Where are the best places to buy property in France?
As of 2016 there are 13 different regions in France. How do you decide where to start looking for your dream property?
France is a big country, offering diverse attractions and surroundings. The population of France is only slightly greater than that of the UK, at 65 million, compared to the UK’s at 64 million, but the country area is more than twice the size. This is often cited as one of the most appealing features for the many Britons who consider moving here.
Which is the best region of France for you?
You may well be thinking of your move to France knowing exactly where you would like to live at the outset – somewhere you already visit regularly, perhaps, or somewhere you already have friends or family. However, France has many different climates, distinctive geographical attributes and varied property costs due to its vast land mass.
To help you decide on the right place and lifestyle to suit you, France Property Guide has created an overview of the different regions, the property prices in each region, their distinctive climates, and the individual characteristics of each area.
Known for its coastline and culture, this area of France is closest to and most accessible from the UK, so it is perhaps no surprise that Brittany, Normandy, Nord-Pas-De Calais, Picardie, Paris and Ile-De-France are firm favourites with British expats. This region is particularly popular with second homeowners, who make up 20% of the properties here. Its proximity and transport links to the UK make it a popular area for those working in and commuting to the UK.
The gateway to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, this part of France is steeped in both Medieval and modern history. It is also famous for the multi-national population and the cosmopolitan area of Alsace-Lorraine, as well as a long and illustrious wine and food making tradition, including the Champagne region, made famous of course by the sparkling wine.
This area is historically seen as the heart of France, home to a varied landscape, unspoilt countryside and areas of natural beauty. The region also has much to offer in terms of investment opportunity. As with the rest of the country, it is relatively easy to access from the UK. Still popular with British buyers, Central France is said to offer “la vraie France”, or “the real France” to those looking for an authentic French lifestyle.
The favourable climate here makes it one of most popular regions for British expats, particularly in Poitou-Charentes and Pays-De-La-Loire, with hot summers, made comfortable by breezes coming from the Atlantic. The countryside and coastline are particularly attractive, and property prices are cheaper here than in other popular areas, such as the Dordogne. The region is also easily accessible from the UK, providing a popular base for second homeowners.
Home to the famous Bordeaux, this part of France is well known for its winemaking regions. The Midi-Pyrenees, bordered by the Pyrenees mountain range, also offers a popular location for those interested in snow sports or investing in ski resorts.
Home to a Mediterranean climate and the famous French Riviera, it is no surprise that the areas of the Rhone-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Cote-D’Azur and the Languedoc-Roussillon are some of the most popular in France with British expats. The historical playground of artists, writers and the rich and famous, this is not only an area with great investment potential, but also has a thriving second home market. The area offers a wide variety of natural settings for those who are active outdoor enthusiasts, from skiing, to mountain biking, to canyoning.
The France Buying Guide walks you step-by-step through each stage of the property buying process in France, with practical recommendations from our experts who have been through the process themselves. The guide will help you to: