Pays-de-la-Loire Property Blog: News and Information from the region

VENDÉE: The 2016 Vendée Globe has been launched …

Vendée Globe: the world famous single-handed, round-the-world sailing race from Les Sables d’Olonne.

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The race was founded by Philippe Jeantot in 1989 and since 1992 has taken place every four years. The 2016–2017 edition is planned to start on Sunday, 6 November 2016.

As the only single-handed non-stop round-the-world race (in contrast to the VELUX 5 Oceans Race, which is sailed in stages), the race is a serious test of individual endurance, and is regarded by many as the ultimate in ocean racing.

Read more: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/

PAYS-DE-LA LOIRE – and its incredible beaches …

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Pays-de-la-Loire is one of the largest regions – stretching from the incredible beaches of Vendée and the Loire-Atlantique, through some of the finest vineyards and châteaux in France, to world famous towns like Le Mans. Again you’ll find quite a difference in house prices here/ As a rough rule of thumb you’ll pay a premium to be on, or close to the coast. You’ll find the lower value properties as you work your way inland. The Loire-Atlantique has an average price of €195,000 and Mayenne’s average is just €112,100.

View a selection of properties in the Pays-de-la-Loire here …

VENDÉE – the best decision we ever made …

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Welcome to the Vendée.

I have lived here for over 10 years now and can honestly say it was the best decision my family and I ever made. We have found no problem making friends and settling into the French way of life.

The Vendèe is steeped in history. There are many ancient monuments, churches, windmills, and historical houses, not to mention wine producers.The renowned re-enactment theme park, the Puy de Fou is situated in this area and provides wonderful entertainment and events during the summer for all the family. We have around 70 miles of beaches and approx. 1000km of cycle paths. Getting here could not be easier. Nantes international airport is just to the North, La Rochelle to the south, and Poitiers to the East. There are twice daily TGV services from Paris Montparnasse to Les Sables d’Olonne on our lovely Atlantic Coastline. By ferry there are a good many options open to you, namely St Malo, Caen, Roscoff, Cherbourg and Le Havre. More »

VENDÉE – Property appeals to international buyers …

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The Vendée has always held great appeal for international property buyers and with mortgage rates at their lowest levels since the second world war this demand is likely to remain steady through 2013.

This is an area that boasts some of the most beautiful coastline in western France as well as playing host to four major rivers so coastal and waterside properties are particularly popular. Property prices are amongst the most reasonable in France with a departmental average of €145,000 (compared to France as a whole which has an average of €163,000 excluding Paris). Of course these prices vary throughout the department and you can expect to pay a premium around the coastal sector by Sables d’Olonne closely followed by Roche sur Yon – if you are looking for a bargain then head towards Fontenay le Comte where the average price is just €110,000.

Despite the general economic downturn the Notaires de France report little movement in the price of properties within the Vendée since 2009/10 when houses rose by around 5%. This reflects the fact that the department has never been prone to the highs & lows experienced by other regions. There is a steady demand for property here and British buyers tend to choose the department because it offers a high quality of life combined with beautiful scenery, plenty of sunshine and excellent access to and from the UK.

Maxine Enderby of Leggett Immobilier comments:

“We have a dozen agents in the Pays de la Loire with over 300 properties for sale, here in the Vendée we have a growing team with a terrific and diverse portfolio which ranges from a renovation project for €33,000 up to a choice of properties around the one million euro mark – and I can assure you that whilst that would get you a small apartment in Paris or on the Cote d’Azur it will buy you something truly special here in the Vendée”.

LE MANS – the town and its famous 24 hr race venue …

Le Mans is a jewel with many facets: an ancient pre-Roman centre and the largest medieval centre in Europe to a modern vibrant city which has hosted the famous Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race since 1923. Visitors are often amazed to pass below almost complete, decorated Roman city walls, past the medieval cathedral, through a modern city and then find themselves driving along several kilometres of the 24 Hour race circuit all within a space of 30 minutes!

 

Le Mans, is well known for the 24 Hour Race which is also known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency because the cars must race for 24 hours without breaking down. The teams need to balance speed and at the same time control the effect son the car’s oil, tyres, brake pads and monitor fuel efficiency. Drivers often drive for two hours at a time before switching drivers in the pits; the rules now stipulate that three drivers must share the driving for each team. Much of the race circuit is along public roads which are only closed on race days so anyone driving on the public roads to the south of Le Mans has to drive for several miles along the race track.

 

 

In addition to the classic sport’s car race the track also hosts a number of other events throughout the year. Cars and motorbikes are to be expected but lorry racing, go-karts, cycles and roller skates all have their own events:

Le Mans also has the “24 Heures du Mans” museum with over 100 classic cars, a driving school for would-be racers, an 18 hole golf course and a private airfield all within the confines of the 24 hour track!

Vendee Globe sets sail on Saturday 10th November

The famous Vendee Globe challenge sets off from Les Sables d’Olonne on Saturday 10th November so why not put the date in your diary and come along and give the yachts and crews a rousing send off. If you have never heard of it the Vendee Globe is a round-the-world, single handed challenge, sailed non stop and without assistance. Founded in 1989 this is now a major sporting event, run every four years (so if you miss this one you’ll have to wait until 2016 for the next). The course is essentially a circumnavigation along the clipper route from Les Sables d’Olonne, down the Atlantic ocean to the Cape of Good Hope; then clockwise around Antarctica, keeping Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn to port; then back to Les Sables d’Olonne.

You can see the full route as well as get further details of the race at the official website here.

Deep Purple coming to Nantes on 12th November

The Zenith stadium in Nantes plays hosts to rock stars from all over the world.  Earlier this year the Bruno Mars concert attracted rave reviews from young and old and this November it plays hosts to the legendary Deep Purple.  We’re sure that clients and friends of Leggett’s in the Pays de la Loire must surely include some ageing rockers. Deep Purple are the pioneers of heavy metal and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.  They were once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the “world’s loudest band” and the 7,000 capacity stadium in Nantes is sure to see the roof lift off. You can book ticketshere.