There are some truly fabulous properties in the South of France, ranging from small bungalows and ancient village properties to ritzy mansions with infinity pools. The rich and famous have always flocked here.
However, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to own a property. We have sourced 10 lovely affordable properties, ideal as a second home or permanent home in the loveliest, sunniest part of France.
The South of France has long been popular not only with the French who head down there for their holidays, but with the British and other nationalities, eager to soak up the sun, relax, eat wonderful food, drink wonderful wine and recharge their batteries.
This area incorporates the areas of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur as well as part of the Occitanie, previously known as the Languedoc Roussillon. Whilst the Provence area is the most expensive, there are still affordable properties to be found here. Occitanie, and in particular the Aude department, is the most affordable.
How much: €127,500
This delightful little house in the department of the Var in Provence, is a steal at just €127,500. It is fully renovated, bright and completely ready to move into. The village itself is very pretty and a property purchase here will always prove to be a great investment.
Saint Remy de Provence
How much: €199,000
A wonderful little bolt hole in the Bouches du Rhone department of Saint Remy de Provence, this little gem of an apartment is completely renovated and is located in the centre of Saint Remy, a gorgeous small town, full of quirky little shops and cafes to browse in. At €199,000 this is a real bargain.
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How much: €336,000
Ceret is located in the Pyrenees Orientales department of Occitanie, very close to the Spanish border. It is a beautiful small town, known for its avenues of huge plane trees and its Museum of Modern Art. It seems to encapsulate everything that is lovely about French provincial towns: character, history, cute little cafes in which to watch the world go by.
This 3 bedroomed house is situated just 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre, is in mint condition and boasts a lovely garden. At €336,000, this represents excellent value.
How much: €369,250
Montreal is a stunning town in the department of the Aude, which is the cheapest area of the South of France. It has a huge amount to offer, being close to the Med coast as well as the ski slopes and with a real community of its own. It is close to Carcassonne which has regular flights to and from the UK.
This large renovated property has 3 bedrooms, a gorgeous bright sunny open plan kitchen/living room, 2 bathrooms and a pool. At €369,250, you will have a huge amount of house for your money!
How much: €319,000
Quarante is a large village quite close to Beziers and the Roman City of Narbonne in the department of the Aude. This is a huge 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom house with pool and garden, situated close to the Canal du Midi. It has been beautifully renovated, retaining its character and charm and is on the market for just €319,000. It would make an excellent B&B or a large family home.
How much: €390,000
Menton is a fashionable and continually popular Provencal town close to the coast in the department of the Alpes-Maritime. How about this wonderful 2 bedroom apartment with views of the sea and nothing needing doing for just €390,000? It is bright and spacious and would make a fantastic investment.
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How much: €390,000
Uzes is just stunning! This old town in the department of the Gard in Occitanie, draws tourists from all over Europe in the summer months. It is one of those towns that make you want to linger in its pavement cafes and cobbled streets. This is a lovely 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with fantastic features such as the fabulous arched ceilings, solid stone stairs and ancient tiled floors. The famous Pont du Gard is about 20 minutes drive away from this beautiful town. The house is priced at €395,000 and is completely ready to move into.
How much: €299,000
Back to the Alpes-Maritime now, and we have this fabulous stone village house overlooking the bay of Monaco. Who says Provence is only for the rich and famous when you can buy a property such as this one for €299,000?
How much: €169,400
Capestang is a large village in the department of the Herault, just 15 minutes from Beziers and 25 minutes from the Med beaches. This super little house is in great condition and has a garage and terrace with a price tag of just €169,400. An ideal “lock up and leave”.
How much: €89,500
How about this charming little town house set in a lively village just 10 minutes from the beach in the Herault? It could do with a little purely cosmetic upgrading but look at the price tag! Just €89,500. This would make the perfect bolt hole in this lovely part of the South of France.