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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Les Jardins de St.Benoit Nears Completion

Our development at Les Jardins de St Benoit is as you know virtually sold out and due to open for guests in June 2009.

We are all very excited about this, the site is looking great and construction is nearing completion.
You can see more pictures of this fantastic development on our website page about Les Jardins de Saint Benoit.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Domaine de Lavagnac further details released

To see a list of property for sale at the Domain de Lavagnac follow this link and simply enter LAV into the reference search box.

Property at the prestigious Domaine de Lavagnac development will range from 2 bed, 75 sqm apartments with terraces and shared pool to 260 sqm, 5 bed houses with private pools and gardens.

The properties will be sold on a “Leaseback” scheme which essentially means that you purchase the property outright but then lease it back to the Lavagnac management company who will rent your property out to holiday makers on your behalf.

The management company will give you a guaranteed return on your investment, while you enjoy a specified amount of usage yourself.One major benefit of the leaseback scheme is that 19.6% TVA (VAT) is claimed back from the French government, making a fairly hefty saving on your purchase price.

Most properties will come fully furnished allowing immediate, hassle free renting.

Facilities at the Domaine de Lavagnac will include;

  • 18 hole international golf course designed by award winning designer Ray Hearn• Luxuriously appointed golf club house with bistro, wine and tapas bar, sun terrace and of course the very best golf equipment and clothing at its golf shop.
  • Tennis Academy
  • 5 star hotel with 70 luxury suites created from the existing Chateau.
  • Gourmet restaurant within the hotel.
  • 1000 sqm Spa with indoor swimming pool built within part of the original Chateau.• “La Place” a place to shop with bakers, butchers, fishmongers, grocers and of course, somewhere to sit and savor a nice hot coffee.
  • Residential houses laid out in “Hamlets” throughout the 440 acre site designed by award-winning architect Pascale Malet-Seeli.

Construction of the Lavagnac project is due to start in 2009.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Domaine de Lavagnac update

To see a list of property for sale at the Domain de Lavagnac follow this link and simply enter LAV into the reference search box.

The developers are now ready to pull the covers off what is to become the largest and most luxurious property development in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.

We are currently taking names for the release of floorplans and prices expected early 2009.

Call us now

to register your interest on
00 33 467 00 11 71

Friday, October 17, 2008

Distillerie des Templiers - Pezenas

Located in the middle of the lively picturesque town of Pezenas and regarded by many as the jewel in the Languedoc crown. Positioned in the heart of wine-producing country, 30 minutes west of Montpellier, 20 minutes north of the Mediterranean coast and 30 minutes south of the beautiful Languedoc Regional Park, Pezenas encompasses all the romanticism of the south of France, together with traditional architecture and everyday living.

The Distillerie des Templiers which one can imagine from the name was once a large and very prestigious distillery in the heart of Pezenas. This amazing building is now being brought back to life in with an innovative new development by Garrigae Investments, three times winners of the Bentley Award for Best French Development. Garrigae plan to restore this building and make it once more an active part of this historic town.

Garrigae will be creating just 30 luxury apartments; keeping in line with their reputation for the highest standard, use of superb construction quality, use of traditional materials and craftsmanship. The development will comprise; studios, one bedroom and two bedroom apartments ranging from 27m² to 86 m² covering 3 floors including a large communal roof terrace with views over the town and countryside. On-site facilities will include a high quality restaurant, wine bar and a superb spa with outdoor heated pool ideal for those long sunny mediteranean evenings. Closest beaches are just a 20 minute drive from the Distillerie. The Languedoc region is always a loved vacation destination as it enjoys perfect Mediterranean climate with over 300 days of sunshine annually. Easy access from almost all major European cities via airports at Beziers (25 mins), Montpellier (45 min), Carcassonne/Perpignan/ Nimes (110 min).

Garrigae are opening up the opportunity of a superb medium/long term investment opportunity, with low ownership costs and excellent potential for Capital Appreciation in one of Europe’s strongest and most stable economies. We are offering a unique opportunity to purchase a beautiful vacation/investment property on a fully managed luxury resort with guaranteed rental income available as an option when not in use – a ‘Coup de Coeur’ and a sound investment. What more could you ask for?

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Port Du Roy taking shape

I've just come back from a visit to the Port Du Roy development in Aigues Mortes and all I have to say is WOW!!!!

What a fantastic place this is turning out to be. work is moving a pace now and the whole place is really starting to come alive. Properties such as this on on the Quai Des Galions are now finished and really show you what the development is all about.

This two storey townhouse has a southerly aspect, 3 beds, one of which has a lovely south facing balcony looking out over the water, garage plus reception room leading out to private garden which in turn leads onto your private mooring. FAB !!!!

If you fancy the idea of the boating lifestyle then this fantastic example of a townhouse with 12m mooring can be yours today for 445,000€

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Property in Autignac with starting price of 10,000€- Things getting interesting

Our recent mailout about this wonderful period property in Autignac with a starting price of 10,000 euros has caused quite a stir.

We have already had a good number of serious enquiries and at least 2 offer winging their way to us as we speak.

