About 2017-10-31T21:59:23+00:00

We cover Southern Provence and the Côte d’Azur

PROVENCE SEARCH is a buyer’s agency offering property finding services for those looking to buy property in Southern Provence and the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). In addition, we offer relocation and rental search services to those moving to the Aix-Marseille region and need help finding a rental property and moving their family to the region.

The areas covered for house hunting and acquisition assistance include within the Vaucluse and Bouches du Rhône: Marseille (and coastal towns such as Cassis and La Ciotat), Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon, Saint-Rémy de Provence & Alpilles, l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the entire Luberon (Roussillon, Goult, Joucas, Murs, Gordes, Saint Saturnin, down to Menerbes, Lacoste, and Bonnieux) and the Pays d’Aïgues (Lauris, Lourmarin, Cucuron, Ansouis, Mirabeau).

In the Var, we cover the entire coast (Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer, Hyères, Le Lavandou, St Tropez, etc) and the most attractive inland regions (Cotignac, Brignoles, Flayosc, Lorgues, Fayence).

On the French Riviera we help clients acquire real estate from Saint Tropez all along the Côte d’Azur, including Cannes, Antibes, Cap d’Antibes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat as well as inland in and around Mougins, Valbonne, Vence and Grasse.

If you’re not yet certain where to buy or rent, or whether we cover your desired search area, please feel free to contact us. We’d be happy to advise you without any obligations. If we don’t cover your desired area, please see THE FRENCH PROPERTY FINDERS website for experienced independent buyer’s agents in Paris, Bordeaux, Uzes, the Dordogne, the Alps or other parts of France.

The Property Search Team

SENIOR BUYER'S AGENTSophia van Woensel-Mose
After working 12 years as a corporate lawyer in New York and London, Dutch-born Sophia and her family moved to France in 2005. Sophia established PROVENCE SEARCH in 2011, based in Aix, covering with her team a large part of Provence, from Avignon in the west, via the Var, throughout the Côte d’Azur.

Sophia is the only non-French member of the French Assoc. of Buyer’s Agents (FNCI) and writes regularly for French property magazines. With a Dutch LL.M (Leiden) and a Juris Doctor and LL.M from Duke Law, she remains a member of the New York Bar (retired). Languages: Dutch, French and English fluently, some German and Spanish.

CÔTE D'AZURRebecca Russell
Originally from New Zealand, Rebecca met her Scottish husband after moving to London. In 2009, the family decided to settle in Nice on the Côte d’Azur, where Rebecca set up as a buyer’s agent. After eight years and countless clients, she has in-depth knowledge of the (opaque!) French Riviera property market, guiding her clients on location, price and other matters.

As an independent “agent commercial,” Rebecca is registered under our real estate licence. She speaks English and French fluently.

Accomplished violinist Anne worked in banking and finance in Paris for 10 years. Since she moved to Aix-en-Provence in 2002, Anne has worked in property rentals and sales. She joined PROVENCE SEARCH early 2016 and takes on rental searches (including MOBILI-PASS relocations) in the Aix-Marseille area as well as apartment and home purchases throughout Provence.

Anne is an independent “agent commercial,” registered under our real estate licence. She speaks German, French and English fluently, as well as some Spanish.

Client Feedback

Quite simply, we would not have been able to fulfil our dream of owning a house in Provence without Sophia at our side. From the moment we met, Sophia quickly tuned into our wavelength helping us focus our search and uncover the perfect property. Her strong agent relationships and negotiating skills ensured the deal was sealed quickly at a great price. She steered all parties through to completion on what turned out to be a complicated transaction. Sophia was so proactive at every step and nothing was too much trouble along the way as she explained, and navigated us through, the nuanced world of buying a house in France. Thank you Sophia – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Liz and Duncan Brown, London, UK

From our first enquiry with Sophia we knew we had found the right person to help us with our property search in Provence. Her attention to detail and diligence in firstly gaining in-depth understanding of our needs and secondly ensuring the properties she presented to us were in line with our objectives impressed us. Her property reports were always first rate. This meant that our viewing trip was well structured, informative and efficient – at no stage did we feel that we were spending unproductive time.
Sophia’s knowledge of the region and her relationship with vendor agents meant we were always well informed of new listings and were not taken advantage of on price or any quirks the property may have had – so often a trap for unsuspecting foreign buyers. Importantly, Sophia’s legal background and understanding of French property law gave us further confidence in structuring the transaction most efficiently. We could not more highly recommend Sophia’s service and expertise in searching and securing a property in Provence that meets your needs.

Andrew and Rebecca Moir, Melbourne, Australia

Dear Sophia, we cannot thank you enough for all your help and advice with the house. Our guardian angels were working overtime when they led us to you! You have gone far beyond the bounds of normal client service and we are so grateful to you. We happily recommend your property finding services to anyone looking to buy in Provence.

Nick and Jacqui O'Sullivan, Hereford, UK

Searching for a house in Aix-en-Provence while living in Abu Dhabi was a daunting task. Not speaking French fluently and not having the time to search the Internet for hours and hours compounded the difficulties. Sophia was wonderful! She found us the perfect house without us having to come to visit – and in a matter of weeks. She took care of everything. I highly recommend her property finding services to anyone considering a move to this part of France

Valerie Stott, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sophia, thank you so very much. We would recommend Provence Search to anyone who is thinking about buying a home in Provence! They can contact us for more information if they’d like. Sophia understood exactly what we were looking for and steered us to a town we didn’t know yet. The whole process was a pleasure. Excellent property reports and photos, a smashing short list and a productive and fun viewing visits with Sophia by our side, providing answers to all our questions. Her interior design background helped us see through dark furniture and cluttered rooms and her experience meant we stayed on brief. We decided on the house on the last day of the trip and Sophia took on the negotiations. A price was agreed on Monday June 18th. Within budget! Then the fun began. The conveyancing. Sophia gave us assistance throughout this process and communicated with the French seller and her French estate agent. Her help has been invaluable throughout and also in setting up the utilities, assisting with home insurance, the gardener, finding property managers, an architect, and general help with other after-sale matters.

Anne and Nigel Perkins, London, UK