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4 Stunning Luxury Properties on the Coast of Provence

Provence, in the South of France, attracts property buyers from all over the world due to its combination of stunning landscapes, history, culture, and entertainment. If you are one of these people, and you’re looking to invest in a slice of luxury living, then consider these five properties all situated along the coast of Provence and start spending your days in paradise.

4 Stunning Luxury Properties on the Coast of Provence

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How to Buy a Chateau in France

Picture living in a home with 10 or more bedrooms, a garage large enough to fit all of your cars and toys, a freshwater swimming pool next to a pristine pool house, tennis courts and a golf course to while away a free afternoon.

Owning your own chateau is the epitome of creating a brand new, luxury lifestyle in France. Though French chateaux are most certainly exclusive, they’re not a fantasy. There are all types of chateaux available depending on your personal taste. Read on to learn what you need to know about how to buy a chateau in France.

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5 Luxurious Things to do in Saint-Tropez

It is difficult choosing the most luxurious things to do in one of the most glamorous resorts in the world, but here are Home Hunts’ top five…

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After being put on the map by Brigitte Bardot in the fifties, the quaint fishing village of Saint-Tropez, with its glitzy reputation, has become a hot spot for the global elite.

Meandering through the Place des Lices, sunbathing on the beach or shopping in some of the local boutiques is part of everyday life in Saint-Tropez – yet you’re also on the doorstep of some of the most luxurious experiences in the world.

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How to Decide Where to Property Buy in France

Have your heart set on living in France but wondering where exactly to call home? At Home Hunts we can help you narrow down your options and discover what you truly want. We’re confident that France has a town or city, plus the perfect luxury property, to help you create a brand new lifestyle. Consider the following details when deciding where to buy property in France.

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What You Should Know Before Investing in a Buy-to-Let Property in France

If you’re relocating to France, you may be looking to finance your new life. The pound is currently weak, which means that collecting a monthly income in euros is extra appealing for property owners. Purchasing a buy-to-let property can provide an additional income stream, but you want to make sure you know the ins and outs of buying and managing this type of property.

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Where to Buy French Property if You Want Sunshine

As a basic rule, the South of France has fabulous sunshine practically year-round. Whether you want to live in the south or not, though, there are plenty of options for soaking up the sun on your new luxury property in France. Consider living in these sought-after areas for endless sun-drenched days.

Where to Buy French Property if You Want Sunshine

Sunny Inland Towns in France

You don’t have to be right on the coast to enjoy the sun. Some towns that are more inland, like Agen (in Aquitaine, near the Midi-Pyrénées border) gets 1,982 hours of sunshine per year. Take a look at this cozy villa in Agen, set on 14 hectares amongst Gascon’s rolling hills. You’ll be surrounded by woods, prairies and orchards, making it the ideal property for nature lovers or horseback riders. Aside from the main house, the estate also has a guest cottage; a large, multi-purpose barn; a pool; and a tennis court.

Cozy Villa in Agen

Cozy Villa in Agen

Limousin boasts lush greenery which can be attributed to rainfall, but the area also sees a lot of sunshine. In Brive-la-Gaillarde, residents enjoy 2,007 hours of sunshine per year and just 901 mm of rain, which is less than you might expect. Burgundy, Centre and Champagne-Ardenne are also sunny inland areas of France where you may want to look for property. Steer clear of the north coast, though, which sees only 1,600 sunshine hours each year.

Mountain Towns

Mountain towns, while snowy or rainy, also tend to see a lot of sunshine throughout the year. Auvergne, which is located in the heart of France, gets a ton of snowfall during the winter but also has 2,117 hours of sunshine per year, specifically in Aurrilac. Bourg-St-Maurice, which is in Rhône-Alpes (where France’s best ski resorts are located) at the base of the pistes, sees 1,986 hours of sunshine per year. Lyon, the region’s capital, has a bit more sunshine at 2,001 hours. Besançon, in Franche-Comté, is sunny with its 1,836 hours per year, but it has 1,187 mm of rain each year, too, which is a lot more than the 733 mm of rain Nice sees every year.

Even More Sunshine in France

Albi sees 2,113 hours of sunshine per year. This property in Albi seems fit for anyone who loves spending their time outside, thanks to its saltwater pool, expansive courtyard and al fresco dining area. Dating back to the 13th century, this stone country home has three reception areas, five bedrooms and six bathrooms, plus outbuildings.

Luxury Property in Albi

Luxury Property in Albi

Bordeaux

Usually associated with wine, living in Bordeaux also treats you to 2,035 hours of sunshine every year. Take a look at this three-level loft apartment, filled with contemporary designs and modern materials. Huge bay windows overlook the terrace, where you can head to relax in the Jacuzzi.

Lofty Apartment in Bordeaux

Lofty Apartment in Bordeaux

Biarritz

Located a bit south of Bordeaux, Biarritz has around 1,887 hours of sunshine per year – this is less than other sunny spots in France while still offering plenty of glow. This duplex apartment in Biarritz has ocean views and two floors that include an open kitchen, fireplace, multiple bedrooms, and multi-floor terrace. You’ll be just six minutes from the beach, too, so that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up all that sun.

Where to Buy French Property if You Want Sunshine

Duplex Apartment in Biarritz

Cognac

Cognac, in Poitou-Charentes, sees 1,995 hours of sunshine per year. This chateau in Cognac has views of the countryside and the Charente River, plus many of its original features from 1880. Outdoors, the property includes a landscaped park, ancient trees, a swimming pool, a greenhouse, various outbuildings, a fish pond and an enclosed paddock.

Chateau in Cognac

Chateau in Cognac

Montpellier

Montpellier, which is located right on the Mediterranean Sea, gets around 2,668 hours of sunshine per year. This waterfront apartment has spectacular views of the water, while this bright, spacious property in Montpellier includes a private villa, independent apartment, swimming pool and pool house.

Property in Montpellier

Property in Montpellier

Nice

Nice boasts approximately 2,724 hours of sunshine per year. This bright, airy architect’s villa in Nice has panoramic sea views, sunbathed terraces and a swimming pool. In addition to the fully-outfitted main kitchen is an outdoor summer kitchen. You may also want to peek at this apartment in Nice, set on the Promenade des Anglais. Elegant while still being relaxing, this home is refined and stylish, with an open-plan kitchen custom-made storage and multiple bedrooms.

Architect Designed Villa in Nice

Architect Designed Villa in Nice

Toulouse

Residents of Toulouse enjoy 2,031 hours of sunshine every year. Set on a wooded park, this property includes a swimming pool, pool house and tennis court, plus an outbuilding that can be used as a wine cellar. There are also two dog kennels and a lake.

Property in Toulouse

Property in Toulouse

HOMEHUNTS estate agents are able to select beautiful, high-end, luxury properties based on your specific search criteria. Use the search bar located above to browse our selection of luxury homes. You can also speak directly to one of our consultants by calling +33 (0)970 44 66 43.

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How to receive your free copy of “Inside France” – a luxury property market report by Home Hunts

Thinking about buying a luxury property in France? Read Inside France today for the latest French property market insights and advice on how to get the best real estate deal

How to receive your free copy of “Inside France” – a luxury property market report by Home HuntsHome Hunts is proud to release the 2017 edition of its prime property insights magazine Inside France. Packed with expert opinion, beautiful photography, market research and carefully-compiled data, the pages of Inside France will take you on a journey through France’s prime property market.

Why Inside France can help you find a luxury French home

Home Hunts, founded by Tim Swannie and François-Xavier de Vial, has been helping buyers find luxury properties in France since 2005. As a buyer’s agency, the Home Hunts team works solely for the client and over the years has built up a strong understanding of the information and knowledge buyers need on their property-buying journey.

Inside France has been designed to bring you up to date with what is happening in the luxury property market today – as well as prepare you for tomorrow – and to give you a taste of the exclusive service that Home Hunts provides.

Inside France contains unique and original information that you cannot find anywhere else. Find out the most sought-after locations in France in the Alps, Provence, Languedoc, Paris, South West and Riviera territories, as well as “up-and-coming” areas that could bring lucrative long-term investments. Continue reading

The Insider’s Guide to Languedoc

Life in the Languedoc is like nowhere else in France. A thriving wine region with snow-capped mountains, spectacular beaches, fascinating history and gastronomic dining at every turn, the choices are endless.

The Insider’s Guide to Languedoc

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