« For wealthy buyers looking for houses, apartments, seafront villas and countryside properties, the world is their oyster”, explains Thibault de Saint-Vincent. “It is up to us to provide our assistance and to offer a global service – going beyond a simple property hunt, including legal and tax advice, personalised guidance, various refitting, renovation and decoration services – in the city or region of their choice. Globalisation is a real game-changer, and that goes for the real estate industry too » — Thibault de Saint-Vincent, President of BARNES
Paris not only attracts a French clientele (residents as well as non-residents) but also a foreign clientele who are drawn to all the history, culture, and luxury real estate concentrated in Paris: high-quality and high-end apartments, with unobstructed views of wide avenues and historical monuments, surrounded by beautiful parks and gardens.
Nantes is loved for its vibrant city center near the sea. It’s home to bourgeois apartments, traditional Nantes-style houses, and manors on the shores of the river Erdre. La Baule, one of the beautiful bays in Europe, is embellished with Belle Epoque villas and apartments facing the sea, all in proximity to shops and schools.
Approved by lovers of beautiful buildings, a warm ambiance, and properties in an idyllic environment in the highlands or on the Mediterranean coast, Provence has always attracted both a national and international clientele. The market is very dynamic and supported by a high demand for refined, high-end real estate.
The Pays Basque or Basque Country has always attracted a demanding clientele with a taste for exceptional properties boasting sea views in the city center of Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and Guéthary. Due to its beautiful coastline, mountains, golf courses, and authenticity, the region is constantly increasing in popularity, and so transactions and prices continue to rise.
Attracted by a number of new developments and high-end hotels, investors place their (very safe) bets on luxury chalets in the French Alps. Chamonix and Annecy are active in both summer and winter, making the market very dynamic all year round. Megève maintains its role as an authentic mountain village, privileged for its refinement.
There are many advantages that attract buyers to the Greater Paris area: an exceptional living environment, large interior and exterior proportions adapted for family life, and calm, green surroundings, among others.
Lyon exhibits great economic and demographic dynamism. Its real estate market is on the rise because Lyon is always attracting more companies and residents, reinforcing its position as an international metropolis.
With stable prices and a rising number of transactions, more than half of the demand is concentrated in Deauville Centre and the Coast. Americans and the English, as well as the French citizens returning from London, have joined Parisians in their perpetual search for properties near the coast, at more reasonable prices.
Cannes offers a diverse range of primary and secondary residences, attracting both investors and buyers. Whether it’s contemporary-design or charmingly traditional, these picturesque properties are very popular and come equipped with views of the Mediterranean, secret gardens, the newest technological updates, and generous surface areas. As for seasonal rentals, expect elegance and impeccable service.
As a city of commerce, Lille is characterized by its strong economic activity and active real estate market. Architecture serves as the city’s centerpiece, while its periphery is filled with beautiful properties designed by contemporary architects.
The city of Evian-les-Bains is booming with a 9% increase in transactions. This growing activity is mainly linked to an increasingly important influx of foreign clientele from the Persian Gulf, Great Britain, northern Europe, and Switzerland, with eyes on large waterfront properties.
Harmonious and luminous, the beautiful Île de Ré is made up of 10 villages, each with its own indistinguishable characteristics. An investment here is not only an excellent retirement plan but also offers a lifetime of pleasure. Whether it’s an apartment facing the port or and family residence facing the sea, more and more French and foreign buyers are finding Île de Ré to be an ideal vacation resort.
Buyers are always looking for the real Saint-Tropez experience, where tranquility and serenity meet luxury and glamour. The market is dynamic with buyers in search of the perfect property.
Bordeaux is attracting more and more executives. This trend has become evident in the neighborhoods most sought-after by families and young couples: Triangle d’Or, Les Chartrons, Le Jardin Public, and the neighborhoods surrounding Saint-Seurin and Parc Bordelais.
Périgord is home to rural luxury, a countryside of chateaus with blue landscapes, calm rivers, and traditional-style residences steeped deep in nature. It welcomes the beau monde to enjoy the utmost discretion among the region’s private and privilege lands. Discover real estate treasures in Périgord, away from prying eyes.
Le Pyla, Arcachon, and Moulleau are very privileged destinations with an extremely dynamic demand for primary residences and as a vacation resort. Cap Ferret is also still very popular for summer holidays.
Corsica is one of the most attractive regions in France, designated a “destination to watch in 2018.” Our new agency in Palombaggia has a bright future. Located in Cala Rossa since 2014 and Bonifacio since 2017, BARNES continues to develop in Corsica in 2018 with the opening of an agency in Bocca del Oro, between Palombaggia and Santa Giulia. The luxury real estate market in Corsica has yet to experience any major changes that have impacted buying and renting. Coastal properties, especially those with a sea view, are among the most requested. Seasonal rentals are every bit as accommodating. Bassin Ajaccien and La Balagne, situated in Corsica’s extreme south, are two of the most popular vacation resorts for our affluent clientele who are looking for villas near the shore (a must), with 4 to 5 bedrooms, a swimming pool, and sea view.
