Two cities of equal importance to the population level, two cities who have lived long of the mining industry in the North - affected Pas-de-Calais and who were in the 1960-1970s. After having turned the page of coal mining, they have undertaken an economic conversion in developing SMEs and service industries, have renovated their former centers, practiced policies of reducing, built new quarters, multiplied the urban equipment, attracted students... A renaissance which, since three good years, has ashes on the market real estate itself doped by a euphoric national. According to various professionals, be it to Douai or at Lens, in the former, prices have increased, for three years, on average 12 each year, currently lie between 1,400 and 1,800 euros per square metre. And slightly more for exceptional products. They increase again in the beginning of this year without that decrease transactions. It must be said that these prices are still very attractive and attract a Lille clientele that within half an hour journey can stay more large and slightly cheaper. In the nine offers are also quite attractive values, between 2,200 and 3.100 euros per square metre, despite the scarcity of operations.
Douai: the beautiful former
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Sub-Prefecture of the Department of the North, Douai perfectly symbolizes the region. On the one hand, with its belfry dating from the 14th century with its carillon of 52 bells, on the other hand with its famous giants, classified, since November 2005, the Unesco world heritage. Shopping, parliamentary and military city in the 17th century, it still retains its heritage a few beautiful mansions and a few houses of which some are protected. Then navigating between adverse and other periods more difficult, she apprehends the end of the 20th century very good auspices. It diversifies its business with the automotive (Renault), the food industry (Nestlé, the Brasseurs de Gayant), printing with the implementation of the national printing.
More than ten years, it is the return of the University with the Faculty of law, University of Artois and its 2,000 students. The school of mines also formed a thousand of students and the institut universitaire de formation des maîtres (IUFM) prepares future teachers of the schools. In 1999, his vocation of regional judicial capital was strengthened with the arrival of the administrative Court of appeal. Finally, last year, it has reconnected with his former role as military place in hosting several regiments.
"All these movements are favourably with the housing sector, in large as in small surfaces, in apartments as homes", recognizes Jacqueline Carpentier, agency Century 21 La Chartreuse. But of course, as in all the cities of the North, the House is highly acclaimed. "In a small week, city of good neighbourhood houses are sold", notes the real estate agent. Good neighborhoods, is understanding the hypercentre or along the Quays of the Scarpe. The hypercentre avenue 4 - September, avenue Descatoire, the street of the Abbey-des-Prés, the Marlé place there... A few steps from City Hall, a bourgeois House from the 18th century, entirely renovated, with 300 m2 habitable and two terraces, is to sell 450,000 euros. Along the banks of the River Scarpe, docks Morand, the Augustinians or Petit-lease, houses in the beautiful facades listed in a quiet environment while being close to the centre are winning around 295.000 EUR. But sometimes we realize good business as this House of 150 m2 with garden party recently to 162.000 euro.
The apartments are not scorned as long. Large surfaces are appreciated an aged clientele who sells her house to live in an apartment less burdensome to maintain. For beautiful addresses, it takes between 1,600 and 1,800 euros per square metre as the duplex of 117 m2 with parking but without terrace sold to 190,000 euros. The more moderate areas attract a clientele more young research often less renowned areas but served by the future tramway, with awards of the order of EUR 1,400 m2.
In view of a large population, student or internship at the IUFM, the rental market is very well, especially in small areas. Property rent at the same rate as at Lille, averaged 380 euros for a studio, 414 euros for a two-piece. And, as explained Jean-Pierre the Laforêt agency Dengreville, "the purchase price being lower than those of the regional metropolis and firm rentals, investors scramble whole buildings". A building of 15 lots, with parking, and was sold all costs including 880.000 euros with profitability expected by 9.
Lens: culture and houses
Like its neighbour, Lens took colors and turns to the future. Installed in the old great offices of collieries, the Faculty of science Jean-Perrin embodies this desire. Just as various SMEs who settled in the former mining city. But another great event comes in a national context: the arrival of an annex of the Museum of the Louvre on the site of the former mine pit 9-9 bis tile. A beautiful contrast for this city more known fact for its stockpiles and the stade Bollaert than for its cultural activities. This arrival doped this sector of the city, generating urban equipment. And eventually construction as in the area of the station. For the moment, the former dominates the market. "70 of transactions realized on former goods, houses or apartments", note Arnaud Favier of Laforêt Agency. But, as in Douai, home made fury. Among the most sought-after arteries, avenues or 4 - September 11 - November, Victor Hugo or Emile-Doilé streets... is a RADIUS drawn around the Town Hall. The price of homes varies depending on the surface of the State of the orientation and may exceed the 450,000 euros, as this House in the years 1925 with its 300 m2 habitable, his 150 m2 garden and a garage. But you can find more small, approximately 150 m2 and 280,000 cheaper autour euros in seeking well.
Side apartments, prices range from 1,300 to 1,600 euros per square metre, as this 65 m2 sold 87,000 euros or even the 80 m2 to 123,000 euros. A more original and more rare distribution may bid up prices as the duplex of 82 m2 habitable removed to 141.500 euros.
Rental demand is high, but prices, sometimes higher than in Douai, discourage some tenants who prefer to go in the surrounding municipalities, or even to Douai! Without doubt, perhaps disguised rivalry exists between these two cities are changing. But both can claim to be almost equal distance from the beaches of le Touquet and Hardelot.