What’s on the market?
Househunters are spoilt for choice with houses of all types and budget as agent Freddy Rueda explains: “We advertise properties from €50,000 to €2m. Mostly you get village houses, vigneron’s houses (with large garage and outside space) and bungalows with views. If you want to spend more, you can find larger properties such as domaines (estates).”
He says that you can find renovated village houses with outside space on the market between €120,000 and €170,000 while countryside houses might be between €250,000 and €400,000, depending on location and plot size, of course.
Views of the Med come at a price; Freddy estimates a good apartment with sea views will be for sale around €400,000 but you could also find a small villa with pool from €250,000 although the price will vary depending on the location, size of the land and pool.
“You can find everything from a tiny village house or former winemaker’s house close to the sea to new-build apartments by the sea,” explains Claudia Götting, a local agent for Leggett Immobilier. “You rarely find character houses at the beaches here. Stone houses and properties with more land are mainly found in the hinterland starting 20km north of the Mediterranean.”
The market is buoyant and both agents have seen an uptick in transactions and a timid rise in prices. Some of Claudia’s clients are leaving the Côte d’azur to come to Hérault to escape the crowds. “A lot of French clients are buying primary residences for their retirement or holiday home,” Claudia explains. “We also have lots of British buying for a new life and a Brexit escape.”
So, why don’t you?