Being mostly new-build properties, villas for sale in Languedoc tend to be in pretty good shape, and so need much less renovation than village houses, which offer more character. You can find older villas, farm houses for example, but again, these usually require more renovating and on-going maintenance.
How much do Languedoc villas cost?
Languedoc villas for sale range hugely in price. A small villa with a smallish garden of say 500m2 will put you back from €300,000. That's about the same price as a large village house with terrace. A larger villa in Languedoc, with say 4 bedrooms, a garden of 2,000m2 and a pool will cost from €450,000.
Where to buy a villa in Languedoc?
We'd recommend looking for villas for sale in Languedoc in the rolling vineyards just in from the coast. The terrain here is soft and beautiful, not too steep for a nice garden (unlike some of the more mountainous areas further from the sea), and unlike the coast, less built up. Villas here enjoy gorgeous views of vines and garrigue, and offer more pleasant walks than properties for sale closer to the sea.
The region between Pézenas, Clermont l'Hérault and Lamalou (a 'golden triangle') is very popular. The countryside is gorgeous, and Pézenas and Béziers offer great shopping, restaurants and some culture. Villas in Languedoc near the Canal du Midi are also very popular. Try Bize-Minervois, Pouzols-Minervois, and La Redorte. North of Montpellier, Gignac and Aniane are popular for villas for sale, both close to great swimming in the Hérault river. The St Chinean area north of Béziers is also a good one for Languedoc villas, try Cessenon-sur-Orb, St Chinean, Cruzy and Quarante.
Making money from your Languedoc-Roussillon villas
Villas in Languedoc also make for perfect second homes. Low maintenance costs make them cost-efficient, and they're always popular with holiday makers (assuming, of course, you create a low-maintenance garden) - especially with families. There are quite a few gite management companies that you can hand your Languedoc villa to - who'll manage it for you, taking usually about 20% of your rental revenue.
Buying Languedoc villas within property developments
More and more property developments are popping up across the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and buying a villa in one of these can be a really hassle-free way to own a property here. You'll pay more for a villa in one of these developments, because you'll also be paying for shared facilities (such as a clubhouse or golf course etc) and upkeep of the development's grounds. But you won't need to do as much maintenance to your villa yourself. Languedoc villas in developments are also often sold via leaseback schemes - meaning the development company will rent your villa out for you - often offering a guaranteed rental income. Click here to read about leaseback schemes.
Should you not find a villa in Languedoc that suits your needs, then contact one of the excellent estate agents that operate in the Languedoc region, or fill in the Property Alert from - and we'll e-mail you whenever villas in Languedoc are added to the website.