SPECIAL EDITION: A Lifetime in Provence Can Be Yours
Province is not Provence. Let’s just get this straight right now. A province in France is an administrative division, and Provence is one of them, but there is nothing quite like Provence. It’s also part of the bigger region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur which extends from the left bank of the lower Rhône River on the west to the Italian border on the east, and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the south. But again, there’s nothing quite like Provence.
Its roots are Roman, and it’s been part of France for 500 years. Still, the Italian influence distinguishes Provence from the rest of the country. There are many different parts of Provence in which to fall in love. Edith Wharton lived above Hyères half a year until her death in 1937. The Fitzgeralds (F. Scott and Zelda) landed in St. Raphaël where he wrote The Great Gatsby. Somerset Maugham lived most of his life in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Van Gogh lived in Provence in the latter part of his life where he committed himself to the Hopitâl Saint Paul-de-Mausole in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and this is where he created some of his most memorable works, such as Starry Night. Peter Mayle put the Luberon town of Ménerbes on the map with his memoir, “A Year in Provence.” And I suppose, that’s when the world discovered it, too.
In the heart of the Alpilles is a village that considers itself the heart of Provence, too: Saint-Rémy de Provence — the very same village where Van Gogh convalesced. Those who have visited it will tell you it has all the charm of typical Provençal life…slow and easy under the shade of the centuries-old plane trees. And no one can argue with its beauty, nor the scope of its Wednesday morning open-air market in the center of the village to where shoppers come from far and wide.
Now, Provence could be a part of your life, too. Just in the center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence are two homes for sale that have all the charm of Provence you could ever dream of — one small and very affordable, the other large, expansive and ready for business! They were added to our listings just this morning and you are among the first to learn of them.
La Maison de Village – on Rue Parage
This cozy maison de village of 65 m2 with three rooms and two mezzanines is just steps from shops and the market in the historic center of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, but in a quiet residential neighborhood. The property dates back to the 15th-century when it was an annex to the Hôtel de Sade — possibly a carriage house.
On the ground floor is a living and dining room with fireplace, modern fully equipped kitchen and bathroom/laundry room. Upstairs is a bedroom and faux fireplace, a reading nook and wet bar. It has two mezzanines that add sleeping space and storage. Completely renovated, the house is air-conditioned and is completely equipped.
Special note: this lovely Maison de Village is has been an income producing property with a seven-year track record and great reviews on VRBO and Flipkey (Trip Advisor)!
Asking Price: €330,000. Ref. #022
See adrianleeds.com/properties/for-sale/maison-de-village/022 for more information.
Le Mas du Cornud
This is a rare opportunity for the buyer seeking the ideal residence and/or revenue-producing property. Spacious and beautifully restored, this 19th-century Provençal mas, a traditional farmhouse with a guest house, pool house and professional kitchen. It has total of nine bedrooms and nine baths, and is set on a half-hectare (1.25 acres) terrain of shade trees, lawn and garden, with a lap-length pool, fully equipped summer kitchen and many other features reflecting a tasteful restoration using quality materials.
An extensive sales portfolio with an abundance of information on the amenities, physical layout and operational aspects of Mas de Cornud is available on request to seriously interested buyers.
Asking Price: €2,150,000. Ref. #021
For more information, visit adrianleeds.com/properties/for-sale/mas-du-cornud/021/
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