Leaseback properties can be a fruitful long-term investment, but they can’t be found just anywhere. From the dizzy heights of the Alps to the glittering French Riviera, these are the spots to comb
Come rain or shine, the French Alps are a magnet both for domestic and international tourists. Winter attracts the powder hounds and après-ski devotees looking for fun on the pistes, while summer offers visitors a chance to hike, ride and cycle through some of the country’s most breathtaking valleys. Thanks to this perennial appeal, the area is ripe with leaseback properties – particularly modern chalets decked out with all the necessary amenities, and a few luxuries to boot (think hot tubs and hammams). Naturally, the most popular resorts like Tignes, Val d’Isère, Courchevel and Chamonix are the first ports of call. With scope to enjoy activities in any season, for owners and holidaymakers alike, the leaseback option works beautifully in the French mountains.
Playground for the rich and famous – who have long flocked to these crystalline shores for its five-star villas, yachting on the Med and to quaff bubbly at the Festival de Cannes – the Côte d’Azur is the jewel in l’Hexagone’s crown. Of course, where celebrities go, throngs of starry-eyed travellers follow, so the south coast is a real boon for tourism – and a dream for letting properties. Especially for those who might not otherwise be able to afford accommodation here, the leaseback scheme makes it easier to bag that luxury apartment or studio by the beach. Whether it’s Nice, Cannes or Saint-Tropez, you couldn’t ask for a more glamorous spot to sojourn.
A historical province it may be, but Languedoc (now falling under the umbrella of Occitanie) is a hit with Brits. We just can’t help ourselves; mention sunny beaches and crumbling ruins and we’re there! As for the property market, prices are on the rise in this region and it’s a real investment for leaseback buyers, with guaranteed swarms of culture vultures looking for somewhere to stay – whether a converted townhouse in the medieval city of Carcassonne, or a leisure-complex apartment in Hérault.
Ah, the City of Light, apple of many a globetrotter’s eye. There’s always demand for holiday accommodation in the capital (just think of all those last-minute weekend escapes!), which is why following the leaseback route can be such a beneficial decision for those looking to make a steady rental income. You’re likely to find these properties on the fringes of Paris, in arrondissements with strong transport links, and the range of property types commonly includes studio flats, student digs and business hotels. The leaseback scheme in Paris typically presents higher returns and lower risk, but less personal use for the owner.
Home to world-famous fields of lavender and sun-kissed vineyards – not to mention mouth-watering gastronomy, red and rosé wines and stunning nature reserves – Provence is a true breath of fresh air… particularly for the frazzled majority looking to escape the rat race in time for summer! Make a beeline for the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence département if you want a taste of the local résidences de tourisme, such as authentic farmsteads transformed into charming countryside apartments. You’ll never be short of people looking to enjoy their own slice of the Provençal dream for a week or two!
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