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Aquitaine

T

he Lonely Planet

website describes

Bordeaux as "An

intoxicating cocktail

of 18th-century

savoir-faire, millennial

hi-tech and urban street life", which

seems pretty much spot on to me.

It is a wonderful place to live, work,

and explore.

Of course, the city is renowned

for its gastronomy - the vineyards

around here are the fi nest in the

world, with Saint-Émilion, Sauternes,

Médoc, and other great wines

making us spoilt for choice. As

you can imagine, the food in our

restaurants is equally fi rst class. It's

diffi cult to pick out a favourite but,

if you have the time, I would heartily

recommend L'Apothek in Rue

Notre Dame, it's super cosy with an

Linda Crespellier runs the Leggett offi ce in Bordeaux,

and she tells us what makes this city so special.

ambiance "détente-chic".

The property market in

Bordeaux has been pretty hot for

the last few years, with apartments

costing on average 4,585€ per m².

Of course, you will pay a lot more

than that in the prime central

areas, and it pays to work with an

estate agent who knows the market

intimately. A good agent will also

have "off-market" properties to offer

you. One of my favourite areas is

on the right bank in the Quai des

Queyries. It's called the Darwin

Ecosystem and is a vibrant area,

bubbling with activity. They call it a

Green Economy hub, and it hosts

an urban farm, a large skatepark,

co-working spaces, and even an area

dedicated to graffi ti artists. You have

to see it to understand the energy

there fully, and it's an ideal place for

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