Lannion Property Guide & Information
Lannion is a French town located between Rennes and Brest and 5km from the sea. As Guingamp and Dinan , Lannion is a sous-prefecture of the Cotes d’Armor department - Brittany region, North West of France - but is also the second town of the department in terms of population. The town became the capital of the Trégor, a Breton province. Due to its economic weight, Lannion is the heart of the Granite Rose Coast - name given to the colourful Breton coast.
Located between the Mont Saint Michel and the Pointe du Raz, Lannion’s Bay displays its charms. Indeed, it offers the visitors and residents the appearance of an old town centre with a well-preserved historical heritage, beautiful squares surrounded with half-timbered houses, narrow paved alleys… A few minutes’ walk away, people can climb up the 140 stairs to visit the majestic Brélévenez Church. Enriched by natural sites, Lannion’s Bay is a wonderful setting for hiking, kayaking (sea or river kayaking) or air trips for instance. In the green countryside, beautiful properties, manors, castles, chapels and parishes are in contrast with the maritime scenery. In the heart of the town, parks are the ideal place for rambles all year long. Between activities or far-niente, countryside or coast, manors and castles, each one will be seduced by this town.
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Lannion Immobilier & Property Market Trends
Since the end of 2008, property prices in Lannion dropped significantly. Indeed, the average price in the last quarter of 2008 was €2,175/square metre and is now €2,050/square metre. Thus a 3-room house will cost about €150,000 and a 4-room property €174,000. If you are looking for larger properties, the average price for a 5-room house is worth about €213,000.
A 6-room property being worth about €219,000, it would be more profitable to you to buy a 6-room house rather than a 5-room house. Indeed, the gap is only of €6,000 and you will have a larger house.
As regards apartments for sale, the average price is €3,030/square metre for a 2-room flat and €3,610/square metre for a 3-room flat. As a result, prices are almost high compared to the prices of houses for sale. However, a good investment would be a buy-to-let. You could rent the flat for about €8.47/square metre a month. Moreover, Lannion is famous for its education and the demand in rental from students may be high too.
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6 Reasons to Buy a Property in Lannion
Dynamic town, amazing landscapes, close to the UK, the Granit Rose Coast, reasons are numerous to settle in Lannion.
- Education: Lannion’s secondary education is one of the best of the Brittany region. The town is also the place of famous exchanges between higher education institutions, research centres and companies. With 4,000 pupils and 1,700 students, your children will be in good safe.
- Cultural life: Lannion offers eclectic and attractive cultural animations similar to those of large agglomerations - concerts, shows, theatre, cultural equipment, associations, events… are organized all year long. Other sites such as castles, manors and parks are worth visiting from an historical point of view. Cruguil’s Manor dates from the 15th century and offers the visitors French gardens and bowers. Kergrist’s Castle was built between the 15th and the 18th century. The typical Breton courtyard and French gardens are propitious to walkways. On a different note, Warenghem’s distillery, dedicated to the production of the Breton whisky called Armorik represents another interesting aspect of the Breton culture. Finally, in the Kervéguen Area, tasting the traditional-style cider will convince you of all the assets of settling in Lannion!
- Economy: the Tregor electronic pole, Anticipa-Technopole Lannion Trégor is the most important telecommunications research centre, after Ile de France. It concentrates 6,000 jobs amongst which 3,500 in the research sector and represents nearly 45% of the French research in telecommunications. The food industry and organic industries constitute the second pole of the technopole. Other sectors such as plastics processing, metalworking industry or optics are also important for Lannion’s economy.
- Festivals: during the autumn, old mucis takes place in Brittany. Around Robert Dallam’s 1653 organ, Lanvellec’s festival makes you rediscover Middles Ages’ songs and composers. Tale, music and dance, the program is busy. Another event not to be missed is the choral song festival and the Gouel Dewi week which occurs each year in March since 1998. According to a 19th century tradition, people snag a leek or a daffodil on their jacket, and local choirs give life to the town.
- Transport links: Lannion is served by a dual carriageway road which connects it with Guingamp - on the Paris-Brest road. Furthermore, the airport offers French and foreign destinations such as Paris, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, London or Madrid. Regular high-speed trains may also lead you to Paris and in the town, the bus network holds 6 routes and allow you an easy access to the town’s principal interest centres.
- Sport: Lannion possesses numerous sport facilities amongst which a running-water stadium built for the canoe-kayak practice. Lannion’s canoe-kayak club is one of the best national clubs in slalom in France. It regularly is ranked amidst the 3 best clubs during the slalom clubs’ French championships.
Property Styles and Architecture in Lannion
In Lannion you will find typical Breton house with slate roofs and built with stones. Sometimes stones are exposed - inside the house as well as outside - but you may also pitch on a painted wall property. Here are some examples of the houses in Lannion.
- Farmhouses: originally the housing of farmers, farmhouses have the advantage to be large, to have a land, a garden and a courtyard. They are often made of stone and pretty old. This is the ideal type of property if you are a lover of DIY and rustic houses.
- Stone houses: as previously exposed, stone houses in Lannion are very widespread, but if you are looking for a more modern house, you can easily choose a painted wall property - often in white with shutters, doors and gate painted in blue.
- Half-timbered houses: in the town centre, you may see half-timbered houses, especially around the place du centre. On the front of the house, timber frames are visible and make the peculiarity of these houses. A particular way of building is used: wood is used both inside and outside the property, usually for decoration and protection.
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