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French Venice set to become property hotspot in 2010

22nd January 2010 Print

Property experts are tipping Annecy in south-eastern France to become a major property investment hotspot next year (2010).  A beautiful medieval town, often referred to as the French Venice, and standing at the gateway to the French Alps, Annecy has it all including stunning scenery, Europe’s cleanest lake,history,arts and culture and great gastronomy.

A Place In France, the UK’s specialist in the sale of new properties in France, has just launched the details of three new developments in and around Annecy with prices starting from €295,000 for a one bedroom high specification lakeside apartment.

Annecy is an attractive place to live in or visit year round and in terms of building development, the town and its environment is highly protected. This stringent approach also applies to the Lake and its shores and is reflected in the price of property for sale in the area. The close proximity of the high alpine ski resorts gives the advantage of a dual season destination with much to offer in terms of activities and leisure pursuits in winter and summer.

With a first class infrastructure Annecy is now in the bidding for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

A Place In France Manager Director Patricia Fevrier enthuses about the region. “Located at the junction of the principal routes between Italy and Geneva, Annecy is a cosmopolitan destination with a vibrant and dynamic local economy. This has a positive effect on the property market. Well located quality properties, such as the three developments we are offering, enjoy sustained capital growth and there is also a strong on-going rental demand be it for holidays or permanent move”.

Annecy is 35 minutes drive from the French Alps ski resorts, 30 minutes from both Geneva and Chambery airports and 7.30hours from Calais. The TGV from Paris takes 3.30hrs.

A Place in France, based in Portsmouth, is firmly established as the UK’s leading specialist in new build French residential property. The company offers a comprehensive and bilingual service at no extra cost, which guides prospective buyers through all stages of purchase from enquiry to the hand over of the keys of the completed property.

Properties in Annecy for sale through A Place In France:

Villa d’Artagnan is a small residential development offering only 18 high specification one, two and four bed apartments. In keeping with the surroundings the fine contemporary architecture blends tradition with innovative modern features, including a under floor heating and cooling system. Secure underground parking is provided and the town centre and bustling canal sides are a short walk away. Prices start at € 295.000

Veyrier-du-Lac is an attractive village on the eastern sunny shore of Lake Annecy. Benefiting from an elevated position and set in spacious landscaped gardens, the development consists of four small buildings of seven one, two and three bedroomed apartments each. Well appointed internally each property benefits from a substantial balcony or terrace mostly south west facing and overlooking the lake. The village centre is three minutes drive away and there is a regular water bus service to Annecy town centre, three miles away. Prices start at €332,000

Avenue Albigny is a chic leafy quarter of Annecy. The stylish residential development is set back from the plane tree lined avenue, a stone’s throw from the lake shores and with views onto the mountains. There are two low rise three storey  buildings each offering  seven high build quality, spacious  two, three and four bedroomed apartments, each with underground parking. Definitely one of THE addresses in Annecy! Prices start at €629,000

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