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Carnival Time in New Orleans and Old Nice

Volume III, Issue 6

I am writing you from New Orleans, where the Mardi Gras season just ended and the staff of FPI is gearing up for the Living and Investing in France Conference scheduled to begin Friday afternoon at the Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the most popular of all the celebrations in the world, thanks to the French who brought it here in 1699 when explorer Iberville landed at the mouth of the Mississippi. The French roots in New Orleans are as thick and long-reaching as the roots of its old oak trees. I grew up on streets with French names, with expressions in the language of French origin and politics reminiscent of the Napoleonic code. The Fleur de Lys is as much a symbol of New Orleans as it is of France, cuisine is every bit as important to life in Louisiana as it is in France and when you buy a piece of property here, they call the closing an “act of sale,” just like they do in France, as an “Acte de Vente.”
I didn’t realize these things until I left New Orleans and came to live in France — how much of the French culture had rubbed off and me and made it easy to feel so at home on French soil.
At the conference, we have several New Orleans speakers, locals as well as transplanted French men and women, to shed some light on the New Orleans-French connection. On Saturday night together we’re going to have an authentic New Orleans-French dinner at the second oldest restaurant in the city, Tujague’s, first opened by Guillaume and Marie Abadie Tujague in 1856 when they began by serving breakfast and lunch to the dock workers, market laborers and seamen who crowded that part of the riverfront. The South was still recovering from the Civil War, but Tujague’s never missed serving a meal!
Tomorrow afternoon, prior to the conference, property attorney John Howell and I will be interviewed by Christopher Tidmore on a radio talk show about politics and culture carried on 14 Louisiana stations. After the conference, John, cultural crossings guru Ruth Mastron and I will be speaking at the French-American Chamber of Commerce annual membership dinner about our mission to assist Americans in their move to France. All this is very exciting for me as a native New Orleanian — to play the role as “liaison” in my home town.
Be sure to scroll down for news about the carnival in Nice about to begin! And 80 properties for you to consider making your own! If none of those suit your fancy, don’t hesitate to contact our Property Search Consultant, Yolanda Robins ([email protected]), who is holding down the fort in Paris to celebrate her birthday on the 13th (Happy Birthday, Yolanda!) and who will be doing her conference presentation remotely via audio feed!
I’d also like to welcome Tara Kearney to the FPI team. Tara comes to us via the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group, an economist/financial analyst who moved to Paris this past year and is planning to marry a Frenchman this spring! Write Tara for all your customer service issues, such as any assistance you may need in subscribing, unsubscribing or changing your email address or other questions and issues. Tara is here to help manage incoming email and assist me in every way. She can be reached at [email protected]/parlerparis
A bientôt…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, French Property Insider
Email: [email protected]

P.S. Yolanda Robins hosted Tuesday’s Parler Paris Après Midi — which we will report on next week, so stay tuned…and sad news is that we’re losing Tracy James, Calendar Gal Extraordinaire, so Parler Paris is seeking the next Calendar Gal or Guy Extraordinaire: unpaid internship, about 3 hours of work per week to coordinate and edit the calendar listings. If you’re interested, please email me at [email protected]/parlerparis

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Volume III, Issue 6, February 10, 2005
In this issue:
* Party Time in New Orleans and Nice
* Buy to Let a Viable Retirement Investment Choice
* Latest Banking News
* Hot Paris Property Picks: Vente à Terme on rue Saint-Honoré
* Hot Properties in Carnival Capital Nice
* Leaseback News from Imoinvest: 79 properties to choose from!
* Classified Advertising: vacation apartments

