Take an historic walk around the double wall of the medieval citadel with its fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and tour the huge 12th century Château Comtal, marvelling at its enormous rose windows and weird gargoyles before heading to Carcassonne’s central square to enjoy a cup of coffee and watch the world go by; laze away a quiet sunny afternoon on your sun-soaked terrace with fabulous views of the city and then enjoy a leisurely dinner in one of the restaurants around Place Marcou in the Cité and soak up the centuries-old atmosphere as you enjoy a traditional Cassoulet with duck, pork and bean washed down with local wine; drive through the glorious rolling green countryside to the medieval village of Lastours and hike up to the four mythical-looking Cathar castles clinging to the top of the mountain where they have been for ten centuries through countless raids and sieges and enjoy the wonderful views over the valley. Located in southern France’s Languedoc area on the banks of the river Aude, the medieval hilltop city of Carcassonne is famous for its medieval citadel – ‘La Cité’, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With an airport just 3km outside of the city and one at nearby Toulouse plus excellent high speed train links to the rest of France, Carcassonne property offers investors an excellent opportunity to own or rent property in this beautiful and richly historic region of France.
Carcassonne dates back to the times of the Romans and Visigoths but it really started to flourish under the auspices of the wealthy Trencavel family in the late 12th century who built the Château Comtal and the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse. The city submitted to the rule of the kingdom of France in 1247 and became a border fortress between France and the Crown of Aragon. It was King Louis IX who founded the new part of the town across the river but in 1355 during the Hundred Years' War, after his failure to capture the citadel Edward the Black Prince ordered his troops to burn the lower town to the ground. Carcassonne’s key role in cross border trade with Spain dried up with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, when Roussillon was restored to France. As trade dwindled, the city walls were no longer needed for protection and fell into disrepair. It was only in the 1800s that the situation improved when the architect Viollet-le-Duc began a programme of restoration which helped save Carcassonne and ensure that the city of today is so outstandingly beautiful.
Carcassonne is becoming increasingly popular with the international community – many of whom have holiday homes and international investors are also being drawn by its popularity as a tourist destination so Carcassonne property prices remain competitive.
There is a good choice of Carcassonne property on the market ranging from traditional stone houses, renovated farmhouses and renovated or newly built apartments. Two bedroom renovated apartments with balcony offering city views start at around 135,000 EUR going up to 220,000 EUR for three bedrooms. Traditional stone town houses can also be found for between 230,000 EUR and 300,000 EUR and if you are keen on renovation then expect to pay around 350,000 EUR for a five bedroom detached house with traditional features such as wooden floors and original fireplaces but needing some love and attention. If you are looking for something with land then you will need to go outside of the city. In the surrounding countryside and villages, for example, a four bedroom renovated mill with swimming pool and gardens would be around 480,000 EUR or how about a five bedroom beautifully renovated traditional stone house set in landscaped gardens with lovely views for around 950,000 EUR.
Whether you decide to buy an elegant apartment with city views, a restored town house in the middle of the historic centre or a traditional farm house with acres of land in the surrounding countryside, Carcassonne property provides investors with the perfect opportunity to buy property in an area rich in history and culture. The combination of a good wine, fabulous food and wonderful countryside makes Carcassonne a perfect holiday and property investment destination.
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Beautifully presented and spacious former winery located in the centre of Carcassonne, set within a secluded garden of 2,162m2 with 2 guest houses, garage and a lovely swimming pool, situated just a s...
- Floor Size: 378 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,162 square metres (0.22 hectares / 0.53 acres)
- Bedrooms: 6
Unique and full of character and charm, this large stone built farmhouse with a separate apartment, 2 separate houses and 3 barns, with a total of 13 bedrooms, set within a large plot of 53 hectares w...
- Floor Size: 530 square metres
- Plot Size: 538,410 square metres (53.84 hectares / 133.05 acres)
- Bedrooms: 13
Superb opportunity to combine a wonderful change of lifestyle with income generation with this lovely property consisting of a 5 bedroom main house and 2 beautifully and recently renovated houses/git...
- Floor Size: 440 square metres
- Plot Size: 5,439 square metres (0.54 hectares / 1.34 acres)
- Bedrooms: 12
Excellent business opportunity and a chance to combine lifestyle with income generation with this domaine in the area of Carcassonne with a main house, gites, wooden chalets, reception room, stables,...
- Floor Size: 1,700 square metres
- Plot Size: 107,754 square metres (10.78 hectares / 26.63 acres)
- Bedrooms: 35
Bright and spacious 5 bedroom villa with pool and fabulous views in a small residential area at the edge of a pretty village in the Carcassonne area in the South of France The 2003 property sit...
- Floor Size: 197 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,604 square metres (0.26 hectares / 0.64 acres)
- Bedrooms: 5
Full of character and charm, this beautifully restored farmhouse and separate guest villa, with a total living area of 278m2, are situated in a quiet setting within a large plot of 18,154m2 with a Med...
- Floor Size: 278 square metres
- Plot Size: 18,154 square metres (1.82 hectares / 4.49 acres)
- Bedrooms: 6
A sensational Maison de Maitre close to Carcassonne offering superb lifestyle and income opportunities with a total of 16 bedrooms and currently run as very profitable holiday rental business sleepi...
- Floor Size: 594 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,700 square metres (0.17 hectares / 0.42 acres)
- Bedrooms: 16
Imposing and impressive Nineteenth Century Chateau in the area of Carcassonne, set in a lovely estate of almost 25 hectares with versatile outbuildings and countryside views. The Chateau com...
- Floor Size: 1,010 square metres
- Plot Size: 248,578 square metres (24.86 hectares / 61.43 acres)
- Bedrooms: 16
A very nicely presented four bedroom property, just 15 minutes from Carcassonne with excellent views, swimming pool, terrace, garage and an acre and a half of land in quiet countryside. This...
- Floor Size: 179 square metres
- Plot Size: 6,760 square metres (0.68 hectares / 1.67 acres)
- Bedrooms: 4
Imposing castle dating back to the Sixteenth Century in the beautiful Cathar country of Carcassonne, set in walled gardens with courtyard, featuring renovated stonework, large stone fireplaces and c...
- Floor Size: 900 square metres
- Plot Size: 2,154 square metres (0.22 hectares / 0.53 acres)
- Bedrooms: 2