Full details of this Property in Autignac can be found on our website, including some recently taken photos, a floorplan and details of the offer making process.

We mailed out this property with a "Starting Price" of 10,000 euros but so far, indications are that this property is almost certainly going to receive offers in excess of 100,000 euros.

The next few weeks should be very interesting. who knows where we'll end up!!!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Languedoc Property Finders changes stance on New Developments

I've been looking through the New Developments here in the Languedoc over the last few weeks and have come to the conclusion that most of them are just a bit too "Ordinary" for my liking.

There just isn't anything special about most of them. I think that the French Architects are building some great looking buildings at the moment but our clients are looking for something that is more than just good architecture.

Our clients want to be excited and inspired by a project and it is with this in mind that I have decided to withdraw most of the new developments we had listed and concentrate on those which we deem to be "Special".

Yesterday we were invited to the launch of a new project on the Grau D'Agde. A charming little holiday destination on the banks of the river Herault and the Sea.
What a nice surpirise................A new development that isn't compromised. A great location, a great location and a great location. Oh, and the building's pretty nice as well.

We are expecting the full package of documentation from the developers in the next few days and will post it on our "New Developments" page as soon as it arrives.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Sellers starting to wake up

Finally we are starting to see sellers waking up to the fact that some of their properties are incorrectly priced.

The market here is still strong but for some time now there have been far too many properties on the market at too high a price.

Finally sellers are starting to see sense and take our word over other less profesional agencies in the area.

This has lead to some very good quality properties coming onto our books at very realistic prices, so if you are thinking opf buying a property in this part of France why not give us a call to discuss your requirements.

Tel: 00 33 467 00 11 71 or 00 44 20 7913 9341

You Tube account updated

So we've finally managed to get round to updating our You Tube account.

Our intension is to upload a short clip for each village in area around Pezenas in order to give you all a real taste of what this charming part of France has to offer.

Have a look at our You Tube page and let us know what you think.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

French Lawyer

We have been working recemtly with a dual qualified English/French Lawyer, Fabien Cordiez, who has written this article for us that you may find helpful..............

Buying or selling French property?
How to choose the right professional adviser

Buying a property or establishing a business in any country requires the specialist legal assistance of highly-trained, qualified professionals suitably experienced in such matters. Investors require clear, impartial advice prior to, and during, the purchase process, to avoid costly mistakes.

In most common-law countries, both vendor and acquirer instruct their own legal professional to act in their interests, yet many French property purchasers fail to insist on having their own adviser. It is not just permitted to have your own legal advisor, it is highly recommended.

Notaires (notaries) are Public Officers whose main role is to draft and execute Deeds. They are civil-servants who have a monopoly on documents that must be authenticated by Deed, i. e. wills, marriage, contracts, document dealing with transfer of real property, and conveyancing. Notaries often act for both buyer and seller, which can potentially give rise to conflicts of interest. Their fees, based on a fixed scale, depend on the property's value. Notaires only get paid if a given transaction proceeds to completion.

Avocats (solicitors) are equally highly-trained professionals and similarly authorised to accomplish the same as a notaire, plus further to the notaire, if things go wrong, they can represent a client in Court.

French notaires are generally very courteous, professional and competent, but there are situations where customers, especially non-French speakers, are experiencing difficulties: they are either being overcharged for a service, or simply left in the dark with no answer whatsoever to their queries, delays occur etc... In most cases, that situation leaves foreign customers with very little recourse against the notaire concerned.

There are distinct advantages of using the services of a bilingual, qualified French Lawyer:

- You are assured that a qualified and experienced legal professional is really looking after your interests;

- Not only an independent French Lawyer is obliged to comply with strict professional standards, but he will get paid regardless of where and from whom the buyer buys;

- Where a difficulty arises, your solicitor can liaise with the notaire on your behalf and, if the matter does not get resolved, write to the notaires' local Law Society and lodge a formal complaint on your behalf. As a last resort, your solicitor can cancel the sale, reclaim your deposit and/or damages, and even sue the notaire in question for negligence where applicable;

- A qualified French lawyer established in France officially acts for you when corresponding with French Notaries, local authorities, banks, etc. whereas correspondence originating from law firms based outside France do not have the same efficiency and credibility...

As always, it is advisable to prevent this from happening if possible: involving your own French solicitor from the outset can, in the end, save a lot of money. If problems do happen, do not wait until matters have gone worse before consulting an independent French lawyer.

Fabien Cordiez can be contacted via his website: www.solicitor.fr

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Great value property near Pezenas

We have just had instructions from our client to drop the price on this wonderful 1 bed village house in the pretty village of Nezignan L'Eveque, only a few minutes from the town of Pezenas.

At 89,000 euros this village house is truly great value for money and an excellent buy for anyone looking to get on the ladder in th French property market.

For full details including photos click here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stunning Property in AUDE

We have just been to see a truly beautiful period property in the pretty village of Cruscades in the AUDE, just 15 mins inland from Narbonne.

This stunning family home has been fully restored to it's original glory and offers a main house of 5 beds, guest house of 4 beds, beautiful, private courtyard garden plus landscaped garden with swimming pool.

