Hol­i­day Home

Per­fectly suited for the three-comma club!

World Travel Magazine - - Contents - Olivier Bour­rain is France’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent buy­ing agent. He runs his own prop­erty find­ing busi­ness help­ing his hand­picked clients buy the best houses for the right price. www.theriv­ier­al­ife.com

Get an in­sider’s take on the es­sen­tial lo­ca­tions in France to buy that hol­i­day home and an­nounce your en­try to the three-comma-club.

From French vine­yards to glam­orous vil­lage of Saint-tropez, Olivier Bour­rain shares why these re­gions are per­fect for a hol­i­day home.

THE GOR­GEOUS VIEWS

Cannes

To en­joy one of the most breath­tak­ing sea views on the French Riviera, you will need to go to ‘La Cal­i­fornie’ or to ‘La Croix des Gardes’ on the hills of Cannes. In the most ex­pen­sive street of ‘La Cal­i­fornie’, the château de Soligny, an ex­cep­tional 19th­cen­tury man­sion bears a guide price of 55 mil­lion eu­ros (i.e., S$89.1 mil­lion).

Cannes of­fers 300 days of sun­shine and three casi­nos. Lux­ury bou­tiques are lin­ing up on La Croisette wa­ter­front prom­e­nade and Miche­lin-starred restau­rants cater to the palate of a cos­mopoli­tan ex­pat com­mu­nity. In Cannes, you will feel like a movie star!

WITHIN THE VINE­YARDS

Bordeaux area

French vine­yards can rep­re­sent to savvy in­vestors a prof­itable in­vest­ment in many ways: wine sales, oeno-tourism and lux­ury B&B and just a few of the op­tions. More than 130 châteaux of the 7,400 wine-pro­duc­ing es­tates in Bordeaux’s re­gion are Chi­nese-owned. Own­ing a vine­yard and a château is as much about status as about life­style. In the Saint-émil­ion area, wine con­nois­seurs can pur­chase a 5-hectare vine­yard with a cas­tle at around €2 mil­lion/ha (S$3.25 mil­lion/ha).

JET-SET­TER’S PAR­ADISE

Saint-tropez

The glam­orous vil­lage of Saint-tropez is pop­u­lar with in­ter­na­tional jet-set­ters and known for its nightlife. Drink a cof­fee at the Sénéquier café on the har­bour be­fore head­ing to Pam­pelonne beach for a laid-back af­ter­noon by the Club 55. At night, the ‘place to be’ is Les Caves du Roy (PS: Be nice to Patrick!), the VIP Room or the Pa­pa­gayo.

If you are a mem­ber of the three-comma club (i.e., a Forbes bil­lion­aire), you may find a prop­erty in a gated com­mu­nity where you land your he­li­copter and avoid traf­fic con­ges­tion for less than €80,000/m2 (i.e., S$129,610/m2).

ITS HIS­TORY BABY

Bour­gogne-franche-comté re­gion For buy­ers will­ing to own ‘a lit­tle piece of France’, the Holy Grail is a French Château in the Loire val­ley, in Sologne or in Bour­gogne that is eas­ily accessible, with no sound or vis­ual nui­sances, per­fectly ren­o­vated by tra­di­tional crafts­men, prefer­ably with out­build­ings, sta­bles and woods.

Would-be cas­tle own­ers will un­doubt­edly be tempted by a €25-plus mil­lion (S$40plus mil­lion) real piece of art from the 19th-cen­tury, per­fect for a hol­i­day re­treat or in­come-gen­er­at­ing ac­tiv­i­ties (ho­tel, sem­i­nars & con­fer­ences, wed­dings…).

A BANKER’S REFUGE

Paris

The city of lights re­mains the city of choice for the ul­tra-af­flu­ent who ac­claim the French art de vivre and Paris’ ar­chi­tec­tural land­marks, Miche­lin-starred restau­rants, cul­tural rich­ness and lux­ury bou­tiques. With the 2024 Sum­mer Olympics on the hori­zon, Paris at­tracts more and more in­ter­na­tional real es­tate buy­ers who con­sider own­ing a Parisian prop­erty as a re­serve cur­rency.

An ex­cep­tional, fully ren­o­vated town­house with gar­den, swim­ming pool and concierge ser­vices in a se­cure en­vi­ron­ment of the his­tor­i­cal heart of Paris has an ask­ing price of al­most €40 mil­lion (S$64 mil­lion).

This Page, Breze Chateau & vine­yard Loire Val­ley Op­po­site, clock­wise from top left, La Croix des Gardes Floren­tine-style château lo­cated atop a hill in Cannes; Saint-emil­ion vil­lage; lux­ury res­i­dence in Saint Tropez

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