Buying in France for future retirement, for leisure or to better enjoy the Tour de France?

In 2013 BNP Paribas carried out a survey of specific projects and expectations of expatriates investing in France.

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“The main reason why people intend to buy a property in France is that they want to own a property for future retirement (67%) or to have a second home for holidays and leisure (40%).”

“Quality of life (86% positive influence on purchase), climate (76%) and gastronomy (70%) are the main factors influencing purchases in France.”

“Among expatriates of all nationalities Provence remains the most popular region for buying property in France – with 29% of purchases by expatriates taking place in the region.”


Provence, therefore, will always be on the map. Even more pertinently for fans of cycling Provence is also on the Tour De France route!

If you are considering buying in France this year we recommend you take a close look at Les Alpilles – a discreet and especially delightful corner of Provence. Les Alpilles were famously immortalized in art by Vincent Van Gogh. Today Les Alpilles offers the perfect combination of physical beauty and cultural sophistication along with being fabulously well connected – only 45 minutes from Marseilles and Nice International airport. Les Alpilles are also bang on the Tour de France route this year. To follow is a selection of our favorite properties from which to enjoy France and the Tour de France.

Atmospheric Provence


Not only well located and privately set near the sought after village of Le Paradou, this comfortable and undeniably atmospheric property totally captures the essence of living in Provence.

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