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IVE IN THE SUNSHINE,

swim the sea, drink the

wild air," is a favourite

quote of mine from my

fellow American, Ralph

Waldo Emerson. It perfectly

sums up my love for south east

France.

My heart lies in Languedoc-Roussillon,

so let's start here

before moving on to the equally beautiful Rhône-Alpes and

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

(PACA).

LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

This region may not currently

have the cachet of the Riviera

or French Alps but, believe me,

it's catching up fast. Four of our

five départements border the

Med and, with just under 2,700

hours of sunshine a year, there

are plenty of opportunities to

swim, sail, windsurf or simply

laze on a beach.

Of course, you pay a premium for

properties on the coast,

particularly in the Hérault. You'll

also find that buying close to

cities like Perpignan, Nîmes,

Carcassonne or Montpellier will

push the price up. Don't worry

though; even the prime locations offer

excellent value for

money. The lowest prices are in

the Aude, Gard and particularly

Lozère, where the average price

is just €110,000.

This is a region that takes

a lifetime to discover. There are

three mountain ranges, nine

The south east

Glorious sunshine, exhilarating ski resorts, perfumed lavender

fields and, of course, the sparkling Mediterranean

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ski resorts, 241 km of sandy

beaches as well as medieval

cities, underground caverns and

deep-cut gorges. I'm based at

our ofice in Carcassonne, and

can almost taste the historical

significance of the town.

RHÔNE-ALPES

This region offers you the greatest ski resorts

in the world. Add

the crystal clear lakes, dramatic

mountain passes, lung-busting

cycle routes and panoramic hiking trails

- and you get the 'wild

air' that Ralph Waldo Emerson

was so keen on.

Our team of agents in the

Alps are as passionate and expert a bunch as you'll

find anywhere.

It's no coincidence that

LIVING IN SOUTH EAST FRANCE LEGGETT MAGAZINE

Anna Sirinides

is our area

coordinator

in Languedoc-Roussillon.

Contact her at:

anna@leggett.frttp://leggett.fr" target="_blank" title="Visit leggett.fr">leggett.fr

leggettfrance.com

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