THE PRESTIGIOUS ILE DE RÉ : THE LUXURY OF OLD STONE

Much appreciated for its peacefulness, magnificent nature and sublime residences facing the ocean, the Île de Ré draws a wealthy clientele wanting to live here permanently or acquire a holiday home. Update on this highly-prized market with Germain Tournoys, manager of the Agence Barnes Ile de Ré.

Between the village of Les Portes and the beach, this superb property is set in over 4,000 m2 of grounds with a garden offering several different areas with a pool, terrace, porch, orchard and shaded outdoor lounge. In its generous volumes totalling 400 m2, it stands out for its beautiful living rooms and master suite. The annexes are comprised of 4 bedrooms and a guest cottage with a living-room, kitchen and 2 bedrooms. Parking space and garage. 3.990.000 €.

Between the village of Les Portes and the beach, this superb property is set in over 4,000 m2 of grounds with a garden offering several different areas with a pool, terrace, porch, orchard and shaded outdoor lounge. In its generous volumes totalling 400 m2, it stands out for its beautiful living rooms and master suite. The annexes are comprised of 4 bedrooms and a guest cottage with a living-room, kitchen and 2 bedrooms. Parking space and garage. 3.990.000 €.

This superb, light and airy house on the commune of Le Bois Plage stands in grounds of over 1,000 m2 benefiting from a sunny outlook with a garden, pool, porch and summer kitchen. In perfect condition, the living space of 344 m2 offers a lounge with hearth, a dining-room, fitted kitchen, a study and 6 bedrooms. Garage and parking area. 2.690.000 €.

Backed by 18 years of experience in the Île de Ré property market, Germain Tournoys has run the Agence Barnes Ile de Ré since 2014, managing a portfolio of high-end properties destined for a French and international clientele.

Prestige properties are rare on the market, changing hands at several million euros. “Being a home-owner on the Île de Ré is a luxury in itself,” says Germain Tournoys, making things clear from the start. Listed and well-preserved, this little island with stunning panoramic views indeed provides living conditions of top-notch quality. Mainly comprised of houses, its real-estate market contains real treasures of stone residences, steeped in history, rarely up for sale, and even then posting hefty prices : “In the prestige sector, prices range from 7,000 to 10,000 € per sq.m, ie. several million euros for a house offering beautiful appointments and ocean views. We recently sold a property of 245 m2 in La Flotte with a garden and swimming pool, for 2.6 M €. The prestige sector is a slow-moving market, with very few availabilities.” Drawing a clientele with high purchasing power, the Île de Ré is mostly of interest to French buyers : “They account for 70% of the clientele, a figure of which around 40% is made up of French ex-pats. The remaining 30% is international, consisting of Belgian and English buyers, and to a lesser extent Swiss and Germans. The island’s authenticity, harmony, peacefulness and beautiful environment make its ten villages highly coveted. The market here for properties from 1 to 2 M € is, however, very lively. We are confident that in 2018 the Île de Ré will remain a safe haven. Offerings are becoming a little more frequent and we are thinking about opening a second agency on the island.”

Barnes Ile de Ré, 19 Cours Félix Faure, La Flotte en Ré (05 46 69 66 71). www.barnes-iledere.com

By Sandra Serpero

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