French Property Blog: Our Voice from France

Ride for Charity

Leggett is joining forces with Currencies Direct in an 800km cycle ride to raise money for charity next month. Why not come and support us between St Emilion and Nice?

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Here at Leggett we like to go that extra mile (and have also got some serious cylists within our ranks!) so from 3 to 7th October we donning the lycra, jumping on our bikes and heading from the historic wine town of St Emilion in Bordeaux country. From here we’re heading across south-west France, Provence and then along the Cote D’Azur to finish at the Promenade des Anglais.  Leggett & Currencies Direct would particularly like to acknowledge the generosity of BNP Paribas International Buyers in sponsoring this event.

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Leggett CEO, Graham Downie, one of the riders and says:

“Last year we raised over €12,000 for charity and, with the help of Currencies Direct, we hope to smash that this year. We are hoping that some of our clients will come out and offer support.” Come on then? Find out more here.

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Racy Angouleme…

There’s always a lot happening in lovely Angouleme but especially this month. The famous car rally is a must-see with classic cars speeding round the city ramparts. It’s an idea opportunity to pop into the newest Leggett office too!

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From 16-18th September the Circuit de Remparts d’Angouleme is an historic classic car race that has been taking place most years since 1939. Around 300 vintage and classic car enthusiasts descend on the town for the three-day event, although it’s great just to come and watch with a picnic or lunch in the hilltop town where shops will be decorated, marquees set up and everyone is in general party mode – find out more here http://www.circuit-des-remparts.com.

We have recently opened a new office in Angouleme, which is located at Avenue General de Gaulle, in the centre of the city, it is well placed to serve a growing demand for this fantastic area that ticks many boxes for buyers: charming and affordable homes, great access from the UK and a fabulous lifestyle. See properties in the area here.

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Set Sail…

This month sees the final event of the Cote D’Azur’s season, the glamorous Les Voiles de St Tropez regatta. Glitterati and yachting types will descend upon the chic former fishing village to race and party .

Maybe one of the many fabulous properties we have on our books in the area will catch their eye? Here are three to set the pulses racing…

Behind the beautiful Gulf of St Tropez, this is a five-bedroom villa with a pool and vineyard – only a short drive into town, but better value!

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/56472PDB83/house-for-sale-in-la-mole-var-provence-cote-d-azur-france

Just outside town this is a beautiful old stone villa with five bedrooms and a pool. The huge 100 metre terrace is a real selling point for outdoor living on the Riviera.

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/59841ER83/house-for-sale-in-plan-de-la-tour-var-provence-cote-d-azur-france

 

In the heart of the Provencal village this is a three-bed apartment in a complex with access to spa, gym and concierge – the perfect lock-and-go pad for weekends in St Tropez.

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http://www.frenchestateagents.com/french-property-for-sale/view/59543ER83/apartment-for-sale-in-st-tropez-var-provence-cote-d-azur-france

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Show Stopper

For those of you keen to get cracking with your move to France, autumn property shows are ideal hunting grounds. This month it’s the French Property Exhibition at Olympia and A Place in the Sun at Birmingham.

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First up, come to London’s Olympia on 16-18th September to immerse yourself in everything French, from legals, finance, lifestyle, residency and thousands of tempting properties of course. Find out more here: http://www.fpeolympia.com.

Get your free tickets here compliments of Leggett Immobilier.

Your second chance for more of the same will be at the Birmingham NEC from 23-25 September – always a fabulous show, drawing property hunters from across the country. These exhibitions are great at providing you with all the information you need to purchase your dream home in France with dozens of experts under one roof. Come and see us in the French Village and check out aplaceinthesun.com for the schedule of seminars so you can plan your day properly to get the most out of your time at the show.

Leggett have free tickets available by clicking here.

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A New Life in France

It’s been a beautiful long summer here in France and while the British love affair with France as a holiday destination continues, our recent online poll revealed that 50% of British house hunters in France are looking to make a permanent move here.

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We found this really interesting, particularly in light of the fact that it was conducted after the EU referendum. A similar poll conducted by Rightmove overseas last year showed that only 38% of Brits were looking for a full time move, with more than half of British buyers looking to buy a holiday home.

In our survey (of over 1,000 people) the figure for holiday-home hunters was 20 per cent. As Trevor Leggett, chairman of Leggett Immobilier, comments: “Despite Brexit uncertainty, it seems that the British love affair with the relaxed French lifestyle, the wonderful culture and climate and the beautiful affordable property available here remains as strong as ever.” Our record-breaking sales figures this year back this up, with buying conditions still ideal – interest rates low and prices static in many areas.

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