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Corsica: the perfect island lifestyle with pretty villages and a beautiful coastline

Leggett is delighted to expand their network to the beautiful island of Corsica where the stunning scenery and beaches offer a tranquil escape. Our local agent, Thomas Peyrouzet is helping buyers looking for both holiday homes and a full-time move. Here’s an introduction …

Easily reached by airlines from the UK (five flights a week) and regular ferry routes from France, Italy, and next-door Sardinia, Corsica really is a must-visit island. Its scenery is dramatic – from the picture-postcard plunging red cliffs of the Calanques de Piana on the west coast to the mountains of the interior and beautiful beaches and historic towns. The hiking routes are exceptional, the food and the wine too, and buyers tend to choose it for the unspoilt nature, says Thomas, who moved there himself from Bordeaux last year.

“Second homeowners tend to be Corsican, French – from the north and southeast especially – but also Italian, British, Belgian, and Scandinavian,” he says. “Coastal properties are around 30 percent cheaper than on the French Riviera.” He says that a two/three-bedroom house in a village might cost €250,000 to €300,000, a larger one €400,000 to €500,000. A detached villa with a garden, €850,000 plus. There are also beautiful estates for €2m plus – like this furnished six-bedroom estate with an infinity pool in Lumio.

He picks out the area of the Balagna in the northwest as ideal, with its year-round villages such as Lumio, Aregno, Corbara, and Monticello easy access to schools, amenities, and also the seaside town of Île Rousse and Calvi and its airport. Your money will go further slightly inland, with the villages of Muro, Feliceto, and Speluncato, where you can get a home close to countryside life with nice views of the mountains.

If you prefer a city apartment, a two-bedroom pied-a-terre in Bastia might cost around €200,000, or €280,000 in Ajaccio, €300,000 in Calvi, or €320,000 in the fashionable Porto-Vecchio in the south. Find out more here!