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Any­one want­ing to live a Mediter­ranean life­style should con­sider the stun­ning Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales says Eve Mal­tese of Beau­ti­ful South

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Eve Mal­tese of Beau­ti­ful South shares her in­side knowl­edge of the prop­erty mar­ket in Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales

How much are the most ex­pen­sive and cheap­est prop­er­ties that you have for sale?

The most ex­pen­sive prop­erty we cur­rently have for sale is a stun­ning 19th-cen­tury cas­tle de­signed by the fa­mous ar­chi­tect Petersen priced at €2,250,000. Our cheap­est at the mo­ment are a pretty vil­lage house and a charm­ing one-bed hol­i­day apart­ment, both on sale at €90,000.

Can you tell us some­thing about the ar­chi­tec­ture in Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales?

The lo­cal ar­chi­tec­ture has Span­ish in­flu­ences, with au­then­tic farm­houses and vil­lage houses made of stone, wood and cay­rous bricks. In Per­pig­nan we have quite a few build­ings in Art Deco and Haus­man­nian styles.

Apart from France, where are your buy­ers from?

We have some buy­ers from the UK, but less so since Brexit. We also have Ger­man, Bel­gian and Dutch buy­ers.

What do ex­pats tend to want to buy?

We find that ex­pats are look­ing for prop­er­ties with gîtes or B&B busi­nesses.

What’s the most unusual re­quest that you have had from a client?

One odd, yet com­mon re­quest we have from clients is that they want to be in a quiet en­vi­ron­ment but within walk­ing dis­tance from all the shops, restau­rants, bars, which is quite dif­fi­cult to find. If you want true peace­ful­ness you can’t have lots of ameni­ties too close by.

What are your pre­dic­tions for the prop­erty mar­ket in Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales in the com­ing months?

Our area is quite sta­ble in terms of prices. I don’t ex­pect that the mar­ket will change much in the com­ing months.

Why do you think peo­ple want to buy prop­erty in Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales?

Our area of­fers a lot. Some peo­ple buy here be­cause of the ski and sea re­sorts and the prox­im­ity to Spain. The area also has dif­fer­ent land­scapes, cul­ture and gas­tron­omy, wines, and an in­ter­est­ing his­tory and even a pre­his­tory. Fur­ther­more, there are many well recog­nised in­ter­na­tional events in and around the area, such as Les Défer­lantes in Argelès, Elec­trobeach in Bar­carès, Visa pour l’im­age in Per­pig­nan, Folk­lores du Monde in Amélie-lesBains and more.

What would you say is the best thing about liv­ing in Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales?

There is al­ways some­thing to do here. There are su­perb places you can go to with­out hav­ing to spend money be­cause beauty is free, and there is a lot of beauty to dis­cover or re-dis­cover in the Pyrénées-Ori­en­tales. I rec­om­mend that any­one wish­ing to live the Mediter­ranean life­style comes and dis­cov­ers this area for them­selves.

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