Embrun is a town of the Hautes Alpes department, accounting for 6,700 inhabitants. It is part of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. The town is nicknamed “Nice in the Alps” due to its mild climate which is amongst the sunniest in the Alps mountain range.
Sport and nature lovers will be seduced by the dynamism of Embrun. Along with its natural assets the town has an interesting architectural and historical legacy such as the Chapel of the convent, many fountains but also the gorgeous cathedral. The gastronomy is also varied and will help you to enjoy the apres-ski life.
The average price of property in France in 2009 is €3,197 /square metre and property is rent €12.22 /square metre /month. In Embrun, property cost €2,571 /square metre, a very moderate price. Buying property in the area is easy and renting it is even easier. Indeed the rental potential of the Embrunaise area is huge as activities are numerous in summer as in winter. Guest house and gite business projects are also a good idea.
Buying a house in the town centre is a clever choice as it will allow you to benefit from the ambience of Embrun, to go to the street market and mix with the locals. Buying an apartment is a good choice too but may be more interesting if you plan to buy-to-let. Indeed, landscapes are stunning all around so it is really a pity not to be able to have your breakfast on your terrace by a sunny day!
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Historical heritage: the town and its area are honeycombed with churches, fountains and convents which will make any culture lover’s day. Our lady of Réal cathedral is a must in the Alps, unmissable. Other jewels are the Maison des prevots (Provosts’ quarters), the brown tower or the Cordeliers convent. This helps uphold the value of property in the village.
Tranquillity and scenery: the place is attractive for the great landscapes around. Surrounded with gorgeous mountains, the village itself lies on top of a cliff with greenery all around. The environment is calm too. An easily “marketable” place for those of you willing to let property.
Heaven for sport lovers: the town is an ideal place for sport lovers. Running is a popular activity in the town, which holds an international marathon contest each year said to be one of the most difficult in the world. Watersports are also on offer, as well as mountain sports such as hiking, paragliding… The town has a lake which is liked by windsurfers. The good side of the area is that you can also practise these activities at your own pace.
Transport links: the town is accessible from Grenoble, Nice and Marseille. These towns are linked to the UK thanks to many budget airlines and you can also take the Eurostar to come direct trains from Paris). This is excellent for the rental potential of the French town. Italy is within a stone’s throw too.
Rental opportunities: with a complete change of scenery on offer, Embrun has a huge potential. Isolated but reachable, calm but offering many activities, the nature heaven has a great rental potential and would be ideal if you plan to set up a gite business.
The town has mainly a Provencal style. Strolling through its calm streets, you will notice the variety of colours and subtle stone decorations around windows’ and doors’ frames. Notice that, as the town is located on top of a hill, buying property on the edge of the hill will allow you to benefit from gorgeous views over the valley.
Provence houses: in the classic Provence style, walls and shutters are painted in soft colours which bring joy to the village streets. In Embrun you will notice that entire buildings have walls and shutters painted. Sometimes the roof is more steeply pitched to offer dormer windows. These houses can also be front-gabled in some cases, especially around the rue de l’Izoard.
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