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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 villa for sale, La Roquebrussanne, Var, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, La Roquebrussanne, Var, Provence

Lovely villa in a countryside setting , 45 minutes from Toulon in the Var hinterland. This 7 room property comes with 190m2 of living space and is found in a plot of 3440m2 with privacy and a h......

475,000 EURREF: 180460
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

A two bedroom apartment in Aix en Provence with great views of Sainte Victoire, just 2 minutes from the centre in a quiet and exclusive area. Opportunity to purchase an off plan. This two bedro......

403,760 EURREF: 180450
1 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
1 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Apartment in Aix en Provence with great views of Sainte Victoire, just 2 minutes from the centre in a quiet and exclusive area. Opportunity to purchase an off plan. This one bedroom apartment a......

317,240 EURREF: 180449
4 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom apartment for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Spacious 4 bedroom apartment located just 5 minutes away from the heart of the historic centre of Aix-en-Provence. This 6 room property includes a living room of 50m2, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathroom......

341,250 EURREF: 180446
3 bedroom villa for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
3 bedroom villa for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Provencal style villa in Cabries, a village south of Aix en Provence and convenient for the TGV train station. This attractive single storey property, comes with 200m2 of living space set in 1600......

890,000 EURREF: 176713
2 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Lorgues, Var, Provence
2 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Lorgues, Var, Provence

Charming Bastide property in the countryside close to Lorgues in the Var. 2 bedroom property in lovely grounds of 4680 m2 with pool. Delightful traditional atmosphere. Planted with Mediterranea......

787,000 EURREF: 176592
4 bedroom villa for sale, Ceyreste, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom villa for sale, Ceyreste, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

This is a delightful villa In a quiet area, overlooking the countryside and with a superb panoramic vista to the beautiful coastal bays of the Mediterranean. Located just 30 minutes from Marseill......

1,550,000 EURREF: 173204
4 bedroom villa for sale, La Motte, Var, Provence
4 bedroom villa for sale, La Motte, Var, Provence

Recently built bastide located near the Golf of St. Endréol. Finished with high quality materials. Highly recommended!, ALARM SYSTEM,POOLHOUSE,LAUNDRY ROOM,DOUBLE GLAZING......

970,000 EURREF: 172836
6 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Beausset, Var, Provence
6 bedroom manor house for sale, Le Beausset, Var, Provence

Steeped in history, this 17th Century Manor house is located close to the village of Le Beausset, with 478m2 of living area on grounds of 3,300m2 with swimming pool, tennis court and caretaker's ho......

2,800,000 EURREF: 172787
4 bedroom villa for sale, Grans, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom villa for sale, Grans, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Near the Alpilles and Salon de Provence, 350m2 property in a rural location in a peaceful environment. Set in grounds of 4 hectares with a pool and 2 separate apartments. Opportunity for horses ......

1,960,000 EURREF: 172708
Exceptional historical property for sale in Provence
Exceptional historical property for sale in Provence

In the village of Aups is this exceptional and historical 18th century property, steeped in history sitting in over a hectare of grounds with a swimming pool. Olive groves with 219 trees. Th......

1,850,000 EURREF: 172582
4 bedroom house for sale, Lourmarin, Vaucluse, Provence
4 bedroom house for sale, Lourmarin, Vaucluse, Provence

A village house of 150m2 divided into 2 properties with landscaped garden of 680m2, with a pretty pool. Just 4 km from Lourmarin in the South of the Luberon, the property comes with views over ......

530,000 EURREF: 171627
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

In the heart of the beautiful Alpilles area, 15 minutes away from Arles, 30 minutes from Avignon and Nimes airports and 45 minutes from Marseille airport. On a quiet private road near the most bea......

1,360,000 EURREF: 170268
3 bedroom house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
3 bedroom house for sale, Saint Remy de Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Alpilles - Traditional Farmhouse near Saint Remy de Provence, 15 minutes away from Avignon TGV station, 40 minutes from Nimes airport and one hour from Marseille airport. Located in the village of......

