Beautiful Mansion near Toulouse, France

This extraordinary mansion near Toulouse, France, is set on a little more than 100 acres, including a lake, guest house, studio, outbuildings, and swimming pool.

Maison de Maitre near Toulouse, France

Mansion near Toulouse, France for sale

The manor house has been fully renovated, with new electricity, plumbing and underfloor heating throughout.  There are 6 en-suite bedrooms; and the guest house has also been tastefully renovated, and includes 4 en-suite bedrooms and a large open plan kitchen/diner/lounge.

Maison de Maitre near Peyrole, France

French property in Midi Pyrenees, Tarn

Mansion near Toulouse, France

The property is currently being used as a beautiful family home; but there is the potential here for a fine boutique hotel or sporting estate, or perhaps an 18-hole golf course.

The property is 35 minutes from Toulouse and its international airport, and 25 minutes from the UNESCO world heritage city of Albi.

Offered at 1,480,000 Euros.

Mansion near Toulouse, France for sale

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions, and help you find your dream home.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

Loire 17th Century Chateau, south of Brittany

This beautifully restored 15th-17th century Chateau in the Pays de la Loire, just south of Brittany, comes with a five-bedroom Chambre d’Hote, a 3- bedroom gite, private accomodation, and several outbuildings.

Loire Chateau near Chateaubriant

Chateau for sale in the Pays de la Loire, France

If you are seeking a business, then the opportunities here are tremendous.  The chateau has facilities to accommodate weddings, with a huge dining room and separate catering kitchen.

9 bedrooms and 9 baths in all, with approximately 6400 square feet of living area on over 10 acres of land.  Close to a golf course.  Close to a beautiful medieval town.

Loire, France Chateau for sale, real estate

Chateau in Loire de la Pays, France

Loire Valley Chateau, France

The chateau has been completely restored, with new roof, central heating, windows, septic tank, and is newly decorated throughout.  Each room has been lovingly restored with artistic flair in keeping with such a splendid piece of architecture.

Offered at 1,007,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions, and help you find your dream home.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

Lovely Villa, Bay of Cannes, France

This gorgeous contemporary hilltop villa overlooks the Bay of Cannes, and is within a 15 minute drive from Nice, Marseille, Cannes and the French Riviera.  The villa has magnificent sea and mountain views.

Cannes, France Villa

Villa, French Riviera, France, near Cannes

With approximately 3700 square feet of living space, including 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, the property is set on almost three-quarters of an acre of land.

Villa above Mandelieu, near Cannes, France

The property is offered at 2,625,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions, and help you find your dream home.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

Stunning Villa, Sete France, near Montpellier

This exceptional architect designed seaside villa is located in the popular Mediterranean port of Sete, about 25 miles south of Montpellier, in the Languedoc Roussillon region of southern France.

Villa in Sete, France, near Montpellier

Seaside Village of Sete, France

With 4300 square feet of living space, the villa has 6 bedrooms, 5 baths, combining traditional local stone, wood and glass for spectacular light-filled living quarters.  All bedrooms are suitable for double bedrooms and are equipped with plasma television, DVD players and ipod docking stations, each with their own luxurious ensuite bathroom.

Sete, France, Villa for Sale

Sete, France Villa near Montpellier

The villa has it own leisure area, complete with modern gymnasium and sauna.  The basement level can be for staff or nanny accommodation.

Sete, France, Villa, Languedoc Region

The fishing port and seaside resort of Sete is known as the “Venice of Languedoc”.  It has been the hometown of many well known artists.  The region of the Herault has a fantastic year round climate, and is famous for its red wines and for its oyster beds along the coast in the Bassin de Thau.  Montpellier, half an hour north, is one of the most progressive big cities in France, and the international airport is there also.

Offered at 2,500,000 Euros.

