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