Lot Valley Restored Mansion near Cahors, France

This beautifully restored mansion just west of Cahors, in the Lot Valley, France, is a stunning home waiting for the lucky buyer.

Lot Valley Mansion, west of Cahors, France

Tastefully restored with quality materials, this stone-built house of approximately 2150 square feet is set on two levels, with a large living room and dining room with fireplace, a beautiful modern kitchen, a master suite with a bathroom, two bedrooms and two shower rooms.

Lot Valley Mansion, living room

Kitchen of Home in Lot Valley near Cahors

There are panoramic views of the surroundings, nearly 20 acres of grounds, along with a nice pool, outbuilding, and small independent flat.

Views of Lot Valley, France

Lot Valley Mansion near Cahors France

Located near Luzech, about 25 minutes west of Cahors, this property is perfect for lovers of Le Lot and old mansions.

Offered at 520,000 Euros.

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The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and France.  If you are thinking of buying or selling property in France, give us a call.  We work with an excellent agency covering many of the most beautiful areas of France.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

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Lot France Property One Hour from Toulouse

This superb Lot property is located in the Quercy Blanc region of France, between Cahors and the southern boundary of the Lot – a region characterized by its many white limestone buildings.

Lot France Property in Quercy Blanc

The beautifully restored main house dates from 1800, and combines the charm of an ancient mansion and the comfort of a modern house.  There are lovely panoramic views over the valley.

With approximately 3700 square feet, the main home has an entrance hall, a spacious living room with burgundy stone floor tiles, exposed beams, stone fireplace, that opens to the terrace and swimmng pool area.

There is a dining room, a modern kitchen with access to a covered terrace, and 5 bedrooms, each with a shower room.  There is also a tower, or dovecote, on the property, tastefully restored, which can be used as a guest house.  There are 17 acres of land and tree-planted gardens, and a lovely pool.

A few kilometers from a village with all amenities and a nearby golf course, the home is only one hour from Toulouse.  A rare find!

Offered at 1,256,000 Euros.

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

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

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510-501-9564
CA DRE # 00667290


For Foreign Investors & Companies – What is Required to Buy Property in the U.S.?

Foreign investors and companies planning to relocate to the U.S. often ask the question: What is required to buy or invest in property in the U.S.?

Bob Koch, partner in the prominent architectural firm, Fugleberg Koch, located in Winter Park, Florida, who is also a Board Member of INV America, provides a straightforward answer.

The Matchmakers real estate is an affiliate with INV America, a company that provides an outstanding, one-stop service and support for investors and foreign companies desiring to invest in or enter the U.S. market.

One of the strong points of the company is its broad and growing list of affiliates it can recommend to clients, in order to fill in gaps of knowledge and expertise needed in each unique individual venture.  These are not merely attorneys or accountants; they are true specialists in wide ranging fields from robotics to timber investment, from title insurance to Indian gaming.  Totally independent of INV America, they are available at a moment’s notice to be used by the investor to sort out the most difficult of issues.

With its affiliation with INV America, and also with AREA, or Associated Realty of the Americas, an international referral based real estate company, reaching all across the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond, The Matchmakers is perfectly poised to help foreign nationals and companies relocate to the United States.

For more information on INV America, please contact Jim Hilgendorf at The Matchmakers.


Help for Foreign Companies Entering the U.S. Market

For foreign companies planning to enter the U.S. market, the barriers to entry can be many: A different culture, different laws and regulations, varying Federal, State and local ordinances, language, banking and credit hurdles, immigration and visas, real estate, technical advice and problems, location – the list goes on and on.

It has been noted that perhaps only ten percent of foreign investors and businesses wanting to enter the U.S. market actually end up succeeding.

At a conference of the Asian American Association of Realtors in New York in early 2012, one of the speakers – from Taiwan – lamented that, in spite of his prodigious efforts, he was unable to figure out how to establish a manufacturing facility in the U.S., because the issues were so complex.  He said that after five years of trying, he decided to give up.  He chided the group for not having the foresight to provide a service to help in this regard.

This – along with many other instances – was the catalyst for the formation of Invest American L.L.C., also known as INV America.

The focus of INV America has been to provide a one-stop solution and support for those individuals and companies desiring to enter and invest in the U.S.  The company has made a great deal of effort to team up with a broad, and growing, list of affiliates it can recommend to clients, for the purpose of filling in gaps of knowledge and expertise needed in each unique individual venture.  These are not merely attorneys or accountants; they are true specialists in wide-ranging fields from robotics to timber investment, from title insurance to Indian gaming.  Totally independent of INV America, they are available at a moment’s notice to be used by the investor to sort out the most difficult of issues.

