Where to buy in France?
France, which is still the most visited country in the world, is making a comeback in the property market, some of its latest good fortune thanks to President Macron’s tax reforms, which are bringing French buyers back and overall he has managed to inject a new level of confidence in France that is spilling over into the property market, much to estate agents’ delight.
To answer the question about where to buy in France, there are four regions leading the way at the moment. They are the Dordogne and Poitou-Charente in the southwest, Languedoc in the south and Brittany in the northwest. These are amongst the most affordable areas. For example, the Cote d’Azur is a big budget area, as is Provence if you’re looking for southern sun, but Languedoc offers a similar climate at more affordable prices.
Renowned for its pretty villages, this part of rural France has 10 of the prettiest in the entire country. The most popular places with overseas buyers are Eymet, Montignac, with the main towns being Bergerac and Perigeux. There is an airport at Bergerac and others that are useful for accessing the Dordogne are at Bordeaux, Limoges or Brive.
It has a mild, sunny climate and has some exceptional properties at unbelievable prices. Fancy a castle? You may find one here for less than half a million. It also has three international airports and Poitiers is its capital. The beaches at la Rochelle are a big attraction as are Rochefort and Royan, and it’s where you’ll find the town of Cognac, with its wonderful vineyards.
Brittany has always been popular with British buyers due to the channel ports that make travelling from the UK easy, but it also has airports at Rennes, Nantes and Brest. Brittany is mostly about seaside resorts and fantastic fish restaurants. Finistere is currently one of the parts of Brittany showing an increased demand for property and Dinard near St. Malo as well as Erquy are also favoured retirement spots.
Languedoc – Roussillon
The entire Languedoc area stretches around the Mediterranean coast as far as Spain and includes the famous Camargue with its white horses. You’ll find both e modern and medieval in this region and Herault and Gard are attracting overseas buyers. Cities like Montpellier and Toulouse add urban chic and another place where you’ll find plenty of other expats is in Carcassonne. Perpignan, which is closer to the Pyrenees is less expensive and has a mixed French-Spanish cultural feel.
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