French property of the week: Luxury houseboat with outdoor pool in Lyon

Are you looking for a one-off property that combines luxury with a stunning river view? If so, our French Property of the Week could be for you.

French property of the week: Luxury houseboat with outdoor pool in Lyon
Photo: Leggett Immobilier
Where is it?
You'll find this unique property moored on the River Saône in Lyon, the capital of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in the central-eastern France.  
The property is conveniently located within walking distance from a cinema, shops, bars, restaurants and metro station Gare de Vaise.
Map: Google Maps
On top of that, the Alps are just down the road and the riviera coast is about 300 kilometres south.
And Lyon Airport offers daily flights to and from Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Southampton and other destinations throughout Europe.
How much does it cost?
Get this luxury houseboat for €875,000 (or £778,838 and $1.017 milliondepending on exchange rates).
Describe the house:
The boat has been beautifully renovated, with its large suspended dining table that seats 10, lounge bar and outdoor pool making it the perfect place to entertain.
There is also a terrace where you can barbecue and enjoy a sun-drenched apero overlooking the water. 
The four bedrooms each come with their own shower rooms and stylish wooden floors.
Why buy it?
Leggett Immobilier say: “Magnificent, renovated house boat with four bedrooms, each with a private wet room, spacious lounge with open kitchen, dining area and bar, utility room, storage room, office and small motor boat.
“No land tax. Technical control done in 2016, valid for 10 years. Quiet area of the river, with no neighbours!”
And the photos: 
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Property taxes: How much will it cost to extend your French home?

Installing a swimming pool, building a garden shed, or adding a conservatory to your French home has become more expensive in 2023.

Property taxes: How much will it cost to extend your French home?

If you are planning a renovation project in 2023 you’re likely looking at rising cost for materials and labour due to inflation – but there is one other cost to consider; taxes. 

In France there is a one-off tax that has to be paid on certain building works, and the government has raised the rate for this.

The taxe d’aménagement, sometimes referred to as the garden shed tax, applies to all property development – construction, reconstruction and extension – of buildings that require planning permission or a building permit.

Garden sheds, swimming pools or extensions with a surface area of more than 5 square metres are subject to the development tax – although a 50 percent reduction is applied to the flat-rate values of certain buildings, particularly the first 100 square metres of main residences.

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The tax is collected by local councils, who set their own percentage rates for the tax, working off the base rate set by the government.

A decree published in the Journal Officiel set the base figures for 2023 at the following rates: 

  • €1,004 per square metre in Île-de-France (up from €929 per square metre in 2022);
  • €886 per square metre outside Île-de-France (€820 per square metre in 2022).

The flat-rate values per square metre of building space, which constitute the basis for the development tax, are revised on January 1st of each year according to the latest construction cost index published by national statistics body Insee. 

Additionally, specific rates are set for:

  • €250 per square metre  for a swimming pool (up from €200 in 2022);
  • €12 per square metre of ground-fixed solar panels (up from €10 in 2022);
  • €3,000 per wind turbine more than 12 metres high;
  • €3,000 per pitch for tents, caravans and mobile leisure homes;
  • €10,000 per pitch for a holiday chalet or bungalow.

The amount of the tax is calculated according to the following formula: 

(Taxable area multiplied by the government-set base figure) multiplied by the percentage tax rate set by the local authorities. This gives the total to be paid in cents. Bills are rounded down.

So, the tax for a 30 square metre extension in an area where the combined local and departmental tax rates total 6.25 percent would be calculated like this:

30 (the size of the development) x 886 (the base tax rate outside Ile-de-France) = 26,580

6.25 (local and departmental tax) x 26,580 = 166,125 cents, more usually expressed as €1,661. 

If the total payable is less than €1,500, you will receive a bill in the six months after planning permission was granted, with details of how to pay.

Otherwise, it is paid in two instalments, 12 months and 24 months after authorisation, with a 10 percent surcharge applied in cases of late payments.

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