Friday, December 18, 2009
I'm sure it wopn't last but what fun it would be for the children if it settled a little for Christmas day.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It's cold, very cold, like the UK, but I can see the sky. In fact, there isn't a single cloud in the sky and the sun is shining. It seems to me that over the past 8 years of living in the Languedoc, this is what perhaps 75% of the winter months are like. Cold but sunny. And belive me, that makes all the difference.
We're coming to the end of the yar now and we don't have many more clients arriving before Christmas which is usual but we have a few new and exciting Languedoc properties that we have taken on recently so we'll see what the next couple of weeks bring.
Friday, December 04, 2009
The system will allow both Estate Agents and private individuals to list properties for free that will be shown as an overlay on google's maps.
Apparently there have been mixed responses over this, with shares in property portal "Right Move" falling by 10% at the announcement.
I'm not sure when this will come to France but am certain that it will. The question is, how will this affect property in Languedoc, property in Herault and of course property for sale in France as a whole.
I can see it as a good move although suppose that there must be some kind of filtering system that will be put in place otherwise google maps could get very crowded very quickly. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, if you're looking for property to buy in Languedoc or property to buy in Herault then call us on 00 33 467 00 11 71 or 020 7913 9341 from the UK to discuss your requirements.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Property in la Tamarissiere can prove to be a great investment for many many fun family holidays in the sun.
Read more about property in la Tamarissiere and discover if it's right for you.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Domaine de Lavagnac, one of the finest examples of property in Languedoc we have seen for some time has just won several 5 star awards at the CNBC Arabiya European Property Awards, including best French golf development and best French development.
This, along with the ever increasing numbers of unit reservations at Domaine de Lavagnac underlines the point that in a time of economic uncertainty, Languedoc property and specifically Herault property is still very popular and continues to be seen as a sound investment.
If you would like to read about specific properties for sale at Domaine de Lavagnac then please follow this link and simply put LAV into the “Reference” box and then hit “SEARCH”.
If you’d like to see details of general property in Languedoc or Property in Herault that we have for sale then follow this link and hit “SEARCH” in the search property box in the top right of the screen.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I have also taken on a property in Cap d'Agde which is a really great Studio/Cabin. It has room to sleep 6. Great purchase price, located by the Port and only 5 minutes from the beach.
Another fab new place is a property in CERS. Also a Maison d'Maitre, and just 10 minutes drive to 3 different beaches in the Herault.
Finally a new property in Tourbes which is set in a fab location. It has a direct view over vineyards and is located in a small close only a few hundred metres from the centre of the village and only 5 mins from Property in Pezenas.
A fabulous week for new property in Herault. Have a look at all these properties on our Languedoc property pages.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
The location is great, right in the heart of the town just off the Allee Paul Riquet
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The apartment is aparently in a well run building with concierge, underground parking and a terrace.
I'll post more info once I've seen it but in the meantime if you're looking to buy and apartment in Beziers then give me a call on 00 33 467 00 11 71
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This detached villa can be viewed in detail by following this link.
As you can see from the photo the Port du Roy marina is almost finished and by summer 2010 will be a very exciting place to be.
Call me to discuss the Port du Roy marina and your mooring requirements on 00 33 467 00 11 71
Friday, September 04, 2009
For more information about this villa (REF: ROUCOS) follow this link to read a full spec and see lots of photos of this Languedoc Property.
Monday, August 31, 2009
As I keep saying...................Buy property in Languedoc now !!!!!!
Data courtesy of Robin Hicks of What's on where in Herault
This year has been slightly different. I've actually been very bust these last 2 months and have made a bunch of sales. Perhaps this is a sign of an improvong market, perhaps it's nothing.
I personally feel that the market is bouncing back a bit and property in Pezenas is seeing a good level of interest from buyers compared to other parts of France.
The Languedoc region of France continues to receive a good press and is now rapidly becoming the region of choice for people who are looking for a mixture of great weather, wonderful landscape and good value property. You only have to look at the WOW website to see how much there is to do in the Herault department alone to understand why Property in Languedoc, Property in Herault and in particular, Property in Pezenas is standing tall in the wake of an economic crisis.
