About us: Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate


We love, live and breathe the luxury properties and the wines that make the Bordeaux brand world famous. Sharing in this incomparably gorgeous lifestyle has become much easier since 2008 when Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate created a boutique service specifically for luxury properties and chateaux for sale in the Bordeaux region and South West of France.

Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate provides a clear pathway to ownership, with a simple and steady focus on the customer at every step. We invite you to take advantage of the wealth of experience, fresh thinking, prestige connections and unique expertise that make Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate the agency best placed to deliver your Bordeaux lifestyle.

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A new model for France

Although the American model of real estate agency is not perfect, there are some elements of its structure which we have adapted to France which we believe add clarity and reduces systemic weaknesses in client service. We equally represent sellers and serve buyers, are transparent about who does what and for whom, and are united behind the brand. We do not take sides. We bring buyers and sellers together.

Our focus is rigorous: high-end properties (above 700,000 Euros) and chateaux in the Bordeaux region of South West France in a portfolio strictly limited in number so that team members can devote all their skills and energy to each property.

And it works. Our healthy growth is thanks to word-of-mouth recommendation by satisfied buyers and sellers over many years. See some of the reviews here

Why choose Maxwell-Baynes?

Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate was founded in 2008 bringing together Michael Baynes’ experience as a successful property developer and commercial investor in California and Karin Maxwell’s first-hand knowledge of the workings of the French agency system and its limitations.

The professionalism. Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate brings to bear comes from experience gained not only in France, but the UK and the USA, having earned the top real estate credentials: Carte Professionnelle (France), M.R.I.C.S (UK) and members of the National Association of Realtors as a Broker/Realtor (USA). But professionalism goes further than qualifications. Our names on the door are a token of accountability for all we say and do.

The passion. We love what we do, the place where we do it and its wines and gastronomy . We enjoy real estate, people and bringing them together. We strive for the perfect fit by giving good advice, because - above all, we care what you think of us.

The portfolio. Our listings are highly selective, composed of chateaux of rare beauty, historic manor houses and oceanside retreats in a defined area of South West France - Gironde, Charente, Dordogne, Arcachon and Bordeaux city. The choice we present to you is prequalified – refined according to what we learn about clients’ tastes and preferences. We are careful listeners and ask the right questions.

The practice. Using over 50 years combined experience of negotiating skills, we keep deals on track that might not otherwise end in success. Marketing is of the highest priority, based on research into what works and creatively implemented using professional photography and video to bring property to life. We never keep you waiting more than a day for a return call or email, always show up on time, do what we say, and finish what we start.

The privilege. We are very well connected. This means you are too - globally. We are, by invitation: Christie’s International Real Estate’s sole representative for South West France; putting us amongst the real estate creme de la crème; and the preferred agents to Savills International as well as Knight Frank.

The security. We hold to the highest levels of discretion and confidentiality. These principles are underscored by the data security platform we use, designed to meet our ambition to make Maxwell-Baynes Real Estate one of the most secure real estate agencies in France for our clients who, like us, value data security.

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