Everyone knows that the price of property in France is still amazing and although the market is on the up, there are some fantastic bargains still to be had right across the country - even in some areas that you might not imagine.
As you would think, the rural areas are usually where the best priced properties are to be found.
Limousin and la France profonde
The Limousin (Creuse / Correze / Haute Vienne) is a stunning region filled with beautiful green forests, hills and countryside and some of the best priced property in France - the average price for a house in the Creuse is just €63,000.
But it isn't just in La France Profonde where you can lay your hands on a bargain. Some parts of the country that aren't traditionally associated with bargains can still deliver pockets of great priced properties.
Think you can't afford the Cote d'Azur? Think again. Just an hour or so from the Mediterranean coast you can pick up some beautiful properties in one of the most exclusive parts of France for under €200,000 - you've just go to know where to look.
Up in the hills the prices are much lower than on the coast. The pace of life is slow and the villages are still traditional communities, but just a short drive will see you rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
Further along the Mediterranean coast, the former region of Languedoc-Roussillon is a beautiful part of France with some amazingly priced properties and some stunning countryside. Here you can live the southern French lifestyle for even less.
The area holds many hidden gems including stunning vineyards (and wine!), beautiful historic towns; and in some areas, you can even spend the morning skiing and then drive down to the Med for a swim in the afternoon.
Ski properties don't have to break the bank either, the Pyrenees has some fantastic ski resorts that are much cheaper and quieter than the Alps. These are great investments (as are properties in the Alps) as they have year round rental potential - these areas come alive in the summer too - with walkers, climbers and outdoor sports enthusiasts of all kinds.
The Atlantic coast is ideal if you are looking for sun and sea, as well as surf and for a smaller price tag that some parts of the Mediterranean coast. Temperature wise, the area around La Rochelle is similar to southern France and the average price of a house in the Charente Maritime is just €165,000 and around an hour from the coast you can pick up home much more cheaply.
Then there are the perennial favorites with British purchasers, Brittany, Normandy and the Dordogne all continue to offer fantastic value for money. Whether it is a holiday bolt hole for under €50,000 or a business opportunity for under €250,000, there is a reason why these beautiful regions continue to be so appealing to British purchasers.
And as for a hidden gem?
France is a beautiful varied country with something to offer every taste. Property prices remain low, but with the economy improving and the market on the rise, now is an ideal time to buy.
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