Ask the agent
Andrea Bichi shares his inside knowledge of the property market in and around Vaucluse
How much are the cheapest and most expensive properties you have for sale?
The cheapest we have on the market is a property that has a view of the Luberon for €120,000. The most expensive is a stunning property near Gordes with a fantastic view for €2.99m.
Can you tell us about the local architecture of Vaucluse?
It’s very recognisable thanks to its stonebuilt houses. The typical farmhouse from the 18th-19th century is called a mas, often built in a L shape on two floors, with outbuildings and an enclosed courtyard to protect the well and to be sheltered from the wind. More prestigious buildings, owned by rich landlords were called bastides, often built on three levels with symmetrical windows and an elegant central staircase.
Apart from France, where are your clients from?
The Luberon area where I am based is popular with Britons, Belgians, Americans, Germans, Swiss, Swedish and Australians, among many other nationalities.
What kind of property do expats tend to want to buy?
A lot of them want to buy renovated houses which are ready to move into, with a view, walking distance to a village, and that can be rented out for holiday periods in order to cover yearly charges.
Have you noticed any change in the local property market since Brexit?
We have lost some British clients since Brexit, but I think it’s a matter of time and that they will come back even with a lower budget. Some of our clients have immediately invested in the eurozone in order to split the risk and have their assets in both markets.
What’s the most unusual request that you’ve had from a client?
A 50m ² house with a 1,000m ² shed or garage in order to keep his collection of 50 vintage cars. I understand – it is a real joy to drive on the lovely roads in Provence in a nice 1960s convertible or 2CV.
What are your predictions for the property market in Vaucluse?
It has been expanding and will continue to do so. I think it is a safe place for investors as it is internationally known, with an international growing demand. We have trains and flights coming from all over Europe to Marseille and Avignon.