ASK THE AGENT
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
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? beauxvillages.com