Also, using the resources provided through Associated Realty of the Americas, a referral group of hand-selected, well qualified members strategically located throughout the U.S., the firm has highly qualified “boots on the ground” in almost every conceivable location throughout the country.  Consequently, local issues and nuances, which can become agents of disaster for unknowing investors, are much better understood.  And, as the client moves forward, having trusted local specialists in the real estate field, can result in enormous time and cost savings to the project.

Jim Hilgendorf, principal broker for The Matchmakers real estate, is a Board Member of INV America.  He will be glad to provide you with further information.  Please contact him at thematchmakers@comcast.net.

The Matchmakers
El Cerrito, California
CA DRE # 00667290

Loire Valley Restored Farmhouse

Loire Valley France Restored Farmhouse

This lovely farmhouse in the Loire Valley of France – tastefully restored on two levels – includes a large living-dining room with a beautiful fireplace in stone, a fitted kitchen, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Framhouse in Touraine France

There is also a lovely tree-planted garden with a swimming pool, and several outbuildings.

The property is close to Chinon, Tours, Saumur and Angers, and is the heart of Loire Valley, with its many fabled castles.  If you love France, and love the Loire Valley and its beautiful stone houses, this is perfect for a second home.

This is one of many beautiful properties offered through The Matchmakers, a real estate company specializing in lovely properties in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and France.

We work hand in hand with a trusted, first-rate real estate agency in Paris that has developed beautiful properties for sale in many areas of France.  We work closely with them to guide clients through every step of the home-search and home-buying process.

Give us a call.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
El Cerrito, California
Jim Hilgendorf, Broker
Cell: 510-501-9564
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf, Agent
510-501-9643
CA DRE # 01891419
Email:
thematchmakers@comcast.net

Charming Farmhouse in the Dordogne, France

This lovely farmhouse, is located in the Perigord, or Dordogne region of southwest France, one of the most beautiful areas of France.

Farmhouse in the Dordogne, France

Dating from the 16th century, the buildings have been recently and tastefully restored.  The property boasts a swimming pool and more than half an acre of gardens.

The farmhouse includes 8 rooms, 5 bedrooms, a large living room with a beautiful, old fireplace.  There is also a barn, a well, and a fully restored outbuilding with an old oven.  The property overall is in very good condition.

Fifteen minutes from Perigueux in the Dordogne.

Offered at 455,800 Euros.

For those lovers of France, this is only one of many beautiful properties offered through The Matchmakers, a real estate company specializing in lovely properties in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and France.

We work hand in hand with a trusted, first-rate real estate agency in Paris that has developed beautiful properties for sale in many areas of France.  We work closely with them to guide clients through every step of the home-search and home-buying process.

Give us a call.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
El Cerrito, California
Jim Hilgendorf, Broker
Cell: 510-501-9564
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf, Agent
510-501-9643
CA DRE # 01891419

Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net

Normandie, France – Unique Contemporary Home

This beautiful Normandie home, about 50 minutes from Paris by car, is a stunning estate on 17 acres of landscaped and tree-planted grounds.

Normandie, France Estate

With roughly 3400 square feet of net ground floor space, the home has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms, a home cinema and a heated indoor swimming pool.

Near a charming village, with all amenities, this estate is an extraordinary find.

Offered at 650,000 Euros.

For those lovers of France, this is only one of many beautiful properties offered through The Matchmakers, a real estate company specializing in lovely properties in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and France.

We work hand in hand with a trusted, first-rate real estate agency in Paris that has developed beautiful properties for sale in many areas of France.  We work closely with them to guide clients through every step of the home-searching and home-buying process.

Give us a call.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
El Cerrito, California
Jim Hilgendorf, Broker
Cell: 510-501-9564
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf, Agent
510-501-9643
CA DRE # 01891419

Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net


Luberon Restored 16th Century Stone House

The Luberon, an area in Provence made famous by author Peter Mayle in his book “A Year in Provence”, is the setting for this lovely restored ancient sheepfold dating back to the 16th century.

Stone House in the Luberon

Tastefully restored, with loads of charm, the home has a panoramic view of a famous village in the Luberon.

