The Basque coast as seen by Emile Garcin

On one side the shoreline and its “walk everywhere” life-style, on the other the countryside version in back-country villages near the coast. The Basque country offers two distinct property markets which win equal shares of popularity among today’s buyers. Up-date with Valérie Paris of Emile Garcin Biarritz, a benchmark agency for prestige real estate in the region since 2001...

Basking in peacefulness and surrounded by a magnificent mature garden with a heated pool, this very beautiful house in Biarritz enjoys enchanting views of the countryside. Comfortable and bright, its offers high-spec appointments in living space of 350 m2 on three floors : 6 bedrooms (3 on the ground floor), a lounge, separate kitchen, billiard room, spa, and inner patio. A garage and cellar complete the property. 2.220.000 €.

Basking in peacefulness and surrounded by a magnificent mature garden with a heated pool, this very beautiful house in Biarritz enjoys enchanting views of the countryside. Comfortable and bright, its offers high-spec appointments in living space of 350 m2 on three floors : 6 bedrooms (3 on the ground floor), a lounge, separate kitchen, billiard room, spa, and inner patio. A garage and cellar complete the property. 2.220.000 €.

On the outskirts of Arcangues and Anglet, this lovely property nestles at the heart of a landscaped estate with a heated pool, facing the Rhune mountain. Renovated throughout in 2015 by a renowned architect, this haven of tranquillity is discovered once past the conciergerie and a drive lined with plane trees and hydrangeas. The property is comprised of the family residence of 250 m2 all on one floor, and a 3-bedroomed guest-house of 100 m2. A 4-car garage completes this rare property. 1.986.000 €

After a 25-year career in marketing, Valérie Paris turned to real estate and joined the Emile Garcin agency in Biarritz in October, 2016.

A privileged setting, economic dynamism, breathtaking nature, the Basque country is drawing a growing number of buyers looking for second residences. “Whether on the shore or in communes near the coast such as Arcangues, Arbonne or Ahetze, two-thirds of our agency’s transactions involve holiday homes,” explains Valérie Paris. “Our clientele is mostly French, with English and Swiss buyers on the international side who are very active on the market.” From Anglet with its highly-prized Chiberta neighbourhood to Saint Jean de Luz via Biarritz, Bidart and Guéthary, the market on the Basque coast attracts a high-end clientele with strong purchasing power : “In this area, sales reflect a rather wide price-bracket ranging from 800,000 to 3 million euros for both apartments and houses, with a view of the sea making prices easily rise to 10,000 € per sq. metre, and even attain 15,000 €. Clients ideally target a house on the first row in front of the ocean, though such properties are rarely up for sale and fetch several million euros. We are currently offering an outstanding property for sale, located in Bidart, on almost 12.5 acres of land overlooking the ocean and on the front row, priced at 12.6 million euros. The market for the near hinterland, ie. less than 15 minutes from the coast, features some very lovely Basque houses that have been renovated, and are surrounded by beautiful grounds with pools. Here, buyers looking for real peace and quiet can find houses ranging from 850,000 € to 3.5 million euros”.

Emile Garcin Immobilier Côte Basque & Landaise, 2 avenue Reine Victoria, Biarritz (05 59 01 59 59). www.emilegarcin.fr

By Sandra Serpero