python properties and inheritance

I have a base class with a property which (the get method) I want to overwrite in the subclass. My first thought was something like:

class Foo(object):
    def _get_age(self):
        return 11

    age = property(_get_age)


class Bar(Foo):
    def _get_age(self):
        return 44

This does not work (subclass bar.age returns 11). I found a solution with an lambda expression which works:

age = property(lambda self: self._get_age())

So is this the right solution for using properties and overwrite them in a subclass, or are there other preferred ways to do this?

Answer

I simply prefer to repeat the property() as well as you will repeat the @classmethod decorator when overriding a class method.

While this seems very verbose, at least for Python standards, you may notice:

1) for read only properties, property can be used as a decorator:

class Foo(object):
    @property
    def age(self):
        return 11

class Bar(Foo):
    @property
    def age(self):
        return 44

2) in Python 2.6, properties grew a pair of methods setter and deleter which can be used to apply to general properties the shortcut already available for read-only ones:

class C(object):
    @property
    def x(self):
        return self._x

    @x.setter
    def x(self, value):
        self._x = value