LUX La Baraquette: interior designer Amazonico prints his style on these French holiday homes

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It is one of the trendiest new restaurants in London’s food scene, with its interiors delighting customers.

And now, the man behind the interiors of Amazonico in Mayfair, which opened late last year, is recreating its magic in a new development of luxury vacation homes in the south of France.

The development is part of a complex called LUX * La Baraquette, and includes houses for sale costing between € 300,000 – the equivalent of £ 273,000 – and € 4.5 million – the equivalent of 4.1 million £.

Included is membership to a nautical club, an 11-acre vineyard and a wine academy with a sommelier.

LUX La Baraquette luxury holiday homes cost between £ 273,000 and £ 4.1 million

Lázaro Rosa Violan, explains to MailOnline Property exclusively why he got involved in the project in the south of France and what special touches he brought to the holiday homes.

Properties can only be lived in for half of the year and must be rented out for the remainder, significant management fees and other considerations buyers should beware of, which we highlight below.

Where is it?

The LUX * La Baraquette development includes houses for sale and a holiday resort in the port town of Marseillan in the south of France, west of Montpellier.

It is located on the edge of the Thau lagoon, the second largest lake in France.

What is the price?

There are 22 studios and one-bedroom apartments that open onto the hotel gardens, another 133 apartments, 30 houses and four beachfront villas.

Prices range from € 300,000 – the equivalent of £ 273,000 – for a studio apartment to € 4.5 million – the equivalent of £ 4.1 million – for a five-bedroom house.

Mediterranean roots: the interiors were designed by Lázaro Rosa Violan

Mediterranean roots: the interiors were designed by Lázaro Rosa Violan

What is so special?

The development is linked to a neighboring luxury hotel and the owners can use all of its services and facilities.

Next to the five-star hotel and the spa, there is a village square, with restaurants and bars.

Owners also get membership in the La Baraquette nautical club, an 11-acre vineyard, and membership in the wine academy.

Membership in the wine academy includes a personal sommelier, individual harvest experiences, wine-making classes and two cases of “La Baraquette” wine per year.

The houses are part of a beachfront winery, which includes a five-star hotel and spa

The houses are part of a beachfront winery, which includes a five-star hotel and spa

The LUX * La Baraquette residences were designed by Slow Life Architects of Barcelona, ​​with the interiors of Studio Lázaro Rosa-Violán.

The LRV studio is also behind the interior design of the trendy London restaurant Amazonico, which opened in November 2019.

Lázaro Rosa-Violán, founder of Lázaro Rosa-Violán studio, told MailOnline Property: “At LRV studio we always seek to give each place its own personality. As such, there are no common links between the two projects.

“On the French real estate project, we wanted the space to tell the true story of the site, its Mediterranean roots and the maritime and fishing atmosphere of the lagoon.

He added: “The use of traditional materials, to showcase the work of artisans, helps us create a natural atmosphere. “

The development includes a village square, with restaurants and bars

The development includes a village square, with restaurants and bars

When will the houses be ready?

The development is not for impatient buyers as they will have to wait until 2021 to enjoy the finished vacation homes.

And they will only be able to spend a limited time at the properties as they will be rented out under a management agreement for the remainder of the year (see more details below).

Who would live in a house like this?

The properties are aimed at a “young, active clientele who seeks low five-star quality,” according to development marketing literature.

Lázaro Rosa-Violán was behind the interior design of the trendy London restaurant Amazonico

Lázaro Rosa-Violán was behind the interior design of the trendy London restaurant Amazonico

What is the rental yield of a two-bedroom apartment?

The developer declined to provide a rental yield, saying it was not guaranteed and would depend on the type and size of the property, as well as its location in the resort.

What does the local area look like?

There are many charming towns and villages in this region, with some of France’s best seafood to be found along the coastline.

Montpellier is a historic town which is less than an hour’s drive away and has shops and restaurants.

You can also follow the Canal du Midi from the interior coast to Carcassonne, home to the world-famous medieval citadel.

Situated on the Thau Lagoon, the area is ideal for water sports and is less than a five hour drive from the Pyrenees, where there is skiing and hiking.

London restaurant Amazonico opened in November 2019 with its elaborate interiors

London restaurant Amazonico opened in November 2019 with its elaborate interiors

What’s the best place to dine nearby?

The pretty town of Marseillan serves world-class cuisine made with fresh produce from the Thau lagoon.

Try Tarbouriech Le St Barth, a rustic waterfront restaurant that serves oysters and a selection of local wines.

Martini fans should also take a trip to Noilly Prat for a tour of the cellars, where the world famous Vermouth is produced.

Early risers can travel to Sète to buy fish directly from the boats, while night owls can dance the night away at the street parties of the Feria de Béziers.

What is there in the city for children and families?

There are plenty of activities in the area for families and children. The Thau lagoon is perfect for water sports, with scuba diving, sea kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Further inland, it is possible to spend the day hunting the famous French “black diamond”. Hire a local expert and go truffle hunting in the region’s lush forest, with the reward of a delicious truffle-based dinner using the forage products.

Otherwise, head to the 19th-century arena in Béziers to listen to live music. This 13,500-seat amphitheater was built in 1897 for bullfighting and is now used for various events and concerts throughout the year.

What Property Buying Costs Should Buyers Know About?

In France, all real estate purchases must be made through a notary, whose fees are charged as a percentage of the property price – usually between 2.5% and 3%.

What items are included in the sale of the property?

The villas and apartments are sold fully furnished and have parking spaces and storage space.

How can investors recover VAT?

To be able to recover VAT on the property, buyers must enter into a management contract for the management and rental of the property.

They get a full 20 percent refund directly from the French government. The refund request can take place once a year and takes a few months.

The villas and apartments are sold fully furnished and have parking spaces and storage space.

The villas and apartments are sold fully furnished and have parking spaces and storage space.

How much does the property cost to operate?

There is a management fee paid by the owners, which covers the costs of maintaining all the common areas of the estate, including basic maintenance of the buildings and communal swimming pools, as well as the upkeep of the gardens and grounds. trails, and will be billed annually.

The management fee is 20 percent of the gross income generated by the property when it is rented.

In addition, there is the French property tax, which is a property tax similar to the housing tax. It is used by local authorities to cover the costs of garbage collection, lighting and site access.

The tax is invoiced on the basis of the theoretical rental value of the property and is adjusted annually according to inflation. Local authorities have not yet assessed this tax, but it should be around € 10 per square meter.

What are the purchasing criteria?

Buyers can use their property for up to 180 days per year, over a single longer period or multiple shorter stays.

The rest of the time the property must be rented.

Holiday homes rental

The developer and the management company have refused to give a projected rental yield to investors buying in the development.

He said returns to LUX * La Baraquette investors are not guaranteed and if the property is leased, the projected returns will be affected by several factors, including how long the property is used by buyers.

All properties are sold on the basis that they will be leased, although buyers can opt out under certain conditions.

Rental management will be provided by the promoter Properties & Co and LUX *.

However, while returns are not guaranteed, the rental figures projected below are based on a two-bedroom apartment as an initial example.

• Purchase price (includes 20% VAT refund) of € 550,000

• Estimated annual rental income to the owner of € 32,910

• Estimated annual maintenance costs – including property taxes, utilities and insurance – of € 6,100

• Annual net turnover of € 26,810 (before financing costs if applicable)

Management insisted that there is “absolutely no guarantee that the projections will be realized in whole or in part”. Projections are based on buyers renting out their property for the full year.

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