Villa for sale in Sete, France, near Montpellier

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions, and help you find your dream home.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

Fabulous Chateau & Wine Property near Toulouse, France

This beautiful 17th century Chateau Estate, set in an exceptional riverside setting about 20 miles from Toulouse, France, is an ideal property for business opportunities.

Chateau Estate near Toulouse, France

Chateau & Wine property near Toulouse France

Set on approximately 14 acres, this Frontonnaise wine property consists of 4 beautiful brick buildings, typical of the region, fronted by a large sweeping circular drive and fountain. The Chateau includes a Maison de Maitre, caretaker’s cottage, wine storehouse, and pigeonnier.  There are 15 bedrooms and 9 baths in all.  Private, enclosed gardens and swimming pool. A path edged by trees leads to the River Tarn, where there is easy access into the river for fishing and boating.

Toulouse France Chateau

Chateau, southwest France, Toulouse

Kitchen, Toulouse French Chateau

The Chateau is located about 2 miles from a lovely village, and about 20 miles – or 25 minutes by car – from Toulouse, with its international airport.

Offered at 1,450,000 Euros.

Chateau Toulouse France

Chateau near Toulouse France for sale

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions, and help you find your dream home.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290



Luxury Chateau South Coast Brittany, France

This stunning 19th century Chateau, with 14th century Manoir and Dovecote, sits on 138 acres of magnificent parkland, extensive woodlands, lakes and classically styled gardens.   The chateau lies just a couple miles off the south coast of Brittany, with sea views from its tower.

Brittany chateau for sale

The chateau is built on five levels, and currently provides Bed & Breakfast accommodations on the two upper floors, in 10 individual bedrooms, each with its own bathroom.  All bedrooms have wonderful views across the parkland.  Altogether, the chateau has 13 bedrooms and 12 baths. Together with the Manoir, Chapel and Dovecote, the chateau has been in the hands of the current owners since 1998, when a center for creative arts was formed, to take advantage of the remarkable setting, nature reserve and bird sanctuary.

The present owners have undertaken a vast amount of work to bring the Chateau up to the latest standards, and the building is now in a perfect state of repair, and needs no further expense.

Chateau in Brittany, France, Finistere

French chateau, Brittany Pont Aven

Chateau Finistere Brittany France for sale

Just a couple miles away is the picturesque town of Pont Aven, famous for its School of Painting, established in 1875 by the great artist Paul Gauguin.  Close by also are the towns of Concarneau and Quimper, both steeped in Celtic culture and Breton architecture.

Brittany France chateau

Brittany property real estate for sale

French chateau Brittany Pont Aven

The Chateau complex offers a rare business opportunity, to either continue the current hotel use, or to fashion other projects, such as a conference center, corporate entertainment and special events center, arts center, wildlife reserve, premiere hotel with health, leisure and golf facilities, etc.  The list is endless.

Offered at 3,168,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Elizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions, and help you find your dream home.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290



Chalet for Sale, Chamonix, French Alps

This architect-designed chalet, one of the most beautiful in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps, sits atop the Savoy Fields, within 100 meters of the Brevent lift, and just 500 meters to Chamonix town center.  Some of the best views of the Mont Blanc massif.

Chamonix, France, Chalet

Chamonix, chalet, French Alps

The chalet boasts an exquisite interior, 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, with roughly 4400 square feet of living space.

Chamonix kitchen chalet french alps

France, Chamonix skiing, french alps

Access by road is very easy.  The chalet is just a little over 50 miles from Geneva-Cointrin International airport; 9 miles from Switzerland via the Col des Montets; and 9 miles from Italy via the Mont-Blanc Tunnel.

Chamonix chalet french alps

Chalet in French Alps, Chamonix

Offered at 3,900,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290


Nice, France, Top Floor Apartment, Promenade des Anglais

On the world famous Promenade des Anglais in Nice, France, this stunning apartment in a fabulous Art Deco building has been fully renovated and offers spacious accommodation as well as panoramic views of the sea.

