Mixing Modern with the Ancient

Strategically placed on France’s Atlantic Coast, La Rochelle was founded almost a thousand years ago. It has beautifully maintained its past, making it one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coast.

Desirable property in central La Rochelle can be scarce, however Leggett are now marketing three brand new architecturally-designed developments set close to the city centre which, due to their location and specification, are expected to prove popular.

Leggett area co-ordinator, Tony Murless, says these developments are among the very best currently on the market in the Charente Maritime.


“Each has been created by well-reputed property developers and is being built to high property specifications – ensuring the best of both worlds – a new apartment with all the conveniences of modern day living close to the magnificent architecture of the old city which makes La Rochelle such a fascinating place both to live and visit.”


Architecturally designed, Le Courlis provides a choice of of generously sized apartments at relatively modest prices. A total of just eight apartments in this three-storeyed small development, provide an ideal pied a terre within 500 metres of the centre of La Rochelle close to ‘La Porte Royale – and just minutes’ walk to the old town and thriving markets. The residence itself is equipped with a lift, garaging (additional storage is available in the basement), energy control equipment and secure access through video intercom.


The apartments benefit from high quality fixtures and fittings, standard to all properties created by this developer, and range in price from € 174,900 for a 41.75 m² one bedroom apartment to € 516,220 for the largest 126 m² apartment with three bedrooms and a 59 m² terrace – each apartment in Le Courlis features either its own terrace or sheltered balcony.

Ground has already been broken, with completion due towards the end of 2015. Only recently introduced to the market, Tony says now is the ideal time to choose the apartment that best suits your needs!

Near the Canal de Rompsay and close to the heart of the old city, a particularly striking residential property Les Berges Saint Louis is under construction by the same architectural and development team. Set in a conservation area currently undergoing regeneration, these apartments provide a solid investment opportunity for the future.


Demand has been brisk for these expansive apartments with just five of the total of 10 still remaining on the market. Again set in a low rise development of just three storeys, the remaining apartments range in size from 63 m² for a two bedroomed unit at € 283,270 to the largest four roomed apartment consisting of 84 m² with its own 25 m² terrace for sale at € 350,380. Each has dedicated parking as well as additional storage boxes, lift and all the other mod cons you can expect as standard from these high quality developers.

Here again privacy is a keynote, each apartment having its own generously-sized terrace or balcony not overlooked by neighbours! Construction is already well underway with completion due in Spring 2015.

The buy-to-let market is well catered for by the third development Residence Porte de la Rochelle in Tasdon, a sought after area in central La Rochelle.


Close to hand are all the necessary amenities for day to day living, just a few minutes from the old port, train station, food shops, banks, cafes and restaurants – these attractively priced apartments provide an opportunity both for living or as a buy to let option, especially with its situation conveniently close to the university centres.

Bright and functional, each of the 34 apartments, spread over two buildings, has large windows with either a balcony or terrace, covered parking and the whole development is being built to the latest thermal regulations. As well as gas heating, there is lift access to all floors and security monitored access. The developer and architect have been careful to include green spaces within the centre of this development.

Ideal to let out to staff working at the local universities, these extremely reasonably priced apartments range from 28 m² studios at € 125,000 to the larger 70 m² two bedroom units on the market for €297,000.

Tony Murless says, for French tax residents, buying a new property can provide tax breaks as well as other incentives.


“There is no doubt, La Rochelle is a booming and vital city – its ancient port now has the biggest marina on the West Coast which is an enormous attraction for visitors and residents alike. In addition this area boasts the second highest number of sunshine hours each year which is a real draw!

“Properties are definitely holding and beginning to increase in value. Now could be the ideal time to invest in a brand new apartment – and of course each of these properties comes with a standard 10 year building guarantee!”


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