Provence Property
Provence Property
Provence Property

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Provence Property

The Area

Blazing with colour, Provence radiates sensuous beauty and variety. Its scenery moves from the craggy inlets and sandy beaches of the coast to the valleys carpeted with lavender and the fields filled with sunflowers and olive trees that Van Gogh loved to paint.

Provence is renowned for its gorgeous climate and light, delicious foods of sun-ripened fruit, vegetables and herbs and of course its wines, which are amongst the best in France.

Although Marseilles was founded as a Greek colony in 600 BC, it was the Romans who left the most lasting influence in the form of Nimes, Arles, the magnificent theatre at Orange and the Pont du Gard which are amongst the finest examples of Roman architecture in Europe. In the middle ages the ruins inspired Provence's pure Romanesque architecture.

The countryside around Avignon is truly breathtaking. The chief city of the Vaucluse region is Avignon itself, dominated by three miles of fortified walls and housing a culturally rich city with its own opera house, university, and of course, the Palais des Papes. The streets and squares are often full of buskers, and the Avignon festival in July, which includes theatre, mime and cabaret, has now become a major European event.

The hilltop villages of Provence are very quaint with tiny cobbled streets, often too small to admit cars. With such a relaxed way of life, hours go by in the warm sun, gazing over vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields and beyond to a glimpse of the sea.

Activities

Besides basking in the sun or exploring the local villages, tennis courts and riding stables are never far away and every village has a shady court for Pétanque, a lazier version of Boules. Lovely walks can be taken amongst the hills and mountains - hike the Grand Canyon du Verdon or ride the famous white horses in the Camargue. Boat excursions are also available along the Rhône.

France's oldest city, Marseille, is a bustling port with a lively local atmosphere. Avignon, once the Papal residence is now a cheerful town of cafés, art galleries and fashionable shops.

Guide to the French Buying Process

1. Signing the Agreement (Compris)
On finding a property you wish to purchase you will need to negotiate the terms, price and conditions of the sale with the owner. The next step, once you are in agreement, is to sign the preliminary contract (Compromis de Vente). This is a legal document and after ten days will be binding on both parties. Rules change frequently in France and it is best to consult with your notary about when this period starts. Generally the compris will be signed in France with the Agent. Variants can be included in the compris, for example an Acte (clause) can be added if the name or names to go on the title deed have not been finalised. If a mortgage will be required to purchase the property, the details for this, including the name of the mortgage company, must be on the compris.

2. Paying the Deposit
Generally the deposit will be 10% of the agreed purchase price. This will normally be paid to the notaire. There are exceptions to this, if the agent holds a carte professionelle, is bonded and fully registered then you may pay them, but do not hand over the deposit to anyone else. If for some reason the purchase does not go through, for example, if you write to the notaire and the agent that you do not wish to go continue with the purchase before the contract is binding (within seven days of signing the compris), then your deposit would be repaid. This would also apply if a condition had not been met, or the mayor or S.A.F.E.R. (a government agency that has the right of first purchase on most rural property that comes onto the market in France) could oblige the purchaser to give way. If you decide after the seven days 'cooling off' period that you do not wish to complete the purchase and pull out of the sale you would lose your deposit. If however the vendor pulls out of the sale then you will receive your deposit back plus the same amount from the vendor.

3. On Completion
Generally it will take around two or three months to complete the purchase. During this time the balance of the purchase money must be paid into the account of the notaire, this must be done well ahead of the completion date. The notaire will prepare the documents, check that the deed of sale (Acte de Vente) is in order and have the legal title ready to be signed over. It is possible to have someone sign on your behalf if you give them power of attorney. An interpreter may be of use at this point if your French is not very good and many Notaires will suggest (or insist) that an interpreter is with you.

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5 bedroom house for sale, Maillane, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

5 bedroom house for sale, Maillane, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
1,490,000 EUR

5 bedroom house for sale, Maillane, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Charming renovated village house in the area of Maillane, just 5 minutes drive from Saint Remy de Provence, offering comfortable accommodation with swimming pool and easy access to village amenitie...