The house is on three levels.  The ground floor includes a study office with access to a terrace, and a bedroom with a bathroom.  A pretty stone staircase leads to a living room with vaulted ceiling, a beautiful fireplace, a large kitchen and a back kitchen with access to a terrace.  The last level offers a vaulted dining-room and a cellar.

Bedroom in Luberon Stone House

Olive trees, fig trees, fountains and a small swimming pool add to create a charming atmosphere.

Offered at 940,000 Euros, including fees.

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For more information on this property, or on other beautiful properties in France, contact us.

The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful properties in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and in France.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
El Cerrito, California
Jim Hilgendorf, Broker
Cell: 510-501-9564
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf, Agent
510-501-9643
CA DRE # 01891419

Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net

Gorgeous Mansion West of Paris

This lovely house, located about fifty miles west of Paris, near Houdan and Dreux, is set amid a beautifully landscaped park on 15 acres.

Lovely Home west of Paris

With over 3500 square feet on three levels, the home boasts 9 bedrooms – one a master suite with dressing and shower room – and a vaulted cellar and terrace.

The park was created by a famous landscape architect, and contains ponds, bridges, a river and woods.

The home combines the charm of an ancient house with modern conveniences.  Also on the grounds are two guest houses, a caretaker’s house, a swimming pool with mosaic tiles and a pool house.  A lovely property in a quiet area, in a charming and historic village.

Asking price: 1,700,000 Euros, including fees.

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For more information on this property, or on other beautiful properties in France, contact us.

The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful properties in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and in France.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
El Cerrito, California
Jim Hilgendorf, Broker
Cell: 510-501-9564
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf, Agent
510-501-9643
CA DRE # 01891419

Email: thematchmakers@comcast.net

17th Century Mansion near Fontainebleau

This recently and tastefully restored house,  just 6 miles from Fontainebleau, and 50 minutes from Paris by car, is a jewel of a property.

Home near Fontainebleau, France

Roughly 3100 square feet, on two levels, the home  includes a large entrance hall, a lovely living and dining room with beautiful fireplace in stone; a large fitted and independent kitchen, 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room and a second large living room upstairs.

There is also a guest house, with living room, bedroom, shower room and kitchen.

The property is located in a quiet village near Fontainebleau, and only 50 minutes from Paris by car.  Nearby is a nice golf course.

Asking price: 1,200,000 Euros, including fees.

For more information on this beautiful property, or on other properties in France, please contact Jim Hilgendorf, with The Matchmakers real estate.

Beautiful Country Inn in the Dordogne, France

One of our favorite areas in the world is the Dordogne Valley in Southwest France.

This is a region of ancient castles, lovely villages and towns, and the beautiful Dordogne River.

This is a very special region.  They call it the home of mankind, and its history stretches back into the mists of time.

The famous Lascaux caves are nearby, with beautiful, extraordinary cave paintings of bison and elk painted by some of our talented ancestors seventeen thousand years ago.

When Elizabeth and I first visited the region, accompanied by our dear friend Framboise, we stayed at La Gueriniere, an inn with a lovely combination of separate gites and main home with rooms.

La Gueriniere, Dordogne Valley

We decided to have dinner at the Inn, and it was an eye opener.

La Gueriniere is owned and run by a husband and wife, Brigitte and Christophe, and Christophe was for some time an excellent chef before opening up their own establishment.  For some reason, middle of the week, whatever, Elizabeth, Framboise and I were the only ones for dinner that evening, and Christophe decided to put on a show for us.

The first course was a big tureen of goose soup, with vegetables.  It was delicious.  I had two bowls full and was about to reach for more, when Framboise cautioned me that there was a lot more to come.

The second course was a large meatloaf-shaped serving of foie gras, – goose liver – which is a delicacy this region is famous for.  I had never tasted foie gras before, but I dove in, and it was delicious.  Again, I had two slices, and was thinking of more, when Framboise cautioned me to wait.

Next up was the main course, a plate of roast duck and vegetables.

Afterwards came a wooden platter filled with about a dozen local delicious cheeses – help yourself.  And to top it off, a desert cake that was a masterpiece of color and taste.

Framboise, a Parisienne, remarked that this was, even for her, the best dinner she had ever had.

The cost: About $25 per person, excluding wine.

We have since been back several times, and intend to stay at La Gueriniere again.

For a look at the beauty of this area, watch the video clip below, scenes from a thirty-minute film on Bordeaux and the Dordogne which I made.

