We Brits have a particular love for France and all things French – despite the bickering that goes on between both nations on certain levels, particularly sporting ones, we admire a great deal about France in general, and this leads many Brits to dream about owning a home across the Channel for short breaks, for retirement, or for a brand new life away from the hustle and bustle of Britain.
In this article we’re going to go on the hunt for affordable property in France to help fuel your dreams of French living. After all, it’s one thing longing to hop across the Channel, it’s quite something else to be able to afford to with a weakened pound and a lack of mortgage financing.
The good news is that there are some real bargain finds even in this day and age, and as long as you’re not dead set on living in central Paris or on the French Riviera, you may well be inspired by this report to go and make your property dreams come true in France.
Property for Sale in France for €50,000
In today’s money €50,000 is about £44,588 – a lot more than it used to be but still not bad money for a property abroad I’m sure you’re agree! If you’re after a property project in France then €50,000 can still buy you a lot of potential. For example, in Saint Tugdual, Morbihan in Brittany the Olivier Arens agency has a solidly constructed 2 bedroom house that really is ripe for renovation! It has a good roof, solid walls and is in good nick – the buyer would apparently just have to redo the interior and tidy up the beautiful but totally overgrown garden.
This property would make a brilliant holiday home in France because it’s size means it would be very easy to manage and keep clean, tidy and in good repair all year round without a massive outlay.
If you’d prefer to be in Southern France in the guaranteed summer sunshine rather than in Brittany where the weather can mirror that of ours in the UK, what about a ruin in Parisot, Tarn-et-Garonne in the Midi-Pyrenees for €50,000? The ancient stone cottage is in desperate need of complete repair, but it is set in a stunning position in half an acre of garden on the edge of a tiny hamlet. It’s also set within beautiful countryside with undulating hills, it’s 10 minutes from the famous village of Najac, 5 minutes from a busy village with all your basic amenities and a leisure lake, and it’s just 90 minutes from Toulouse. If you’d like to get your hands on something you could really add value to, this might be ideal. It’s being sold by AllezSouthWestFrance.com.
Homes for Sale in France for up to €100,000
€100,000 equates to £89,175 today, and is perhaps a more realistic budget if you want to buy a house in France to reside in full time or you want to invest in a property that you can potentially let out for an income. There’s a four bedroom house with great letting potential or which could be turned into a very nice B and B near Chateauponsac, Haute-Vienne in Limousin. It is a very substantial and attractive property with a large enclosed garden, river views and its setting couldn’t be better – it’s in the heart of a beautiful tourist town and close to Chateauponsac which is just 30 minutes from the international airport at Limoges.
The house is on the market for €65,000, it needs redecorating – but the good news is that you can even extend upwards into the massive attic space and perhaps create one or two more bedrooms, making this a very viable property for a B and B. The home is for sale through Sextant. Alternatively, there’s a large, attractive stone house for sale near Domfront, Orne in Normandy that’s ideal for a family to move into and live in right now. The house has a garden with outbuildings and comprises of a kitchen, lounge with a fireplace, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a separate toilet. The location is suitable for a family relocating to France perhaps as it is very near the beautiful medieval city of Domfront in the Orne department. The city dates back to the 11th century and it has all the amenities you could need from shops to restaurants, from pubs to schools and there’s even a weekly street market. The house is for sale for €66,960 also through Sextant.
If you want a guaranteed investment opportunity then €70,000 will get you a small studio apartment in Val d’Isere through Rhone-Alps Property Services. The studio is within walking distance of the ski slopes and within easy access to the town centre, making it ideal for ski lovers or ski lovers who want to rent their French property out during the peak season for profit?
On the market for €74,000 is a fabulous offering from Sextant again – it’s a totally traditional and attractive village property in near Montigny, Nièvre in beautiful Burgundy. This house has spacious gardens, incredible views and is in an incredibly and increasingly popular part of France. The property needs internal renovation to make the very most of it – but it would be a stunning home when finished. Or for those not scared of a challenge in return for a potentially fabulous home, how about a run down mill in Burgundy? This property is near Vermenton, Yonne and has what can only be described as an ideal setting beside a pretty river – this property gives you the opportunity to own a piece of French history! Make no bones about it though, it needs total renovation! It’s for sale for €80,500 through
Finally, for your €100,000 budget how about a fully renovated stone house with garden, terrace, garage and barn near Faux La Montagne, Creuse in Limousin? The property is absolutely immaculate, it has been refurbished and renovated sympathetically and tastefully, it has a 70 square meter garden, a garage, cellar, terrace and a convertible attached barn. The property as it stands offers 55 square meters of living space comprising of 2 bedrooms, a lounge with a fireplace, kitchen, bathroom and a toilet. If you then converted the attached barn you could almost double the size of the property. The property is close to both Faux La Montagne and Eymoutiers. The latter is a beautiful medieval country town set on the banks of Vienne River in the Haute-Vienne department, and it’s only a 50 minute drive from the international airport in Limoges with daily low cost flights to the UK – this is on the market with Sextant again.
Hopefully this hand picked selection of stunning properties for sale across France proves that you can still bag a bargain, you can still buy a project and you can still live your dream of owning a home in France despite the weak pound and fluctuating fortunes in the French property market.