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The luxury real estate market in Switzerland is making a strong comeback. After the previous year and an adjustment period, the number of transactions is going up once again. Stable and fair prices combined with the country’s unique appeal are making way for new opportunities for both a local and international clientele who are already present and very active in the market. With 22 agencies, BARNES SWITZERLAND is one of the major players in the world of high-end real estate.
With prices steadily decreasing, Barcelona offers investors many opportunities with added value assured in the years to come. The city’s architectural richness, the quality renovations made to its most historic buildings, its location on the Mediterranean coast, and the famous Lycée français in Pedralbes, make this internationally renowned metropolis a destination with high potential.
Greece has a very diverse real estate market where everyone can find their dream property: an apartment in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Athens, a second home in the Aegean or the Ionian Sea, or a villa on the Peloponnese or Attica peninsula. With high-quality constructions and breathtaking scenery, Greece attracts a wide variety of high-end clientele.
With a low unemployment rate, a growing economy and a profusion of new businesses, Montreal and the rest of the provinces in Quebec promise strong forward development. The luxury real estate market is very dynamic, with a stable demand and prices shooting up (+ 2.5%).
The London real estate market is becoming more and more stabilized. The number of transactions in the center of London has risen by 5% in the last six months, proving a renewed confidence in the city and reaffirming its position as a major international capital. Investors can acquire properties at the fairest prices.
The city of Madrid attracts both Spanish and foreign investors. The market is booming with a 92% increase in sales, recorded in 2017, compared to the previous year and a 311% increase in transaction values.
The New York market has undergone a total adjustment of selling prices. Manhattan has shown a 10.6% decrease in 2017. Nevertheless, since the start of 2018 prices have stabilized with a slight increase during certain quarters. New high-end developments offer many prime opportunities. Property value in neighborhoods like Brooklyn, the West Side, and the Upper East Side continue to rise.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, determination and solidarity held St. Barts together. This unique island is recovering at an exhilarating pace. The land is greener than ever, beaches pristine, and almost all restaurants and shops have reopened for business. Today, villas are available to rent and accommodate our loyal guests. St. Barts specializes in the art of island life …
With prices constantly increasing, the city of Brussels has made a real breakthrough in the luxury real estate market – and Belgian buyers have become the majority. Expatriates typically prefer renting to buying at first. The city’s most popular residential areas are still Uccle, Ixelles, Dieweg for its lycée français or French high school, Etterbeek, Boitsfort, Woluwe, Haut de Forestet, and Haut de Saint-Gilles.
Thanks to its strong economic growth, many tax advantages and Golden Visa, Portugal is constantly attracting new residents and investors. Real estate investments have risen by 50% since 2016, and with so much potential and prices lower than other European metropolises, an increased valuation of 8% is expected in the coming years.
Diverse transactions in Miami and South Florida make it a unique market in North America. Driven by an economic growth and dynamism attracting new residents to the city, the market is also reinforced by a strong national and international clientele in search of a second home in the sun or an investment property in a thriving geographical area.
The French are increasingly moving to Mauritius for its high quality of life. The island offers a wide range of properties, from 350,000 to 10 million euros: apartments, penthouses, villas with golf courses, marinas … and new exceptional developments.
The capital of Hungary, bisected by the river Danube, is one of the most reliable European destinations to invest in. Annual returns average 6 to 8%. Short-term rentals in the most in-demand areas are even more profitable. The best investment districts are the 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, and 12th.
Buyers’ interest in Marrakech is mainly focused on modern and secure properties surrounded by gardens on the outskirts of the city. Riads and typical Moroccan architecture are starting to be overlooked by newer contemporary residences, except when low prices present a “steal.” Investors, who have largely been French and European in the past, have recently been joined by a Chinese and Middle Eastern clientele who also want to benefit from great opportunities.
California is the world’s 6th largest economic powerhouse and considered the “Entertainment Capital of the World” as the headquarter of the film, television, and music industries. The market is still on the rise with major real estate projects underway and a high demand. Rental investments promise constant growth.
Sardinia’s expansive shores and its variety of different landscapes are the island’s main assets, prized by a diverse clientele of young couples, families with children, and senior citizens looking for a quiet retirement. There is a large variety of properties on offer for secondary or primary residences, as well as for rental investment, from apartments in the hills at 6’000 €/m² to exceptional villas by the sea.