Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, at the heart of the Alpilles

Founded by the Celts over 2,500 years ago, the capital of the Alpilles is renowned worldwide for an art of living combining Provençal traditions, refined boutiques, good restaurants and art-galleries. Not forgetting its well-preserved natural landscapes of very wide appeal...

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, at the heart of the Alpilles  - Theme_2080_1.jpg

10 mins. from Saint-Rémy, this old "mas" of approx. 220 m2 in need of renovation stands in 6,000 m2 of grounds. It has just found a new owner. 650.000 €. Actuel Immobilier (04 32 60 16 62).

Immortalized by Vincent Van Gogh who produced over 150 paintings here, Saint-Rémy lies to the north of the mountain chain of the Alpilles, between Avignon, Cavaillon and Arles. Home to close on 11,000 residents, it lies at the heart of the Regional Nature Park of the Alpilles and can pride itself on an outstanding legacy, both natural and man-made. Only 20 km from Avignon's TGV station, this town of culture holds "La Route des Artistes" from May to October each year : a large art-market in which many artists and craftsmen take over the town centre throughout the high season.

Specializing in the centre and areas to the south of Saint-Rémy, Michelle Joly, who runs JP Immobilier with her husband, René Joly, describes rising demand for properties in the town centre. "Often retired or close to retirement, our clients are looking for a more simple life-style. Maintaining grounds becomes too burdensome. Mainly French, this new clientele prefers to acquire a smaller property in a loc­ation allowing them to walk to shops and restaurants," explains our expert, often working like a home-hunter to find the ideal property for each of her clients. Confronted by a non-extendable market which is clearly limited in the centre, rare new properties meet with instant success. "We are currently preparing the marketing, as sole agent, of the Résidence de Petit Puits. A high-end development with a pool, comprised of only eight apartments, all proposed with garages and cellars. Apartments from 62 m2 are priced at around 5,300 € per sq. metre." A residence scheduled for delivery early in 2019.

Main attractions in the Alpilles, villas are the properties most often sold by Actuel Immobilier, an agency opened over 10 years ago. "Demand is currently very steady for houses priced from 750,000 to 800,000 €," explains manageress Valérie Lucien. "Location is the decisive factor. Clients are perfectly willing to undertake renovation to bring properties in line with today's taste and decorative norms, especially as these properties often then find themselves on the holiday rental market. Their buyers do not want to go beyond 1 M €, including the cost of renovation and notary's fees." In Saint-Rémy, this type of budget allows clients to set their sights on villas of about 200 m2 in grounds of 1,500 m2. They are, however, faced by scarce offerings in this sector. With slightly more availabilities, villas from 1.2 to 1.3 M € are apparently now generating more enquiries than in previous months. "This is a rollercoaster market, with quiet periods followed by much busier weeks. This new trend is still rather timid, we're hoping it will soon get into its stride." Saint-Rémy is always seen as a sound investment. While presidential elections often have an impact on the market for holiday homes, the gradual rise in interest rates should soon motivate hesitant buyers

to take the plunge.

Back to contents Rose Benoit
07/02/2017
You will also like
The Côte Bleue, an idyllic shoreline at the gateway to Marseille The Côte Bleue, an idyllic shoreline at the gateway to Marseille The Côte Bleue, an idyllic shoreline at the gateway to Marseille
Discovering Le Pays d'Aix
Discovering Le Pays d'Aix Property prices in Aix-en-Provence remain very high. Many buyers are thus taking an interest in the surrounding areas. Here they find more affordable homes and more generous surface areas, in the midst of peaceful, natural settings. .. Read more >>
La Côte Bleue, stable prices but limited offerings A well-preserved region offering dazzling panoramic views of nature, La Côte Bleue lies next to the Marseille neighbourhood of L'Estaque. Le Rove, Ensuès-la-Redonne, Carry-le-Rouet, Sausset-les-Pins, La Couronne and Carro comprise this shoreline area edged with idyllic coves and creeks. .. Read more >>
La Côte Bleue, stable prices but limited offerings
Annecy, between lake and mountains Annecy, between lake and mountains Annecy, between lake and mountains
Aix, a multifaceted market
Aix, a multifaceted market The appeal of the historic capital of Provence is constantly growing. Investors, retirees, foreign clients, local families, first-time buyers..., all in search of their ideal property. Agencies thus tend to specialize and fine-tune their targets in order to cater as efficiently as possible for a clientele with diverse budgets and needs. .. Read more >>
Eternal Alpilles An idyllic hunting-ground for second residences for Parisians in search of the real Provence, the Alpilles were first listed in France's inventory of remarkable sites in 1965. .. Read more >>
Eternal Alpilles
Pays d'Aix and Pays Salonais : overlapping portraits Pays d'Aix and Pays Salonais : overlapping portraits Pays d'Aix and Pays Salonais : overlapping portraits
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a spotless reputation
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, a spotless reputation Together with Maussane and Eygalières, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence forms part of the Golden Triangle of the Alpilles. Accessible from Paris in 3 hours by TGV, this gem of the Alpilles draws many Parisians wanting to acquire a delightful second family residence, ideally in the form of a stone "mas" already reflecting today's taste.. Read more >>
Luxury, charm and character, at the heart of the Alpilles 2 hrs 40 minutes from Paris via the TGV station in Avignon, this magnificent territory forms a kind of crown 10 km long and 15 km wide. Buyers in search of authentic and luxurious properties are currently offered a diverse and substantial choice... Read more >>
Luxury, charm and character, at the heart of the Alpilles
Aix, the prestige sector Aix, the prestige sector Aix, the prestige sector
Les Alpilles, the charm of Provence
Les Alpilles, the charm of Provence Listed since 1965 in the inventory of remarkable sites, the Alpilles encompass 16 communes including the famous "Golden Triangle" comprised of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Maussane and Eygalières. An art of living reigns here to be found nowhere else. .. Read more >>
Le Pays d'Aix, a sound investment Around Aix-en-Provence, an area consisting of communes steeped in history offers charming, up-market addresses. A countrified region endowed with treasures of architecture, these communes surrounded by nature enjoy magnificent panoramic views between mountain ranges and Mediterranean forest land... Read more >>
Le Pays d'Aix, a sound investment
MARSEILLE  4EME - Apartments for sale

MARSEILLE 4EME

282000 €
ST-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE - Houses for sale

ST-RÉMY-DE-PROVENCE

699000 €
MARIGNANE - Apartments for sale

MARIGNANE

141000 €
MARSEILLE  8EME - Apartments for sale

MARSEILLE 8EME

241500 €
LAMBESC - Houses for sale

LAMBESC

380000 €
SALON-DE-PROVENCE - Apartments for sale

SALON-DE-PROVENCE

123000 €
More ads