The property also benefits from a barn with it's own garden that offers a very interesting conversion proposition.
The price of such perfection? 795,000€.
As soon as we have built the web page for this property I will let you know.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Languedoc Property Market Still Strong

It seams that each day you open a newspaper there's more doom and gloom about the world economy and the big "Credit Crunch".

I can honestly say that so far the property market in the Languedoc is holding up rather well. Sure we've seen prices fall, but this has largely been down to properties that were badly priced to begin with and have needed to come down to the price they should have been at in the first place. If that makes sense!

Each day we receive emails and phone calls from good quality buyers looking to buy holiday homes or relocate to this part of France.

Personally I feel that people feel safe investing in France as oposed to other less proven parts of the world. They are looking at buying property for the long term and they feel confident that even if prices do fall, ultimately it is a safe and stable economy and their investment over time will probably reap rewards.

If you like the idea of buying a Languedoc Property then have a look at our property listings or give us a call to chat through your ideas. We are available Monday - Friday at our offices in Pezenas on 00 33 467 00 11 71 to answer your questions.

Property in Olonzac

The owner of this wonderful house in Olonzac has just been putting the finishing touches to the house and has sent us some wonderful photos.

Have a look at our main property page to see full details and more photos of this Olonzac property.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

An amazing view

I know that I've been a bit slack in adding to this blog recently but this post will more than make up for it.

How about this for an house with the most amazing view??????

This is a wonderful period house of approx 170 sqm only about 15 mins from Pezenas.

If you want a view like this then you'll have to pay 636,000€ for it.

If this sounds intersting then contact us for more info or call us directly on 00 33 467 00 11 71

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Port Du Roy Update

We have just come back from a trip to the stunning Port Du Roy marina development in the medieval twon of Aigues Mortes.

As you'll see from these pictures work is really coming along and the development is looking fantastic.

There are still some great units left so contact us now and we'll tell you all about it.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Chateau de la Redorte

If you're looking for an exclusive and up-market leaseback investment, then Chateau de la Redorte is it and fresh on the market. If you've ever fancied owning a piece of a chateau, complete with spa resort and loads of other on-site facilities, now's your chance. What's more, its a hassle free investment - you don't even need to think about the furniture, that's all taken care of.

Better still, there will only be 42 apartments built on the site of the Ch√Ęteau. Set in the Minervois region, the apartments will all be spacious, open plan and with large picture windows to take in the stunning scenery. Interior styling will be taken from key periods in the Chateau's history evoking classic French elegance with a modern twist - traditional colours, textures, materials, lime washes - all working in harmony with state-of-the art lighting and equipment. The location is superb too - it rests between the ancient city of Carcassonne and the coast.

On site will be all the facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel; indoor and outdoor pools and a beautiful spa to spoil yourself in; a secret mediterranean garden.

This is a one-off leaseback investment that will offer some lucky investors a guaranteed rental return and the chance to use the property and the 5* on-site facilities during the year.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Period house with secluded garden and swimming pool for sale

This really is my luck day. I have just been instructed to sell a wonderful period house in the heart of one of my favourite villages, Nezignan l'Eveque.

This Nezignan l'Eveque property is sure to go under offer very quickly so call us now on 00 33 467 00 11 71

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Villa in Cap D'Agde

It has been a good two weeks for property. The quantity has been low but I've taken on a few gems. Today I was instructed to sell a really good villa in the prestigious "Mareval" quarter of Cap D'Agde.

You might think that Cap D'Agde is all about squashed apartments with small balconies but believe me there is much more to it.

Tucked away on the side of a hill is a pretty, tree lined residential quarter made up of smart villas with swimming pools.

Cap D'Agde has been around since the late 60's/early 70's (I can't remember exactly) and so this residential area is now thick with mature pine and palm trees giving it a really lovely feel.

The villa itself is rather 70's in it's decor but it's a good size, has a lovely garden and pool and most importantly is in the right part of town. The price is realistic too.

Follow this link to see a full description including photos of this Cap D'Agde villa.

Monday, January 28, 2008

The best value house in the Herault.......

Looks like I was right when I said that this house in Usclas D'Herault was the best value house in the Herault.

No sooner had I written my post and mailed out the details I get a call from the vendor telling me he's just received an offer!

They are waiting for the buyer to confirm their financial situation before accepting so there's still everything to play for.

So if you're coming out to the Languedoc this week call us now to arrange a viewing before it's too late.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Building land in Sete

We have just been instructed to sell some building land in Sete right at the very top of the prestigious Mont St.Clair.

The top of Mont St.Clair is a lot higher than you'd expect and the views from these plots of building land are nothing less than spectacular. Click here to read more about Sete building plots.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Residence Le Mas du Golf work underway

The Residence Mas du Golf in Beziers is now underway.

Follw the link above for a full description of this exciting new waterside development on the wonderful St Thomas golf course in Beziers.

The best value house in the Herault ???????

This amazing double fronted house has just dropped substancially in price to a very exciting 199,000€. That's right, you did read correctly..................199,000€.

Read a full description of this fantastic house here but don't take too long. At this price this house will surely be sold in a very short time indeed !!!