Basking on the “Bleue” Coasts
Strolling Along the Vieux Port of Marseille
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Today’s FPI is sent to you from the warm(er) south of France — as I take an abbreviated exploration of the coastal cities both west and east of Marseille. The coast between Toulon and Nice has always been an important vacation and retirement spot for those who can afford its luxurious and casual lifestyle, but now the areas adjacent to Marseille, so previously undiscovered, are gaining new importance and impressive real estate price tags.
I motored down on Tuesday to the tiny port city of Carry-le-Rouet with my Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group (http://www.parlerparlor.com) partner, Marie-Elisabeth Crochard, who has a hide-away apartment there. We spent two days exploring the neighboring towns and Marseille. Along the way, in the fishing port of Carro, we came upon the Cirque d’Europe where tigers, elephants, monkeys, llamas and camels were enjoying the sea view and the attention of the passers-by. Unfortunately for them, it was no vacation, and for us, a strange sight, indeed!
The weather is unseasonably cool as it has also been in Paris, so the beaches are not as crowded as they would normally be. Traffic is worsened as people choose to do other things, such as sightsee along the coast in their cars as an alternative to taking to the sand.
This evening I will land in Nice, where I will be staying in a rental apartment offered by Ray Ruiz, a reader of French Property Insider, and an owner of both a rental apartment in Paris and a Bed and Breakfast in New Orleans. Next week I’ll have more to report on his Nice retreat, but for now, have a look at how you can prosper from his offerings at http://ladauphine.com/ and consider how you can do the same from owning such viable properties as he has.
From Nice on Sunday evening, I will be conferencing with all of you on the subject of “How to Save Money Transferring Dollars to Euros” with Justin Harris from Moneycorp — so be sure to tune in. Scroll down for more details and while you’re reading on, don’t miss the delicious properties on the blue coasts we have for you to dream about.
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Volume V, Issue 33, August 23, 2007
In this issue:
* FREE Conference Call for FPI Subscribers!
* Carried Away to Carry-le-Rouet
* Marvelous Marseille
* Buying on the Blue Coast
* Making Tracks to Purchase Paris Property
* Foreigners Still in Love with France
* Discover Carry-le-Rouet
* A Taste of Cassis
* Own a Piece of France at a Fraction of the Cost
* Sunny Climates Too Hot to Handle?
* House Hunters International Encore in October
* Living and Investing in France Conference, October 13, 2007, Paris, France
* Expatica Welcome to France Fair, October 14, 2007
* FPI Property Consultation, Search and Relocation Solutions
* Today’s Currency Update from Moneycorp
* Next Parler Paris Après-Midi: September 11, 2007
* Hot Property Picks: Going Coastal
* Leasebacks: Residence Saint Charles, France, Mediterranean Coast, Marseille
* Managing Your FPI Subscription
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Carried Away to Carry-le-Rouet
By Adrian Leeds
Excerpt from Parler Paris…
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I hate to admit it, but I couldn’t wait to get out of Paris.
The cool August air, the gray skies with intermittent rain, sometimes in a downpour, other times just a fine mist, along with the empty streets and shut-tight shops, sent me packing bathing suits and short skirts anxious to head south to Provence and the Côte d’Azur. On Avenue de l’Opéra Monday evening, there was nary a car in sight between the Opéra Garnier and Le Louvre, and just a few loud-mouthed non-French-speaking tourists admiring the fancy windows. August in Paris is best left to the unsuspecting visitors and residents who prefer the city disguised as a ghost town.
Tuesday morning early, the overstuffed small rolling bag topped with a laptop computer and some unfinished business was carted down to the bus stop, and together we rode to the Gare de Lyon where I bought tickets to Nemours Saint-Pierre. Experience at the Gare de Lyon told me to head immediately for the one small ticket booth where you buy tickets for the Ile de France sojourns only. This is Paris’ worst nightmare-of-a-station where there are three or four different ticket-selling booths to trains of different types (international, national, regional, intra-regional), plus two different sets of tracks (one set of numbered tracks and another set lettered, each about 200 meters from one another, from which you don’t know where your train will depart until only a few minutes prior when the reader board changes).