940,000 EURREF: 170261
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Gonfaron, Var, Provence
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Gonfaron, Var, Provence

35 minutes from the beaches of St Tropez, surrounded by vineyards, 18th Century Bastide of 340m2 , tastefully renovated, on a 3,000m2 landscaped garden with swimming pool and outbuildings. Excellen......

895,000 EURREF: 170260
7 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
7 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Eclectic restoration of an 18th century Bastide in beautiful and natural surroundings only 5 min drive Cours Mirabeau. A driveway of old plane trees leads you to the court yard of this majestic bas......

7,900,000 EURREF: 169787
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Grasse, Provence
6 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Grasse, Provence

Beautiful Provencal mas, situated in the area of Saint Francois in Grasse, dating from the 17th Century, offering tons of charm and in a quiet and green environment with beautiful open views. The......

1,890,000 EURREF: 168560
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Situated just 35 minutes from Aix-en-Provence and Toulon, in beautiful countryside, old country house, with 7 rooms totalling 220m2 which has been tastefully and entirely renovated. Set on 15,000m......

1,060,000 EURREF: 168208
4 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Provence
4 bedroom villa for sale, Roquebrune Cap Martin, Provence

A beautiful villa built in 1930 in a "Belle Epoque" Style, just 100m from the beach of Roquebrune Cap Martin. It is in need of complete renovation. * 3 levels with a total living area of 350m2 * ......

2,200,000 EURREF: 165234
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Menton, Provence
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Menton, Provence

New development only 20m from the Promenade du Soleil and its beaches. Menton downtown, close to the Casino and the Bioves Gardens, brand new apartments characterised by wide spaces and nice terrac......

882,000 EURREF: 165233
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Menton, Provence
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Menton, Provence

New development only 20m from the Promenade du Soleil and its beaches. Menton downtown, close to the Casino and the Bioves Gardens, brand new apartments characterised by wide spaces and nice terrac......

1,545,000 EURREF: 165232
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, Provence
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, Provence

A very well located new development of high quality apartments in the old town of Antibes and only 100m from the port and beaches. Elegant appointments and very comfortable amenities. * Reversible......

880,000 EURREF: 165226
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles, Vaucluse, Provence
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles, Vaucluse, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - Outside the city of Arles, elegant farmhouse of 210m2, which has been completely renovated using quality materials, on grounds of 7,100m2 with outbuildings and stables. In a quiet a......

858,000 EURREF: 164581
5 bedroom villa for sale, Mont Ventoux, Vaucluse, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, Mont Ventoux, Vaucluse, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - Beautiful villa on a fenced and landscaped gardens of 5,100m2 with swimming pool. Located at the edge of a pretty village in a peaceful landscape, just minutes from Vaison la Romain......

1,490,000 EURREF: 164580
3 bedroom house for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, Provence
3 bedroom house for sale, Antibes, Antibes Juan les Pins, Provence

Property in good condition, facing south with sea views, featuring: separate fitted kitchen, 45m2 living room, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 WC's, terrace and 2 garages. Features: * Sea views * Alarm......

1,720,000 EURREF: 164328
6 bedroom house for sale, Fayence, Var, Provence
6 bedroom house for sale, Fayence, Var, Provence

Excellent property with lovely countryside views, on a flat plot of 5,000m2 with swimming pool. Living area of 250m2, featuring: large 70m2 living room, fitted kitchen, 6 bedrooms, bathroom, 5 sho......

1,590,000 EURREF: 164326
8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Grasse, Provence
8 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Grasse, Provence

Wrought iron gates open to a driveway lined with 100 year old olive trees and a carpet of lavender leading to a truely exceptional 18th century stone bastide set in provencale surroundings with onl......

Enquire For PriceREF: 161328
5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles, Vaucluse, Provence
5 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles, Vaucluse, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - Very beautiful farmhouse on just over 2 acres of grounds including a park of 5,000m2. Just 15 minutes south of Avignon TGV and 3 minutes from the shops this beautiful farmhouse buil......

