Agence Etoile Aix-en-Provence Saint Jérôme is dedicated to luxury and prestigious real estate in the Aix-en-Provence region. The objective : to meet the growing international demand from buyers with large budgets. Meeting with its manager, Sophie Carol.
Why did you choose Agence Etoile to carry out your listings in prestigious real estate in Aix-en-Provence?
The network of Étoile agencies is very well known in the region. I wanted to join him because I knew he welcomed highly motivated people with great business expertise.
I joined the network last year and I really don’t regret it ! I have many development opportunities. All employees have the opportunity to take face-to-face training, as well as online. This is justified by the fact that we must constantly adapt our knowledge to market developments. This is particularly the case in Aix-en-Provence, which enjoys international appeal.
Also, having knowledge in New York and Florence, I joined the Agence Etoile network to optimize my skills in international real estate. Agence Etoile is a member of the World Property Business Club. A major advantage, which allows us to welcome a buyer or a foreign investor wishing to buy a house or an apartment in Aix and throughout Provence. In the same way, we are able to advise a French person on an investment or a purchase abroad.
How is the attractiveness of luxury real estate in Aix-en-Provence really justified ?
Aix-en-Provence enjoys an extremely privileged location, not only in terms of sunshine, but also culturally. Indeed, we are in the second row of the sunniest cities in France after Nice. The quality of life here is remarkable. We are located not far from the sea and the mountains, and near the famous Montagne Sainte-Victoire, dear to Cézanne. From an artistic and cultural point of view, our advantages are also numerous. We can go to the Grand Théâtre de Provence or the Pavillon Noir, where the Ballet Preljocaj has been based since 2006. We also have the opportunity to visit exhibitions at the Hôtel de Caumont, which change every year.
Aix-en-Provence is also a very young city, as it has many students, in particular thanks to the presence of Sciences-Po Aix and the Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management. But retirees are not left out either. The University of Free Time offers them many courses, satisfying their intellectual curiosity.
Since 2001, the TGV station of Aix and allows to reach Paris in 3 h. This is the reason why many Parisians have come to settle in our region. Since the first confinement, there are even more of them.
Finally, our attractiveness goes beyond borders, since we very regularly welcome foreigners from the United States, for example. This is proof that our excellent quality of life is winning over the world!
What type of housing do you sell most often and for what budgets?
It is certain that to benefit from this quality of life, a substantial budget is necessary. Count around €5,000 per square meter for accommodation outside the city centre. The majority type of housing in the region remains either old, completely renovated, or a few country stone houses, mansions, estates and castles.
In the region of Lourmarin or in the Luberon, you will still find farmhouses typical of our region. Overall, the buyers are either senior executives who have sold their Parisian apartment to acquire an exceptional property in the region. Either local retirees, selling their property to acquire another smaller property, with less maintenance of outdoor spaces.
What are the specificities of the Etoile Aix Saint Jérôme Agency?
Agence Étoile Aix-en-Provence Saint Jérôme dedicated to luxury real estate pays particular attention to the follow-up of each file. As soon as we enter a property in our file, customers, whose expectations are pre-recorded, are automatically notified. I enrich our file as and when I meet. I then inform, over time, people likely to be interested in ours portfolio assets.
What are the agency’s plans?
Our ambition is to consolidate our sales team with three consultants and specialize in this niche of luxury real estate within the Agence Etoile group.