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Mardi Gras and the Carnival of Nice
“Fat Tuesday” is celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday as a last fling prior to the 40 days of Lent which precede Easter. There are carnival celebrations in Europe and Latin America, including Nice, Cologne and
Rio de Janeiro. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the most well-known and visited thanks to the French-Catholic communities of the Gulf Coast who brought it to the New World in 1699, when French explorer Iberville arrived at the Mississippi River, about 60 miles south of New Orleans. He named the spot “Point du Mardi Gras” because he the holiday was being celebrated in France that day.
Eventually the French in New Orleans celebrated Mardi Gras with masked balls and parties, until the Spanish government took over in the mid-1700’s and banned the celebrations! The ban continued even after the U.S. government acquired the land but the celebrations resumed in 1827 and the official colors of Mardi Gras, with their roots in Catholicism, were chosen 10 years later: purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.
The Carnival of Nice is the most important winter event on the French Riviera – for its 121st edition will be embodied in “The King of the Deranged Climate” who will reign from Saturday, February 12th to Sunday February 27th, 2005. At a time of climate and environmental disorder for our planet, the theme invites reflection on the consequences of centuries spent playing at “the sorcerer’s apprentice.”
The terms, borrowed from Rabelais, emphasize not only the “earthiness,” the sense of excess and life in his tales, but also reveal a more complex underlying analysis, clarified by the three-fold culture (ethic, scientific and legal) of the Master. In brief, the very culture of Carnival itself: the use of laughter to evoke gravity. The bond between Carnival and Rabelais is of long date. The famous character “Gargantua” has been regularly associated with Carnival from 1880 until the mid-seventies. When the “Comté of Nice” was unified with France, the event turned away from Polichinelle and the Latin influence in favor of Gargantua and French culture.
Since the year 2000 when the Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau called on cartoonists from the international press for the first time to design the floats, more and more artists from around the world have proposed their work, the choice is therefore more difficult. These cartoonists from the most important international press of different socio-cultural backgrounds will once again create the visual identity of a modern Carnival in the respect of tradition.
The Flower and Carnival parades will take place on the sea-front “Promenade des Anglais.” The Grand Closing Parade created in 1999 which combined flower and Carnival floats was a success and gave a new vision of “papier-maché.”
The new route will be between the Opera House and the Meridien Hotel with, for the Carnival Parades a larger area where access is free of charge around the Albert 1er gardens. The northern roadway after the hotel Meridien will be the venue for informal entertainment “carnavaleries.”
The Flower Parades will be in unison with the carnival Floats: they will become a joyous plant procession on the same theme of the climate. Poetry, freshness, humor and originality will all combine to give new life to this very popular event.
The king’s arrival, another innovation, will take place at the beginning of the first flower parade on Saturday 12th February and his incineration will be celebrated on the Baie des Anges with the local school children on Sunday 27th February.
There will also be a Flower parade “by night” for the first time in 2005. This evening parade will offer an almost supernatural impression of a floral decor.
Initiated in 1999, the Grand Parade was a great success. This rare combination of the two carnival parades and street entertainment remains in many people’s memories.
Date: from 12/02/2005 to 27/02/2005
Place: Nice (06)
Region: Riviera
5, promenade des Anglais
06000 NICE
Tel: + 33 (0)4 92 14 46 46
Fax: + 33 (0)4 92 14 46 49
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.nicetourisme.com
URL: http://www.nicecarnaval.com

Program subject to modifications
SATURDAY 12th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Arrival of His Majesty Carnival and Flower Parade
25 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)
* 9:00 p.m. Carnival Parade of lights
25 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

SUNDAY 13th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Carnival Parade
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

TUESDAY 15th FEBRUARY
* 9:00 p.m. Flower Parade aux Flambeaux
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

WEDNESDAY 16th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Carnival Parade
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

* Special offer “2 events” Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th February
30Euros (tribune) or 15Euros (entrance)

SATURDAY 19th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Flower Parade
25 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)
* 9:00 p.m. Carnival Parade of lights
25 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

SUNDAY 20th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Carnival Parade
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

TUESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY
* 9:00 p.m. Carnival Parade of lights
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

WEDNESDAY 23rd FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Flower Parade
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

* Special offer “2 events” Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd February
30Euros (tribune) et 15Euros (entrance)
SATURDAY 26th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Flower Parade
25 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)
* 9:00 p.m. Carnival Parade of lights
25 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

SUNDAY 27th FEBRUARY
* 2:30 p.m. Carnival Grand Parade
20 Euros (tribune), 10 Euros (entrance)

* 9:00 p.m. Bonfire parade/Fireworks
Free entrance

Entrance = standing area
Tribune = reserved numbered seating
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Live mid-market rates as of 2005.02.09 21:23:38 GMT.