It took two trains to arrive at Nemours, a small city south of Fontainebleau near where Marie-Elisabeth Crochard, the co-coordinator of the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group ( http://www.parlerparlor.com), has a country home. She met me at the train with her red Toyota stuffed to the brim with bedding, potted cacti, books and an assortment of furnishings for her newly purchased seaside retreat in the little port west of Marseille, Carry-le-Rouet. Adding my overstuffed suitcase was no easy task, but with it wedged behind our seats threatening to lunge forward and chop off our heads, we took off for badly needed sun and warmth.
Black clouds followed us all the way down. Rain, cold, wind…and we complained all the way, eating M&M Peanuts and stopping periodically at the well-equipped road-side “boutiques” where you can buy everything from machine-brewed coffees to French-English dictionaries. The journey lasted almost nine hours from Paris, and saw no breakthrough of sun, until we turned off the Autoroute away from Marseille in the direction of Carry-le-Rouet.
Just at the peak of the mountain range, as the car took a turn, a view of the ocean stretched out before us and the sun struck our faces. Before pulling in to the parking lot to unload the car of all her precious belongings, we scurried down to the port to see the setting sun over the calm waters and the sparkling white boats. At last, sun, warmth and signs of August life.
I write from the terrace of her one-bedroom Provençal retreat, the sun hitting my back, red-tiled roofs peeking from behind the lush pine trees and a small village on an near-by hill. It’s still cooler than hoped or expected, but it’s relatively early and there is lots of August days ahead of us to explore the area — Marseille, the “Calanques,” Cassis and of course, Carry-le-Rouet.
Making It to Marseille
By Adrian Leeds
Marseille is a city I had grossly ignored, never having visited it at all these many years living in France. Tales of a dangerous city, an ethnically diverse city, a city of hooligans and thieves painted a bleak and…very incorrect picture.
The coast “Bleue” is west of Marseille and the coast east of Marseille is the Azur coast — both blue enough, both the Mediterranean Sea, but one very Provençal and the other…very Provençal? This point could be argued easily enough. Those living in Marseille and to the west see themselves as more Provençal than their eastern neighbors. Marseille used to be like the train tracks that divide those that have from those that don’t have. This is certainly not true anymore as Marseille and its adjacent seaside villages are coming of age very quickly, gaining in class consciousness and chicdom.
It was not surprising to find the charming villages on La Côte Bleue — Carry-le-Rouet, Sausset-les-Pins, Carro and the others, dressed with big impressive villas and garden apartments overlooking the sea, reminiscent for me of San Diego and much of Southern California and becoming every bit as expensive as it’s Côte d’Azur cousins, such as Cassis, Bandol, La Cotat and La Seyne.
These towns act as suburbs for the Marseillais who can be home on the sea in a matt
er of minute
s from a job in ‘downtown’ Marseille, or a second home for retirees who want a relaxed last part of their lives. Marseille anchors the resort communities as the center of commerce and trade. It’s bustling and lively, spirited and unruly, like a delinquent child come of age. It’s a city that promises growth and renewed energy. With the TGV only three hours from Paris, the whole region becomes more accessible, compared to an 8 to 9-hour car ride or even a one-hour flight with airport security control to contend with.
I took this trip to explore the possibilities for myself thinking ahead to the next 5 to 10 years when I might want a slower pace, taking the blue coasts as a viable solution to the Los Angeles beach life I have missed. Today I train to Nice, 2 hours 45 minutes to the anchor of the other blue coast, the Côte d’Azur, Riviera, home to the rich and famous towns such as Saint Tropez, Cannes and Cap d’Antibes…the other side of the tracks, so to speak. Then there is the tiny country of Monaco, one of the world’s richest corners, much like a diamond in the center of sapphires.
