dordogne.

The American author Henry Miller was so impressed and moved by his visit to the Dordogne that he said it gave him hope for the future of the human race and for the future of the earth itself. “France may one day exist no more,” he said, “but the Dordogne will live on, just as dreams live on and nourish the souls of men.”

The Dordogne, part of the Aquitaine region, has always been a favourite with overseas visitors, especially the Americans and the British. According to statistics by INSEE, Aquitaine is home to the highest concentration of expats (after Paris).

What is it about the Dordogne that is so special and why should you consider buying property in the Dordogne?

1) The best of France in one department

For many the Dordogne sums up the best that France has to offer. A sparkling combination of charming villages and châteaux-studded countryside, this department also has an enormous number of traditional properties and renovation opportunities available. Buying a property in the Dordogne is a perfect way to achieve a slower and more tranquil pace of life, but there are also many options to support those who require an additional revenue stream.

2) An abundance of airports means regular trips

Whether a permanent or holiday home, close proximity to an airport is vital so long weekends away are as frequent as possible, and rental possibilities are optimised. The Dordogne has airports in Brive, Limoges, Bergerac and Bordeaux, which means it is fairly easy to find a property that is located less than an hour from the nearest flight home.

3) Historic destinations on your doorstep

Must-visit towns in the Dordogne are: the famous medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, which has stunning architecture and a buzzing food market; Domme, which offers unforgettable 360-degree views of the Dordogne; Périgueux, a charming an old Roman town and capital of the Dordogne; and Brantôme, one of the most romantic villages in France.

If you are looking for property in the Dordogne, here are three striking homes that are all located less than an hour from the nearest airport.

Charming château in popular bastide town

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This property is located in Eymet, a bastide town that is extremely popular with British expats – in fact around one-third of residents here are from the UK. Founded in 1270, it has a bustling weekly market, is visited by around 10,000 people each year, and is a half-an-hour drive from Bergerac Airport.

Set on 3.5 hectares of parkland, this splendid nine-bedroom château (HH-10091593) is also a thriving rental business that comes with its own nine-hole golf course, beautiful swimming pool and sauna. Properties of this standard and in such a popular area are not often on the market, so if you are looking for a property in the Dordogne that will offer a second income, a viewing is highly recommended. The property is valued at €1,272,000.

Home sweet home in the heart of Périgord Noir

In 2014, Home Hunts found that the Périgord Noir was the most popular area with overseas buyers looking for property in the Dordogne. The reasons seem to be twofold: the scenery and the ambiance.

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This unique five-bedroom character property (HH-9659815) is full of oldy-worldly charm and is located in the pretty town of Montignac, just 45 minutes from Brive Airport. Positioned on ten hectares of land and in perfect condition, this property is also set up to accommodate guests and features a round pool and tennis court (which does require some improvement). It takes 15 minutes to get to the historic village of Sarlat-la-Canéda from this property, which is on the market for a tempting €870,000.

Manor house and investment opportunity in Ribérac

Ribérac, a 45-minute drive west of Périgueux, is less than an hour from Bergerac Airport. Its Friday market is reputed to be the biggest in Périgord and it is a wonderful base from which to explore the rest of the Dordogne.

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This stunning manor house (HH-9447785) in Ribérac has eight en-suite bedrooms and is set on seven hectares of land. Originally built in 1870, the living areas are spread over three floors, all of which have been renovated to an extremely high standard. The property offers a good investment opportunity as there is also a separate building, which could make a large house or two smaller cottages, and a barn that could be converted. Set on three hectares of parkland with an additional four hectares of adjoining woodland, at €742,000 it won’t be on the market for long.