1 U.S. Dollar equals 0.780957Euros (0.768444 Euros last week)
1 Euros equals 1.28048 Dollars (1.30133 U.S. Dollars last week)

1 U.K. Pound equals 1.45183 Euros (1.45055 Euros last week)
1 Euro equals 0.688787 U.K. Pounds (0.689392 Pounds last week)

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JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS FROM IMOINVEST
BUY-TO-LET CONFIDENCE HIGH
Despite the current cooling market, a new survey commissioned by The Homebuyer Show reveals that over 70% of professional investors are still relying on buy-to-let property for their future wealth.
The survey also revealed that over a third of respondents think the buy-to-let market will remain stable over the next 12 months, and 28% believe there will be a moderate rise. With the threat of pension shortfalls worrying the UK, investing in property is seen as additional security for the future. As potential buyers stay out of the market in anticipation of further price falls, rental yields are increasing as investors can achieve significant reductions on asking prices.
Nick Clark, Managing Director of Homebuyer Events, organizers of the show, comments: “With the housing market slowing down, buy-to-let is becoming an increasingly attractive investment option. Now is a good time to invest in property as interest rates are widely believed to have reached their peak and vendors are more realistic when setting asking prices, which means higher rental yields are achievable. Our research shows that serious property investors in the UK own an average of six homes, and over 77% of these are planning to buy more in the next 12 months. So all the signs are there for a promising investment!”
Lee Grandin, Managing Director of Landlord Mortgages, one of the exhibitors at the show, comments. “Buy-to-let is not a game for speculators but a viable choice for people looking for a haven for their retirement fund. We anticipate that especially with A-Day in April 2006, when investors will be able to buy residential property with a personal pension making it free from ta
x on rental income and capital gains, buy to let will become a much more common retirement planning choice.”

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Latest Bank Conditions
* LTV: up to 80% of TTC
* Variable Interest Rate: 2.5% to 3.95%
* Fixed Interest Rate: 3.85% to 4.85%
* Terms: 10 / 15 / 20 years
* Fees: 1% to 1.196% of loan amount

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HOT PARIS PROPERTY PICKS: “VENTE A TERME”
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 https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
*** PARIS, RUE SAINT HONORÉ, “VENTE A TERME”
One bedroom loft with beams and huge widows overlooking the street, full southern exposure with American kitchen, fully equipped with fridge, oven and dishwasher. WC downstairs and full bathroom upstairs with washer/dryer combination, private terrace in the back. The building is a well-kept renovated 18th-century with foundations dating back to the 12th and 13th-centuries. The official surface is 34.3 square meters; the habitable surface is 55 m2, with a large cave, vaulted ceiling and wine cellar. It is located on the first floor of the building which makes it very airy.
Vente à Terme: Right of occupancy during five years.
Asking Price: Flexible

For more information, email Yolanda Robins for more information: [email protected]
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HOT PROPERTIES IN THE CARNIVAL CAPITAL OF FRANCE — NICE:
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 https://adrianleeds.com/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/frenchproperty/insider/propertyconsultation.html
*** 06 NICE 2 Rooms – 32m²
Nice Mont-Boron, close to all commerce, in good condition.

Asking Price: 148,900 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
*** 06 NICE 3 Rooms – 75m²
Corniche Fleurie, magnificent 3 rooms in a residence with a pool, refined appointments, American kitchen, garage.