Which blue coast has more appeal? Which is a better investment? Where would a foreigner feel more at home? I’ll let you know next week when I will be reporting more on the blue coast.
The Blue Coast
Neighboring Marseilles’ L’Estaque district, the Blue Coast is home to a variety of charming villages: Carro, one of the last traditional fishing harbors, La Couronne boasting lovely sandy beaches, Sausset-les-Pins and Carry-le-Rouet the two largest seaside resorts, Ensuès- la-Redonne, the starting point of the creeks, and Le Rove with the longest shoreline and a centre stretching inland. The Mediterranean Sea is not easy to reach, but the craggy landscape punctuated with pine forests is truly authentic. The area is sheltered from the Mistral and home to a rich sea bed along with natural areas of ecological and floristic interest.
“Traffic moves freely even in summer, as the population does not swell like it does on the Riviera,” says Hervé Badet of Provence Bleue Immobilier. “The area is particularly safe, and only has one large building. Apartment buildings are small, fit in perfectly with the surroundings, and are outnumbered by villas.” Oddly, there are few holiday homes and practically no foreigners. Buyers tend to be local retirees, teachers, and executives working in Marignane, especially for Eurocopter. Apartments are mostly small and actually quite expensive. A 1-bedroom of 30-40m² with a sea view fetches 300,000€ for example. Our agent recommends investing in a villa, a segment encompassing a wide range of properties. Prices vary between 4,500 and 7,500 €/m². Expect to pay 990,000€ for 153m², with a panorama of the Med, on 1,000m² of land in Carry-le-Rouet. Buyers are mostly middle-aged and already home owners; they know they can count on a gain in value long term, guaranteed by several factors: this is the South of France, by the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of a protected estate, and near Marseilles and Aix-en-Provence TGV stations. If you’re a novice, only the east of Marseilles, i.e. Cassis and Bandol, stands in comparison — the landscape and prices are the same, only the area is more renowned.
“Any purchase on the Blue Coast is a good investment,” continues Laurent Garzetti of Agimmo. The area offers housing solutions at the gates to Marseilles without the drawbacks. In fact, 75% of buyers come from the city and its outskirts. The wealthiest among them dream of the creeks, the most famous of which are Méjean, Petit Méjean, Les Figuières, La Madrague de Gignac and Les Eaux Salées, in Ensuès-la-Redonne. A sea view can double the price, if it’s really good. A distinction is drawn between a view solely of the Mediterranean and sublime angles taking in a creek, a port or the city lights. Buyers adopt the attitude of a collector, aware that they are purchasing something rare. 400,000€ is the average budget. A few small houses can be found for less than 200,000€, while magnificent estates by the sea reach 1-2 million €. The market is relatively high for the region, although a balance is apparently being restored. The local working population nonetheless finds satisfaction in the village centres where house prices start at 200,000€ (60m² with a terrace).
Faster Train Service Set to Inflate Paris Property Market
From Easier Property
A report earlier this year highlighted Paris’ position as top city for property investment. The Emerging Trends in Real Estate report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Urban Land Institute underlines the city’s economic stability and sustainability, as well as placing Paris in first place for supply and demand balance. Unlike the UK, this balance means there’s a good chance buyers will find the sort of property they’re looking for, and sellers will typically not have long to wait when selling up. What’s more, the plans of the new President, Nicolas Sarkozy, to provide tax breaks to encourage home ownership will surely have a positive impact on rent return and capital growth over the next few years.
“In the past, the typical French dream has been countryside cottages, renovation projects and small townhouses,” says Andrew Rowe, Customer Relationship Manager for French Property Links, “but foreign buyers and investors are increasing
king into the Parisian pied-à-terre.”
If it’s a pied-à-terre you’re after, then there couldn’t be a better time for prospective British buyers, as Eurostar prepares to launch even faster services from London to Paris from St. Pancras International on November 14, with journey times reduced by 20 minutes. This improved infrastructure could easily help to set property prices soaring in the French capital.
