Pas de Calais Property
Trickle soft, golden sand through your toes as you stroll beneath the soaring white chalk cliffs of the Opal Coast; explore the medieval ramparts and Flemish inspired baroque architecture of fortified towns and castles nestling in the woody valleys and rolling green plains of unspoilt, rural countryside; wander through local markets in picturesque fishing villages before dining on freshly caught fish or seafood; enjoy the costumes and merriment of local festivals and carnivals celebrating their legends and historic legacies – all washed down by cool and refreshing locally brewed beer. Located just 32km across the English Channel, Pas-de-Calais is France’s most northern region and one of contrasts; ranging from the bustling Channel ports of Calais and Boulogne to elegant holiday resorts such as le Touquet and Montreuil and medieval fortified towns set in rural and unspoilt countryside. Within easy commuting distance of London and the South Coast of England, Pas-de-Calais property offers shrewd investors the ideal opportunity to own or rent property in an up and coming area in one of the world’s most stable property markets.
Pas de Calais Immobilier
Inhabited since prehistoric times, the Pas-de-Calais region has in turn been occupied by the Celts, the Romans and the Franks and seen both World Wars at first hand. Yet both the Pas-de-Calais region itself and Pas-de-Calais property remain largely undiscovered - either ignored by travelers speeding through to Paris on trains from London or seen by day-trippers just as a place to top up on cheap alcohol and cigarettes. They are all missing a trick. Increased investment by the French government in the region means that Pas de Calais property is forecast to take off in the near future, and this combined with advantageous mortgage rates and reduced property prices means that the prospect of owning a home across the Channel is becoming even more achievable.
The Pas-de-Calais region combines elegant seaside resorts with inland fortified towns, each with their own particular charm and interests. Le Touquet-Paris-Plage was the place to go to between the wars for both wealthy Parisians and the English aristocracy. Today is it still considered one of the most elegant resorts in Northern France; its luxury hotels, golf courses and spectacular beach attracting wealthy visitors from the rest of France and abroad. Browse the designer boutiques and mouth-watering food shops; try your hand at sand yachting at low tide on the wide and sandy beach or enjoy the local cuisine at one of the many chic bistros and restaurants.
A little further inland is charming Montreuil-sur-Mer. A weaving maze of narrow cobbled streets and fine old geranium-bedecked houses, this peaceful town is almost completely contained within 16th-century walls and sits atop a hill with fine views of the surrounding countryside. Walk around the Ville Haute on the tree-shaded ramparts and take in the views of the wooded valley below and rolling plains beyond or discover pretty little squares and sit at one of the outside bars for your pre-dinner apéritif.
Arras is the region’s capital and famous for its stunning Flemish baroque style squares - the Grande Place and the Place des Héros - which are surrounded by buildings largely restored to their pre-war World War I conditions after being reduced to rubble during the fighting. The 75m high town hall belfry is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers panoramic views of the town and for art lovers the Fine Arts Museum houses one of the most impressive collections of French and Dutch Masters outside of Paris.
St-Omer is a delightful market town, surrounded by marshlands criss-crossed with a network of intricate canals. Its Basilica, dating from the 13th to 15th centuries, is remarkable, for being the only intact Gothic church north of Paris and for housing a famous Rubens painting of Christ being removed from the cross as well as an incredible astrological clock, said to be one of the oldest clocks in France, dating from 1558, and showing days, months, signs of the Zodiac and, of course, the time. Wander around the weekly Friday market bursting with flowers and local fruit and vegetables or explore the surrounding Audomarois marshes with its abundance of flora and fauna.
Pas de Calais Property
In 2012, French property price growth slowed to 0.8% according to the latest figures from the FNAIM, the national federation for estate agents in the country. Pas-de-Calais property was no exception and prices fell by an average of 6% providing investors with excellent opportunities to snap up properties at good prices. Pas-de-Calais property prices vary across the region with Le Touquet and to a lesser extent, Montreuil being more expensive, for example, than the area around Arras or St Omar.
The choice of Pas-de-Calais property is extensive ranging from luxurious villas and stylish townhouses to traditional cottages and farmhouses.
Elegant ‘Art Deco’ villas are highly sought after along the Opal Coast, either hidden away in the forest or close to the beach with fabulous sea views. Built in the 1920s style with generous proportions, large bay windows and wonderfully light rooms, most have mature gardens and private parking.
Stylish townhouses with pretty enclosed courtyards or gardens are ideal for those wanting to step out of their front door and have everything on their doorstep. Often built in red or brown brick with sloping tiled roofs and some dating back to the 17th century – these houses offer the perfect private retreat.
For something more rural, country cottages or farmhouses are the ideal choice. Much sought after for their character and traditional stone build, farmhouses typically have outbuildings such as barns or stables and often come with a generous parcel of land or a closed courtyard. Often retaining their original charm of authentic floor tiles, wooden beams and wide stone walls, some will have all modern facilities and comforts and others will offer the challenge to be renovated into your ideal home!
The region of Pas-de-Calais is one of France’s best kept secrets; boasting a fine gastronomic tradition and strong cultural heritage, it combines miles of spectacular cliff-top coastline with rolling green hills, wooded valleys and sparkling rivers. Just under an hour’s travel from the English coast, investing in Pas-de-Calais property is a wise investment for those wishing to own a little piece of France.
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PRICE REDUCED - Situated in the heart of a 2,150m2 wooded park, an exceptional property with 300m2 of living area, located in a quiet area on the prestigious avenue du Touquet. This lovely vil...
- Floor Size: 300 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,150 square metres
- Bedrooms: 5
An attractive property with 160m2 of living space situated in 2750m2 of green and private gardens in the Forest area of Le Touquet, yet less than a kilometre from the renowned Tennis Club. ...
- Floor Size: 160 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,750 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
PRICE REDUCED - At the heart of the forest, out of sight, on a plot of 2456m2 enclosed. Architect designed villa built in 1976. Ideal to live in throughout the year, well-designed, peaceful.
Elegant 60' built villa with a living area of around 180m2, situated in a quiet alley of the Touquet forest, and not far from the city centre. This lovely villa is nestled in the heart of a 1,...
- Floor Size: 180 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,734 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
Impressive modern property in a great location just 10 minutes from the centre of Le Touguet and close to all facilities. This architect- designed contemporary villa comes with a living spac...
- Floor Size: 284 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,500 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
PRICE REDUCED - Locate in the dunes area close to the beach in Le Touquet is this villa with 110m2 of living space . Exceptionally place for lovers of nature and tranquility, this property is just...
- Floor Size: 110 square metres
- Plot Size: 704 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
This gorgeous apartment has a sea view from the first floor, the property is located in the centre of the city, close to the beach and also the covered market. The apartment comes with 98 m2 of...
- Floor Size: 98 square metres
- Bedrooms: 2
PRICE REDUCED - Unique location on the seafront with wonderful views. Prestigious building , just 150m from the Place du Marche Couvert. Exceptional apartment with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
A stunning stone property with a magnificent sea view, one of the first villas built along this coastline dating back to 1895. The house has been in the same family for 7 generations and is mo...
- Bedrooms: 8
Delightful family property situated on the edge of the forest of Le Touquet with clear views. This architect designed villa was built in 2007 with a generous living space of 400m2 set in lands...
- Floor Size: 400 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,975 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6