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The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and in France.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419

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A Hotel Gem on Paris’s Left Bank

Years ago, when my wife Elizabeth and I made our first trip to Paris, we stayed for a week at Hotel des Marronniers, in Saint Germain des Pres.

Hotel des Marronniers, Paris

The hotel had been recommended to us by dear friends – an American screen writer and his Parisienne wife Framboise – who had lived for two decades in Paris.  They had never stayed at Hotel des Marronniers, but had looked it over one day as they were passing and thought it might be a lovely place for us to stay while we explored the city.

A lovely recommendation!

The hotel is located on Rue Jacob, just a few blocks from the Seine, and across from the Louvre.  A superb location.

Our room was on the third floor, with no elevator, so we trundled our bags up the stairs.  The room was very French, very small, with a canopied bed, but all very lovely.

Hotel des Marronniers, Paris

We had breakfast each morning in a charming courtyard in the hotel.  One of the most amazing thing about our stay was that although the hotel was just off the street, in a very busy section of Paris, our room and the hotel in general were extremely quiet.

We have been back a few times more, and would recommend it in a flash.  Very quaint, very French, lovely.  Check out their website.

For information on property in Paris, or on other properties in France, contact us.
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The Matchmakers is a real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and in France.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419

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Dordogne Valley, Southwest France: A Jewel

The Dordogne Valley, in southwest France, is perhaps my favorite of all the places I have visited in the world.  My wife Elizabeth feels the same way.

We were guided there years ago by a dear French friend, Framboise, who said that while we were in France, we just had to visit the Dordogne.

The locals call it the birthplace of mankind.  Nearby are the famous Lascaux caves, gorgeous rock paintings done by our ancestors seventeen thousand years ago.

The area has a softness, a glow, and the villages and towns and castles are like something truly out of a fairy tale.  Places like Sarlat, Beynac, Castelnaud, LaRoque Gageac, Domme. Henry Miller, the great American writer, once stood at the promontory in Domme, overlooking the landscape and the Dordogne River, and said that he felt privileged to have been able to see this beautiful place once in his life.

Wonderful food and markets abound also.

From Bordeaux, west of here, east to the Dordogne Valley, beautiful chateaux abound.

Chateau, Southwest France

Several years ago, I made a video on this area, and the video below will give you a taste of some of the scenes.

For more information on this wonderful area, or information about real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in other areas we cover, please contact us.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf - The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

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Luxury Ocean View Home in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a paradise in many ways, and this lovely luxury estate home is set in an exclusive and extremely safe beach community with stunning Pacific Ocean views.

Located only 60 minutes from San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, the home is located next to a spectacular beach resort, with marina and 18 hole golf course.

Costa Rica Luxury Real Estate

6 bedrooms, 6 baths, private swimming pool, 10-car parking, 24-hour security, separate caretaker house.

This is a truly unique estate, a beautiful home, perfect for entertaining and corporate conferencing.

Offered at  $2,400,000.

For more information on this home and other beautiful homes in costa rica, contact The Matchmakers.

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The Matchmakers is an international real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy and other international destinations.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

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Costa Rica Luxury Homes & Real Estate

This stunning home in Costa Rica, on the Pacific Coast, is a 15 acre private estate set among a natural paradise of forests, mountains and spectacular beaches. Located atop a ridge, the home has views in all directions.

Costa Rica Luxury Estate

Completed in 2007, the home has 4 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom; a 3200 square foot deck; a spa house, caretaker’s house, an office/media room, and swimming pool.  A 350 acre primary forest preserve directly adjoins the property.

Costa Rica Homes & Real Estate

The home is located in a popular tourist area, and although the estate is very private, you are only a short drive away from town, grocery stores, and wonderful restaurants.

This estate would make a fantastic getaway and private conference center for corporate clients, as well as a remarkable private residence.

Offered at $2,950,000.

Private Costa Rican Estate

For information on this property, or on other luxury properties throughout Costa Rica, contact us.

The Matchmakers is an international real estate company specializing in beautiful homes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, France, Italy and other international destinations.

The Matchmakers is also a member of AREA – Associated Realty of the Americas – an international referral based network of top residential and commercial real estate agents throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and beyond.  The Matchmakers can help direct you – according to your precise needs – to some of the best agents in the business worldwide.

Jim & Elizabeth Hilgendorf, The Matchmakers

THE MATCHMAKERS
Jim Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 00667290
Cell: 510-501-9564
Elizabeth Hilgendorf
CA DRE # 01891419
Cell: 510-501-9643

Comments or questions are welcome.

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