Asking Price: 314,200 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
*** 06 NICE 2 Rooms – 70m²
Mont Boron, in a residence of good standing 5 minutes from the port, two large rooms, sunny and quiet, view of the sea and mountains, terraces of 110m², garage and cellar, 2nd floor, one bedroom, southern exposure.
Asking Price: 372,000 Euros + 2% Finder’s Fee
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LEASEBACK NEWS FROM IMOINVEST
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1. CLASSIC PARISIAN ARCHITECTURE
France – Paris / Ile de France – 18th District

Euros 146,000 to Euros 462,000
2. ON THE BORDER OF SWITZERLAND
France – French Alps – Divonne Les Bains

Euros 73,000 to Euros 276,000
3. INCREDIBLE VIEWS OF MOUNT THABOR
France – French Alps – Valmeinier

Euros 128,000 to Euros 226,000
4. CHARMING COTTAGES WITH PRIVACY
France – Atlantic Coast – Vieux Boucau

Euros 42,000 to Euros 77,000
5. FANTASTIC LUXURY HOMES ON THE RIVIERA
France – Mediterranean Coast – St Maxime

Euros 670,000 to Euros 842,000
6. IN THE HEART OF THE PRADO
France – Mediterranean Coast – Marseille

ACT NOW – ONLY TWO LEFT!
Euros 57,000 to Euros 88,000
7. LUXURY VILLAS ON A PRIVATE ISLAND MARINA
France – Mediterranean Coast – Cap d’Agde

Euros 561,000 to Euros 1,100,000
8. THE HEART OF AN
OASIS OF NATURE
France – Britanny / Normandy – Verneuil sur Avre

Euros 152,000 to Euros 227,000
9. COZY PRIVATE COTTAGES
France – Britanny / Normandy – Branville

Euros 100,000 to Euros 155,000
10. HARBOR FRONT LOCATION
France – Britanny / Normandy – Trouville

Euros 75,000 to Euros 215,000
11. 20 MINUTES FROM PARIS ON LAKE MANDINET
France – Paris / Ile de France – Lognes

Euros 108,000 to Euros 159,000
12. IDEAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
France – Paris / Ile de France – Torcy

Euros 52,000 to Euros 116,000
13. BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF PARIS LIGHTS
France – Paris / Ile de France – 15th District

90% SOLD OUT – LAST CHANCE –
Euros 180,000 to Euros 875,000
14. 4 STAR TRANQUIL CONTAINED VILLAGE
France – North / North East – Laon

Euros 202,000 to Euros 306,000
15. GREAT CITIES ARE NOT CREATED BY ACCIDENT
France – Center / South – Lyon

Euros 74,000 to Euros 144,000
16. WINE, TECHNOLOGY, AND INDUSTRY
France – Atlantic Coast – Bordeaux-Merignac

Euros 70,000 to Euros 175,000
17. THE AERONAUTICAL CAPITAL OF EUROPE
France – Center / South – Toulouse

Euros 56 to Euros 116
18. LIGHT, WATER, AND SPACE
France – Britanny / Normandy – Port en Bessin

Euros 119,000 to Euros 179,000
19. ON THE FAMOUS CANAL L’OURCQ
France – Paris / Ile de France – Pantin

Euros 103,000 to Euros 138,000
20. IN COMMUNION WITH THE SEA
France – Mediterranean Coast – Lavandou / Cap Negre

Euros 151,000 to Euros 346,000
21. DISCOVER THE BEAUTIFUL NATURAL HERITAGE OF LA VENDOME
France – Atlantic Coast – Chateaux d’Olonne

Euros 96,000 to Euros 162,000
22. IN SAVOIE, THE HEART OF THE TARENTAISE
France – French Alps – Les Coches

Euros 74,000 to Euros 199,000
23. A JEWEL OF THE OPAL COAST
France – North / North East – Le Touquet

Euros 125,000 to Euros 180,000
24. THE ST TROPEZ OF THE CARIBBEAN
Caribbean Islands – St Martin – Village d’Orient

Euros 423,000 to Euros 868,000
25. A STRATEGIC CROSSROADS
France – Center / South – Clermont-Ferrand

