If you’re looking for the best places to buy property in Languedoc, then these locations offer good value for money and excellent investment potential
The sheer diversity of the Languedoc region has made it one of the most desirable places to buy property in France.
Here, a skiing holiday or a summer vacation on the Med is equally possible, as is a week-long jaunt down the Canal du Midi or a romantic wine-tasting break. Occitanie – the new region formed by Languedoc and the Midi-Pyrénées – is now the biggest wine-growing area in the world with 280,000 hectares of vines.
The Brits are still snapping up second homes in Languedoc, but so are Germans, Swiss, Dutch, American and Belgian buyers. According to Home Hunts, 25% of buyers are investing in properties under €1 million, but 65% are buying in the €1-5 million range. Properties here can offer far better value than those in Provence or the Côte d’Azur, while offering less crowded Mediterranean beaches and ski resorts.
Uzès is a medieval city in the Gard department. It is 25km from Nîmes and a one-hour drive from the wildness of the Camargue or the sunny beaches of the Med. Yet Uzès feels like Provence and it’s for this reason that so many buyers invest here: the architecture and ambience is similar, but you can get more for your money.
Coloured shutters, quaint narrow streets and a shady square bordered by towering plane trees and cafes make it popular with holidaymakers and locals alike. The weekly Saturday market is one of the best in the region, with hundreds of local artisans selling handmade items and local produce.
If you are looking for a modern property in the heart of Uzès with lots of charm then this four-bedroom town house is worth viewing (HH-12079494). A pretty, restored property that even offers a covered swimming pool (with an “against-the-current system”) and a sauna, its central position and extra features mean it could be attractive to holidaymakers all year round.
Montpellier is heralded as the fastest-growing city in France and is the capital of the Hérault department. It is a perfect location if you want to enjoy all the benefits of a city, but also spend time relaxing on the beach.
During the summer, the vibrant Place de la Comédie in the heart of Montpellier is filled with street performers, musicians and bustling markets. But the city also offers all kinds of cultural and historical attractions – such as the Porte du Peyrou, an impressive 17th century arch dedicated to King Louis 14th – as well as decent shopping and fine dining options.
Montpellier isn’t far from the beach – Palavas and La Grande Motte are two of the most recommended. The spectacular city of Sète, which lies on the Étang de Thau, is 30km away and easily accessible from Montpellier.
This beautiful Bastide property has four bedrooms (HH-1140684) and would make an excellent choice for a family holiday in the Montpellier area. With light-filled rooms, tasteful decor and a swimming pool, it is ready to live in or rent out straight away.
Over the last few years so many improvements have been made to Narbonne that this seaside town – which is so loved by the French – is becoming more and more popular with overseas buyers. The beach is enormous, with fewer tourists than the Rivera, and this area offers a better climate than further inland.
Having benefited from a considerable economic investment, Les Halles, Narbonne’s indoor market, is now one of the town’s most popular places. Yet overall it is the canal that draws the community together, for walking, cycling and even wining and dining.
The area’s popularity with tourists means that it presents good opportunities for holiday home owners who can rent out their properties during the summer months. The theatre, cathedral concerts, sports facilities and restaurants mean the town’s uplifting ambiance attracts people all year round, not just during the summer months.
If you are looking for a dream home investment, this stunning ten-bedroom property (HH-9489997) could be the right buy for you. Requiring some updating inside, outside it is idyllic in every way with masses of land, green landscaped gardens and a stunning swimming pool area. There is a large outbuilding to renovate, further adding to the investment potential of the property
An up-and-coming city which has recently shot onto the radar of many overseas buyers, Béziers has improved considerably over the years. Main central streets are being renovated, Les Halles, the indoor market, is currently a work in progress, but will be a real convivial meeting place for shopping and eating when it’s finished. The recent opening of the Polygone shopping centre has made a big impact of the town and it attracts people from surrounding areas as well as tourists.
Although it is probably most well-known for the four-day long Feria de Béziers in August (which centres around bullfighting), the old town, which sits alongside the canal and the river Orb, is a delight to wander around at any time of the year.
There are some highly sought-after neighbourhoods in Béziers and Pech de la Galinire is one of them. This immaculate four-bedroom villa (HH-11943987) is a fantastic option for either a permanent move or a holiday home as it’s fully enclosed for total privacy and has a swimming pool in landscaped gardens.
Bordered by the Canal du Midi in the south and the Black Mountains in the north, the Minervois is a wine appellation straddling the Aude and Hérault departments.
One of the prettiest villages in the Minervois, Bize-Minervois is located on the River Cesse. A favourite with families, here you can splash about in the river or watch under the sunshine from the pebbled beach. A stunning corner of France, Bize offers excellent rental opportunities to those looking to buy property in the Minervois.
Cruising the Canal du Midi or cycling along it are favourite pastimes of holidaymakers in the Minervois. Wine tours, tastings and dining at fine restaurants are also a highlight of the region. Picnics by the river, swimming, horse-riding and canoeing are some of the other activities people love to do here while on holiday.
What could be better than a vineyard property in the Minervois wine region? This stunning 20-hectare estate (HH-9744551) near Bize-Minervois has six hectares of vines and 12 hectares of cultivable fields. An idyllic stone property, which includes a large guest house and five beautifully renovated gites, this property also has a swimming pool and is a dream setting for weddings or holidays. A property with many business opportunities, interested buyers are urged to view the property sooner rather than later.