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'WENTY YEARS AGO

I fulfilled a long term

dream and bought my

own property in the

Hauts de France. Having been

taught early on that

location is everything, I decided

that a property with incredibly

easy access to Paris, London and

Brussels would be ideal. When I

came to visit the area I was instantly struck

by the beauty of

the countryside. I live in an area

known as the "Seven Valleys",

which has a rolling landscape

and a couple of wonderful, meandering,

rivers. My house sits

on a plateau and the view over

the surrounding trees and fields,

is particularly dramatic on a

sunny autumn evening.

The Hauts de France was

created when Nord Pas de Calais merged

with Picardy and it

consists of five departments:

Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas de Calais and

Somme, with the latter

two having some wonderful

stretches of coastline and the

three famous ports of Dunkirk,

Calais and Boulogne. These two

departments are well known to

international buyers, particularly those

from the UK, Belgium

and Netherlands. Le Touquet is

the most famous of the seaside

towns, with a popular casino,

sumptuous boutiques and upmarket

restaurants. It also has

an excellent, championship, golf

course, as does the neighbouring resort

of Hardelot Plage.

Many British golfers buy holiday

apartments in the area because

the local courses are so good

and it's also possible to sample

the best that Paris has to offer,

including "Le Golf National"

which hosted the Ryder Cup last

September.

Of the five departments, the

one that I consider a hidden gem

HAUTS DE FRANCE

DISCOVER

Tim is area

coordinator for

the Hauts de

France

is Aisne. I call this the forgotten department.

International

buyers in particular don't seem

to realise that it borders both

Paris and Champagne and has

stretches of beautiful, tranquil,

countryside. Property is great

value, with an average house

price of just €1,162 per m2. Indeed, prices

here dropped last

year, whilst those in nearby Paris

soared. I believe that these rises

will ripple out to the Aisne and

that 2019 is ideal timing to pick

up a bargain. I'm currently marketing

a majestic, 18th century,

Maison de Maitre in impeccable

condition for under €400,000.

It is only 85 km from Charles de

Gaulle airport so you can see

why I think that this is a department worth

watching.

My colleagues and I have

over 200 other property listings to

choose from in Hauts de

France, from weekend getaways

to large family homes. If your

budget is stretched and you

are mad enough to enjoy tackling the

infamous cobblestones,

then we are selling a superb

studio apartment in Roubaix for

just €47,000. It's within cycling

distance of Paris, if your name is

Bradley Wiggins!

At the other end of the scale,

we have a historic former coaching inn,

with 12 bedrooms and

two apartments available for

€1.26m. This particular property was

the inspiration for Les

Miserables and is in the heart of

attractive Montreuil-sur-Mer.

If you are looking for "location, location, location"

then Tim Sage says this is the region for you

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