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

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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!

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