Euros 55,000 to Euros 171,000
26. A GOLF AND WINE LOVERS DREAM
France – Center / South – Beaune / Levernois

Euros 73,000 to Euros 125,000
One Bedroom to Two Bedrooms An Extraordinary Combination of Golf and

27. WALK TO TROCADERO, EIFFEL TOWER, AND THE CHAMPS ELYSEES
France – Paris / Ile de France – 16th District

Euros 190,000 to Euros 372,000
28. MOUNTAIN AND LAKE VIEWS
France – French Alps – Evian les Bains

WAITING LIST ONLY!
Euros 78,000 to Euros 166,000
29. IDEALLY LOCATED NEAR GRENOBLE
France – French Alps – Echirolles

Euros 46,000 to Euros 156,000
30. AN AUTHENTIC MOUNTAIN VILLAGE
France – Center / South – Les Angles

Euros 81,000 to Euros 122,000
31. ONLY 200 METRES FROM THE BEACH
France – Atlantic Coast – Meschers sur Gironde

Euros 133,000 to Euros 189,000
32. EXCELLENT INVESTMENT IN THE PYRENEES
France – Center / South – Guzet

Euros 110,000 to Euros 218,000
33. AN ANCIENT RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT
France – Paris / Ile de France – Vanves

Euros 91,000 to Euros 176,000
34. GORGEOUS RENOVATION IN PRESTIGIOUS AREA
France – Paris / Ile de France – St Germain

Euros 350,000 to Euros 620,000
35. GORGEOUS 18th CENTURY ANCESTRAL HOME
France – Center / South – Poitiers / Limoges

Euros 720,000 to Euros 720,000
36. Classical Properties on the French Riviera
France – Mediterranean Coast – All French Mediterranean Coast Cities

Studio to Commercial Classic Properties Along the French Riviera
In order to widen the range of properties along the French Mediterranean Coast, we would like to provide our customers with a database of Classical Property Listings along the Riviera. Many …

37. BETWEEN THE ALPS AND MEDITERRANEAN
France – Mediterranean Coast – Sophia Antipolis
Euros 106,000 to Euros 148,000
38. BETWEEN CANNES AND NICE
France – Mediterranean Coast – Sophia Antipolis

Euros 106,000 to Euros 148,000
39. A STRATEGIC INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY
France – Mediterranean Coast – Sophia Antipolis

Euros 106,000 to Euros 148,000
40. A TRUE PROVENCAL VILLAGE
France – Mediterranean Coast – Plan de la Tour

Euros 200,000 to Euros 200,000
41. PICTURESQUE RETREAT ALONG THE LOT RIVER
France – Center / South – Saint-Geniez d’Olt

Euros 58,000 to Euros 90,000
42. LAKE, SEA, OR GOLF COURSE VIEWS
France – Atlantic Coast – Port Bourgenay

Euros 110,000 to Euros 202,000
43. PANORAMIC MOUNTAIN VIEWS
France – Center / South – Vallon Pont d’Arc

Euros 161,000 to Euros 210,000
44. BETWEEN NIMES AND MONTPELLIER
France – Mediterranean Coast – Camp Loubier / Gallargues

Euros 90,000 to Euros 111,000
45. INVESTING IN STONE
France – Brittany / Normandy – Perros-Guirec

Euros 135,000 to Euros 250,000
46. BETWEEN SEA AND PINE FOREST
France – Atlantic Coast – Port-Bourgenay

Euros 127,000 to Euros 137,000
47. EXPERIENCE VAL D’ARLY – MONT BLANC
France – French Alps – Notre Dame de Bellecombe

Euros 100,000 to Euros 231,000
48. A HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL GEM
France – Britanny / Normandy – Le Croisic

Euros 107,000 to Euros 231,000
49. INVEST IN THE LAND OF KINGS
France – Center / South – Ouzouer Des Champs

Euros 128,000 to Euros 128,000
50. MEDIEVAL AND MODERN
France – Paris / Ile de France – Corbeil-Essonnes

