Thursday, April 28, 2011
Town houses in the Charente - such good value
I have posted before that I think the best value for money around here are the town houses in Jarnac, Chateauneuf and Cognac.
It's simple really - international buyers pay premium prices (unless they use me of course) and drive prices upwards.
They also tend to have a similar brief - a house on the edge of a small village (with bar & boulangerie), plenty of land, views over the vines and a short drive to a big town with commerce.
Very few want a "lock up & leave" townhouse with courtyard or garden and right in the heart of the shops and restaurants. I can't really get my head around this as, for a holiday home, or French living in general, it seems the ideal thing. Still, it's not my money, nor my dream - I just get paid to turn it into reality.
So it was particularly satisfying that my recent Australian clients fell in love with this magnificent town house which is in the very heart of Chateauneuf. The split level gardens are pretty spectacular too.
It needs a lot of TLC and we have had an RICS qualified surveyor crawling over every inch of it. But it came through with flying colours and I think the price we got it for is exceptional value for money.
It's another one where I'm hoping to be invited to share the odd beer or two in one of the many garden areas when they are completed.
Long live the town house!