The average price of a London flat soared over the £500,000 mark in September last year, and shows no signs of stopping. That figure is the equivalent of a touch over €700,000. Shocking, we know.
But across the Channel in France, things are a little brighter. Considering the double whammy of low interest rates and highly favourable exchange rates to the pound, you'd be forgiven for suggesting that now was the time to actually move to France.
So what can you get for just under €700,000 in France? With the help of estate agents Leggett Immobilier, we've gathered ten French options seriously worth considering… And yes, there's even a chateau.
1) Libourne, Gironde – southwestern France
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3) Le Bar Sur Loup, Alpes Maritimes – southeastern France
This hideaway stone house offers three double bedrooms, three-metre high ceilings, and solid timber floors laid in a herringbone style.
Outside is a large private garden and a number of level terrace areas for outdoor entertaining when the weather is good (and let's face it, it usually is in these parts). There's even a lovely shady terrace off the kitchen (see picture below).
There are superb views towards the gorge from the garden and views back to the historic village from the house itself. And for those who can't get enough of the outdoors, there is alpine skiing just 34 kilometres away at Greollieres les Neiges.