Looking for a Provence property guide? Here are three Provence locations – and scorching hot property suggestions – which offer smart real estate investment opportunities in one of the most sought after destinations in the world.
Landscapes resplendent with olive groves, lavender and vineyards; a glittering coastline drenched with sunshine for more than 300 days each year; and the promise of a relaxed Provençal lifestyle filled with bustling markets and fine local wine – Provence has long been a dream location to own property.
But where are the best places to buy property in Provence? Property along the Provence coast, in cities such as Fréjus, and in the Luberon – where unforgettable Provençal gems such as Isle-sur-la-Sorgue can be found – offer stable investment opportunities as demand never dwindles.
Villages such as Fontvieille on the southern side of the Alpilles is also increasing in popularity. This area not only offers buyers more for their money, but it has performed extremely well over the last few years even when the market was challenged.
Provence property guide: Three hot properties for sale in Provence
The Alpilles: Fontvieille
Not far from Arles and Avignon, Fontvieille is a pretty village located in the heart of “Provence des Alpilles”. With a rich history that was immortalised through poet Alphonse Daudet’s “Les Lettres de mon Moulin”, those searching for an authentic Provençal lifestyle can find it in Fontvieille.
Buyers looking for property under €1 million will be surprised at what they can find in the Alpilles. This stylish, fully renovated four-bedroom property (HH-9734861) in Fontvieille is in immaculate condition and full of Provençal charm.
Traditional materials – such as exposed beams and walls, and a stone fireplace – and careful design provide a unique look that fuses authentic and contemporary styles. It also has a beautiful modern swimming pool, which is surrounded by a wood terrace, and two summer sitting rooms. At €890,000, this property will needs to be seen sooner rather than later.
Provence Coast: Fréjus
It is not often that properties like this unique villa in Fréjus (HH-6678085) come on the market. Fréjus, a medieval city on the sea filled with the colours of Provence, is located between Cannes and St Tropez. Popular with tourists due to the rich culture and history of the city as well as the fine, sandy beaches, property in Fréjus always tops a Provence property guide as it is always in demand.
Designed by French architect Jacques Couelle – who has been nicknamed “the architect of billionaires” for making such unique homes – this exceptional villa is a rare opportunity to own a piece of architectural history. Having been friends with Picasso and Dali, Couelle was concerned with the movement of architecture, which explains the exquisite yet unusual design of this property.
With six bedrooms and a swimming pool, this is a wonderful residence for families or those holidaying with friends. But it is also a peaceful retreat offering a panoramic view to the sea and of the forests that cover the remarkable red rock of the Estérel mountains. It is on the market for €2,650,000.
The Luberon: Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Famous worldwide for its antiques market – and with around 300 permanent antiques dealers and second hand shops in the town itself – Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, is a must-go destination. With canals passing through the centre, it is an island that was built in the 12th century on the five branches of the river Sorgue. With waterfront cafes and Provençal ambiance in abundance, this town is a staple for any luxury Provence property guide as it is a wonderful second home location both for holidays and year-round rental opportunities.
Just five minutes from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, this dream Provençal house (HH-6793151) is set in a landscaped park of more than seven acres, which includes authentic botanical gardens from the 19th century. Tastefully decorated and in immaculate condition both inside and out, this sensational property has a glorious private swimming pool, a pool house and a guest property. A viewing is highly recommended and the price is available on application.
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