€3m French fort for sale on classified ads site

A massive and privately owned fort in the south of France has been listed in the online classified pages... for a cool €2.8 million. And the current owner is not impressed.

€3m French fort for sale on classified ads site
This fort is for sale. Photo: AFP
For sale: 2,000 sqm fort with four drawbridges. Close to the Italian border. 
If you've got a spare €2.8 million sitting around and have always wanted a fort – then today could be your lucky day.
Yes, the Fort Queyras in southeastern France is on sale… as advertised on the Le Bon Coin classified website. 
But the fact that the real estate agent has put the ad on Le Bon Coin has irritated Roland Marty, the father of the family that owns the castle.
He told French newspaper Le Dauphine that it was “ridiculous” that such a stately home could share pages where people go to “buy bikes and all that kind of stuff”.
Indeed, it is a questionable match. Most French people use the site to buy second-hand bicycles, cars, and concert tickets – not 2,000 sqm forts that were built in the 1300s and were officially listed among France's historical monuments in 1948.
The real estate agent argued that drastic measures had to be taken to attract potential buyers, and that none had really responded to the “For Sale” that the Marty family had draped over the fort's wall. 

He added that he hoped the classified ad would at least stir some interest for what would be a huge sale. 
“The calls we are getting in are few and far between. This is going to be a mighty financial burden for any potential buyers,” he told the paper. 
In case you're thinking about making the purchase, read more about the fort here. It's located around 200 kilometres north of Nice, boasts 360 degree views, and is 1,400 metres above sea level.

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France increases to €9,000 grants for property owners

A French scheme to provide financial aid to property owners seeking to replace oil and gas boilers with eco-friendly alternatives has been extended, with grants of up to €9,000 now available.

France increases to €9,000 grants for property owners

The French government will increase the amount of money available to replace gas and oil-powered boilers through the MaPrimeRenov’ scheme, part of a package of measures announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex on Wednesday

Environment Minister Barbara Pompili said that from April 15th, some households would be able to benefit from an extra €1,000 to “accelerate the replacement of fossil fuel-powered boilers with renewable heating solutions”, such as heat pumps and biomass heaters. 

It will no longer be possible to use state funding to replace a gas boiler with another, more efficient gas boiler. 

This brings the total state aid available for replacing boilers up to €9,000. 

Who can benefit? 

The funding for boiler replacement is available through the MaPrimeRenov’ scheme – which is available to anyone who owns property in France. 

Applicants for funding do however need a French numéro fiscal (tax number) and a copy of their latest tax declaration, which means those who do not file the annual tax declaration in France are effectively excluded. 

You can only apply for funding if your property is more than two years old. 

The amount of money you could receive depends on a range of criteria including: household income; the number of people living in the household; and the location of the property. 

You can read more about the MaPrimeRenov’ scheme HERE

Why is the government doing this? 

The move essentially allows France to faire d’une pierre deux coups – hit two birds with one stone.

One one hand, it will allow the country to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions in the face of the global climate crisis. 

On the other, it allows France to reduce its dependency on Russian gas – which has become a government priority ever since the invasion of Ukraine.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the government would target and end to dependency on Russian energy by 2027. The construction of new nuclear plants announced in February will also assist in reaching this objective.

You can read more about the government’s measures to insulate the French economy from the war in Ukraine HERE