REF: 215691
  • Bedrooms: 5
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4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Saint Andiol, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Saint Andiol, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
1,395,000 EUR

4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Saint Andiol, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

A beautiful Eighteenth Century Provencal 'mas' in a privileged location within easy reach of Saint-Remy de Provence, with swimming pool and views over the Alpilles hills. Only 5 minutes driv...

REF: 215574
  • Floor Size: 300 square metres
  • Plot Size: 3,100 square metres (0.31 hectares / 0.77 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 4
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3 bedroom villa for sale, Eygalieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

3 bedroom villa for sale, Eygalieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
1,498,000 EUR

3 bedroom villa for sale, Eygalieres, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Beautifully presented 3 bedroom stone built country house located close to shops and amenities, in the heart of the charming village of Eygalieres. - Recently built to very high standards ...

REF: 215442
  • Floor Size: 165 square metres
  • Plot Size: 1,350 square metres (0.14 hectares / 0.33 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 3
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6 bedroom villa for sale, Les Baux De Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

6 bedroom villa for sale, Les Baux De Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
2,350,000 EUR

6 bedroom villa for sale, Les Baux De Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Immaculate and spacious 6 bedroom villa with a total living area of 420m2, which includes an 85m2 apartment, ideally located in a quiet and peaceful setting in Les Baux de Provence with panoramic coun...

REF: 215231
  • Floor Size: 420 square metres
  • Plot Size: 6,000 square metres (0.60 hectares / 1.48 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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6 bedroom house for sale, Eyragues, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

6 bedroom house for sale, Eyragues, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
1,650,000 EUR

6 bedroom house for sale, Eyragues, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Built in 1985 and renovated in 2012, this is a magnificent demeure in a very sought-after countryside setting area that is both tranquil and yet only 3 km from Eyragues. The alluring 264m2 one-s...

REF: 215215
  • Floor Size: 327 square metres
  • Plot Size: 82,497 square metres (8.25 hectares / 20.39 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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Studio for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Studio for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
210,000 EUR

Studio for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Opportunity to acquire a studio apartment of 21m2 in an attractive residence in the heart of the Mazarin district of Aix en Provence, currently undergoing a quality restoration. One of a select fe...

REF: 215190
  • Floor Size: 25 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 0
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2 bedroom apartment for sale, Mazarin, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Mazarin, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
558,000 EUR

2 bedroom apartment for sale, Mazarin, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Rare opportunity to acquire a newly renovated 2 bedroom apartment in the heart of the Mazarin district of Aix en Provence, currently undergoing a quality restoration. This 60m2 property is one...

REF: 215188
  • Floor Size: 60 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 2
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6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
3,300,000 EUR

6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Fabulous and superbly renovated eighteenth Century bastide with 6 bedrooms, offering chic and contemporary accommodation in a beautiful situation with panoramic views. The spacious 375m2 stone...

REF: 215187
  • Floor Size: 375 square metres
  • Plot Size: 7,404 square metres (0.74 hectares / 1.83 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 6
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2 bedroom house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

2 bedroom house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
695,000 EUR

2 bedroom house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Immaculately and stylishly presented 2 bedroom townhouse in the heart of desirable Saint-Remy de Provence with easy access to the amenities and facilities of this charming and popular small town ...

REF: 214963
  • Floor Size: 120 square metres
  • Bedrooms: 2
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11 bedroom house for sale, La Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence

11 bedroom house for sale, La Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence
2,450,000 EUR

11 bedroom house for sale, La Barthelasse, Avignon, Vaucluse, Provence

Spacious, elegant and authentic stone built house with a vast total built area of 800m2, which includes 11 bedrooms, ideally set within a quiet area on a large plot of 20,000m2 with a swimming pool, o...

REF: 214822
  • Floor Size: 800 square metres
  • Plot Size: 20,000 square metres (2.00 hectares / 4.94 acres)
  • Bedrooms: 11
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