No one knows an area like a lo­cal es­tate agent. We asked Jim Pat­tin­son, from the Mon­ségur of­fice of Beaux Vil­lages Im­mo­bilier, for the in­side track on Gironde

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A prop­erty agent cov­er­ing Gironde gives his in­sider knowl­edge

How much are the cheap­est and most ex­pen­sive prop­er­ties you have for sale? Depend­ing on what you are look­ing for, prices range from €90,000 for a small stone-built house for restora­tion or a small one- or two-bed­room town­house in movein con­di­tion. At the other end of the scale we have a part-gîte/part-vine­yard prop­erty for €1,800,000. Can you tell us some­thing about the typ­i­cal ar­chi­tec­ture of the area? The clas­sic ex­am­ple of Gironde ar­chi­tec­ture would be a typ­i­cal mai­son de maître – think Ge­or­gian manor house. It’s very sym­met­ri­cal, el­e­gant and for­mal. Stone farm­houses are typ­i­cal in this area too and there are plenty of them. What sort of bud­get does your typ­i­cal Bri­tish buyer have? It re­ally de­pends what the per­son is look­ing for but €200,000 to €300,000 would be quite usual, al­though many have be­tween €500,000 and €1,000,000. What do they tend to want to buy?

It is a mix of hol­i­day homes and prop­er­ties for a per­ma­nent move. Any­thing near a vil­lage with a bar or a bak­ery is pop­u­lar, and a prop­erty with a gîte or two is of­ten on the shop­ping list. What is the prop­erty mar­ket like in Gironde at the mo­ment? Gironde cov­ers three mar­kets: coastal, ur­ban Bordeaux and coun­try. This is a very pop­u­lar area with French, Dutch, Bel­gians and, of course, the Bri­tish. Brexit means that lots of peo­ple want to get their cap­i­tal set­tled sooner rather than later. What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in the com­ing months? This is go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing year for Gironde in gen­eral and for prop­erty in the area. Bordeaux has been voted the num­ber one city in the world for 2017 by Lonely Planet. It’s known world­wide as a cen­tre for cul­ture (and shop­ping!) and it’s the big­gest wine re­gion in the world. Gironde boasts well-pre­served ex­am­ples of his­toric ar­chi­tec­ture dat­ing back to the 11th and 12th cen­turies. The city of Bordeaux it­self is ab­so­lutely buzzing right now. Ac­cess is easy via TGV and low-cost flights; ski­ing is two and a half hours away; there is space and af­ford­able prop­erty com­pared to many other mar­kets. What’s not to like? beauxvil­

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