- Paris & Ile de France
Paris is the place to buy if you enjoy the urban vibe. It is in the heart of the Ile-de-France region and is densely populated and is a firm favourite for romantic weekend breaks and for longer holidays. Properties in the centre of Paris are much sought after, but as you move towards the Parisian suburbs, prices fall and availability rises while maintaining the convenience of being fairly close the city centre. Purchasers can invest in neoclassic stone or more contemporary buildings which are available across the whole region. As you might expect services and amenities in this city are second to none making these locations very attractive. There is a great lack of rented accommodation so your investment will never stand empty and as prices are rising at about 10% a year your return will be good. An investment here will provide you with short and long term financial rewards.
Why choose a property investment in the Paris & Ile de France?
Paris, the capital of France stands majestically at the centre of the country's smallest province, Ile de France. It may be the smallest region but is the home to nearly 20% of population of France and some of the most famous landmarks in the world. Paris is situated on the banks of the Seine in the north of the country and boasts 75 million tourists every year. It is without a doubt one of the most magnificent cities in the world and offers such diverse pleasures that it would be impossible to be bored here. The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in France and it is hard to believe that when it was fist built in1889 it was considered an eye sore.
Paris has so much to offer for all your interests. You can travel back to the past as you stroll around the palace at Versailles which was built by Louis XIV, or the royal palace at Fontainebleau. There are churches and cathedrals and of course the famous Notre Dame with its Gothic architecture. Even as you drive around you will happen upon the most magnificent monuments, the Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon’s victory arch.
Then of course there are the museums and galleries which will keep you busy for days. The most famous of these is of course the Louvre (which was formerly the fortified castle of Phillipe Auguste) with its’ myriad of priceless items. All together there are around a staggering 100 museums in the Paris region.
One of the many things that Paris is famed for is its lights. A river trip up the Seine at night shows this to its best advantage but any vantage point will leave you with the most amazingly memorable images. Spending your days in cultural pastimes leaves your evenings and nights not only enjoying the lights but also the fantastic entertainment that is available. Paris shows are legendary as are the cabarets. After a show you are in an area that teams with cafés, bars and gourmet restaurants and you are in the city second to none in the area of good food.
This is the place to be for shopping. Designer shops, department stores and boutiques are on practically every street. You can literally buy anything but the area is most famous for furs, gloves, jewellery, perfumes and clothing. The supermarkets are full of succulent products from the region. Here you will find luscious cheeses, fresh bread to die for, ripe fruit and of course wine.
While here you should take a walk at least down the Champs-Elysees, the most famous street in Paris which is the fashion centre of the city. Once you have strolled around, take a coffee in a street side café and watch the world go by.
Of course if you decide you have had enough of the city you can take a break and get out into the beautiful countryside. Nearby there are quaint villages full of character and history.
Ile de France is unrivalled having three National Parks and four National Forests. Why not take a tranquil drive or a relaxing walk in the open fresh air of this region. There is also the opportunity to do something completely different at Disney World Paris where you can spend the day with the family. UNESCO has classed the banks of the Seine and riverside activities offer an unforgettable experience.
The region is crossed by rivers and there are over 400 miles of navigable waterways with many historic sites along beautiful canals and rivers. Whether you travel by foot or take a trip on the waters, this is a fantastic way to experience what is on offer by the water.
The climate in Paris and Ile de France is characterised by a lack of extremes. Here you will find warm winters and cool summers. It has an average temperature of 20°C in July and 3°C in December and January. The gentle rain is distributed evenly throughout the year and it is possible to get some snow flurries in the winter although this seldom settles to the ground.
Paris is served by two major international airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly. There are direct flights from a variety of UK airports and travel links from other areas of Europe are excellent. Eurostar provides a regular and fast service for the British from London's St. Pancras into Paris-Gare du Nord. Motorists can also use the Channel Tunnel or take the ferry into Calais, where you can take a drive to Arras then join the A1 directly to Paris. The trains and the Metro service are regular and efficient which makes getting around the city and the suburbs easy and cheap.