If you want my opinion this whole part of France is a very safe bet and slowly we are seeing more and more interesting properties for sale coming to the market at sensible prices.
The moto of this story is this.....................buy in the Herault/Pezenas and buy now !!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
An abandoned railway has been given a new lease of life by Velorail. Small railway wagons fitted with pedals allow you to glide down this fascinating track, through tunnels and over viaducts and all with breathtaking views of the valley de Cernon and the hills, rock outcrops and even cattle grazing in the fields. It also runs through what amounts to a nature reserve - all seen from these small railcars in close to silence.
2 routes are on offer - up-hill "les Papillons" is for the hearty as it is quite a pedal uphill - though coming back down is fun.
In the other direction - "les Orchidees" is pretty pedal free after the first 300 meters and then a delightful glide down hill. And the bonus is - a train will come down after you and take you back to the top! We left at 11.ish and got back at around one o'clock - good value for €16 we thought and after working up an appetite - well judged for lunch - how very French.
Each "car" has 2 pedaling positions and an easy seat for 2 more passengers. Even if you are not a rail fan you will enjoy it - not an anorak zone at all.
Booking a good idea as the trips run in batches - full details on the website - just 2 trips a day in June but 4 or more in July.
www.veloraildularzac.com or phone 05 65 58 72 10
This info was provided by Robin Hicks, the best local knowledge there is. Be sure to visit his site What's on where in Herault
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
These properties in Canet are really starting to take shape and I have to say that I think they'r great.
When I first saw the drawings last year I liked them but to be honest it's only now I've actually walked through them that they really apeal to me.
The prices are pretty much OK and I would strongly suggest a site visit to this property in Canet if you are lookig for a village house in the Herault in the 200,000€ region.
I'll get details of these Languedoc properties onto our "Property for sale" section of the website over the next few days.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Simon Kerridge www.languedocpropertyfinders.com
Friday, June 26, 2009
More details to follow but the villa is a 175 sqm, 4 bed detached villa on a 700 sqm plot with 13.5m mooring. The house has been very cleverly laid out taking into consideration the sun and the wind and boasts 2 terrases (one covered) and a lovely swimming pool.
The price? 950,000€
More to follow.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The whole place is in fantastic condition and has the ever popular exposed beams and stone walls.
The house is coming on at a very realistic 199,000€ and is sure to be a bit hit.
Watch this space for more details on this wonderful Languedoc property.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Things have definitely changed over the last 3-4 weeks and it seems that now may be the right time to buy a property in France.
Activity levels have picked up fairly sharply both in terms of enquiries and client visits. What's interesting is that this has also filtered down into offers and sales.
I've just looked through my stats and can tell you that in the last 5 weeks I've had 9 sets of clients over from the UK and Ireland. This may mean nothing to you but when I tell you that out of those 9 sets of clients, 8 have made offers on properties you can see why I'm feeling optimistic.
I worked for 13 years as a central London Estate Agent and I can tell you that even there those conversion rates are fantastically high.
• Why is this?
This of course is the multi million pound question and I don't claim to be an economist but I can tell you this.
The word on the street in the UK is that things have improved in many sectors. I have friends working in Estate Agency in central London who tell me that the last 4 weeks have shown a big improvement and they are generally very busy. One friend just posted his end of month figures for May which showed a very respectable number, even for a regular market.
So people are feeling more optimistic in the UK. France is the same, although it didn't seem to hit here quite as badly anyway but that's another story.
I have been banging on at sellers for what seems to be ages and ages to get realistic with their prices over here and it seems as though people are now beginning to wake up to reality. Other agents here are following suit so now I'm not the only one "Preaching the gospel".
This has meant a shift in the quality of property for sale in this part of France for the better. Sure, there's still a lot of rubbish out there but more and more good properties are coming on to the market at realistic prices and more and more of these are selling. Buyers need to be excited by property. They want to buy but need to feel like they are buying well in order to make a commitment.
• What are people buying?
I suppose it's the same old mantra here really. Quality, location and character.
A quality property doesn't have to be something that's been done up to the nines, it might need everything doing to it but still be a "Good" property.
The biggest demand we have is for properties in pretty villages with a bit of life and a bit of commerce within a short drive of a proper town such as Pezenas. Pezenas works very well as it's kind of in the middle of everything.
