Spotlight on Marseille France’s second Largest City is Back on the Radar Home-Hunts Luxury Search Specialists

When we say Marseille is back in the limelight, we are genuinely saying that it is really getting back on everyone’s travel lists to visit and also to live in. From numerous urban developments and cultural projects slated for 2017 through 2018, this city, known as the oldest and one of the largest metropolis in France with 1.83 million inhabitants, is getting its fair share of attention. And rightfully so, as residents, local communities and territories under the Metropolis Aix-Marseille unite in making the region bright and welcoming to everyone all year round.

The current mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, started heading the Metropolis Aix-Marseille Provence in 2016 and ever since, projects have been laid out in different parts in the region. The area of the Metropolis Aix-Marseille-Provence covers 6 territories that includes 92 communes who are all united in bringing out the best of their respective villages and towns to visitors and tourists who want to experience the new developments that have been in the process of creation in the region since 2013.

Cruise companies in Europe and from the US include Marseille as one of their stops in their luxury cruise itineraries and we are not surprised as the area where all these cruise ships dock offers a welcome respite to all their clients who step out of the cruise liners and promenade through the newly refurbished Fort Saint Jean located beside the stunning modern museum called MuCem, designed by Architect Rudy Ricciotti ( for guided architectural tours click here). The Terrasses du Port located also in the same area beside the MuCem, offers convenient luxury shopping to visitors and an increasing number of chic and modern restaurants are now starting to line up the La Joliette, a quarter once very unpopular with tourists in the past couple of years and is now considered one of Marseille’s blooming chic spot.

American journalist and Editor-in-Chief Erin Tallman, who writes for successful Marseille-based online publication ArchiExpo E-Magazine, is a long-time resident of the city and she shared to us that the local government has really stepped up and reconstructed several areas and this makes a huge difference since she relocated from the USA in 2007.

For someone who has been living in Marseille for 10 years and counting, Tallman has seen the city evolve, loving every bit of her daily life, living in her small but charming property in Vallon des Auffes, an up and coming area located in the 7 th district of Marseille, offering views of the sea and the Iles de Frioul and Ile d’If, a little island famous for being one of the settings of Alexandre Dumas’ adventure novel The Count of Monte Cristo.

Chez Jeannot, a pizzeria and restaurant loved by locals for over 60 years is located in the Vallon des Auffes area and has recently refurbished their look and branding, becoming one of the popular places to visit besides the much-talked about seafood restaurant Chez Fonfon (which is famous for their bouillabaisse) and their mini tapas bar version called Viaghji de Fonfon, all situated around the little port.

Tallman shares: “The city now boasts of cleaner streets, wider pedestrian walks where people can gather and mingle…mostly in the Vieux Port. There is the Stade Vélodrome which is being renovated to include a wider space to accommodate more people who are not only sports fanatics (the stadium is the headquarters for supporters of popular football club Olympique Marseillaise) but also to shoppers and visitors who will soon be regaled by the upcoming launch of the upmarket French retail mall, Galeries Lafayette in the area.”

Truly these are just some of the significant developments in Marseille where once upon a time, stories of nuisance on the streets frightened away potential investments, visitors and foreigners looking for a place to call home in the region where property prices are still very attractive compared to neighboring areas that include the Var and the Riviera. Concerned efforts of the people in Marseille in taking care of their city is slowly showing a positive outcome at present, a domino effect that started in 2013 as Marseille became the European Capital of Culture and gained back its distinctive place as a prime destination to watch out for, inspiring all to make a change and clean up the city and the community for the betterment of all.

With urban developments in the city of Marseille, people are starting to flock to the region and visitor turnout for neighboring towns and villages located on the coast has begun increasing. Outdoor markets continue to flourish on the little ports in these coastal villages and the selling activity peaks in summer where the best produce, Provencal wine, local delicacies and souvenirs are up for sale in colorful outdoor stalls laid out on the streets and ports on the coast.

Appert, an expert in searching for the best luxury properties, has been with Home Hunts for 4 years already and she is keen in pointing out that all her inquiries for luxury properties increased as projects were done and implemented in the area since 2013 when Marseille was awarded the European City of culture accolade, bringing forth growth in real estate buying in the region, not only from the French but mostly from British and German clients.

The L2 Rocade route is an important development in Marseille that started since 2014 and it will connect the north of Marseille to the south without passing through the city center. It will ideally be done in 1-2 years and will bring a potential increase in the price of real estate properties along its way in the next couple of years as ease of access to properties is another key feature of a lot of property buyers.

So, if you are looking for the best properties with magnificent sea views near a city brimming with lots of events, activities and project developments slated all year round, we recommend the region of Marseille as a potential location for your next real estate investment or home purchase. You might be surprised in the next couple of years on the positive returns you will gain from choosing Marseille as your home base for property investments as this city continues its promise to everyone in getting better and brighter for future generations to benefit more of what it can offer as the reigning port capital in the south of France.