To view more properties in the Dordogne, visit www.home-hunts.com, but to speak with one of Home Hunts’ consultants directly about your real estate criteria, call +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

7 Not To Be Missed French Riviera Festivals and Events

The French Riviera is adored for its long summers and year-round sunshine. Natural beauty meets a cosmopolitan lifestyle here, where festivals and events are held practically every month. Known for luxury and style, the French Riviera attracts celebrities, travelers and tourists to its secluded beaches and seaside towns. This is a part of France that never turns into a ghost town because there is, simply, never an off-season. Whether you’re in town on holiday or you’re looking to buy a luxury property on the French Riviera, make sure you don’t miss these must see French Riviera festivals and events. Continue reading

Why buy a property in Grasse?

Grasse is one of the most sought-after areas to buy property on the French Riviera. Set back inland it is possible to find better value houses here than in other more touristy locations on the Côte d’Azur…

Grasse is located in the Alpes-Maritimes department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region and is considered to be the perfume capital of the world. It now has more than 60 companies producing flavours and fragrances for an international market, and each year more than two million tourists come from far and wide to visit the perfumeries and experience the flower fields and the scents of roses, jasmine and lavender that fill the air.

If you are thinking about buying a property on the Côte d’Azur, here are three reasons why you should consider buying a property in Grasse. Continue reading

A Bordeaux property guide: Best Places to Buy Property in Bordeaux

Looking for a Bordeaux property guide? Here are three property hotspots in and around Bordeaux that offer smart and stable real estate investment opportunities.

Last year Bordeaux was voted the Best European Destination, beating other cities in Europe such as Brussels, Rome and Madrid. Made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, Bordeaux’s historic and cultural roots are as strong as those of its world-class vines, which make it such a legendary winegrowing region.

But the city’s charms don’t stop there. Bordeaux and its surrounding areas are also home to some of the most picturesque countryside in France and it is a hub for wine and gastronomy just as much as it is for technology and entrepreneurs. The modern transport systems and thriving local economy make it a top consideration for families considering a permanent move, as well as those looking for a second home in a city that offers relaxing summer holidays as well as a unique city lifestyle. Continue reading

The Best Luxury Property For Sale on the French Riviera

Property on the French Riviera has boomed during 2015, reports Home Hunts…

During 2015 Home Hunts can confirm that enquiries into luxury property on the French Riviera were up by 60% compared with 2014. Overseas buyers have been taking advantage of the reduced property prices, favourable currency pairings and lower mortgage rates, which led to an overall increase in viewings, offers and sales.

“The luxury property market on the French Riviera has really boomed in 2015,” says Tim Swannie, Director of Home Hunts. “Although we saw activity start to increase in 2014, this year the market has transformed and it has been the busiest we have seen since starting the company back in 2004.”

Riviera property is always in high demand. The fact that land is restricted by planning laws means that only a handful of properties in the most sought-after areas are available, keeping demand high.

Here are four of the hottest properties currently up for sale in some of the French Riviera’s most desirable locations. Continue reading

Luxury homes for sale near three of France’s best Christmas markets

Living in one of these properties would mean that these celebrated Christmas markets in France could be easily enjoyed on a daily basis during the festive period…

Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse are three of the best Christmas markets to visit in France and during the festive season there’s nothing better than living close by so you don’t miss any of the fairy-tale festive ambiance.

Here are three properties located near these magical markets that could make excellent holiday homes and offer year-round rental opportunities.  Continue reading

Why You Should Buy a French Property in Marseille?

While Marseille offers a big city lifestyle on the sparkling Mediterranean coastline, it is still underrated when compared with French Riviera cities such as Nice. Having been traditionally associated with crime and violence, media coverage of Marseille has focused more on the negative aspects of the city than the positives. But all this is changing.

Marseille is now making headlines that boldly detail its ongoing transformation and regeneration. More and more Marseille is recognised for being economically thriving, upmarket and an architecturally-celebrated city of the future.

With a population of around 800,000 people and the destination of choice for more than ten million tourists each year, demand is increasing for property in Marseille. Buying property in Marseille presents not only good rental opportunities, but offers owners a high quality of life and the likelihood of an excellent return on investment. Continue reading