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Buying and living in Languedoc-Roussillon part of Occitanie

Mediterranean living at affordable prices, Languedoc Roussillon offers a unique lifestyle. Welcome to Languedoc-Roussillon


Beautiful countryside that comes to life in the Mediterranean sunshine. The five departments of Languedoc Roussillon are home to some of the best value properties in the south of France. It is also experiencing the strongest population growth in France and has a particularly active property market. You might be surprised to learn that it also has three times the number of vineyards than the area around Bordeaux. In practice this means that many homes in Languedoc Roussillon have views out over the vines, and that the markets have a wide variety of excellent local wines for you to sample, and choose your favourite. The coast stretches from the Spanish border to the Camargue and the edge of the Riviera and is an utter delight.

Transport and Access

This is such a huge area that we need to break it down into the western side (which stretches to the Spanish border) and the eastern side (which borders the Riviera and Provence).To the west, the main airports are Perpignan and Carcassonne, with both the major airports in Barcelona and Toulouse within easy reach. Perpignan has direct flights to the UK/Ireland, as well as Belgium and Morocco, while from Carcassonne you can fly to the UK/Ireland, Belgium, and Portugal.

On the eastern side of Languedoc Roussillon, the airports include Montpellier, Nimes and Beziers. Montpellier has direct flights to 35 destinations throughout Europe and Africa, Nimes has flights to London, Edinburgh, Dublin and also Belgium, Portugal and Morocco. Beziers is particularly popular as it is easy to access, with flights to Luton, Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh, Brussels, Stockholm, and Dusseldorf.

There are regular TGV trains from Paris to Perpignan and Carcassonne in the west and to Nimes and Montpellier in the east of the region. In addition, there are many smaller stations, connected by the SNCF network, with many of the lines passing through spectacular countryside.

The A9 motorway follows the coast throughout Languedoc Roussillon, running from Perpignan to Nimes, whilst the A61 runs from Toulouse, though Carcassonne to Narbonne. On the eastern side the A7 runs down from Lyon before connecting with the A9 at Orange

The market

For an in-depth analysis, read our latest Occitanie market comment (below), which includes average prices in all the major towns and cities.

For an in-depth analysis, read our latest Occitanie market comment (below), which includes average prices in all the major towns and cities in Languedoc Roussillon. It is impossible to define the property market in Languedoc Roussillon, because of the sheer area it covers. In effect it is made up of hundreds of micro-markets. To get the best idea of market conditions you need to speak with one of our local agents, on the ground.

In broad terms, travelling from west to east, each department saw property prices rise last year: Pyrénées-Orientales - +10.7% ; Aude - +1.6% ; Herault - +4.2% ; Lozere - +1.6% ; Gard - +19.1%

Languedoc Roussillon is part of Occitanie, the leading region in France for business creation. Both the economy and the property market are thriving. Demand is driven by the home market and French buyers have been snapping up property as soon as it is advertised. The issue is that there has not been enough new stock to satisfy this demand. Add in the fact that Languedoc Roussillon is incredibly popular with international buyers (particularly those from the UK, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany) and you can see why prices have been rising. This is particularly the case with country property, which remains in high demand. The top end too is thriving, with chateaux, country estates and seaside apartments/villas in demand. Recently, we have seen an influx of Americans taking advantage of the strong dollar, as well as HNWI’s from Paris and other cities.

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The people. You will almost certainly hear Occitan or Catalan spoken in some towns, they are proud of their region for good cause. You are likely to receive a warm and friendly welcome, perhaps even over a glass of locally produced wine. Three that you will almost certainly fall in love with are Tavel (a dry rosé from Gard), Banyuls (a fortified desert wine from the Pyrénées-Orientales) and Fitou (a full bodied red from Aude). Speaking of wine, the markets in Languedoc Roussillon are renowned as some of the best in France, famous for their colour and their mix of local produce.

This is a historic region. The jewel in the crown must be Carcassonne and its famous citadel. La Cité is beautifully preserved and is testament to 1,000 years of military architecture and 2,500 years of history. The views from the western ramparts are magnificent. It is, of course, a UNESCO world heritage site, as is the Pont du Gard, close to Remoulins. It is an immense roman aqueduct, built in the first century AD to carry water over a stretch of 50km’s. If you get the chance, you should also navigate a stretch of the 240km long Canal du Midi, which connects Toulouse to the Mediterranean. If you are looking to fall in love, then make sure you visit the port of Trebes, which is an ideal starting point to cycle into nearby Carcassonne (13km’s).

The coastline along Languedoc Roussillon is full of delights too. From picture postcard Collioure and other seaside towns close to Perpignan (where you can swim in the Med and ski on the same day), via Sete, a port known as the Venice of Languedoc, right round to the modern architecture of upmarket La Grande-Motte .

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    • The Mediterranean climate, but with that authentic French feel.
    • Property prices in Languedoc Roussillon are lower than those in PACA and offer exceptional value.
    • The vineyards, which cover three times the area you will find around Bordeaux. The countryside is stunning.

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    Hérault (34)
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    Montpellier - Béziers - Lodève

    €3061 per m2
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    Perpignan - Céret - Prades

    €2561 per m2
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    Carcassonne - Limoux - Narbonne - Narbonne

    €1943 per m2
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    Nîmes - Alès - Le Vigan

    €2687 per m2
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    Mende - Florac

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    Languedoc-Roussillon :

    The five departments of Languedoc Roussillon have a huge variety of property and architectural styles. A house in the Pyrénées-Orientales is very different to a seaside apartment in the Gard. The seaside towns close to Perpignan are amongst the most beautiful in France and property in Collioure, Canet-en-Roussillon and Banyuls-sur-Mer is particularly desirable. An apartment, with sea-view in any of these towns is highly prized.

    These seafront apartments in Languedoc Roussillon could not be more different to the traditional stone Mas that can be found inland. A Mas is a large farmhouse, made from local stone. Along with the Bastide style houses they can be found scattered throughout Languedoc Roussillon. They usually have small windows at the back, which faces the wind, with larger openings at the front to capture the sunlight. International buyers in particularly see a traditional Languedoc Roussillon Mas as a prestigious and desirable property, particularly if it has been sympathetically renovated. The region is dominated by vineyards and there are plenty of country houses and wine estates in Languedoc Roussillon.

    Newbuilds too are popular in the region, and many are built using local materials so that they blend into the landscape. Villas and newbuild apartments are popular in the coastal towns like Agde, Sete and La Grande-Motte. Having a property with a view over the Mediterranean is an excellent investment, as well as fun to visit. There are also a number of beautiful Chateaux, Maison de Maitres, and country houses throughout Languedoc Roussillon – property here truly is a mixture of styles and prices, with something for every budget. With prices lower than in neighbouring PACA, there are many bargain properties to be found.

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