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Falling in love with Uzs 

 

Uzes Fractional Ownership- St. Etienne d'Uzs
The search for a perfect Provencal pied a terre has been going on for quite awhile. It started following a May 2012 trip to Casa Leone in Umbria, looking high and low throughout Provence and the Languedoc. It resumed in October of 2013 by casting a wider net. We scoured property for sale from the Luberon to the Cote d'Azur, heading for St. Remy de Provence numerous times. Nada, nothing, rien. Finally in February 2014, while staying at Le Muguet, I struck gold.   

Let's face it- some of us love the peacefulness of a farmhouse surrounded by sunflowers and vineyards.  A good book and field glasses in hand, we venture out on weekly jaunts for our "market fixes"... think our fractional ownership property near Bordeaux, La Bruyere. 

 

Others are pining for a sea view, something almost in their "blood". Who doesn't adore a sunset over the Mediterranean Sea, a glass of Banyul's in hand while chatting with friends on your terrace? (Catalonia).  Meanwhile, the delights and value we find in village homes like Crazy for Cruzy,  La Placette, Maison Bleue and Le Muguet are very apparent; larger dwellings, easy parking, far from the madding crowds and yet the pleasantries of village life such a strolling to the local square or boulangerie.

 

"Hey, wait a minute!" "What about those of us who want to walk out our door and choose from a dozen different restaurants or shops?"  It was that voice which drove me to spend the better part of 2 years looking for a place like St Etienne d'Uzs, our first Urban Buzz fractional.

 

 

An Urban Abode
   St Etienne d'Uzs  

 

 Our new flex-schedule property share  is in the southwest corner of historic Uzs
 (see #7-Rue St. Etienne) 

 Uzs is an exceptionally beautiful city thanks to its city center, one of the first in the 1960's to be classified by Andre Malraux as a "secteur sauvegard" or protected historical site.  Funding then poured into its restoration and the center of town has a wonderful mix of medieval stone houses and later townhouses. Outside of summer months, the population hovers around 8500. 

La Place aux Herbes, Uzs
Les paniers- a rainbow of colors
 From flowers to frocks at the lively market on Wednesdays & Saturdays

A Bit of Historypont du gard

  

Uzs, located at the source of the Eure River, was settled in the first century BC by the Romans as an administrative site for a Roman aqueduct which supplied water to Nimes, a good 25 kilometers away. 

The most famous stretch of the aqueduct that survives to this day is the Pont du Gard, a huge bridge spanning the Gardon river. It is the tallest existing Roman aqueduct and a UNESCO heritage site, as well as popular tourist attraction.

 

  

                               The Duchy of Uzs

 

  The Cathedrale Saint Thodorit in Uzs was originally the seat of the bishops. Although the Cathedral has been rebuilt several times, the tower, Tour Fenestrelle, survives from the 12th century. It is the only example of a round bell tower in France.

 

  The title Duke of Uzs is the premier title in the peerage of France, coming right after the princes of the blood, having a long and illustrious history of serving the kings of France. Their palace, the Duch  is home to the 17th duke of Uzs, Jacques de Crussol d'Uzs and his family.  

  
Details  
 

                       

New in 2014: Option to purchase 1-3 month block of time 

 

 Price per 4-week share: $67,900
Price per two 4-week shares
: $65,900/each
Price per three 4-week shares
: $63900/each

Property type:
Townhouse in Uzes Centre
Booking of time:
NEW** Flexible rotation schedule offering 4-12 week consecutive bookings which rotate forward by 90 days/yr
Estimated annual charges
: 500 euros/four week share

Hightlights:
* Historic 16th century townhouse near la Place aux Herbes
* Outdoor rooftop terrace for your dining pleasure. Drip watering system, awning
* Old world charm with every modern amenity!
* Lively town of Uzes- close to the Mediterranean beaches, Pont du Gard, Provence markets, and year round cultural activities of Avignon, Nimes, Aix, and Marseille
* From four to twelve weeks of consecutive time per year.  

