“When you arrive here, you tell yourself that nothing is expensive”: Parisians are infatuated with Marseille

“Today, in Marseille, the real estate market is doing more than well. “ In this return, the president of the chamber of notaries of Bouches-du-Rhône, Gisèle Laveissière, displays a relief tinged with astonishment. According to the figures stopped at June 30, the volume of deeds of sale of housing, new and old combined, over twelve rolling months, increased by 13% in the department, compared to 2019. And the projections for the end of the year are promising. Prices are climbing in unison.

In Marseille, the overall increase in square meters represents 6% for old buildings and 7.2% for new ones. But neighborhoods that are traditionally popular or undergoing gentrification are seeing double-digit increases. Bompard and Endoume (+ 13%), coastal pearls of the 7e arrondissement, but also the more remote area of ​​La Fourragère (+ 19.5%) appear in the first category. Les Chutes-Lavies (+ 18%) on the edge of Longchamp Park (4e) close to the city center, or L’Estaque and its atmosphere of a small port (+ 18.7%), in the second.

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“Marseille is the blatant translation of new behaviors after the health crisis”, considers Pierre-Armand Samama. For this Marseille notary, the purchase of real estate remains a financial safe haven, but is coupled with a “Health safe haven”. “The fact of being confined has translated into a need for more space, an outside, or simply to change location”, he explains.

In the summer of 2020, many people came to spend their holidays in the South East. And they wanted to stay. Marseille is popular and is catching up with cities like Lyon, Bordeaux or Nantes… ”, projects Gisèle Laveissière.

“La Sainte-Trinité is a high floor, terrace, sea view”

In its database, the chamber spotted 7.3% of buyers in Ile-de-France in one year. Before 2019 they weren’t even visible , underlines the president of the notaries. Foreigners also appear: over the same period, they signed 1.4% of purchasing acts in Marseille. Results, “A tight market, a shortage of goods and sales without negotiations, or even with higher bids”, concludes Pierre-Armand Samama.

Behind her elegant vintage desk, Anne-Patricia Lesage confirms the excitement. Terrasses en ville, the agency that she co-founded in 2008 and which deals exclusively with properties with exterior, is under attack. “We find ourselves right in the face of what people are looking for , she notes. “La Sainte-Trinité is a high floor, terrace, sea view”, continues the real estate agent. A few hours earlier, an apartment of 65 m2 in the Pouillon residences, which overlook the Old Port, went to 10,000 euros from the m2. Telework requires, the presence of a “Separate office” becomes essential. More rarely, buyers ask about the fiber connection.

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