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French Property of the Week: Luxury stone villa in hills above Côte d’Azur

A luxury stone villa in the sunny south of France with landscaped garden, tennis court, pétanque pitch AND swimming pool. It's not cheap but you might be tempted.

French Property of the Week: Luxury stone villa in hills above Côte d'Azur
Photo: Leggett Immobilier

Where is it?

This property is in a small market town 40 minutes’ drive away to the beaches of the French Riviera. The closest town is Grasse, only 5 km away, considered to be the world’s capital of perfume.

There you will have all the commodities you need: supermarkets, a local train station, cinémas, shopping centers and many museums included the world-famous museum of perfume and the artist Fragonard museum.  

Just behind the property starts the hilly natural regional parc of the Préalpes d’Azur great for gentle strolls around the olive trees or even lengthy hikes around the hills and where you can find many quaint villages with the typical architecture of southern France.

This fabulous home is 23 km from Cannes, and 40 km, or 45 minutes' drive, from Nice Cote d'Azur International Airport.

How much does it cost?

It's not cheap, let's put it that way.

The property costs €1,575,000, which is roughly £1,375,000 and $1,951,000 depending on exchange rates.

Describe the property

South facing, this property is built in the traditional Provencal style with stones and curved tile roofing.

A secluded yet easy approach to automatic gates lead into a long driveway running alongside landscaped Mediterranean gardens.

There are 5 bedrooms in total, all with ensuite bathrooms, distributed over three levels, including one on the ground floor.

It has large, airy rooms with high ceilings with fantastic views of the landscaped garden and the freeform heated swimming pool.

The separate kitchen is bright and spacious, with a central island and family dining area.

The living and formal dining room combine to offer a vast 92m2 of space, which includes a bar and full size snooker table, a mezzanine library above, a raised formal dining area, and a hand painted wood burning stove to heat the entire space in winter.

The kitchen and living room both have French doors leading to the terraces and the stunning outdoor entertaining space.

Furthermore, the property benefits from a workshop, a gym with shower and a large wine cellar.

Sitting amongst the landscaped gardens are the tennis court and boules court, which share a chalet Clubhouse. They overlook the heated swimming pool, fountain and terrace from which you can see the hills behind Cannes that are stunning. 

Perfect for entertaining is the summer kitchen, with built in barbecue and pizza oven, and the vast covered terrace.

A triple garage and parking for plenty of vehicles completes the accommodation.

Why buy it?

Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says :  “This fabulous, south facing property in a sought after area close to the market town of Peymeinade, inland from Cannes on the French Riviera. This is a property which is well worth considering either for permanent occupation or as a holiday home with all the facilities anyone could hope for”.

“There is a possibility for an independent 2 bedroomed apartment on the garden level”

And the photos

For more informationabout the property and for others in the south of France visit: Leggett Immobilier

 

 

 

 

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Tenants in France: How to make your home more energy efficient

Insulation, ventilation, heating - given the cost-of-living crisis that’s affecting France as much as many other countries, it’s understandable that there is a lot of talk right now about improving energy efficiency in homes.

Tenants in France: How to make your home more energy efficient

In France many people rent and although you would hope that your landlord would do improvements like this, if they are unable or unwilling than you have the right to do these works yourself.

It means the work is at your own expense, but if you’re a long-term tenant you may make the money back in savings on your energy bills.

Here’s how to go about it:

Inform your landlord

The first thing to do is inform your landlord you intend to carry out the work, at your expense. Do this by registered letter with acknowledgement of receipt. 

The letter must describe the transformations envisaged, the conditions under which these works will be carried out, and the name of the company undertaking the work.

If you have not received a written response in two months, you can assume you have the tacit agreement of your landlord to carry out the work.

Work you can carry out

A decree published in France’s Journal Officiel on July 21st defines the list of works a tenant can carry out at their own expense on the property they rent.

  • insulation of lower floors;
  • Attic and upper floor insulation;
  • replacement of exterior joinery;
  • solar protection of glazed or opaque walls;
  • installation or replacement of ventilation systems;
  • installation or replacement of heating and domestic hot water production systems and associated interfaces.

The work cannot affect communal areas of a shared property, and must “respect the expected energy performance”. 

Work cannot affect the building structure, its external appearance, require a permit, or change the purpose of the building.

What happens afterwards

Within two months after the completion of the work, the tenant must inform the landlord that the work has been carried out by the chosen company and that it corresponds to what was announced in the pre-work letter.

Other work tenants can undertake on a property they rent

In 1989, a law was passed that allowed tenants to undertake certain work on a property – painting and decorating, adding or changing floor covering – without the permission of the landlord and at their own expense.

Any other works require the written agreement of the landlord – otherwise the tenant may be obliged to return the property to its original condition. 

The landlord can also keep the benefit of the work done without the tenant being able to claim compensation for the costs incurred.

Landlord’s responsibilities

Landlords must provide decent housing, which implies, in particular, heating in good working order, and compliance with a minimum energy performance criterion. Under current rules, doors, windows and walls must be airtight. 

A tenant can only require work from his landlord on these elements, if they are deficient.

From January 1st, 2023, properties advertised for rent in France must have a Diagnostic de performance énergétique rating of G or better.

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