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When it comes to buying property in France Leggett Prestige has some of the very best opportunities. Here are some more offerings


Apartment – Paris 5e Arrondissement (75005)

Ready to move into, this quality apartment, with a total surface of 69m2, Carrez Law, is a prestigious Parisian address. Offering optimised space, it includes a beautiful entrance hall leading to a double living / dining room with four large double-glazed windows overlooking the Seine River and exceptional view on the Notre Dame towers. There is a spacious and quiet bedroom overlooking the courtyard, a bathroom with bathtub / shower and fully equipped American kitchen along with separate toilet and copious amounts of storage.

There is also laundry space for a washer / dryer. There is wooden flooring parquet throughout all main rooms and a cellar available. The apartment is ideally located in the Latin Quarter, close to the Sorbonne, the Pantheon, and the botanical gardens, with its small shops, local restaurants and bars.

In the Sorbonne district, the condominium is built over six floors and has 17 apartments. It is built on a plot of 506 m2 and is only 223m from the Maubert Mutualité metro station (L10), 238m from the Gare Saint Michel Notre Dame (RER B and C), 400m from the Saint Michel metro station (L4) and 100m from the Square René Viviani, a picturesque park. The sectorised College Henri IV is just 646m away.

The property is located on the second floor, facing both north and south and the views over the cathedral are bright and unobstructed. Four large windows overlook the Seine River. There is lots of beautiful living space with renovated parquet flooring in very good condition. All the decor has been done immaculately with quality paints and materials and the bathroom is in perfect condition.

There is individual electric heating with NFC radiant panels and individual hot water tank. The building is secure (Vigic + Interphone / digicode and armoured door), while there is high-speed fibre optic cabling, parking in adjacent streets or possibility of renting a parking space in a nearby public car park.

5th Arrondissement – The historic heart of the Latin Quarter has been a centre of scholarship and intellectual achievement for centuries and takes its name from the Sorbonne, where Latin was the common language for all students during the Middle Ages. This district is one of the oldest districts of the city where traces of the region's past survive in sites such as the Arena of Lutetia, an amphitheatre and the Cluny Thermal Baths, both of which are Roman.

It remains one of the city's main districts thanks to sites such as the Pantheon, the Sorbonne and the botanical gardens known as the Jardin des Plantes. This district offers a small village feeling where students mix freely with professionals in its winding streets. The Mouffetard shopping street is a real meeting place and a main artery with its stalls, small shops, restaurants, bars and cafés.

Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1

To find out more go to Leggett Prestige – Paris apartment

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House – Nice

With commanding views of the Port de Nice, the Baie des Anges, and across the city to the mountains beyond, with approved plans to create a contemporarily restored masterpiece, this monument historique (listed building), with its wonderful towers, frescoes and terraces with breath-taking views of the sea and city of Nice, holds a firm place in the patrimoine (cultural heritage) of the city.

Villa Beau Site, a legendary property with a colourful history and rich heritage, is now for sale complete with planning consent from the City of Nice and the Architects de Batiments de France to build what will surely be one of the most exciting, individual and significant properties on the French Riviera.

The villa has been empty for many years – since the property passed into the ownership of the Institut de France, who struggled to work out exactly what they should do with this remarkable legacy. Eventually the property was sold to the current owners – an entrepreneurial family with a taste for beautiful historic properties. The family have spent considerable time, effort and funds creating a project in conjunction with the Mairie de Nice (city hall) and the Architects de Batiments de France (the body responsible for historic monuments) which has now been approved within the exacting requirements for a property of this historical significance (more details in ‘The Future’ below).

The plans now having been completed, approved and costed, the project is ready to be begun by the new owner. The usual time limit for commencement of works from approval does not apply in the case of a historic monument.

The property may have fallen into a level of disrepair, but it is weather proof. Enough of the beautiful original features still exist to infuse the visitor with a sense of history, the frescoes and vaulted windows, the colonnades and balustrading, the stunning murals and towers. And, of course, there is the simply breathtaking view.

Perched in a commanding position above the Port de Nice, the view from the rooms and terraces is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful views on the French Riviera – the yachts bobbing in the port surrounded by traditional Niçois architecture, the war memorial and the tree covered promontory of the old Chateau de Nice site, across to the sweeping arc of the Bay of Angels and of course the glistening azur blue of the Mediterranean, stretching away to the horizon, fringed by the Estoril mountains – and to the rear of the city, lie the snow-capped tips of the foothills of the Alps.

The property is technically made up of four separate ‘villas’, although they are all effectively interconnected over several different levels, occupying the parcel of land from the Boulevard de Mont Boron down to the legendary Basse Corniche, where the closest neighbour is the magnificent villa once owned by Sean Connery. There are so many rooms it is hard to put a useful number on it, but we can say in excess of 20.

The future

Plans have been drawn up, discussed, negotiated, costed and finally approved by both the Mairie of Nice (with the personal oversight of the Maire himself) and the Architects de Batiments de France, over a period of years. Having reached full approval stage, the project simply has to be started by the new owner.

The plans for the new project represent a wonderful evolution of the villa from the era of Gisele Tissier to the present day and on, creating a contemporary property of the highest attainable standard, while retaining the essence of this one-off masterpiece. The approval includes both indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and garaging for four cars, and restoration of both the staff and guest villas, as well as the main house, the total space being in excess of 600m2. These plans are available for inspection upon request. The final, finished property will surely be one of the most exceptional private dwellings on the Cote d’Azur.

The past (1870-2020)

Originally constructed in 1870, the property was given the name Villa Beau Site by the wealthy adventurer and trader Achille Larrey, who purchased the property in 1882. As Nice welcomed Queen Victoria of England and her entourage for the winter months, the City suddenly became the destination of choice for the rich and royal, and Beau Site was developed and modified by the owner to demonstrate his new-found status and wealth. Larrey’s widow continued with his dream after his death, and around 1910 acquired an extra parcel of land to the north side of the property, allowing her to construct two additional ‘villas’ – one for staff and one for guests, completing the ensemble we see today.

Bedrooms: 10
Bathrooms: 0
Land: 1,200m²

To find out more go to Leggett Prestige – Beau Site


Château – Bardenac (16210)

This magnificent property, situated on the edge of a small Charentaise town, originated around 1370 and was rebuilt on its own ruins in the 18th century. It was then completely renovated again in the 1930s.

Its current owners now offer four gîtes for rent, as well as several flats and reception rooms located in the castle. Its tiny chapel, extended grounds and large swimming pool make it the perfect spot for receptions, marriages, seminars, etc. There are 13 hectares of land comprising woods and meadows.

Located only ten minutes from Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France) and 45 minutes from Angoulême. Further afield the property is an hour and a quarter from Bordeaux, Bergerac and Cognac. Near enough to restock the cellar if you need something to drink.

The west entrance to the castle – which includes a drawbridge – is surrounded by a dry moat, giving access to a large underground cellar. The U-shaped building revolves around a central courtyard, enclosed by arches overlooking the outbuildings. There is a small chapel on one side and a guardhouse on the other welcoming visitors into the building.

The first flat opens on the left onto a kitchen / dining room, with a magnificent panelled library in the adjoining room. A discreet door opens onto the staircase leading to the bedrooms. Further on there is a large and very bright reception room and its large living room with a monumental fireplace.

A second kitchen lies in the west wing of the building which leads to a long corridor opening onto various technical rooms. Upstairs there are 12 bedrooms including two suites, several bathrooms and shower rooms all served by long corridors.

The outbuildings have been renovated to form four gîtes, with a total of eight bedrooms. all nestled around a 12x6m swimming pool. A games room, badminton and pétanque court finishes the ensemble. The adjoining old barn could be converted into a fantastic reception room.

A property with a lot of potential business opportunities.

Bedrooms: 20
Bathrooms: 13
Land: 13.53ha

To find out more go to Leggett Prestige – Bardenac

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