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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This modern villa in the Minervois area stands in over 3.2 hectares of land with Mediterranean garden, terrace and swimming pool. The property is well maintained and comes with 137m2 of living ...
- Floor Size: 137 square metres
- Plot Size: 32,435 square metres
- Bedrooms: 3
Most impressive 6 bedroom property in the beautiful Carcassonne countryside consisting of a small renovated farmhouse plus a separate villa, both well maintained and decorated to a high standard, with...
- Floor Size: 278 square metres
- Plot Size: 18,154 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
Exquisite country house with guest accommodation in a dominant position in the Carcassonne area with fabulous views to the Black Mountains and the Corbieres hills, with no close neighbours, and yet wi...
- Floor Size: 270 square metres
- Plot Size: 18,000 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
4 bedroom 18th Century house, located in Carcassonne, within over 5 hectares of land set alongside a river. This lovely property has a swimming pool, garage a gate house at the entrance and is ...
- Floor Size: 160 square metres
- Plot Size: 5,200 square metres
- Bedrooms: 4
Superb Eighteenth Century Domain with Chateau and two hundred year old parkland , 3 gites, various stables, plenty of outbuildings, large terraces, swimming pool, paddocks on 107 hectares of grounds...
- Floor Size: 739 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,070,000 square metres
- Bedrooms: 11
An elegant Nineteenth Century villa with 6 bedrooms close to Carcassonne in a a pretty hillside village location with lovely views to the Pyrennees and amenities nearby. This Aude property ha...
- Floor Size: 370 square metres
- Plot Size: 6,500 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
Spacious and unusual farmhouse located in Carcassone, set within a vast plot of 120 hectares, with a breathtaking countryside views. Features include: stone built main house with 2 towers, 2 se...
- Floor Size: 691 square metres
- Plot Size: 1,205,190 square metres
- Bedrooms: 12
Spacious and beautifully renovated 6 bedroom wine makers house located in Carcassonne, set within a walled plot of 808m2 with a swimming pool and tiled terrace, situated in a quiet and peaceful area,...
- Floor Size: 390 square metres
- Plot Size: 818 square metres
- Bedrooms: 6
A pretty and spacious old winemakers house, nicely positioned in a quiet location in the heart of a small village in the Carcassonne area, with 5 bedrooms, terrace, swimming pool and garden, within w...
- Floor Size: 255 square metres
- Plot Size: 869 square metres
- Bedrooms: 5
Beautifully renovated stone built house with an independent gite, located in Carcassonne, within a large plot of 6,295m2. Features also include a large reception area, secluded swimming pool, t...
- Floor Size: 202 square metres
- Plot Size: 6,295 square metres
- Bedrooms: 5