May 20, 2015 / Market Insights

Market Spotlight: Bordeaux, France

As part of our Luxury Defined report on the global prime property market, we spotlight a Luxury and Lifestyle Resort Destination: Bordeaux, France

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The world’s premier wine-producing region, Bordeaux is revered not only for its prestigious viticultural heritage and rich history, but also for its tranquil setting, high quality of life, Neoclassical architecture, and its many magnificent vineyard estates.

In 2014, the châteaux vineyards market enjoyed sustained interest from China, currently the largest export market for Bordeaux wine. International buyers have been attracted by the region’s favorable buying conditions, such as no restrictions on overseas ownership and a streamlined sales process that takes just six months to complete. The market, which comprises historic 18th-century architecture and château vineyard estates, is also affordable, offering some of the best value in France. The international presence, however, remains small compared to domestic investors, and predominantly comprises second-home buyers.

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“In 2014, we saw sustained interest from Chinese investors for vineyard estates with château residences. These investors have purchased approximately 100 vineyards since 2010. We also expect more US buyers to return to France due to the Dollar-to-Euro exchange rate being so favorable, as well as the recent changes in France’s fiscal policy,” says Michael Baynes of Maxwell-Storrie-Baynes.
 
 What defines luxury in Bordeaux:  $1 million
 Record sale price in 2014:  $4.4 million
 Highest square foot sale price in 2014:  $564
 Percentage of properties over $1 million:  60%

 

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