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New TGV Lines to Bordeaux and Rennes in July Increase Demand for Property

Changing Landscape

On July 2, the Paris-Bordeaux and Paris-Rennes TGV lines will be operational, cutting the journey times by a third. What is this doing to property prices in the two cities?

A Property Tour of the Paris Marathon Route

Architecture & Landmarks

The Paris Marathon took place on Sunday, 40,000 runners looking to complete the 43.5km track through one of the world’s most beautiful capital cities. What about the properties they ran past?

Francois Hollande looks for Pied-a-Terre and Office Space for Life after Presidency

Architecture & Landmarks

As he enters his last few weeks as President of France after a rather unsuccessful tenure, Francois Hollande is preparing for life after the Elysee. According to reports, he is looking for a seasonal property in the south-west of France and office space in Paris.

First new Skyscrapers in Paris Being Built Since 1973

Architecture & Landmarks

When the Tour Montparnasse was completed in 1973, its incongruous black facade and size led to Parisians saying “Never Again” to skyscrapers in Paris. It has taken forty years, but two are finally being built within the city limits: presenting the Tours Duo.

Reims Property Projects Change Face of the City

Changing Landscape

Reims property developers are embarking on a wealth of new-build projects and renovations that will see the city grow in size and stature. Already one of France’s most profitable cities by one measure, this bodes well for Reim’s future.

16th Arrondissement Apartment formerly belonging to Dictator’s Daughter for Sale

Architecture & Landmarks

You don’t rule an oil-rich country for 27 years with an iron first without amassing an enormous property portfolio. Now that Islam Karimov, ex-dictator of Uzbekistan, has died, his money and assets are being seized by authorities. One of these is a 16th arrondissement apartment.

French Presidential Election Candidates and their Property Estates

Architecture & Landmarks

Thanks to transparency laws from 2013, each of the French presidential election candidates is obliged to declare the properties they own on a public database. Who has the biggest property portfolio?

Virtual Reality Property Tours of Project in Development Offered in France

Changing Landscape

Virtual reality property tours are the latest technology to turn the property industry on its head. An estate agency in France has gone one step further, with tours of properties that haven’t even been built yet.

Île de la Cité’s Transformation will Reinvent the Centre of Paris

Changing Landscape

The Île de la Cité is to undergo a myriad of changes over the next 20 years to adapt to the huge tourist footfall the island enjoys. Architects have submitted 35 proposals while property developers have already started turning some of the older buildings around.

60 Chambres de Bonne Transformed into Luxury Apartments in Paris

Architecture & Landmarks

Luxury apartments in Paris need a story as well as style to be a cut above the rest. A recent project turned 60 chambres de bonnes – old maid’s rooms in Hausmann buildings – into seven luxury properties, a novel approach to increasing the supply of housing.


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