Property for Sale in France

A Quick Look at Property for Sale in France

For the British, buying a house in France has always been the most popular choice for an overseas property: easy to reach by car, often surprisingly affordable and fun to rediscover your school French.

The French are dedicated to the fine art of living well. Whether with their food, wine, clothes, architecture, culture, soft furnishings, love lives and working hours, the French have every intention of enjoying themselves. Hardly surprising that it gets nearly 90 million tourists every year, more than any other country, and a huge number of holiday-home owners.

Worth noting too, is the range of environments to choose from. There is some of the world’s best skiing in the French Alps, with all the other adventurous activities that mountains offer. There is the wild Atlantic coast, the cote sauvage, or the gentle seaside towns of the north in Normandy and Brittany. And of course there is the famous glitz of southern of France. We may love to hate the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, but it’s helped keep the French countryside in the hands of small-time farmers who have preserved it (and its huge range of wines and cheeses!).

France never really became a place to buy investment property, which helped prevent overdevelopment. Moreover, the overseas newcomers – generally – have not tried to turn France into a corner of Essex or Dusseldorf. France is where you come to enjoy yourself, in a French way.

Many British people (and from other countries too) come to France and buy property to start a whole new life. Buying your little piece of French countryside is usually cheaper than in southern England, the weather tends to be warmer and living costs a little lower. With flying time just 90 minutes, commuting back to the UK is a serious possibility.

Others choose France for a holiday home within driving distance of the Channel ports – it makes overseas home ownership so much easier if you can drive there now and again with a car full of stuff. The villages and the countryside may be achingly beautiful, but the cities are lively and cultured – property ownership doesn’t get much more cool than an apartment in Paris’s 11th Arrondissement.

Because the British have been buying homes in France for so long, the processes of buying and owning are easy. There are many English-speaking estate agents, as well as builders and other property professionals you might need.

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