Narrowing down your real estate search to just the prime property hotspots in France means making smarter investments. According to the French National Real Estate Federation, there was an average drop of 1.5% in property prices in 2014. Last year’s inquiries and sales saw an increase of 35% when compared to 2013. Currently, France’s buying conditions are too tempting to pass up, thanks to flexible pricing, low interest rates, and other favorable conditions. Coveted real estate in France is primarily located in the Alps, Languedoc, Paris, Provence, the Riviera, and the south west.
Floor-to-ceiling windows. Wrought-iron balconies. Gilt-framed mirrors. Five-minute walks to the museum. Unparalleled views of the river. Paris will always be a great place for real estate, thanks to the city’s immense popularity, beauty, and culture.
Whether you dream of buying property in Paris, an apartment in the center of the city or you’d prefer a home in a peaceful residential area, both urban and suburban living is possible in Paris. Singles and couples without children prefer central locations, while families often look to the outskirts in order to purchase a house.
Yes, the cost of living in Paris is high, but consider how much you get in return. You’re not just investing in a home, but also a Parisian lifestyle, complete with exciting days and nights in a sophisticated city, some of the world’s best bistros and bakeries, gorgeous scenery, access to the highest fashion, and surroundings filled with world-famous landmarks and museums. Continue reading
It’s no secret that Provence is a prized location for those in search of the better life; luxury villas at affordable prices, great flexibility in the market, a warm climate all year round, and much more promise than London’s property inflation, which at present demands over £500,000 for an average house. But for those in the know, and we mean really in the know, there’s so much more to France and its Provençal region than just great weather and more brick for your buck. Provence is a podium for the finest French food and drink; unlike anything else in the country.
Property buyers who love not only great weather and wonderful scenery, but great food and drink too, will find the Provence region an ideal place to relocate or to buy a second home. For the cuisine in this particular province fuses Mediterranean influences, creating a completely unique and distinctive style of French cuisine.
There’s a ski resort for every kind of skier; whether you’re a humble beginner looking for a short break in the beautiful French Alps or an advanced skier in search of a luxury holiday home in your favourite resort, there really is so much choice and variety in France.
The experts at Home Hunts have been managing luxury properties in The Alps for almost a decade and here they provide a quick guide on some of the main resorts to consider when you begin your property search, as well as some featured chalets to whet your appetite.
Val d’Isère recently topped the list compiled by Skyscanner for the Top 10 Ski Resorts for Apres Ski across the globe. The resort achieved the number one spot followed by other lively resorts such as Meribel (also in the French Alps), Mammoth Mountain in California, St. Anton in Austria, and Zermatt in Switzerland. With such a lively nightlife and a huge range of restaurants for both tourists and residents, the Val d’Isère resort is a massive draw for those who are looking to relocate in the famous French Alps.
Seasoned skiers will know that no two resorts are the same, each one offering something completely unique. And whilst Courchevel offers the finest luxuries for the rich and famous and Les Gets boasts traditional Alpine charm, Val d’Isère has the best nightlife around, making it the ideal relocation choice for young people or single travellers looking for somewhere to meet new people.
Possibly the most symbolic thing about Paris, the Eiffel Tower, or as it’s colloquially known, the Grand Iron Lady, is located in the 7th Arrondissement. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, let alone Paris. Therefore, you know that living in this area, you are going to guarantee an absolutely stunning view.
If you are a football fan, whenever you hear the words “Saint Germain”, you may immediately think of PSG, one of the strongest football teams in the whole of France. However, when talking about the 6th Arrondissement, we are referring to Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the home of the historic abbey and some of the best streets for shopping in Paris. As well as all the classic French designer boutiques, there are some small specialty shops, which really set the 6th Arrondissement apart. They even have an amazing chocolate store, Patrick Roger, where they treat the chocolate like art, which is an absolute must-see for chocolate lovers.
300 days of summer in Briançon
If you are a fan of skiing, then reasons to move to Briançon are pretty obvious. It is part of the world-famous ski resort Serre-Chevalier, with 250km of connected pistes. This is most popular during the winter, which would make sense because Briançon boasts 300 days of sunshine every year. It is also the tallest place in the whole of Europe, let alone France. Another great thing about Briançon is that it is only 13km from the Italian border and so you get to live extremely close to some amazing Italian towns if you ever fancy a change of scenery.
We’ve always known that the Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest, with many people claiming a longer and happier life. But it’s all been anecdotal hearsay until now; scientific evidence is finally in to prove that people living in the Med do in fact, live longer.
MEDITERRANEAN DIET: LIVE LONGER IN MONACO AND COTE D’AZUR
According to CNN, Monte Carlo is one of the healthiest cities to live in, rated alongside other top cities across the world. On the CNN 10 Healthiest Cities list, Monte Carlo ranks third, behind Copenhagen (Denmark) and Okinawa (Japan) in first and second place.Whilst Copenhagen ranks first for its relaxed pace of life and healthy working hours, and Okinawa ranks second for the longest life expectancy, Monte Carlo snatches third place for the best pre natal care and as a result, the lowest infant mortality rate.