French Properties Popular with Foreigners
By Chris Taylor for The Financial Times
When Mary Greene and her husband Daniel bought their stone-house getaway in the lush Provence region of France, they broke every possible rule of negotiation. To start with — they didn’t even ask the price.
“We just said, ‘We’re buying it,’?” laughs Greene, a psychologist from Englewood, New Jersey. “We’d rented there for 15 years, so when the owner finally decided to sell the house, it fit us perfectly.”
As it turns out, the couple’s dream getaway has proved a pretty savvy investment as well. The couple bought in the summer of 2001 for $500,000, and since then the home, which sits on the Vaucluse Plateau gazing across a valley at the Luberon Mountains, has more than doubled in value. Plus — much better than stocks or bonds — they get to sit inside their investment while tasting some soupe au pistou, a local speciality, and a bottle of red from local winegrowers such as Chateau Romanin…
To read the entire article, visit http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/85d9f070-4765-11dc-9096-0000779fd2ac,dwp_uuid=d8e9ac2a-30dc-11da-ac1b-00000e2511c8.html
Carry-le-Rouet (Occitan: Carri lo Roet) is a commune of the Bouches-du-Rhône département in southern France. Population (1999): 6,009.
It is located 30 kilometres (19 miles) west of Marseille by highway A55, then route D5.
Carry-le-Rouet is a charming seaside resort only 30 kilometres (19 miles) from Marseille and set at the foot of pine covered hills. There are beautiful walks all along the seaside. Here is the heart of “la Cote Bleue” which goes from Marseille to Martigues.
Carry-le-Rouet is the chosen summer residence of many Marseille inhabitants, the most famous being the now deceased comic actor Fernandel, who built his family’s house above the beach in the 1930s.
The lovely beaches of Carry are reputed for their clear waters and the picturesque little fishing port. From December to February every year is held the famous “oursinades”, a tasting of sea urchins and various shellfish which are ultra fresh, plentiful, and delicious. Many connoiseurs take part in this festival.
One famous former resident was the singer Nina Simone, who lived out the last years of her life in Carry-le-Rouet and died at her home in 2003.
Neighboring villages: Sausset-les-Pins (6 kilometres (4 miles) away), Ensuès-la-Redonne.
Cassis was a very ancient fishing port and is an interesting village to visit. The village was rebuilt on the old ruins in the 18th century, resulting in a more regular layout than most other medieval villages. A walk through the old village streets will reveal some nice old buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and some restored with the colorful pastels of Provence. Other sites in the village are old fountains and an open-air artists market. The harbor area is really the prettiest part of Cassis.
Cassis is still a small fishing port, but the little fishing boats now share the harbor with yachts and a collection of tourist boats for visiting the calanques — a trip you shouldn’t miss.
A fine old chateau-fort, the 1381 Châteaux de la Maison des Baux, dominates the harbor, but it’s privately owned and closed to the public. A walk up to the hill top beside the château offers a reasonable view down to the village and harbor. The local map shows a “loop” route down to the shore. It’s a pretty walk, but the shore-line path back to the village is now closed off, so it’s back up over the hill past the château.
The first of the white Cassis stone quarries in the Calanques was opened in 1753.
Beaches Cassis has a fine sandy beach just outside the port, the Plage de la Grande mer. The beaches Plage du Corton and Plage de l’Arène are on the coast just to the south of the village. Just west of the port are the beaches La Plage du Bestouan and La Plage Bleue; in between are is the huge sloping stone shelf popular as a nudist beach.
First record, Carsicis Portus, from the Itinerary of Antonin (Roman); 1323: Castrum Cassitis
Prehistoric: Regional habitation is now known to date back 27,000 years, with recent discovery of the underwater Cosquer caves, in the calanques between Cassis and Marseilles. Paleolithic stamped pottery shards and Paleo-Christian lamps were discovered at the Calanque Port-Miou.
Celto-Ligurian: Cassis was a Gallo-Roman fishing port, and numerous Gallo-Roman artifacts have been discovered.
