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An­drea Bichi shares his in­side knowl­edge of the prop­erty mar­ket in and around Vaucluse

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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.

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