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Some of Marseille’s most Luxurious Properties come onto the Market

(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 01, 2008 ) Marseille, France -, the leading international property portal, announces a number of new luxury Marseille properties for sale, including:

- 14th Century Chateau (£3,184,580, 8 hectares of grounds, swimming pool)
- Contemporary Villa (£1,815,210, 5 beds, permit for additional construction)

Properties in France may not be an investment opportunity UK investors have considered of late due to the credit crunch. gives an outline of the area and it’s property.

Fast Facts

Country: France
Population: 1,604,550
Area: 2830.2 km²
Currency: € Euro
Official Language: French
Telephone Code: +33 4 91 or +33 4 96

Located on the southern coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is the oldest and second largest city in the country, after Paris.

Marseille is a modern and vibrant city, blessed with a rugged coastline that is sprinkled with small fjords. The area is drenched in culture and is full of archaeological sites spreading out to many of its splendid beaches.

Major Industries

Marseille is an important centre of trade and industry, particularly due to its commercial transport and container port. The city is the busiest seaport in France and each year, 100 million tons of freight passes through the harbour, 60 per cent of which is petroleum, making Marseille the country’s leading centre of oil refinement.

As well as petroleum refining, Marseille’s other principal industries are shipbuilding, tourism and the fishing trade, with a daily fish market held at the Quai des Belges at the Old Port, which supplies most of the region’s seafood.

Marseille Lifestyle

In 600 BC, Marseille was founded by Greeks from Phocaea and used as a trading port and as such it has been the main entry point into France for many immigrants through the centuries, creating a diverse mix of people and cultures.

Guarded by Fort Saint Jean and Fort Saint Nicolas, the Old Port (built in 1660 by Louis XIV) is now used mainly as a marina and is dotted with fishing boats and yachts. The area has become a fashionable place to hang-out with a wide selection of cafes, bars and shops to choose from.

There is a multitude of entertaining and historic places to visit in the area, including cinemas, theatres, churches, museums, art galleries and an opera house. The city also hosts many festivals and special events and is the choice for much of the surrounding region’s social activities.

Sailing is a popular sport within the city, with many beaches offering all kinds of water-sports along the coast, where one can take advantage of the warm and sometimes windy Mediterranean climate. The annual Semaine Nautique Internationale de Marseille is held each April and showcases many different types of water sports.

Property Insight

For years now, France has been one of the countries with the most vibrant housing markets in the EU, partly due to the increase in purchases by non-residents, particularly from the UK.

Whilst the price of French property has been rising substantially since 1998, the increases in apartments and houses in 2007, of 4.5 per cent and 4.8 per cent respectively, were down on previous years due to the ongoing global economic concerns.

Property in Marseille has also witnessed a slowdown over the last year but the area has seen some regeneration, which is helping the city maintain a healthy buy-to-let market.

Dan Johnson, Managing Director, comments:
“A diverse city full of art and culture, Marseille is one of the main ports of call in the sunny south of France.”

For more information on France property in general please visit

- ENDS –

Notes to editors: is a property website that was founded in 1999 as an online resource for buying, selling and learning about property. It now receives as many as 300,000 visits per month and advertises over 50,000 properties in nearly 90 countries, which are listed by over 500 partner organisations.

For further information as well as images and interview possibilities, please contact:

Dan Johnson
Managing Director
0207 952 7650
Jon Moore
020 7952 7658
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