Medieval: Rule changed several times. In the 14th century it belonged to the Seigneurie de Roquefort. In 1376, Pope Gregory XI of Avignon was on his way to restore the Papacy to Rome when his fleet took refuge from a storm in the calanque Port-Miou.
In 1443, Cassis became a parish independent from Roquefort, and was ruled by the bishops of Marseille during the end of the 15th century. In the middle of the 16th century, Charles-Quinte of Spain, in the Provençal part of his quest to become Universal Monarch, captured the château and pillaged Cassis. The population suffered severely from the great plague of 1720.
Except for occasional visits by pirates, which had been happening off and on throughout history, Cassis was relatively calm until 1813 when the English overpowered Napoleon’s defenses and pillaged the port.
Wine was being made around Cassis even before the Greeks arrived around 600 BC, and it’s only gotten better. The appellation Cassis wine, received the Appellation d’Origine Controlée in 1936 — the first in the region. It’s produced in red, rosé and white, with the white being the most famous.
A calanque (or calanche as they are known in Corsican (plural), calanca in Occitan) is a geologic formation in the form of a deep valley with steep sides, typically of limestone, in part submerged by the sea: a Mediterranean fjord.
The best known examples of this formation can be found in the Massif des Calanques (Massís dei calancas in Occitan, the local language) in the Bouches-du-Rhône département of France. This range extends for 20 km in length and 4 km in width along the coast between Marseille and Cassis, culminating in Marseilleveyre (432 m) and Mont Puget (565 m). Similar calanques can also be found on the French riviera near Estérel and on the island of Corsica (see Calanches de Piana). Similarities are seen between calanques, and rias, the river mouths formed along the coast of Brittany in Northern France.
Calanques are actually remains of ancient river mouths formed mostly during Tertiary. Later, during quaternary glaciations, as glaciers swept by, they further deepened those valleys which would eventually (at the end of the last glaciation) be invaded with sea and become calanques.
Their composition can greatly vary depending on their location:
* Marseille calanques are formed from tertiary limestone.
* Cassis calanques are formed from secondary era rocks deposited by rudist molluscos, before the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event.
* Estérel calanques are formed from porphyry and granite going back as early as Primary era.
* Corsica calanques are typically formed from limestone, but some older rocks might also be spotted here and there.
The calanques have a particular ecosystem, as soil is almost non-existent there, and the limestone cliffs instead contain numerous cracks into which the roots of plants are anchored. In places where cliffs are less vertical, their vegetation is a classical Mediterranean maquis, typically consisting of densely-growing evergreen shrubs such as sage, juniper and myrtle. It is similar to heath in many aspects, but with taller shrubs, typically 2-4 m high as opposed to 0.2-1 m for heath.
Like anywhere on the Mediterranean coast, Calanques’ climate is arid, with any moisture coming only from evaporation of the sea. This xericity associated with the salt spray conditions the subsistence of an adapted vegetation.
The calanques also shelter rabbits, foxes, large crows and the Bonelli eagle, as well as many reptiles and wild boars.
The calanques between Marseille and Cassis are popular amongst tourists and locals alike, offering several vantage points (such as the Corniche des Crêtes and Cap Canaille) allowing spectacular panoramas. A great number of hikers frequent the area, following numerous pre-marked trails. The cliffs are also used as training spots for rock climbers. However, this excessive use has posed problems of potential damage to this delicate microhabitat.
Most of the calanques are also closed to the public during the summer (typically July through September) due to the risks of forest fire that often happen during the dry season.
The best time to visit calanques is probably March through May, when temperatures are still quite fresh and, unlike autumn and winter, rain is usually quite rare. As no fresh water sources are available in the calanques, it is advised to carry large supplies of water, especially during the hot summer to prevent serious dehydration.
Boat tours are also available starting either from Marseille, Cassis or La Ciot
ch can provide for some spectacular sightseeing.
