Whilst both 2018 and 2019 proved strong years for the high-end real estate market in France, the COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably had an effect on the prime property industry this year with lockdown measures making it harder for international investors and domestic buyers alike. However, the latest report from French property portal Belles Demeures shows that demand for high-end properties remains strong in France.
France: the most searched for destination for prime property
With its rich history, diverse culture and unique lifestyle, France has always been a sought-after destination for high-end properties and the latest report from Belles Demeures confirms this as France was the most searched for destination for prime properties during July. Properties for sale in Switzerland and Portugal took the second and third positions.
France: where are investors looking?
During the strictest part of lockdown, April 2020, more than half of all searches on the Belles Demeures portal were for properties in Greater Paris (Île-de-France). High-end properties for sale in the French Riviera and Provence took the second position and was closely followed by properties for sale in the French Alps.
Since lockdown measures have eased and summer has emerged, these positions changed slightly in July. Greater Paris has become even more popular accounting for 60% of all searches and the combined area of Provence and French Riviera still occupies the second position. However, the coastal region of Aquitaine now holds the third position.
The French Riviera under the microscope
With many of us around the world spending more time than usual inside our homes this year, what buyers want from a property has changed and features which may have been overlooked before, such as beautiful views, exterior space and private facilities, are now non-negotiable. Plus, with many major companies embracing remote working, the second home will no longer just be for holidays.
This is great news for the French Riviera. Blessed with 300 days of glorious sunshine, breathtaking views at every turn and miles of beautiful coastline, owning a property here is a major lifestyle investment. Between July 2019 and July 2020, property prices in this region rose by 2.9%, highlighting the growing demand for properties by the coast. In fact, the region of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat now has prices comparable to the 1st arrondissement of Paris.
Blue Diamond: a gem in the Côte d’Azur
This week, we are excited to announce our first launch in the South of France this year: Blue Diamond. Located in the charming village of Les Issambres and just steps away from the beach and village centre, this intimate collection of just six apartments offers privacy without being secluded.
Built-in an elegant contemporary style typical of the region, these properties for sale in the South of France enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and generous terraces – perfect for making the most of the warm climate and appreciating the sea views.