• Within 20-30 mins of the beach
• Within an hour’s drive of 5 airports
• Within 30 mins drive of the hills
• It's got the best weather in this part of France
• Montpellier is around 35 mins away
• Beziers is 20 mins away
• You can drive to the ski slopes of the Pyrenees in under 3 hours
• You can drive to the Alpes in 5 hours
It's easy to see why this part of the Languedoc is so popular.
Character properties have always been a favourite here as this part of France is steeped in history and us Brits like nothing better than a good bit of stone, brick and wood with a few stories behind it.
I would say that 75% of my buyers are looking for an old stone property with wooden beams and the character of the old Mediterranean. However, this type of house with a garden is pretty hard to find so probably around 50% of buyers end up going for something different in order to buy into the whole private swimming pool thing. Let's be honest, going to the beach is fab but there's something rather special about having your own swimming pool.
• What else is selling?
The other types of properties that are doing well are a select group of high quality developments that are being built and/or planned at the moment.
The Domaine de Lavagnac is attracting a lot of attention at the moment. This development was only launched a few weeks ago but has already attracted a lot of people to put down deposits and sign reservation forms. The Domaine de Lavagnac offers a stunning combination of 18 hole golf course and 400 year old Chateau set among 192 hectares of unspoilt woodlands and vineyards. The icing on the cake? A guaranteed return of 7% for the first bunch of reservations. Click here to see the properties for sale at the Domaine de Lavagnac. Simply type "LAV" into the search box and you will be presented with full details on all the properties available in the Domaine but hurry as the 7% deal is a limited offer.
Another fabulous development that is attracting a lot of interest is the Chateau les Carrasses project near Beziers. This beautiful old Chateau with it's on site winery is being transformed into 28 high end units ranging from 1 bed apartments to family sized houses with private swimming pools. It's a different concept to the Lavagnac leaseback solution and is being bought for different reasons but again it's a high end development that has taken a good number of reservation deposits in its opening weeks. Click here to go to our property listings page and type KARLO into the reference search box to see details of what's available at the Chateau les Carrasses.
• Where is the market going to go now?
If I could answer this I would be writing this newsletter from a yacht in the Caribbean instead of my office in Pezenas. I can tell you that I don't think prices are about to start going up anytime soon but it does look as though they've stopped going down.
It seems as though the clever money is starting to invest again and that's always a good sign. Generally speaking, someone doesn't have £500,000 sitting in a savings account in cash unless they've made a few wise calls in their time.
So is it the right time to buy? Yes. I think it is. My advice is to jump on a plane and grab a good deal before someone else does.
If you'd like to discuss your property requirements then call me on 00 33 467 00 11 71 or click here to go to our property search page. We might not have much, but what we do have is selling so we must be doing something right!
Happy house hunting
Friday, May 22, 2009
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You can see how well things have progresses here and how good the development is looking.
There are still a few well placed units left for sale at Les Jardins de St.Benoit so if you like the look of these pictures contact me for more information or to arange a site visit.
Monday, May 11, 2009
It seems that an awful lot of people in the Port du Roy would like someone to look after their houses while they're not there.
People have asked for various levels of Port du Roy property management ranging from simple keyholding and a monthly security check to full cleaning and a welcome pack prior to their arrival.
With this in mind I am talking to someone to see about putting property management in Port du Roy into action so if you have a house in Port du Roy or a Villa in Port du Roy contact me and tell me what you'd like.
Also, if you want to talk about advertising your property to rent in Port du Roy, we are starting to put in place a system for this as well.
Watch this space for more updates.
Friday, May 08, 2009
The Chateau les Carrasses sits comfortably in the rolling countryside just outside Capestang, about 15 mins from Beziers.
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The Chateau itself is to be turned into a collection of luxury apartments while it's various outbuildings are to be turned into a collection of houses with private gardens and swimming pools and a few apartments.
The developer is focussing on quality rather than quantity and is only using existing buildings to convert. The local Mayor was quite happy to give permission for some new build on the plot but the developer was very clear in his vision for what this project was to be.
Character, Quality, Lifestyle and Intimacy.