Euros 123,000 to Euros 221,000
51. THE QUEEN OF ALL HOLIDAYS
France – Mediterranean Coast – Cannes

Euros 160,000 to Euros 168,000
52. AUTHENTIC MOUNTAIN WAY OF LIFE
France – Center / South – Arreau

Euros 63,000 to Euros 139,000
53. A TRUE PROVENCAL VILLAGE
France – Mediterranean Coast – Saturnin les Avignons

Euros 99,000 to Euros 181,000
54. ON A PRIVILEGED 1.86 HECTARE SITE
France – Britanny / Normandy – Pays d’Auge – Perche

Euros 396,000 to Euros 396,000
55. GORGEOUS 17TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE
France – Paris / Ile de France – Saint-Germain-des-Prés

PRICE REDUCTION!
Euros 590,000 to Euros 590,000
56. THE MOST SKIABLE DOMAINE IN THE WORLD
France – French Alps – Courchevel

Euros 183,600 to Euros 183,600
57. IDEAL EIFFEL TOWER VIEW
France – Paris / Ile de France – Paris

Euros 324,000 to Euros 324,000
58. COMPETITIVE PRICING ON ISLAND VILLAS
France – Atlantic Coast – Saint Georges d’Oleron

Euros 151,000 to Euros 159,000
59. MINUTES AWAY FROM BANDOL AND CASSIS
France – Mediterranean Coast – Saint Cyr de Mer

Euros 119,000 to Euros 228,000
60. BETWEEN LAKES AND MOUNTAINS
France – French Alps – Chambery

Euros 44,000 to Euros 48,000
61. ONLY TWO UNITS AVAILABLE
France – Paris / Ile de France – Saint Ouen

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 198,000 to Euros 261,000
62. EXCELLENT PATRIMONIAL INVESTMENT
France – Center / South – Blois

NEW LISTING!
Euros 184,000 to Euros 199,000
63. A TRADITIONAL ALSACE VILLAGE
France – North / North East – Munster

NEW LISTING!
Euros 135,000 to Euros 148,000
64. INVEST IN THE PERIGORD BLANC
France – Center / South – Perigueux

NEW LISTING!
Euros 73,000 to Euros 160,000
64. MAKE YOUR DREAM A REALITY
France – Britanny / Normandy – Landevant

NEW LISTING ON THE MARKET!
Euros 362,000 to Euros 362,000
65. A CAPITAL INVESTMENT
France – Paris / Ile de France – 8eme Arrondissement

NEW LISTING!
Euros 292,000 to Euros 474,000
66. SKI SLOPES AT YOUR DOORSTEP
France – French Alps – Les Arcs 1800

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 178,000 to Euros 349,000
67. SERENE GARDEN VIEWS
France – Paris / Ile de France – 8eme Arrondissement

Euros 435,000 to Euros 435,000
68. ALONGSIDE THE MARSEILLE CANAL
France – Mediterranean Coast – Plan de Cuques

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 111,000 to Euros 204,000
69. INVEST IN THE PROVENCE COAST
France – Mediterranean Coast – St Tropez / Grimaud

NEW LISTING!
Euros 134,000 to Euros 208,000
70. WALK TO RUE MOUFFETARD
France – Paris / Ile de France – 5eme Arrondissement
NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 375,000 to Euros 375,000
71. GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY
France – Paris / Ile de France – 7eme Arrondissement

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 470,000 to Euros 470,000
72. ONE FOOT IN THE WATER
France – Atlantic Coast – La Baule

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 489,000 to Euros 582,000
73. THE GATEWAY TO MONT BLANC
France – French Alps – Flaine

NEW LISTING!
Euros 126,000 to Euros 363,000
74. OFFERING STRONG PROFITABILITY
France – Britanny / Normandy – Nantes

NEW LISTING!
Euros 68,000 to Euros 197,000
75. COMPLETE COMFORT IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
France – Paris / Ile de France – Nezel

NEW LISTING!
Euros 619,417 to Euros 619,417
76. OFFERING STRONG PROFITABILITY
France – Paris / Ile de France – Poissy

