You may be considering searching houses for sale in France, after all, it is a highly popular location for toursits and expats alike; Roughly 8.5 million Brits visit France every year and there are around 150,000 British expats living in France.
Around half of those who move to France do so with the intention of improving their overall quality of life and over 3/5ths of expats living in France own their house – depending on the location in France in which you intend to relocate to, you can find some exceptionally well priced houses for sale.
Paris, the capital of France has a great range of properties for sale, from buildings set in old medieval structures to new modern and efficient structures. Due to the total area covered by the city, prices of houses for sale in Paris can be extremely expensive in some areas whilst other areas of Paris will have property for sale at a considerably lower price.
Intending to buy a property in Paris? If so, then you should expect prices from £70,000 for small apartments on the outskirts of Paris and up to £15m+ for luxury apartments in the centre of Paris.
Normandy is a region on the Northern coast of France which encompasses various towns and cities, such as Rouen, Le Havre, Dieppe, Caen and Saint-Lo. Prices of property in Normandy will vary depending on their locality i.e. How close they are to the coastline, if they are situated in a popular town/city and the quality of the structure. You should expect to pay between £50,000 and £950,000 for a house in Normandy.
Brittany is a region in the North West of France, who’s capital is Rennes. Brittany is a fairly large region, which includes the cities of Brest, Quimper, Lorient, Vannes, Saint-Brieuc and more. There is a large selection of property for sale in Brittany, France. From run-down barns requiring renovation, to large 10+ bed country houses. Expect to pay anywhere between £20,000 and £3m for a house in Brittany.
Provence is a Southern region of France, which covers an area from the Mediterranean up to the Alps. The area of Provence is famous for it’s rolling hillsides which are covered with vineyards, lavender and sunflowers. The region of Provence incorporates numerous cities, such as Nice, Marseille and Avignon. Due to the variation in locations of Provence (Affluent beachfront cities and rural villages) property prices will vary dramatically; Expect to pay anywhere between £80,000 and £50m+ for a house in Provence.
Situated within the French Riviera is the city of Nice, which is a popular city for artists, Henri Matisse also lived in Nice for a portion of his life. Houses in Nice are highly sought after, therefore you’re likely to not find anything for under £150,000, even in the rural areas around Nice.
Rhone-Alpes, now known as Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, is a region of Southern France, which includes cities of Lyon, Grenoble, Clermont-Ferrand, Saint-Etienne and Chambery. Due to sharing a border with Swiss and Italian Alps, there are a great range of properties for sale in Rhone-Alpes; From apartments in the bustling cities to large wooden chalets in the mountains.
Houses in Rhone-Alpes are fairly expensive, especially in the popular Alpine areas such as Morzine and Chamonix. For an apartment in Rhone-Alpes, expect to pay between £40,000 and £5m+. For a house or chalet in Rhone-Alpes, prices range from around £60,000 to upwards of £15m.
Located on the Southern coast of France is the modern city of Montpellier, which is between 5-10km from the sea. Montpellier displays some historic structures, such as the Porte du Peyrou and central hub of Place de la Comedie which is home to numerous restaurants and designer shops. If you take a wonder down the old alleyways, you’ll find a selection of small local food shops and unique clothing stores. Houses in Montpellier range in price depending on their location; City centre and locations close to the centre are fairly expensive at around £400,000, whereas properties on the outskirts of the city can be found from £150,000 and upwards.
Marseille is an old port city, with a rich history dating back to around 600BC. The old port is now home to a selection of seafood restaurants. Near to Marseille is the national park of Massif des Calanques and the fortress of Chateau d’If. Marseilles is a fairly compact, tight city, with varying types of property for sale. On average, you should expect to pay between £60,000 and £1.5m for an apartment in Marseille and between £350,000 and £3m+ for a house in Marseille.
The city of Cannes is a highly prestigious area located in the French Riviera, which is well known for its luxurious hotels, giant yachts and the famous annual Cannes film festival. Houses in Cannes are extremely expensive and there are a large number of luxury villas located on the hillside in private, gated communities. In areas such as La Californie, expect to pay upwards of £10m for a large house and upwards of £120,000 for a small studio apartment in central Cannes.
Dordogne is a region in South Western France with a history which dates back to prehistoric times – there are various areas in Dordogne which contain prehistoric cave paintings. A few of the cities and towns contained in the area of Dordogne are Perigueux, Mussidan, Bergerac, Hautefort, Nontron and Riberac. Houses in Dordogne can be found in the range of £30,000 up to £2.5m+
The region of Limousin is located in Southern France and is a fairly rural area. There are various monuments such as the Gothic Cathedrale St-Etienne, Brive-la-Gaillarde and Turenne castle. If you’re interested in purchasing a house in rural Southern France, Limousin may be a good area to start your search, with prices generally lower than most other Southern regions; A large rural house in Limousin can be found from between £50,000 and £600,000.
The city of Bordeaux is situated in South-West France on the river Garonne. If you are a wine-lover, take a look at property for sale in Bordeaux – the area is famous for vineyards and producing wine. Considering buying a house in Bordeaux? Expect to pay between £200,000 and £2.5m for a house in Bordeaux and between £170,000 and £1.8m for an apartment in Bordeaux.
Also situated on the Garonne river is the city of Toulouse. Toulouse has varying architecture displayed in its buildings, from11th century designs all the way up to present day modern, efficient properties. If you are an avid cyclist, walker or sailor, the Garonne river is linked to the Mediterranean sea by Canal du Midi, which meets the Mediterranean on the coast near Montpellier. The total length of the canal is around 240km, so be prepared for a long journey!
Considering purchasing a property in Toulouse? Houses for sale in Toulouse generally cost between £50,000 and £2.5m+.