Apartment, Nice, France

Apartment Nice, France, Promenade des Anglais

2 bedroom, 1 bath; separate modern kitchen with breakfast bar off the dining room.  Both bedrooms have separate balconies, with views across the western side of Nice and mountains beyond.

Apartment in Nice, France

Apartment, Nice, France, Promenade des Anglais

This fabulous Cote d’Azur apartment is on the 7th floor, with a resident’s lift.  There is a storage cellar in the lower ground floor, which has its own power supply, allowing perhaps a larger freezer to be kept there. The apartment is climate controlled, providing cool air in summer and warm air in winter.

Apartment, Nice, France Cote d'Azur

Cote d'Azur apartment, Nice, France

Apartment Cote d'Azur Nice France

Just a few minutes from the Nice airport, the apartment is within walking distance of the great restaurants and bars of central Nice, and literally across the street from world-famous beaches.

Offered at 635,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290


Apartment, Historic Center of Beaune, France

This luxurious renovated apartment in the historic center of Beaune, one of the great wine centers of Burgundy and France, was formerly a dance studio which has been transformed into a vast open plan apartment by an architect with a real eye for beauty.

Apartment in Beaune, Burgundy, France

Apartment Bourgogne Cote d'Or France

The mezzanine has a bedroom and shower room, and a few steps up from the living area is a second room, with a small utility room and shower room, ideal for guests or maybe as an office or dressing room.

Apartment in Beaune, Burgundy, France

Beaune apartment in Burgundy France

Beaune apartment, Burgundy, France

Beaune is considered the “Capital of Burgundy Wines”, surrounded by some of the world’s most famous wine villages, such as Gevrey Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges.

This property is offered at 413,400 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290


Charming Villa Saint-Tropez, Grimaud France

This charming Provence 5 bedroom villa sits nestled beneath the beautiful medieval village of Grimaud, about six miles from the famous beach town of Saint Tropez.

Charming Villa Saint Tropez France

The villa has been tastefully renovated, with beautiful high beam ceilings in excellent condition. The bedrooms are very light and airy, each with its own bathroom.

Villa Saint Tropez Grimaud France

Villa France Saint Tropez

An interior court yard may used as BBQ and 3rd dining area.  From there, you can see the famous castle of Grimaud.  The pool area is beautifully decked and has a poolhouse with bar. The garden has beautiful trees including olive trees.

Villa in Grimaud, Provence, France

Villa Saint Tropez France

Saint Tropez Villa Provence France

Very central location, close to many of the region’s famous Provence villages and beaches.

Offered at 2,700,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are, contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290


Lovely Village Home, Lot Valley, near Rocamadour, France

This lovely property, located in a beautiful village in the Lot region about ten miles from Rocamadour, consists of two houses, one a 16th century 3 bedroom village house, and the second a converted building which was once the barn of the main house, which has now been transformed into an ultra-modern 2 bedroom home.

Village House near Rocamadour France

Home in Saint Sozy, France

The main house has been renovated to the highest standards and retains many original features, such as a grand stone fireplace and a Renaissance mullioned window in the sitting room.

Home in Saint Sozy, France, in the Lot Valley

The second smaller house sits behind the main home and could be used a a gite or Maison d’amis.

Village house near Rocamadour, France

House near Rocamadour, France

The property is located in a charming village, offering a wide variety of essential shops and services, and is only about ten miles from the medieval village of Rocamadour, one of the major tourist attractions of France.

The property is offered at 583,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Wherever you are now, please contact us.  We would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

Near St.Emilion, France, Lovely Stone House

This stunning, newly renovated home, near the famed Bordeaux wine estates of St. Emilion, is a jewel of a property find.

St. Emilion Stone House, France

The 2-story stone house has 4 bedrooms and 2 baths, a beautiful high-ceiling kitchen, a large terrace area, garden area, and barn which is waiting to be converted to an office, accommodation for friends, art studio or gite.

