Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Andy and Lucy Lovell, French property search

Dear Andy and Lucy,

Following your email this morning I now understand that the preferred location is France. This should make finding what you are looking for easier as there is more scope with regards new build properties on the French side of the border.  

I had already done some preliminary research on some options, please see below 3 very different developments to give you some idea of what i can source on your behalf.

Option 1:

A new Villa development on the outskirts of Nice

I thought would be a great option for you. It is called “Les Jardins de Bellet”. There are 9 four bedroom villas still available (out of 10) and prices range from € 528,650 to € 1,035,500 (Incl. VAT), set to be delivered in March 2011.

The development is divided as follow:
5 villas (3 with swimming pools) at the upper part of the site
1 villa (the biggest one) at the central part of the site
4 villas (with private swimming pool) at the lowest part of the site

The development will comprise of 10 luxury villas with a classic architecture embellished with large terraces and swimming pools spread in a park of around 2 ha sq m. On the upper part of the property will be built 5 villas, with 100 to 140 sq m of living space, 3 of which with private swimming pool. In the centre, a magnificent existing residence of 187 sq m of living space with swimming pool and a pool house sets the tone to the quality of the project. On the lower part will be constructed 4 luxury villas, with 100 to 130 sq m of living space, a swimming pool, a private garage and a terrace. The garages and car parks will be situated at the same level.

All the villas will benefit from : a traditional construction with a reinforced concrete structure, a summer/winter reversible air-conditioning and the possibility of an enlargement on their respective land.

The property stands upon the prestigious hill of Bellet, on the heights of Nice. It benefits from an exceptional panoramic view on the protected forest of Natura 2000. The sunshine is extremely generous here. It is a residential, verdant, peaceful and luxury area. It is located only 10 mn from the city center, as well as from the Promenade des Anglais and the beaches. The vineyard of Bellet is one of the oldest vineyards in France and its plantation goes back to the time of the Phocean foundation of Marseilles.

Option 2

Apartments Antibes
What first strikes people when they arrive here is the exceptional view offered by this  residence. A view with nothing to distract the eyes from the 12 and a half acres of Mediterranean parkland, its overflowing swimming pool, the sea and the Iles de Lérins on the horizon and, on the pedestrian mall side, the wooded hills of the hinterland.

Bright and comfortable, the apartments are for the most part extended by a loggia that offers a view out over the sea and garden, designed almost as a separate room all on its own. They range from studios to 4-room dwellings, compact layouts to family living spaces, and capable of accommodating any lifestyle.

Services close at hand

At the foot of the building, in the pedestrian mall, cafes, restaurants and convenience stores make day-to-day life a pleasure. Garden-side: a pure invitation to relax! Choose between taking a dip in the overflow swimming pool or jogging around the 12 and a half acre park! Whatever your plans, either as an investor or future resident, this developer has drawn on all its expertise to bring out the full value of this development, with the aim of offering you a rare opportunity along the edge of the French Riviera

Direct access to the sea

The exceptional character of these surroundings, direct access to the sea  and to the stores at the foot of the building, and the quality of its construction served as the primary selection criteria for developers.

The amenities have been designed to fulfil expectations in respect of luxury, comfort and security.
- All apartments are extended by way of large, beautifully designed loggia.
- In the entrance hall and living room, the floors are tiled, for easy upkeep and cooler interiors.
- The sanitary equipment offers all the most modern comforts: vanity top in the bathroom….
- Some of the apartment kitchens come pre-equipped.
- For your well-being, the roller blinds are electric.
- Lastly, to help you control your energy consumption, heating and hot water are provided by individual electrical systems.
- A guard ensures permanent control over the proper operation of the residence.

The district You’ll feel like you have sand between your toes, you’re so close to the beach! And, when you consider the added advantage of your entire facing view being that of the Iles de Lérins, then the location is nothing short of exceptional. But that’s not all that this developmen has going for it.

Cap d’Antibes just a stroll away

Just below, out front, you’ll find the Boulevard du Littoral which leads to Cap d’Antibes, a marvellous promenade along which you can stroll past luxury hotels and extraordinary estates. There’s also the Eilenroc gardens, the villa constructed according to plans drawn up by Charles Garnier, the architect responsible for the Paris and Monte Carlo opera houses and which is opened up to the public each Wednesday afternoon. And, of course, there’s the Eden Roc, the most lavish hotel in the world, they say, and also the first on the Côte d'Azur to open for the summer season, welcoming, among others, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Fairbanks, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Charles De Gaulle….
As for the Bay de la Garoupe, at the foot of the hill, you’ll immediately be won over by the beauty of its beaches….

Good to know :
- The twenty five kilometres of coastline in and around Antibes Juan-les-Pins offer creeks, rocky slopes and forty eight beaches.
Nice Côte d’Azur airport is just 13 kilometres away. Its two terminals offer flights with the following major airlines: Aeroflot, Air Algérie, Air France-KLM, Air Maroc, Austrian Airlines, Alitalia, British Airways, British Midland, Delta Air Lines, EasyJet, Emirates, Iberia, Lufthansa, SAS, Swiss, Tunis Air… which link Nice to the majority of France’s international and regional airports and a number of major international destinations.

Option 3 

Located in the heart of the Camargue National Park, just 1 hour west of Marseille, the Domaine des Flamants Roses leaseback property comprises of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom contemporary cottages. Phase I is due for completion Q2 201

This development offers the opportunity of a fully managed holiday home with no cost or hassle and a potential income with a full VAT rebate, might just be worth considering.

La Camargue


La Camargue is Western Europe’s largest river delta, a triangular coastal area between the Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence just 1 hour from Marseille and covering some 930km2, where the river Rhône meets the Mediterranean Sea.

Established as a national park and nature reserve in 1972, La Camargue contains exceptional bio-diversity with over 400 species f birds including the ubiquitous pink flamingos and unique breeds of horses and bulls.



This devlopment is located in the small charming village of Salin-de-Giraud, a stone’s throw from the chic coastal resort of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer and only 25 miles from Arles city centre.


Domaine des Flamants Roses is easily accessible with direct low-costs flights operated by Ryanair from Luton and Liverpool to Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport just 20km west of Arles or to the larger international airports of Marseille (1 hour) and Montpellier (1 hour 15 mins).

The area can also be reached by high speed train with Nimes and Arles stations nearby (50 and 40 minutes respectively) or by road (Paris 7 hours, Lyon 3 hours and Marseille 1 hour). 

The communal areas of Domaine des Flamants Roses will be dedicated to relaxation and comfort with a wide range of superb on-site amenities including:

  • Marked walking paths
  • Swimming pool
  • Natural pool
  • Spa with massage room, Turkish bath and sauna
  • Tennis courts
  • Children’s club
  • Restaurant
The Management service will also provide a personalised reception for the owners, cleaning and beds made up on arrival and a dedicated ownership service.

Hopefully the above will now give us a starting point and we can move forward in finding exactly what you are looking for. Let me know if you are now happy to proceed with contracting the services of SJI Overseas to carry out an in depth property search on your behalf, let us do the hard work for you.

Kind regards,


Scott Innes
Senior Partner
SJI Overseas Worldwide Property


Telephone: 0843 2894364

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