  

 

    Visit some of Uzes' boutiques

 

Located at #7 Rue St. Etienne (green shutters) near la Place aux Herbes
You walk right past the Church of St Etienne before arriving at your vacation home
Kitchen gargoyle at #7 Rue St. Etienne
A clever dumb waiter will bring food & drink to the terrace
Amenities
 On the inside: 

 

* Internet and cable with free international phone calls connected.  
*St Etienne is a two story 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom historic center home  
* Restored and remodeled with love and attention to period details 
* Original stone walls and timbered ceilings
* Terrace with dumb waiter enjoy evening meals or cocktails
* Kitchen fully equipped with stovetop, microwave, large fridge, dishware to entertain, loads of extras. Come see the gargoyle which was uncovered in the kitchen walls!
* Master bedroom with sunken tub and heated towel racks
* Furnished with a combination of French antiques, chandeliers, firm beds and many decorative items.  
* Charming guest bedroom with  adjoining rooftop terrace
* Acclaimed city of Uzes and close to Pont du Gard near World Hertitage Site  
* Year round attractions in Provence, Avignon, Uzes and Marseille
* Remarkably vibrant city to   to enjoy this region's 325 days of sunshine 
* Low annual maintenance dues  
* Flexible booking of owner times- join us now for 2014-15 season.
 
  
On the outside: 
* Dedicated indoor parking in  nearby garage. *Easy access to flights from Avignon or from Montpellier. Connections via London right into Avignon or Nimes (30 minutes) 
* Spend the day in Paris via 3 hour TGV ride 
* Food & Drink near Uzes 
Travel Options  
  • Fly into London- take Ryanair to Nimes
  • Fly into Paris and take TGV directly to Avignon or to Nimes. For those driving  from Nimes to Uzs, the quickest and most direct route is via the E52. For those in no particular hurry, taking the more scenic B21 affords some impressive views of the surrounding countryside.
  • France is known for its excellent public transportation. 
The journey from Nimes
takes 20 minutes, and from Avignon about half an hour (the latter does not run on weekends and bank holidays). Buses leaves from outside the back entrance to the Nimes station and drops passengers at the "Esplanade", which is the final stop at the heart of Uzs.   
You will find the timetable for bus route HERE.
 
Busses from Avignon leave from the Gare Routire which is a three minute walk from the Avignon Gare SNCF train station, just by the city walls. If you arrive at the Avignon Gare TGV station you need to take the shuttle to the Gare SNCF first. 
Pleasures of Provencal Living 
les oliviers
local harvest
Visits to nearby villages
Enjoy the local brocantes markets

Getting to Uzes
Is a shared home in France right for you?
Ginny in Uzes
  
realize that it is a BIG decision to shift your financial resources from a known entity (a CD, savings account, or bond) into the "bricks and mortar" of a property thousands of miles away.  Here is what one first time visitor had to say:

 

"Uzs is certainly one of the more elegant, affluent, and well presented towns in the Gard region, with many fine boutiques and restaurants - such as Les Terroirs, which is a sophisticated restaurant on the corner of the square with a strong focus on authentic, organic local produce, quite a delight.

 

On Wednesday, from 7.30am to 1pm, the market is strictly organic produce, while on Saturday morning, same hours, it is a larger general market.

  We liked Uzs so much that we extended our stay at the Maison de la Bourgade and used it as our base for several days of sightseeing in the region. Although it rained from time to time while we were there, we still enjoyed walking the town, exploring the Duchy castle and churches, shopping in the many shops, good dining,  - and of course the Wednesday market in the Place aux Herbes.  We can see that it is a vibrant, livable and charming locale even during the off-season."
 
  
International Property Shares will reserve a four week ownership share of St. Etienne for you with a 10% deposit.  
   
Contact GINNY today to learn more:  585 905-0849

 

 
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