The Cosquer Cave
The Cosquer cave is an underwater grotto in the Calanque de Morgiou, 37m underwater, that was once inhabited during Paleolithic, when the sea level was much lower than today.
Its walls are covered with paintings and engravings dating back to between 27,000 and 19,000 BC and depict many terrestrial animals such as bison, ibex, and horses as well as sea mammals like seals and auks.
“Jardin Saint-Paul” Fractional Ownership Apartment
If you have ever wanted to own a pied-à-terre in Paris and don’t have enough money to buy more than a tiny studio (or less!), or qualify for a loan, then you will want to learn more about this incredible opportunity to be one of 12 owners of a a luxury two-bedroom apartment in the heart of Paris.
The fractional ownership apartment has been dubbed the “Jardin Saint-Paul,” and is located on rue Ferdinand Duval just off rue des Rosiers in the 4th arrondissement (which has existed since the 13th-century!). Rue des Rosiers has recently been cobblestoned for pedestrian use only, the boutiques have gotten chicer and has become a beehive of activity from all walks of life. Property in Paris on pedestrianized streets have all become more valuable and this particular part of Le Marais has started to top even the 6th and 7th.
To take a video tour of this gorgeous property, visit http://www.parishomeshares.net/jspvideos.html
We will be discussing Fractional Ownership at the upcoming Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference October 13th but by then it may be too late to take advantage of this opportunity.
If you’re interested in learning more about Le Jardin Saint-Paul and Paris Home Shares upcoming projects, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/consultation/sales/fractional/jardinstpaul.html or call or write Steve Navaro: +1-303-793-0900, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Property in France: A Place in the Sun
By Miranda Ingram for The Telegraph
Most of us go in search of hot weather when we book a holiday. But when looking for a permanent home, would you find the climate too hot to handle, asks Miranda Ingram
How much sunshine do you want? Sun on your two-week summer holiday is naturally a prerequisite, but you have nothing more to do than cool off in the pool and take siestas. If your French buy is strictly for holidays, you may want southern sun (although the winters can be extremely chilly).
But if you’re moving permanently, consider searing heat when you’re mixing cement, racing to pick up the kids or trying to work…
To read the entire article, visit http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/main.jhtml?xml=/property/campaigns/france/nosplit/pfrancetopic8.xml
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Settling Down in Paris
Angela and Ben met in 2003 when they lived in Los Angeles working for the same clothing company. Now, the two are engaged to be married. When Ben started receiving frequent overseas work, the company believed he’d be more valuable in Paris, so they happily relocated. They immediately moved into a cozy rental in the 17th district near the Arc de Triomphe and started to explore the different neighborhoods of Paris. The pair is now ready to take the big leap and purchase an apartment to stay for good. Real estate agent Adrian Leeds is enlisted to help.
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Living and Investing in France Real Estate Conference!
October 13, 2007 at Chez Jenny, Paris
If you’ve always dreamed of owning your own “pied-à-terre” in Paris or home in the Provinces of France, perhaps as a future retirement home or for now as investment property rented part of the year…this power-packed one-day conference is a MUST.
Hosted by Adrian Leeds, long time resident of Paris, Editor of the Parler Paris Nouvellettre® and French Property Insider weekly E-zine and John Howell, lead attorney for the International Law Partnership, London, this one day in Paris will point you in the right direction to make it really happen! Includes three course lunch and cocktail reception.
For more information and to register, visit: http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/conference/LIF_Paris_Oct_2007/index.html
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I AM NOT A TOURIST
Expatica.com Welcome to France Fair
October 14th, 2007
Carrousel de Louvre, Paris
New to France or looking to make the most of expatriate life?
Get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized in expatriate services, from banks, investment firms and insurance companies to schools and tax agencies. You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more.
Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.
Explore the expatriate life and your ambitions – higher education, career opportunities, your own business, travel and lifestyle possibilities. Every year, thousands of international managers and employees arrive in France. The I AM NOT A TOURIST Fair answers the 101 questions you have about living here, in a unique environment where you can meet the right people face to face.
