Provence-Cote-d'Azur Property Blog: Insider's guide to property in the Provence Coté d'Azur region

Made of Stone

A topical title with the famous 90s group the Stone Roses reformation which has caused a lot of excitement especially if you happen to be from theNorth Westor a big fan. However, not all things from this region hold such high regard, such as the weather for example, which is why a holiday home or relocation overseas in search of the sun in the Provence Cote D’Azur region of the South of France is a popular choice.

All very glam and glitzy adding up to very expensive and over-the-top? Not necessarily. It depends where you live or choose to buy a second home. For example, just past the Lac de St.Cassien in the Pays de Fayence which is located 20 minutes from Cannes, 1 hour from Monaco and 1 hour to St. Tropez are medieval hilltop working villages which are very down to earth and located in beautiful countryside. Oozing in character and charm but within easy access of the coast and the well-known sites, it is calming to return to the open space and tranquil ambience.

For anyone that has visited Fayence and the surrounding locations in the Eastern Var would have to agree it is beautiful. Furthermore, property is considerably better valued than in many parts of the Provence-Cote d’Azur including the neighbouring department of Alpes-Maritime; just five minutes down the road. Moreover, it’s not as crowded and there are still plenty of properties with authentic features and characteristics – made of stone.

From Maisons de Villages to Mas, Bergeries and Bastides – all these were homes for farmers, shepherds and agricultural workers often dating from hundreds of years ago. You are literally buying history, something you can’t do in some emerging markets. The stone walls are thick and deep and ideal for keeping the heat in during the winter and heat out in the summer. Even those that have been coated in crepie can be saved and restored to their former glory (link to building survey page on FEA). There is a real beauty about the craftsmanship used in the construction of the stone houses and even those modern stone houses trying to recapture the character of bygone days look stunning. And when there is a movement to support local produce, it’s reassuring to know that all the stone is locally sourced.

Prices range immensely depending on the size of the house and the land accompanying it.  But there is something to fit everyone’s budget from approximately €250,000 for a Maison de Village to circa €450,000 for a small villa without a pool, or just under €1 million for a good size property perhaps in need of a little renovation but with a lot of land. €1 – €3 million will buy you a stone Mas or house with a pool and nice garden.

Here is just a selection of what is currently available for sale, made of stone in the Pays de Fayence, as this goes to publication.