Ask the agent

No one knows the area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked Jamel Bez­zazi of Agence Teissier Trans­ac­tions for the in­side track on Ardèche

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and de­cided to buy a prop­erty so he could live here per­ma­nently.

Is there a typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture or style in Ardèche?

You typ­i­cally find old stone mas, (farm­houses), with vaulted cel­lars, tra­di­tional stone floors, vaulted ceil­ings, quite of­ten with old stone sinks or bak­ers’ ovens.

What ad­vice would you give to some­body who is think­ing of buy­ing in your area?

Buy now be­fore there is an in­crease in prop­erty prices! And re­search the places where you are think­ing of buy­ing.

Why do Bri­tish peo­ple buy houses in Ardèche?

For the nat­u­ral un­spoilt land­scape and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, the char­ac­ter­ful towns and vil­lages and, of course, the Mediter­ranean mi­cro­cli­mate which is very sunny.

What tips would you give to help peo­ple try­ing to set­tle into life in the area?

Join one of the many as­so­ci­a­tions and clubs. It’s easy to so­cialise and meet peo­ple through them. I think the mar­ket will grow – there are some great op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to buy af­ford­able prop­erty. I think buy­ing a prop­erty here is a very good in­vest­ment as the area at­tracts many tourists.

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