News: Expatica is proud to announce that Sir Peter Westmacott, the newly arrived British Ambassador to France, will be on hand to give the opening ceremony at the Fair. We are thrilled to have Sir Westmacott participate in our event and thank the British Embassy for their continued support.
Adrian Leeds Group, LLC and John Howell & Co will be at Booth 92/93 — be sure to come by and visit us!
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HOT PROPERTY PICKS: Going Coastal
Each week French Property Insider features a range of properties which we believe are on the market at the time of writing. These properties are featured in order to give readers a sample of what is currently available and a working example of prices being asked in various regions of France and districts of Paris.
As we are not a real estate agency. These properties do not constitute a sales listing. For those readers seriously interested in finding property in Paris or France, you can retain our services to do the whole thing for you. For more information, visit http://www.adrianleeds.com/frenchproperty/consultation
*** Marseille, Vieux Port, 1 Bedroom Apartment, approx. 120m²
Renovated with much talent and taste, this loft is located a few steps away from the Vieux Port of Marseilles. Solid floors made out of wood, rare black marble, stones from Cassis, large glazed openings, ultra modern equipment characterize the place. Ideally located on the last floor of a secured building, it is delicately arranged to allow for a comfortable and serene lifestyle.
Asking Price: 550,000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
*** Cassis, Villa, 9 rooms, approx. 300m²
Only a few minutes walk to the village. This villa has lots of charm and is in excellent condition. Double garage, 2 bathrooms, numerous terraces, southern exposure. With land of 1000m² quiet and full of trees, a pool with mosaic tiles.
Asking Price: 1,460,000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
*** Carry-le-Rouet, Villa, 6 rooms, approx. 200m²
A prestigious villa on the Côte Bleue. With a large living room, game room, solarium, 3 bedrooms, bathrooms and Jacuzzi, plus a 150m² apartment. The grounds are 2000m² with trees, a gorgeous pool, views of the sea, semi private beach. A paradise between sky and sea!
Asking Price: 2,490,000€ + 2.5% Finder’s Fee
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RESIDENCE SAINT CHARLES
France, Mediterranean Coast, Marseille
Studio 22m² to 28m² €73,000 to €126,000
One Bedroom 36m² to 42m² €137,000 to €178,000
Two Bedrooms 49m² to 49m² €217,000 to €217,000
GUARANTEED RENTAL INCOME UP TO: 4.00%
Marseille is an extremely beautiful Mediterranean town that is being thoroughly redeveloped. Along with the renovation and refurbishment of the port, metro, tram and shopping streets, not to mention the high-speed
TGV train link to Pa
ris in a mere 3 hours, Marseille has seen a surge of new property development projects including new hotels, houses and apartments. The French government has plans to launch Marseille to emerge as a city with big investment potential.
The new Marseille Saint-Charles development is located in the heart of the city near the newly renovated shopping avenue, Rue de la République. The new building will consist of 9 floors and 127 modern furnished apartments. Each apartment will be equipped with quality furnishings and fittings. The residence will offer top of the line hotel services and will be completely managed. Residence facilities include a fully equipped kitchenette, heating and air conditioning, laundry, high speed Internet access and 24 hour underground parking. Landscaped gardens, terraces, reception and breakfast room. Parking is available.
The Euromediterranean project is one of the largest urban renovation projects in France. Major redevelopment works have been launched to make Marseille the strategic centre for trade and cultural exchanges. Not only will investors benefit from an excellent location, but they will also receive an immediate 19.6% VAT discount off the total sale price. The time is now to get in on the surge that will make Marseille one of the hottest investment cities in France!
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NEW! Le Penthouse Voltaire
American comfort with French flair! Overlooking Boulevards Richard Lenoir and Voltaire, in the 11th Arrondissement. This three-bedroom, two-bath luxury penthouse with wrap-around balconies and spectacular views, sleeps 6.
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