Gordes, light of Luberon
Year after year, Provence and the French Riviera remain among the most dynamic regions in the world in the area of real estate investment. Since its creation in Cannes in 1977, Michaël Zingraf Real Estate has been meeting the expectations of mainly international clients by offering the sale of exceptional villas and the rental of prestigious properties, from authentic farmhouses to contemporary villas, while providing a broad range of customised services.
Today the group has ten agencies and over fifty employees, half of which are not French (English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Russian, Ukrainian, Italian, etc.). Passionate professionals who know like nobody else, the specific characteristics of the luxury real estate market in Luberon and Provence. Moreover, this know-how has convinced Christie's International Real Estate, which has chosen Michaël Zingraf Real Estate to be its exclusive partner for luxury property in the southeast of France.
Mineral architecture for Provençal splendour
Set on the Vaucluse Mountains, Gordes is without doubt one of the stars of Luberon. Its dry stone houses are laid out in a spiral around the rock on which the village has been built. At the top of this, the church and the Renaissance castle look out over the hills of Luberon. You have to walk along its cobblestone streets called “calades” to understand the charm that can be found in this unique village. Here you can discover carefully restored magnificent old-style ornate doors, vaults and flat-stone walls and, thanks to still open panoramic terraces, sumptuous views over the valley and Luberon.
Provençal hilltop villages owe their origins to the many invasions that the region has gone through over the centuries. This is probably why Gordes gives off, still today, this atmosphere of mineral austerity that makes it extremely attractive. Naturally, the village is considered to one of the most beautiful in France for its architecture, its Cistercian abbey, its mills (water and wind ones) and its hundreds of dry stone cabins called “bories”.
But Gordes also owes its fame to that of its most famous hosts: for painters Pol Mara, André Lhote, Marc Chagall and Victor Vasarely it was their source of inspiration; whereas François Mitterrand spent his secret holidays here. Still today, Gordes welcomes many European sport, show business, political and art world celebrities. Its winding streets would seem to be, in their eyes, the best way to go unnoticed!
Michaël Zingraf Gordes
Tuesday, 5 August 2014