ASK THE AGENT
No one knows the area like a local estate agent. We asked Hilary Larkin, of Hilary Larkin Properties, for the inside track on Alpes-Maritimes
A property agent covering Alpes-Maritimes gives their insider knowledge
What’s the cheapest property you have on your books?
I have a renovated studio just three minutes from Cannes’ Forville market for €99,000. It’s an ideal bolt-hole for holidays and weekends and is a great rental investment.
What’s the most unusual property you have sold in the past?
In the old village of ChâteauneufGrasse, I sold what was originally a series of completely rundown cellars dating all the way back to the 1800s. They were exquisitely renovated by a renowned designer into a very cool, loft-style property. Even the original floors were retained and restored with underground flooring.
How much would you expect to pay for:
A three-bed townhouse in a nice domaine would start at about €450,000. a detached property with land in good condition? The starting price for a detached property in good condition with 1,000m2 of land is between €650-€700,000. a renovation project?
I currently have a great townhouse in the old town of Le Cannet which is currently laid out in three studios. It is priced at €399,000 but the owners are open to offers.
Is there a typical architecture or style in the region?
The traditional style is Provençal with lots of stone, beams and terracotta floors. However there is a definite tendency towards a contemporary style. Even traditional Provençal properties are being renovated with sleek contemporary interiors.
Why do British people buy houses in Alpes-Maritimes?
The weather and the lifestyle! Also Nice international airport is the third busiest airport in France and serves as an operating base for easyJet, providing easy accessibility which is certainly an attraction for many people.
What advice would you give to anyone who is thinking of buying in your area?
Know where you want to buy. Travel around and get to know the area before you start looking... it saves lots of time.
What are your predictions for the property market?
I feel it will remain a good investment for international buyers. We have not noticed any slowdown in demand from UK purchasers and, despite uncertainty surrounding the EU referendum and fluctuations in the pound, they still have confidence in the French market.
What’s your favourite part of the area?
The Mercantour national park has breathtaking scenery of lakes, valleys and mountains and the pretty village of Coaraze with its narrow cobbled streets is definitely a favourite of mine.
Describe the department in five words.
Sun, scenery, quality of life, multicultural, great food (and I will sneak in a sixth)... rosé!