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 72,000 to Euros 210,000
77. MODERN COMFORT IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
France – Mediterranean Coast – Grimaud

NEW ON THE MARKET!
Euros 212,000 to Euros 358,000
78. THIS IS WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE
France – Center / South – Limoges

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Euros 629,000 to Euros 629,000
ON THE BORDER OF GENEVA

79. VOLTAIRE PALACE
France, French Alps, Ferney Voltaire

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GUARANTEED RENTAL INCOME OF UP TO: 5.20%
Ferney-Voltaire is embedded in an exceptional region. Between the Alpes and Jura Mountains, the Fernèsiens and their hosts awaken every morning facing Mont Blanc, the highest summit of Europe (4807 meters). In the Pays de Gex, the casino of Divonne-les-Bains beckons, and the Jura Mountains invite summer walks as well as unmatched skiing in the winter. Geneva is 10 minutes by car (20 by bus). This city of human rights, the “big brother” of Ferney-Voltaire, is the home of countless corporate headquarters and international political organizations. It is here that you find Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), the largest lake in Europe, with unforgettable water tours to Lausanne, Shows, Chillon or Evian. Situated just 8km from Geneva, and 5km from Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Within the region of the Rhone-Alps, department of Ain, at an altitude of 436m.
The deluxe 3 Star residence of Voltaire Palace is comprised of 103 soundproofed, fully equipped rooms and suites. Completely surrounded by gardens, with a swimming pool, terrace, just outside of Geneva. Each flat is designed to be spacious, with mini-bar, internet access, and carefully selected, comfortable furnishings and decor. Set apart in an oasis of tranquility, is closer to Geneva Airport, the main access to Geneva, than Geneva itself. The ambiance is established the moment you walk through the doors, with a vast hall bathed in warm colors and the smiles of a friendly, attentive staff. Guests are welcomed in a cordial atmosphere that marks a certain style of hospitality. This style pervades through the entire hotel, restaurant, bar, lounge, meeting rooms and guest rooms.
It is an ideal residence for businessmen and tourists alike, with gracious banquet rooms and modern conference and seminar facilities accomodating 10 to 300 people. The on-site “Le Voltaire” restaurant is famed for its refined cuisine highlighted by traditional and fresh seasonal specialties year-round. Residents will also find the on-site “Philosophe” Piano Bar to be a great place for meeting people in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The staff at the Voltaire Palace strive to make the residents feel warm and welcome. Services include a porter, airport shuttle, multi-lingual staff, newspaper delivery, currency exchange, concierge, postal service, etc.
There are many points of interest to choose from: the cathedral of Notre-Dame and Saint Andre, and the Voltaire Castle; not to mention numerous excursions to Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), Pays de Gex, Col de la Faucille, the Parc Naturel Regional du Haut-Jura, and the Swiss and French Alps.
200 meters from Centre D’ Aumard shopping center
5 kilometers from Palexpo/Cicc, convention center
5 kilometers from PAL EXPO convention center
8 kilometers from Bains des Paquis Beach
8 kilometers from Jardin Botanique
10 kilometers from Grand Theatre, museum
10 kilometers from Musee Horlogerie, museum
10 kilometers from Geneva Univiersity
10 kilometers from Geneva Hospital
10 kilometers from Maison Tavel museum
10 kilometers from Victoria Hall
20 kilometers from St. Julien Hospital