With only 28 units being created I am confident that his vision is sound and I would highly recommend an early viewing. If you want to capture the spirit of this part of France but don't want to hassle of owning a second home and don't want to be tied into any kind of restrictive use then this is what you've been waiting for.
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.
For those of you who don’t know this development, the Domaine de Lavagnac is being hailed as the most exciting development in the south of France. It combines luxury homes with modern architecture; an 18 hole championship golf course & clubhouse and a luxurious 1000m2 spa.
All this encircles a 400-year old château better known as the ‘Versailles du Languedoc’ – which is to become the 5-star hotel, where you will sip champagne on limestone terraces overlooking the château’s formal gardens.
The problem I’ve always had with most new developments in this part of the world is that they always look amazing in the artist’s impressions but more often than not have a compromised location. I can honestly say that as far I am concerned the situation of the Lavagnac project is nothing short of spectacular.
One of the most interesting points about this project is the density of building relative to the overall site. The last thing you want from a luxury residential development is to feel like you’re crammed in to the site with loads of other people and haven’t got room to breath. With Lavagnac there will be no such concern, the building permissions that have been granted equate to permission to build on 3% of the total site which means that there will be plenty of wonderful, mature landscape for you to play golf in or simply go for a walk or a cycle.
Purchase options for the Domaine de Lavagnac are as follows;
- Option 1 Outright purchase – You can buy a property here as a second home and use it as and when you wish. As this option does not involve a “Leaseback commitment” there is no VAT saving.
- Option 2 Fifty/Fifty – A very attractive option in my opinion. You get up to six months of the year for personal use (excluding 1st 2 weeks of July and the month of August). When not in personal use, the property will be added to the rental pool and be rented out by the management company. You will then receive a return of 50% on all net rental income. The big advantage here is that the property falls into the “Leaseback” scheme and as such you benefit from a VAT rebate of 19.6% which is a pretty nice saving.
- Option 3 Early investor deal – This option is only available on the first 106 properties in Phase 1. The property is bought under the leaseback scheme and buyers will receive a 7 % net return on their purchase which will cover the mortgage payments and outgoings. By way of example, a net purchase of €360,000 on a 2 bed apt will yield €25,200 per annum assuming a 10% deposit. This arrangement allows the buyer 1 week in High Season and three in Low Season and based on a fixed rate mortgage of 5% over 25 years. This is already proving to be of real interest to people and a number of reservations have already been taken.
Types of properties available in Phase 1
You may also like to visit our YouTube page and have a look at the three Lavagnac videos that we have including;
"Le Syrah" - 2 bed, 2 bath ground floor apartment with garden and shared swimming pool - Price: 360,000 € (ex VAT)
"Le Carignan" - 2 bed, 2 bath first floor apartment with terrace and shared swimming pool - 375,000 € (ex VAT)
"Le Merlot" - 3 bed, 3 bath semi-detached house with first floor terrace, garden and shared swimming pool - 449,000 € (ex VAT)
"Le Cerisier" - 3 bed, 3 bath detached house with first floor terrace, garden and private swimming pool - Prices from 599,000 € (ex VAT)
"l'Amandier" - 4 bed, 4 bath detached house with first floor terrace, garden, garage and private swimming pool - Prices from 699,000 € (ex VAT)
I'm sure you will not be dissapointed with this development. It really does exactly what it says on the tin.
Call me to talk about individual houses, to arange a site visit or to reserve your unit now on 00 33 467 00 11 71
Friday, April 24, 2009
The two developments are basically the same. In fact, I have it on good authority that the principal architect behind the Port du Roy was a studying architect working on Port Grimaud many years ago.
Both are marina developments made up of traditionally styled houses/cottages with roof terraces and small gardens with moorings at the bottom. This gives a really nice canal like feel to the marinas rather than just line after line of pontoons with boats moored up.
While Port Grimaud is located on the Cote d'Azur not far from Saint Tropez, the Port du Roy marina is located in the heart of the Languedoc region of France, not far from Montpellier.
As the Port du Roy nears completion I can really see it taking shape. Trees have now been planted and a reasonable number of people have moved in.
There are even some houses to rent in Port du Roy that have come to the market and will be ready for this summer.
Moorings are up to about 13m in length although if you have a longer boat then a villa to buy in Port du Roy or a villa to rent in Port du Roy could suit as these come with 15m moorings.
All in all I think that this development is great and I really look forward to seeing it living and breathing when 100% of the houses have been delivered to their lucky owners and all the green areas have been planted. There's even going to be a Port du Roy bar/restaurant situated on the Quai d'Honneur marina.
Whatch this space for further updates.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
The site's creator and writer, Robin Hicks is surely one of, if not the most knowledgeable person for the "What's going on" side of life in the Herault. If Robin doesn't know about it then it's not worth knowing.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Since I moved from London to the Languedoc 8 years ago I have always thought that there was something missing from the property market here.
There seemed to be loads and loads of developments springing up everywhere but none of them seemed to capture what I always belived was the spirit of this part of France.
What I saw a real market for was a picturesque Domaine or Chateau in a beautiful setting with well situated out-buildings that could be converted into a small, bespoke, luxury development of individual houses or apartments with communal grounds, swimming pool, tennis court etc.
The problem was that a) These buildings were close to impossible to find, b) I didn't have the money to do it and c) No-one else shared my vision.
Instead developers were frantically running around building modern blocks of apartments in, what turned out to be more often than not, very compromised locations.
Until now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am please to say that finally, someone who shares my vision has come along and has just launched what I consider to be a truly outstanding project.
Chateau les Carrasses lies just west of Beziers, in a beautiful setting just outside the village of Capestang so it's very convenient for the beach and airports alike.
The Chateau les Carrasses is being reborn as a mixture of luxury apartments within the Chateau itself, plus luxury houses (some with private swimming pools) created from the Chateau's well spaced out-buildings.
The developer is known to me and has a real eye for style, detail and quality of materials and finish. The Chateau les Carrasses is going to be one hot ticket this summer.
Watch this space for more information or call me on 00 33 467 00 11 71 to chat about this fabulous project.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
This property is currently run as a very successful boutique hotel and since opening has built up quite a following of returning clients
The price for such luxury? 849,000€.
Call me for more information on 00 33 467 00 11 71
Friday, April 03, 2009
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Not much else to say really except FANTASTIC. The whole marina is really coming together and looks amazing. Most of the development is looking pretty well finished now and there are a number of boats already moored up. I think that by the time we get to the summer this place will be looking very special indeed.
There are still a few units left in the Port Du Roy including a couple of resales that we have. One on Quai Saint Louis with a 12m mooring and another in Marina Del Sol also with a large mooring.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This beautifully presented 2 bedroom apartment has two double bedrooms, bathrooms, modern kitchen and bright Reception room with high ceilings leading out onto a pretty roof terrace.
This fantastic apartment is for sale at 205,000€.
See more photos here
We have also now been instructed to sell a very cute village house with roof terrace in the pretty village of Pouzolles.
With 2 double bderooms and a roof terrace this house is for sale at 139,500€ and will not be on the market for very long.
See more photos here
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This 3 floor house is being refurbished to a high standard and has retained many of it's original features including some exposed stone and wooden beams.
The house has 2 double bedrooms, small kitchen, living/dining room, newly fitted shower room and a pretty roof terrace for those long, lazy summer BBQ's.
Pouzolles is a really nice village with great bar that serves food. The house is only about 2 mins walk from the bar/village centre and is likely to come onto the market in the next few weeks at a price circa 130,000€.
Village houses with outside space at this price don't come around very often so if you're planning a viewing trip do give us a ring as I don't think this place will hang around.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
It always takes a while for people to get their minds back to buying property after the Christmas break and starting back at work in Jan but I can report that since the last few days of January we have seen a marked increase in enquiries.
It's true that we have had some very interesting properties come onto our books lately such as this wondeful family house in Roujan for 460,000€, a modern house in Caux with swimming pool for the same price and a really nice 2 bed holiday house in Pezenas with pretty garden and shared swimming pool for 155,000€. Not forgetting our newly listed barn with large garden ready to convert into your dream Languedoc Property.
So if you're thinking of buying or selling in and around Pezenas give us a call for a chat.
You can reach us via a UK number: - 020 7193 9341 or direct to our office in France: - 00 33 467 00 11 71