Did you know the French work to live, rather than live to work? It’s one of the biggest advantages to living in France. As a country, France promotes a healthy work-life balance and actually has laws regarding weekend emailing.
It’s true! Under French law, businesses can’t email employees after work hours. Doesn’t that sound peaceful? But what’s the point of having all this free time on your hands, with no work interruptions, if you don’t have somewhere fabulous to spend it?
If you’re thinking about moving to France in the near future, have a look at these affordable properties that are on the market right now.
Two-bedroom apartment in a chateau, Poitou-Charentes, €119,781
If you fancy the luxury of living in a chateau without the extortionate price tag, this listing is for you. Sitting in a historic chateau, this duplex apartment is located on the second floor of the east tower with beautiful views of the grounds. Complete with a spacious dual-aspect lounge and dining area, this home has a master bedroom and a second on a mezzanine which is currently used as a study/kitchen.
- Access to shared facilities: pool, tennis courts, lake, orchard
- Fantastic views
- Close to 27-hole golf course
- Vaulted ceilings
- Modern design
Three-bedroom townhouse, Aquitaine, €185,000
Perfect as a holiday home or a small family, this beautiful townhouse sits on one of the prettiest streets in the village town of Salies-de-Béarn. Accommodation spans across three floors with open plan living across the kitchen and dining area, with adjoining bathroom and WC. The first floor hosts a small bedroom and a second bedroom. The top floor sees the master bedroom overlooking a typical French lane.
- Neat and tidy
- Pretty exterior
- Open-plan living
- Modern appliances
- High ceilings
- Gorgeous attic master bedroom
Three-bedroom townhouse, Vitteaux, €235,000
This home is full of character and it’s ready to live in, which is perfect if you’re looking to move soon. Within walking distance of a historical market town, this house is bursting with character. Note the stone walls, oak beans and high-quality kitchen that’s begging for a chef to whip up a storm.
- Laundry room
- Dining area
- Master bed with dressing room and ensuite
- Two other ensuite bedrooms
- Courtyard overlooking the river
- Storage area
- Three-level home
Four-bedroom townhouse, Aquitaine, €253,200
Sitting above a shop – which you could adapt and make your own – this 17th century townhouse sits on the Saleys River in the centre of Salies de Béarn. The house is split across three levels and is complete with three bedrooms, one ensuite bedroom, shower room and family bathroom. A large balcony surrounds the property on the second floor.
- Three floor design
- Kitchen and storeroom
- Breakfast area
- Balcony surrounding property
- Commercial opportunity
Two-bedroom house, Aubigny-la-Ronce, €144,000
Sitting in a small village, north of Nolay, this small semi-detached home is perfect for a couple. Renovated in the early 2000s, this is a typical French home with magnificent ceilings and Chassagne stone tiles. This house comes with its own garden and courtyard, which adjoins the property with another.
- Newly renovated roof
- Central heating
- Vaulted cellar
- Wood burner in living room
- Beautiful wooden staircase
- Master bedroom with parquet floor and French windows
- West-facing courtyard
Four-bedroom home with huge garden, Aquitaine, €240,000
Once a blacksmith’s workshop, this house was extended in the 1960s and converted into a home. It boasts 222m² living space across two floors and is complete with a large kitchen, four bedrooms, a living room and dining room, as well as a small playroom. You’ll also find a WC and bathroom on both the first floor and ground floor.
- Enclosed terrace
- Utility room
- Dressing room on first floor
- 1000m garden
- Huge kitchen
- Well-maintained design
Four-bedroom townhouse, Samatan, €209,000
Split across three levels, this four-bedroom town house exudes character. The entrance opens to a large hall, with a decent-sized kitchen and gorgeous wood stove in the living room. On the first floor there are two bedrooms, one is an ensuite. The third floor hosts another ensuite and the fourth bedroom. Enclosed from neighbours, this neat 205m² home is practical and has its own garden.
- Stone brick walls
- Beautiful staircase
- 2 ensuite bedrooms
- Tiled entrance
- Wood stove in living room
- Private garden
Three-bedroom village house, Côte d’Azur, €179,000
Located on a quiet street in Salernes village, this three-bedroom house boasts a spacious interior. With 2 ensuite bedrooms and two separate bathrooms with WCs, this home is perfect for someone looking to get on the French property ladder. Plus, the large living room has a fitted kitchen and fireplace.
- Third floor bedroom balcony
- Open plan kitchen
- Tiled floor
- Partly-covered terrace on 2nd floor
- Quiet location
- Wooden beams throughout property