Kitchen in stone house, St. Emilion

Terrace of stone house property, St. Emilion, France

St. Emilion, a World Heritage Site, is one of the most beautiful villages in France, and the countryside around here is famed the world over for its great wines.

Stone house St. Emilion, in Bordeaux area

St. Emilion home real estate

This beautiful stone property is offered at 332,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Give us a call.  Would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

18th Century Mansion Midi Pyrenees Tarn et Garonne

This impressive 18th century Maison de Maitre is a fine example of the French architectural style from the Napoleonic period.  Carefully restored, many of the original features are still intact.  All electricity and plumbing has been renewed.

Mansion near Moissac, France

Midi-Pyrenees French Mansion Hallway

The property has 5 bedrooms for the owners’ use; 3 suites (2 are family suites with extra bedroom); 2 spacious B & B rooms (the property is currently run as a successful B & B); and an independent gite with 3 bedrooms.

Dining Hall, Mansion in Midi-Pyrenees, France

Bedroom, Maison de Maitre, near Moissac, France

Mansion, near Toulouse, France

Within walking distance of village shops and restaurants.  Five miles to Moissac, 40 miles from Toulouse.

Offered at 997,500 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, and love the country. The Matchmakers partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Give us a call.  Would love to share information and suggestions.


Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290

Lovely Dordogne Mansion near Brantome

This lovely mansion in the Dordogne, in southwest France, lies between the beautiful towns of Brantome and St. Jean de Cole.

Dordogne Mansion near Brantome

Dordogne Maison near Brantome

Set on roughly 40 acres of land, the property includes a private swimming pool, Jacuzzi, pool house, watermill (to be restored), cottage, 2 four-star rated gites, guest swimming pool, 2 barns and garages.  The property boasts 15 bedrooms and 12 baths.

Dordogne Mansion for sale

The mansion has a beautiful country kitchen.  The property has over a mile of river frontage on the river Cole, ideal for private fishing.

Kitchen in Dordogne mansion for sale

Dordogne France Mansion

The airports of Bergerac and Limoges are only about 40 miles away.

This unique property is offered at 1,700,000 Euros.

For more information on this property, or on homes in other areas of France, contact The Matchmakers,  a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the San Francisco Bay Area and France.

Jim and Eizabeth Hilgendorf, the owners, have been to France many times, love the country, and Jim – also a filmmaker – has even made a film on Bordeaux and the Dordogne.

The company partners with one of the top real estate agencies in all of France to help clients through the process of searching for and buying their dream home in France.

Give us a call.  Would love to share information and suggestions.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, CA
Tele: 510-501-9564
Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net
CA DRE # 00667290



Foreign Companies Relocating to U.S. – Crucial Advice

Looking to expand or move your foreign company or business into the United States?

Too many times, foreign companies, with a strong desire to enter the North American market, run into road blocks that eventually stop them in their tracks.  It is estimated that perhaps only fifteen percent of foreign companies and investors trying to establish themselves in the United States actually end up achieving their goal.

The reasons?  They are many: cultural and language differences, tax laws, varying Local, State and National regulations, regional differences, marketing, and the list goes on.  Many companies just push forward, confident that what works in one country will work in another, but this often proves disastrously false.  Examples are companies that suffer enormous losses because they just did not understand the mindsets of the people they were trying to do business with.

Many foreign companies turn to attorneys and accountants to help them with the transition, but scope of these advisors is generally limited.

In contrast, INV America – Invest American L.L.C. – is a company that was formed to be a one-stop solution for companies wishing to make the transition into the United States.  The company is supported by an extremely  broad and growing list of affiliates who can fill in the gaps of knowledge and expertise needed in almost any conceivable venture.  INV America works closely with foreign investors and businesses at every step of the way.

For more information, please email Jim Hilgendorf, one of the board members of INV America, or call him at 510-778-3905.