connecting living room has a large dressing room, a bathroom and access to the terrace, which oﬀers a 180-degree panorama. In this house designed as a place to welcome guests and to spend time together, the exterior has been very carefully considered. The summer kitchen is equipped with a barbecue and the covered and airy lounge area extends into a convivial dining room. The pool area with its deck and pool house are an invitation to relax. Two maid’s rooms provide accommodation for staﬀ and the caretaker. And a guest house with three bedrooms and a living room make it possible to welcome guests with complete peace of mind. An incredible project as it successfully brings together the best of Europe and Morocco, this house is extremely comfortable. You feel at home as soon as you arrive and yet the services are equivalent to those of a luxury hotel. With great charm as a bonus!
Séverine de Freycinet
Emile Garcin Marrakech
Séverine de Freycinet has been living in Morocco for over 15 years, has managed the Emile Garcin Marrakech agency since 2008 and the Essaouira agency for the last few months.
What are the diﬀerences between Marrakech and Essaouira ? The speciﬁcity of Marrakech is the mixture of culture and habitat: the riads in the medina, the houses in the Palmeraie and the apartments in the modern city named, “Gueliz”. La Palmeraie is the area outside of Marrakech and the most popular, the royal family and the Moroccan bourgeoisie live there. It is the most exclusive area, a bit like our Neuilly on the outskirts of Paris. The Ourika road and the Lalla Takerkoust Dam road are also in great demand particularly because they have a beautiful view on the Atlas and also because the prices are much lower. Marrakech is three hours from Europe; the weather is fantastic all year round, people speak French, the landscape is quite varied, there are many festivals, the cultural life is lively and for night owls, there are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs! On the contrary, Essaouira, where we opened an oﬃce 18 months ago, is a charming little harbor, much quieter, that sometimes looks a bit like Brittany. The medina is very pretty with very interesting historical areas. Outside of Essaouira, one can ﬁnd houses on the water side at very attractive prices. What do people look for in Marrakech? They look for the very special atmosphere of the medina with the riads, the traditional houses built around an inner courtyard and in the countryside or the palmeraie, they look for houses with beautiful parks and a pool. Golf courses are also popular with properties facing the Atlas in gated communities. People visit one another on a regular basis, they are often retired and form a community of golfers wanting to have fun. The people who come here are very happy! Does the political situation aﬀect the market? Europeans are obviously more cautious but they are also cautious in France! We also have Moroccan and Lebanese customers and for them, there are no political worries to have with Morocco, they fully trust the country. Are there many properties on the market? Yes, because there were many speculators, many real estate projects on golf courses for all kinds of customers with sometimes poor marketing and unsuﬃcient market research. On the contrary, at Emile Garcin, we are extremely conscientious and all of our goods have very strict quality criteria. They are always in good locations and at fair prices. Is it legally easy to invest in Morocco? Yes, it’s very easy, there are a lot of skills in Morocco. We also accompany our clients throughout the entire transaction. We introduce them to the best lawyer, the best accountant, the bank that suits their needs. Then, according to the client’s desires, we introduce decorators, companies that can help in the works. We have a real advisory role, we are there for the transaction… and more !
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