Why Nimes Is Now On Property Searchers’ Radar
By Nicola Christinger, Home Hunts Manager – Provence
Vive Le Tourism! Figures unveiled by the World Tourism Organisation by the French government have confirmed France as the world’s most visited country. It is the only country in the world to receive more than 80 million tourists.
According to Nicola Christinger, Manager Provence for Home Hunts Nimes is currently the hottest city to watch in France! Interestingly the material denim originally came from Nimes. It was initially called ‘Serge de Nimes’ and was later shortened to Denim. Nimes also a reputation for being the most important Roman city outside of Rome and the hottest city in France and is also fast becoming a hot property destination for international buyers.
Why Nimes Is Now On Property Searchers’ Radar?
• Improved infrastructure
The city has undergone a massive investment in its infrastructure over the past five years and is served by excellent transport links with an airport with daily flights to the UK and the TGV to Paris in 2 hours 45 minutes.
The TGV has become a very popular way of travelling as there is a fast train from Nimes to Paris every hour, taking only 2.5 hours. This opens up a lot of scope for arriving to and from the city with ease. The small airport of Nimes is just 10 minutes’ drive south of the city and has daily flights to the UK and Brussels. Additionally, Montpellier international airport is only 30 minutes’ drive.
• More Than A Sleepy Village
One of the main reasons that Nimes has become of interest to foreign buyers is a demand for more than just a sleepy village. Traditionally large towns such as Aix en Provence have provided primary homes and second homes, because of schools, shops, facilities and properties with an income. Nimes also offers both types of homes, with many buyers coming to live either in the centre of the city but also in the surrounding ‘Gardoise’ villages. The town centre has culture, vibrancy, charm and is a gastronomic heaven. I wouldn’t say it is necessarily better than other towns, it is just that it is now more on people’s radar to consider.
• International Schooling
Home Hunts is experiencing that international schooling is increasingly becoming a magnet for overseas buyers. Nimes offers fantastic international education at The Lycée Hemingway Nimes and is therefore a perfect area for families.
The weather here is constant, it is one of the warmest cities in France and food is a big part of the Nimois culture. There are six major museums in the city centre, the roman history is apparent in the monuments such as les Arenes and the MaisonCarree temple, walking in the Cevennes National (approx 30 minutes’ drive away)is very popular and the fabulous long sandy beaches such as L’espiguiette by the Grau du Roi (approx 35 minutes’ drive), are pleasantly busy but not squashed like a sardine, even in the height of the summer.
There are many Roman historical buildings throughout the city of Nimes, the most impressive is the Arena of Nîmes (Les Arènes), an immense Roman Amphitheatre that was constructed around 70AD and is still used today for concerts and bullfighting and can seat 16,000 spectators.
For golf lovers there are also two excellent 18-hole courses; one within 5 minutes of the centre and the other 10kms south of the city.
• Vernacular Homes
Home Hunts’ property searchers who have bought in the Nimes area have in the main been tempted by individual vernacular houses and bourgeois apartments in the historical town centre. The average price point for houses is between 600,000 to 900,000 euros and for a 3 bedroom apartment around 300,000 euros. Investments in the historical centre (L’Ecusson) are valued at approximately 2,000 euros per m2 for character apartments.
On the market:
Villa 1 in Nimes.Price: EUR 775,000 (approx. £616,882)
This charming four bedroom property in Nimes is situated over 3000m2 of landscaped grounds, a magnificent bastide offering charm and style. The property offers vast living areas, which open out onto a terrace area. Additional features include a small stone ‘mazet’ outbuilding (60m2), which is perfect for guests, a swimming pool and pool house with dominant views over the surrounding countryside.
Villa 2 in Nimes. Price: 793,000 Euros (approx. £618,000)
This pretty 4 bedroom villa in Nimes is located close to Tour Magne, in a great central location. The 2500m2 landscaped garden is full of Mediterranean plants and trees.
A bright living space of 188m2 has a living room bordered by terraces, 4 bedrooms and a well sheltered swimming pool. The property is in a perfect condition.
About Home Hunts:
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