Emile Garcin Cévennes & Languedoc
Natali Félix has been In charge of the Cevennes & Languedoc ofﬁce since its opening six years ago, and because she has traveled throughout the entire region of Southern Cevennes in Gard, she knows the area inside out.
What is the particularity of the Cevennes & Languedoc region? What makes it attractive? It is a beautiful area, wild, preserved and protected. It lies at the same latitude as Provence and has the same Mediterranean climate, without the Mistral. It is an area accessible by Nîmes or Montpellier; it is about an hour away from main roads, highways (A7, A9 or A75), airports and TGV stations. The area isn’t as urbanized as Provence. The mas have a more modest appearance, with a raw look. Buildings needing renovations can still be found and there are vast stretches of land ranging from a few hectares to hundreds or more. Today, the Cevennes are the Provence of the 1970’s. On the Cevennes foothills, I can still ﬁnd properties that dominate the landscape with a totally breathtaking view. For those who like beautiful landscapes, rivers without a soul, markets with local producers and authentic regional products, hiking, the singing of cicadas without the noise of cars, then this is the place to be. Are there essentially historical buildings? Or is Castle Mandagout an exception? There are historic homes, but in the region, history is marked by Protestantism and by centuries of resistance. In both late 19th century and early 20th, it was also the land of silk, and there is not a building, farmhouse, house or castle, without a magnanerie. Castles, manors, mansions, the former summer residences of the Nimes bourgeoisie or the ‘’soyeux’’ (silk weavers), all have a modest appearance. Castle Mandagout is not an exception. It is pure and simple. Who is the typical client interested in your properties? My clients are those who appreciate the preserved nature of this region, the exceptional quality of life, the silence, the sun, the heat… because each season is a delight here and they choose to spend their holidays and often to start a new life. There is a large variety of clients: mostly French but also Belgians, Swiss and a majority of English, many artists who ﬁnd inspiration, businessmen who ﬁnd the tranquility, people from the North looking for the light and heat of the South. How is the real estate market? Are prices stable or declining? The market has been diﬃcult for the last two or three years but prices have ﬁnally stabilized and for buyers, the area oﬀers extraordinary opportunities. Properties are cheaper than in other regions such as, for example, Provence, the Luberon, but then again it all depends on what you want. I personally feel that the market is about to pick up, but I sometimes lack properties to show to clients. At Garcin, we only select and sell the most remarkable properties. That is the main reason buyers come to us and trust us, but it obviously involves making choices and limiting the portfolio to only high-quality goods.
Emile Garcin Cevennes & Languedoc Hôtel du Baron de Castille 2 place de l’Evêché- 30700 Uzes Tel: +33 4 66 03 24 10
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