780,000 EURREF: 160607
4 bedroom house for sale, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence
4 bedroom house for sale, Luberon, Vaucluse, Provence

In Provence, 35 minutes from Aix en Provence TGV, beautiful village house in south Luberon in Cucuron, tastefully restored. Large volumes, quality materials. South facing terrace overlooking the Sa......

495,000 EURREF: 160577
House for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
House for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

Aix-en-Provence Property Situated right in the middle of the historic center of Aix-en-Provence, where the demand is high, this property is absolutely unique. The calmness of the place is precious......

Enquire For PriceREF: 160071
6 bedroom villa for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
6 bedroom villa for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

5 min to Aix en Provence, in a chic and calm environment, magnificent contemporary villa with Bali influences of ca 400 sqm - Full of light, spacious interiors and high standard amenities. Superb......

Enquire For PriceREF: 160135
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Greoux les Bains, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence
4 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Greoux les Bains, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - At the entrance of Greoux les Bains, 18th Century tastefully renovated farmhouse, with about 180m2 of living area, on fenced land of 1.9 hectares, in a beautiful natural area. 7 roo......

890,000 EURREF: 159746
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Valbonne, Provence
3 bedroom apartment for sale, Valbonne, Provence

Few minutes away from Valbonne village, beautiful apartment of 102,80m2 located on the 2nd and top floor of a very pleasant and modern building. 2 terraces (86m2) and 2 garages.......

590,000 EURREF: 156927
3 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Provence
3 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Provence

This beautiful provençal villa of approx. 150m2 located in a residential gated community, offers 3 bedrooms, an infinity pool, a land of approx. 1260m2 and a stunning panoramic view to the sea.......

895,000 EURREF: 156934
4 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Provence
4 bedroom villa for sale, Grasse, Provence

This beautiful provençal villa of approx. 190m2 is located in a residential and very quiet area. Standing on a hill with stunning views to the sea, it offers 4 bedrooms and a study. Land of approx.......

900,000 EURREF: 156937
7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles Campagne, Vaucluse, Provence
7 bedroom farmhouse for sale, Alpilles Campagne, Vaucluse, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - This property runs overs 1.5 hectares and offers a 19th Century old Mas, entirely renovated with 2 attached garages; tennis court; pool house and a swimming pool (12 x 6m). Downst......

795,000 EURREF: 152786
5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Francois, Grasse, Provence
5 bedroom villa for sale, Saint Francois, Grasse, Provence

* 5 Bedrooms * 3 Receptions * 4 Bathrooms * Swimming Pool * South Facing * Living Space: Approx 325m2 * Outside Space: Approx 3400m2 In St-François, this spacious and ......

1,790,000 EURREF: 151585
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Pays d
2 bedroom apartment for sale, Pays d'Aix, Vaucluse, Provence

In the historical centre of Aix-en-Provence, a charming apartment of approximately 100m2, on the top floors of a small stone building. Large living area consisting of: lounge and a kitchen with d......

420,000 EURREF: 150456
4 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom house for sale, Aix en Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

PRICE REDUCED - Located just 10 minutes from the city centre, 15 minutes from the TGV station and 20 minutes from the airport, in the countryside offering a beautiful view over the Sainte Victoire.......

1,190,000 EURREF: 147124
4 bedroom villa for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence
4 bedroom villa for sale, Maussane les Alpilles, Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence

PRICE REDUCED Delightful property in a rural setting close located close to Maussane les Alpilles. Four bedroom house with panoramic views and a southerly aspect in good condition. Fitted kit......

1,850,000 EURREF: 145618
5 bedroom house for sale, Vaucluse, Vaucluse, Provence
5 bedroom house for sale, Vaucluse, Vaucluse, Provence

15 minutes from the motorway, 30 minutes from the TGV station, in a quiet area, a recently built villa with a living space of 180m2 and a guest house of 50m2, on a closed plot of 3,000m2. Lounge......

790,000 EURREF: 143932

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