There are over 157,000 British people living in France. It’s no wonder, given the quality of life you can enjoy: excellent cuisine, just as excellent weather, a strong community spirit and a laid-back lifestyle. You might think that this comes at a high cost – but that doesn’t need to be the case. We’ve crunched the numbers to bring you the five areas with cheapest homes in France.
1. Le Bassin de Joinville en Champagne
Median house price: €430/m2
This area isn’t going to win the prize for shortest place-name in France, but it does get number one spot for lowest house prices. The average house price is just €430 per m2. It sits in the Haute-Marne, a quiet region with plenty of unspoilt villages and the occasional town.
The green landscape and peaceful lifestyle has drawn those ‘in the know’ for centuries
The area itself is particularly suited to anyone who’s looking for the rural lifestyle. It has a density of just 20 people per km2, which falls to just three or four in many parts. Its green landscape and peaceful lifestyle has drawn those ‘in the know’ for centuries. It’s been home to Voltaire, the Goncourt brothers and even Charles de Gaulle.
Median house price: €530/m2
This is a bit of a hidden gem. It’s in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, which is in general hugely popular with British buyers. In fact, according to national statistics agency INSEE, one in four British people in France lives in the region. But they haven’t yet made it to West Creuse, where you can find some of the cheapest homes in France. The median house costs €530/m2, and, for that price, you can live in one of the most desirable regions of the Southwest. Head just a short drive to the east, to Grand Guéret, and the average property is a much higher €800/m2.
It’s a region of hills and valleys – think of a landscape resembling the Dordogne (for less). The Benaize flows through the region, with plenty of small villages on its banks. Not only that, but you’re just an hour’s drive from the Parc Naturel de la Brenne, with over 2,000 lakes and ponds.
Median house price: €560/m2
This is by far the cheapest part of the Loire region that you’ll find. Imagine living close to the famous riverside chateaux and medieval towns – for €560/m2. In its more famous cousin, Saone-et-Loire, the average house costs more than double, at €1,120/m2.
Again, this is a rural region, with plenty of forest cover. The centre of the region is the town of Moulins-Engilbert, which describes itself as the ‘gateway to the Morvan Natural Park’. You’ll find most houses are in a traditional stone style, with colourful shutters and steep roofs.
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4. Kreizh-Breizh (Centre-Bretagne)
Median house price: €590/m2
As you may have guessed from the name, Kreizh-Breizh is located in Brittany. It sits inland from the coast, and is lucky enough to be home to the wetlands ‘Lan Bern et Magoar Pen Vern’ – officially designed ‘outstanding’ for its natural scenery.
Kreizh-Breizh is located in Brittany is lucky enough to be home to the wetlands ‘Lan Bern et Magoar Pen Vern’ – officially designed ‘outstanding’ for its natural scenery.
The median house costs just €590/m2. Living here, prices are so much lower than in the coastal regions – in the surrounding areas, it’s over €1,470. Nonetheless, Brittany is relatively small, and you can easily reach the coast. It’s on the peninsula, so you have coast on three sides. The beautiful city of Concarneau is just an hour’s drive.
5. Trois Rivières
Median house price: €600/m2
Our only entry in the Northeast, Trois-Rivières is right on the border with Belgium, in the Aisne region. It’s a forested region, with the population concentrated around the town of Saint-Michel, with its famous abbey.
Property costs €600/m2. Despite this low price – and the rural location – there is good accessibility. You’re three hours’ drive to Paris and two hours to Brussels. At the same time, it’s just fifteen minutes’ drive to the beginning of two natural parks: the Avesnois and, of course, the Ardennes.
If you’ve been inspired by these destinations – and you’ve realised your dream home could well be within your reach – read our six steps to buying in France.
Le Bassin de Joinville en Champagne
The France Buying Guide walks you step-by-step through each stage of the property buying process in France. Additionally, there are also practical recommendations from our experts who have been through the process themselves. The guide will help you to: