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Collection of articles about luxury French property from the award winning property specialists, Home Hunts.

9 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Luxury Second Home on the French Riviera

The French Riviera stretches from Saint-Tropez to the Italian border, a mélange of dazzling blue sky and bright turquoise water. Buying a property in this idyllic setting doesn’t have to be a pipe dream – many residents invest in a second home along the Côte d’Azur, enjoying it when they can and renting it out to the throngs of tourists during the summer.

9 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Luxury Second Home on the French Riviera

Why the French Riviera, though? People love it here – Nice (the area’s capital) made Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Destinations in France list, and The Three Corniches, a trio of coastal roads between Nice and Monaco, is included on Lonely Planet’s list of Top 18 Experiences in France. Let’s take a closer look at why the French Riviera should be at the top of your list when you’re looking to buy a luxury second home. Continue reading

8 Essential Interior Design Trends in Luxury French Property

Interior design pros know just how exciting a time it is at the moment. Property design experts and homeowners alike are in love with contrasts right now: light colours mixed with deeper hues; sleek, modern design with period styles scattered in; and earthy materials elevated with touches of opulence.

Here are 8 interior design trends that are taking over the luxury property world.

1. Brass Finishes

Brass finishes introduce a shiny gold tone to the home, but instead of polished brass, which has a reflective finish, the muted finishes of satin or brushed brass are popular. Brushed brass is also traditional enough to coordinate with a variety of styles and neutral enough to look great next to just about any color. For an eclectic, artsy look, mix satin brash with a few other finish types. You will find this to be a very popular feature in many of the luxury properties in France today.

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5 Beautifully Landscaped Luxury Villas in France

Lush, green gardens with bold, colorful flowers and fragrant shrubs are undoubtedly a treat for the senses, but landscaping has more to it than just curb appeal. Well-maintained grass improves air quality by keeping the surrounding area cool and increasing oxygen. Plants can cut down on noise pollution, turning a garden into a private, relaxing oasis.

If you’re looking to invest in a new home that will act as a stress-free haven, then searching for one with stunning landscaping will be a top priority.

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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

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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 best villages to buy property in the Alps

If you are looking to buy property in the Alps, these are the most sought-after locations by Home Hunts’ clients.

A FRENCH Alps lifestyle is like no other and choosing a property in the right location can bring year-round activities, lucrative rental deals and business opportunities, which make the most of the excellent transport links to the rest of Europe. Continue reading

Property Buyers Guide to Luberon

The Luberon is an enchanting, magical massif in Provence, full of medieval hamlets and ancient, picturesque villages (some dating back more than 1,000 years) set on dramatic hilltops. Tranquil and private, the Luberon blends the old with the new to offer an out-of-the-ordinary and welcomingly slow pace of life. Provence is known for its stunning light and in the Luberon’s countryside setting you can watch the sun rise over the valley.

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