Property for Sale in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
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Located in the south-east of France this region enjoys the best weather in all of France and with such a varied countryside it is not hard to see why so many people flock here on holiday or to buy property. It extends from the colourful blue waters of the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) to the borders of Italy and Monaco in the east and northwards to the Southern Alps. Known as the fruit farm of France; Provence produces melons, grapes, nectarines, cherries, Olives, rice, roses and carnations to name but a few. You can’t help but enjoy the sensuous smells of wild herbs such as Rosemary and Thyme as you walk through its beautiful countryside.
Starting at Marseille on the eastern part of the south coast you know right away that you are in a busy city. However, its very attractive vieux port docked by hundreds of pleasure boats and lined with attractive boutiques and seafood restaurants and cafes, makes you soon forget about all that. It is a vibrant city, filled with a cosmopolitan group of people and nightlife to suit all tastes. Further east, passing through the resort of Cassis which is more of a local getaway, you arrive at a stretch of coastline between Hyeres and St-Raphael-Frejus. It has medieval hilltop villages looking over lots of scented Mediterranean vegetation, purple cliffs and secluded islands; Hyeres for instance does not rely on the tourist trade as much as some other resorts and hence has orchards and vineyards spread across the area.
St Tropez is within this stretch but is very different as it has become known as the rich man’s playground with multi-million pound boats docked in its harbour. It is within the vieux port that the attraction of the place becomes apparent with its glitzy bars and restaurants filled with fashion boutiques and lively people. For a quieter if less glamorous stay but more spacious beach then St-Maxime is a better bet- especially for families.
Further on down the coast lies the lively and highly developed towns of Frejus and St Raphael offering all types of water sports and night activities. The busy film and festival orientated resort of Cannes marks the beginning of the French Riviera swiftly followed by the highly exclusive resort of Antibes (Cap d’Antibes) housing 16th Century chateau Grimaldi and a bustling coastal market. This resort backs onto another popular resort, Juan les Pins, which attracts a younger group of holiday makers.
Nice, the capital of the Riviera, although very built up is still delightful and remains one of the most fashionable resorts in Europe. Shadowed by mountains, it has a pleasant beach and a pretty medieval old town with Italianate facades, good restaurants and some exuberant residences. Exclusivity, gambling and good nightlife characterise the independent principality that is Monaco further eastwards on the Italian border with incredibly expensive properties.
Inland there are even more great places to explore which reflect the more cultural side of the region; an area known as Provence. Fortified towns guard its borders, protecting the many often medieval villages that sit on the hill tops. Provence has so many attractions whether it be visiting the, artistic and cultural cities of Aix-en-Provence and Avignon or exploring the vineyards towards the Rhone valley.
The Roman influence to the region is distinctive and clearly visible in the cities of Orange, Vaison la Romaine and Arles; the latter having a Roman arena hosting Bull-fighting during the summer. The great city of the popes, otherwise known as Avignon has an impressive amount of monuments and churches and hosts many festivals during the summer months. South of Avignon the splendidly beautiful 12th century town of Aix-en-Provence is found lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants and bars filled with youthful residents. However, if it’s an escape from town life you’re after then a trip west to the Camargue region is well worth it. White Camargue horses and bulls roam this national park amongst other interesting wildlife such as the flamingos and wild boars. The whole region is rich in colourful market towns, medieval villages and old chateaux providing plenty of areas to explore.
Departments in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Towns in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Aix-en-Provence, Antibes, Avignon, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, Beausoleil, Bormes-Les-Mimosas, Briançon, Callian, Cannes, Cavalaire-Sur-Mer, Draguignan, Forcalquier, Fréjus, Gap, Gordes, Juan-Les-Pins, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, La Ciotat, La Croix Valmer, La Londe Les Maures, La Mole, Le Lavandou, Mandelieu-La-Napoule, Marseille, Montgenèvre, Mougins, Nice, Risoul, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Saint-Raphaël, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saint-Tropez, Sainte-Maxime, Serre Chevalier, Six-Fours-Les-Plages, Vars, Villefranche-Sur-Mer, Villeneuve-Loubet
Property for Sale in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
The average price of a 2 bedroom apartment property for sale in the Provence-Alpes-d'Azur is between 150k Euros and 190k Euros while the price of a 4 bedroom house is between 345k Euros and 385k Euros and for Côted’Azur between 250k Euros and 400k Euros for a 2 bedroom flat or between 895k Euros and 1095k Euros for a 4 bedroom house.
Property prices in this region are understandably high (second only to Paris/Ile de France), especially on the Mediterranean where land is at a premium. Better deals are to be found further inland where you can find plenty of Character property whether it be a modern villa or a traditional stone cottage you are after. If you want to find a property to renovate then coming inland is really the only option. If you are looking for a safe return on your investment guaranteed by rental income then you need to focus on the coast, especially the Côte d’Azur where it is busiest. Cannes is a good example of somewhere to invest as it has year-round as well as summer rent potential due to the film festival but can get incredibly busy during the summer. St Tropez is more expensive and benefits from its glitzy image and has easy rental during the summer but also gets very busy. As a business centre Marseille has the advantage of a busy sales and lettings market and Aix-en-Provence is just as good an investment but is much prettier and less hectic.