The message from the international sales team at Knight Frank this week is that perennially popular or ‘core’ locations are the most sensible places to go second home hunting in 2010.


Chianti in Tuscany: has seen increased interest as buyers revert to the trusted markets in times of trouble

Venice: one of the only places in Italy which has a good year-round rental market

Florence: Italians are increasingly interested in buying city apartments

Bargains: Northern Tuscany – the area known as the Garfagnana – is still offering good value for money, has excellent access to the coast and Pisa airport


South West of the island: Bendinat is close to Palma, has good golf courses, the new marina at Port Adriano, and international schools

Deia: the favourite with Bohemian expats and arty types and restricted building will keep supply short

Bargains: Prices for property in inland villages such as Alaró, Bunyola and Santa Maria have come down by about 15%


St Tropez: recent planning law banning building within 300m of the coast has restricted supply

Dordogne and Gascony: investment in Bergerac’s airport is dispelling rumours that budget airlines might be pulling out

Alps: Chamonix where prices are now more affordable


Western Algarve: where prices have come down by about 30%