Nezignan l'Eveque - property hot spot South France
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There are a number of reasons why Nezignan l'Eveque in South France, has become such a property hot spot in the last 10 years.
Firstly, it is without doubt one of the prettiest villages in this part of Languedoc. With it's circular streets surrounding the old church and its old stone buildings, it is a beautiful environment. The historic centre of the village is lovely to walk around, with many buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries.
The village used to be dominated by an old Abbey and you can still see remnants of the ancient hospital, the wine cellars and tunnels under the streets and houses. When the Abbey was torn down after the French revolution, many of the stones were used to build the nearby houses. Nezignan l'Eveque became an important centre for Fig cultivation and wine making. The village is surrounded by vineyards and there are still winemakers active in the village.
Over the last 20 years, the local mayor (Dr Siccard) has transformed the village, investing in both the physical appearance of the village and the social activities available. The palm tree-lined main street, the renovated cobble lanes, the beautiful flower beds throughout the villages and the well maintained buildings; all create a visually pleasing atmosphere.
Vibrant French village in South France
Secondly, Nezignan l'Eveque is a village full of life and activity. It is an extremely friendly village and you will not be short of things to do and friends to make.
The village holds a number of festivals throughout the year, including a popular Fig festival, a summer fete with 30 piece band playing long into the night, a fireworks display for Bastille day and a food and wine festival. The whole village turns out for each of these events.
The village also has many sports clubs, as well as a popular historical society and ceremonial society (Becos Figos) honouring those inhabitants who have contributed to enhancing the life of the village.
The village is also home to a boutique hotel, popular bar, award-winning restaurant, small supermarket, newsagent, hairdresser, beautician, bakers and a number of artisans (builders, electricians, mechanics, etc).
Finally, the physical location of Nezignan l'Eveque helps to enhance the property values in the village.
The village is located in between Beziers and Montpellier and is popular with commuters. It is situated close to the A75 and A9 motorways, which provides easy access to the major towns and to the coast.
The Mediterranean beaches are just 15 minutes drive. Beziers airport is just 15kms away and TGV train stations can be found in nearby Agde and Beziers.
The local town of Pezenas is a popular draw for tourists in the area and it also provides many local services such as supermarkets, DIY stores, a local hospital, a cinema, restaurants and shopping. Pezenas is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful towns in the South of France. The town is full of life all year around. It is home to over 40 brocantes (antiques stores) and a large antiques fair is held twice a year. Pezenas also has a very active arts scene, with a summer theatre festival and many artists and artisans resident in studios in the historic centre of the town.
The Saturday market in Pezenas is one of the largest in the Languedoc and is thronged with tourists in the summer.
The best time to visit Pezenas is undoubtedly during the summer, when the streets host a large food & wine festival, featuring over 30 local vineyards, live music and freshly cooked local produce.
Buying French property
It is for these reasons that Nezignan l'Eveque attracts a 10-15% premium on its property prices compared to other local villages. It is also what makes it such a pleasant place to live in.
French property in the Languedoc remains 25-30% cheaper to buy than neighbouring Provence. The local property market also remains bouyant, even with the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020 France saw the highest number of property sales since 2010 - with over 1 million house sale transactions in the 12 months to April 2020. The house market has bounced back strongly since the end of the confinement and the forecast for 2022 is that house prices will continue to grow at +3.5% and house sales will continue at a healthy level (around 950,000 throughout France).
The demand for summer holiday rentals and long term winter lets also remains buoyant in the Languedoc. The area remains popular with Northern Europeans, who are attracted by the hot climate, plenty of open space, excellent healthcare and excellent transport connections. If you are looking to buy property in France, either to live or as an investment, then Nezignan l'Eveque is an exceptional prospect.
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