Voltaire left a very strong impression in this cosmopolitan city closely of 8 000 inhabitants. It was here in Ferney that Voltaire spent the last twenty years of his life (1758-1778), only six kilometres from Geneva and five hundred from Paris. Today, Ferney has over 10 000 inhabitants drawn from several hundred nationalities. As well as being very attached to its past (Voltaire’s mansion has just been rebought by the French state and will soon be home to a Cultural Centre), Ferney-Voltaire embraces the modern era and is open to the world. From the remote retreat of Chateau Voltaire he hailed against social injustice and took up the defence of the victims of political and religious intolerance, and this is a main cause of the city as it is today.
Ferney-Voltaire is called home by a large professional and specialist community, relocated to the area by their professions for temporary or permanent contracts to Geneva or the Pays de Gex. In contrast to Geneva, Ferney-Voltaire is seen as a charming, friendly and warm community in which is imbedded the virtues that originally attracted Voltaire: the Fernesien pride and unfettered interest in the world around them.
Ferney-Voltaire lies on the Franco-Swiss border and is a literary Mecca for those interested in Voltaire. In 1758 the philosopher, who lived at Les Délices near Geneva, was having trouble with local residents and the strictly conventional Calvinistic city council in particular, who found his plays rather shocking. He therefore decided to buy the estate at Ferney, on French territory but near the border. Depending on whatever situation he found himself in, he would then be able to slip into exile easily from one country to the other. From 1760, Ferney became his favourite home. He extended the chateau and laid out the park, taking his role as landlord very seriously. He had sanitation installed in the village, part of his estate, and endowed it with a hospital, a school and clock-making workshops. He had solid homes built for the residents out of stone, around a church, in which Voltaire – who would have thought it? – had his own pew.
Voltaire as good as held court in Ferney for 18 years, with great lords, merchants, artists and writers all enjoying his hospitality and attending the plays put on in his theatre. The immense fortune which Voltaire had amassed, owing to some fortunate speculation in military supplies, enabled him to entertain 50 guests at all times. The curious came from far and wide to catch a glimpse of him in the park. When he emerged from his chateau, he would he would be walking amidst a sort of honour guard of admirers. He wrote his stories here, as well as numerous leaflets and pamphlets, led campaigns against abuse of any kind, particularly against the still-existing serfdom in the Haut-Jura. His correspondence was prolific: he wrote or dictated at least 20 letters a day at Ferney, of which over 10,000 were published.
Very attached to its past (the Voltaire Castle has just been repurchased by the French state and will soon welcome a Cultural Center of Encounters), Ferney-Voltaire is equally open to the modern world. The High School and International High School is an example in ultimate international tolerance, teaching in seven languages (french, english, german, italian, spanish, dutch, and swedish). Several NGO (non-governmental Organizations), working with the European Center of the United Nations to Geneva, have installed themselves in Ferney-Voltaire, where the General Secretary of the United Nations recently inaugurated the International Center of the Handicapped, a combination of seven international associations.
BY PLANE:
Geneva International Airport is located 5 minutes from the Voltaire Palace Hotel
BY TRAIN:

Gare TGV Geneva-Cornavin — 4 hours from Paris
Trans Europ Express — 4 hours 20 minutes from Milan and 4 hours from Zurich
BY CAR:

Motorway A1 as far as Macon, then A40 to Geneva, and exit Ferney-Voltaire
DELIVERY JANUARY 2005 — 12 YEAR LEASEBACK CONTRACT —
PROPERTY DETAILS
Investment Type: LMP / LMNP – Residence de Tourisme
Program name: “Residence l’Excellior Voltaire Palace”
Location description: 5 minutes from the Geneva airport, 4 hours from Paris by TGV train, 4 hours 20 from Milan and 4 hours from Zurich by Trans Europ Express train
Price and size range: rooms to two bedroom apartments, from 24m2 to 55m2, from ?109,000 to ?267,000
Completion Date: February 2005
New/Old property: Old property/Rehabilitation work
VAT Refund: VAT refund in part
Package Options: Non packaged
Rating: 3 stars
Number of Units: 103
Extras: Fully equiped spacious apartments, minibar, garden/terrace, swimming pool, banquet rooms and modern conference and seminar facilities accomodating up to 300 people.

LEASE DETAILS
Rental Income: Up to 5,20%
Occupation Option: No
Exchange Possibilities: No
Lease Duration: 12 years starting at the signature of the commercial lease
Exit Strategies: Renewable lease
Payment of the rent: Quarterly
Rental Base: Businessmen and tourists

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