Between its rich cultural life, growing array of quality cultural facilities, flourishing foodie scene, proximity to the ocean, vineyards as far as the eye can see and various green spaces, Bordeaux certainly has a lot to offer. It’s not surprising, then, that so many from the greater Parisian region have decided to relocate there in recent years. From elegant middle-class residences to new urban developments, each of the city’s neighbourhoods showcases part of its historic past, while at the same time conveying a certain air of modernity. A truly dynamic city.
The property market
Thanks in part to the launch of the Paris-Bordeaux high-speed train line, prices in the high-end segment have risen by 28% over the past five years to reach an average of €6,500 per sq.m and have increased by 8% in the past two years. Houses with 3-4 bedrooms and a garden and apartments with a terrace or garden are the most sought-after. Studios are in demand as rental investments.
“If it’s a house with a garden you’re after, your best bet would be the family-friendly neighbourhoods of Jardin Public, Chartrons, Saint-Seurin, Fondaudège or Le Bouscat, somewhere close to parks and schools and with good amenities and transport links. For a pied-a-terre, the ultra-central district known as the Golden Triangle, and Chartrons meanwhile, are sure to appeal to city-slickers”.
Each neighbourhood has its own vibe.
Recommendations “Make sure to share your preferences with your consultant, who will help you make the right choice to suit your lifestyle”.
The secret to Bordeaux “For those looking for space and tranquillity, neighbouring communities with good links to the city centre could be a good option, while nature lovers will no doubt appreciate the superb environment that Bordeaux’s right bank offers” advices Aymeric Sabatie-Garat, Director of the Bordeaux and Bouscat-Caudéran agencies.
Art of living
Bordeaux and the surrounding areas offer a whole host of cultural and culinary gems just waiting to be discovered. Here are the BARNES hot tips.
The Museum of Decorative Arts
@ Musée des arts décoratifs
The Museum of Decorative Arts stages exhibitions dedicated to fashion and design including furniture, ceramics, silverware, glass, textiles, ironwork, graphic artwork, painting and various other comprehensive collections. The building previously housed a prison in its past life, which only accentuates the historical feel of the place.
39 rue Bouffard, 33000 Bordeaux
Bassins des Lumières
@Les Bassins des Lumières
The exceptional setting that is the Bassins des Lumières hosts various sound and light exhibitions throughout the year. On display at the moment: Venise, la Sérénissime immersive exhibition created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi.
Impasse Brown de Colstoun, 33300 Bordeaux
The village-cum-open-air-museum that is Saint-Emilion is around a 30-minute drive from Bordeaux’s city centre and has a certain undeniable charm to it, surrounded on all sides by vineyards and famous castles.
The CAPC, Bordeaux’s museum of contemporary art, is housed in an imposing heritage building located in the Chartrons district and home to nearly 1,300 works by French and European artists.
7 rue Ferrère, 33000 Bordeaux
Modern hardware store Coutume offers everything from beauty products to DIY equipment and home decor. While you’re in the area, the pretty Chartrons district and its iconic Rue Notre-Dame are also well worth exploring.
79 rue Notre Dame, 33000 Bordeaux
Bonendroi is a store that thinks it’s a curiosity shop. A great place to find the perfect gift (it’s no coincidence that its name roughly translates as ‘right place’!).
19 rue Saint-James, 33000 Bordeaux
Jane de Boy
@Jane de Boy
Jane de Boy is a concept store in a private mansion and designed in the style of an apartment, offering spectacular views of Place du Grand Théâtre and selling a sophisticated and very varied selection of designer pieces.
8 cours du 30 Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux
Maison Sarah Lavoine
@Maison Sarah Lavoine
The Maison Sarah Lavoine showroom displays all of the designer’s iconic pieces along with brand-new collections.
3 place des Quinconces, 33000 Bordeaux
The hottest reservations in town
Mampuku: a restaurant tucked away at the heart of the city centre and serving a combination of Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific-inspired dishes to share with friends and loved ones in decidedly casual, laid-back surroundings.
9 rue Ausone, 33000 Bordeaux
The Maison Nouvelle was recently opened by chef Philippe Etchebest on the very popular Place des Chartrons, serving up local flavours and modern dishes in cosy surroundings.
11 rue Rode, 33000 Bordeaux
Baston is something of a hybrid establishment that is part-modern neighbourhood cafeteria and part-gourmet bakery, where Pauline Celle and Julien Borie offer seasonal dishes alongside fresh sourdough loaves.
50 rue du Hâ, 33000 Bordeaux
Symbiose certainly lives up to its name, with its innovative cocktail menu and dishes designed to appeal to all five senses. The perfect place to stop by for a drink, a quick dinner or (maybe) even a dance.
4 quai des Chartrons, 33000 Bordeaux
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