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French property of the week: 18th century farmhouse with pool in the sunny south of France

A "special" 18th century French farmhouse with pool and beautiful gardens which lies just a short drive from the French Riviera is in need of new owners. Tempted?

French property of the week: 18th century farmhouse with pool in the sunny south of France
Leggett Immobilier

Where is it?

The location of the property is described as “peaceful and residential”, close to the village of Peymeinade and the surrounding “perched” villages of the hills sitting just inland from Cannes.

The area offers spectacular views and a more relaxed pace of life – yet is within half an hour's drive of the coast and 40 minutes from Nice Airport ,where there are regular flights to the UK and most other European countries. 

Cannes is 30 minutes drive away, Nice is around one hour away by car and Saint-Tropez is around 1h 30mins.

This property has the added advantage of being close to the lovely walks along the Canal du Siagne. The property is also located close to two regional parks of the Préalpes d'Azur and Verdon.

How much does it cost?

The property has been reduced from €998,000 to €785,000 (£686.977, $966, 266) depending on exchange rates.

Describe the property

The property is described as a charming 18th Century farmhouse with pool and gardens. It is 158 square metres with the entire plot being 2,277 square metres.

The property, described as being a in a “good condition”, is within walking distance of amenities and is a “historic property full of character” with established interesting gardens including a restored gypsy caravan and a pool with a pool house.

The main house contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms “with a further two occasional bedrooms”. There is a driveway that leads o a double garage. A short path through the garden leads to the main entrance of the house.

This leads into the beamed dining kitchen, in traditional style yet equipped with all mod cons. Off the kitchen is a beautifully bright day room, with its large windows overlooking one of the many terraces and the garden. There is a further living room with French doors to the garden, and a gorgeous fireplace – perfect for winter evenings.

True to its age and evolution, the three bedrooms, dressing room, study and two bathrooms are well distributed across the two upper levels of the house, defined by quirky staircases and irregular shapes. Rooms are spacious and full of character.

 

 

Why buy it?

Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “This is a really special place. Chocolate box pretty, packed with the character features expected in a property dating from the late 1700s, it is set in a haven of mature, immaculate gardens which include a beautiful pool area, pool house and ven a romantic antique gypsy caravan – think Enid Blyton's  – The Famous Five.

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MAP: Where in France can you buy property for less than €100k?

While French cities such as Paris are notoriously expensive, there are many areas outside the cities where it is still possible to buy spacious homes for less than €100,000 - particularly if you don't mind a bit of renovation.

MAP: Where in France can you buy property for less than €100k?

We decided to look at where in France you could afford a property on a budget of €100,000, and it turns out there are some bargains to be had.

There are a lot of caveats while searching for property, and many local variables in place, but our search does show some of the areas to concentrate on if you have a limited budget.

We used the Notaires de France immobilier website in August 2022, and we specified that the property should have at least five rooms (including kitchen and bathroom) and a floor space of at least 100 square metres.

We also discounted any property that was for sale under the viager system – a complicated purchase method which allows the resident to release equity on their property gradually, as the buyer puts down a lump sum in advance and then pays what is effectively a rent for the rest of the seller’s lifetime, while allowing them to remain in the property.

READ ALSO Viager: The French property system that can lead to a bargain

For a five-room, 100 square metre property at under €100,000, you won’t find anywhere in the Île-de-France region, where the proximity of Paris pushes up property prices. The city itself is famously expensive, but much of the greater Paris region is within commuting distance, which means pricier property. 

Equally the island of Corsica – where prices are pushed up by its popularity as a tourist destination – showed no properties for sale while the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur – which includes the French Riviera – showed only 1 property under €100,000.

The very presence of Bordeaux, meanwhile, takes the entire département of Gironde out of this equation – but that doesn’t mean that the southwest is completely out of the running. A total of 25 properties came up in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. One property was on the market for a mere €20,000 – but it was, as the Notaires’ brochure noted, in need of “complete renovation”.

Neighbouring Occitanie, meanwhile, showed 12 further properties in the bracket.

By far the most properties on the day of our search – 67 – were to be found in the Grand Est region of eastern France. The eastern part of France overall comes out best for property bargains, with the north-east region of Hauts-de-France showing 38 properties and and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté displaying 25.

Further south, however, the presence of the Alps – another popular tourist destination – pushed up prices in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region which showed just three results.

The below map shows our search results, with darker colours indicating more cheap properties.

Property buying tips 

In order to make a comparison, we focused our search on properties advertised online, but if you have a specific area in mind it's well worth making friends with a few local real estate agents and perhaps also the mayor, since it's common for properties not to be advertised online.

Most of the truly 'bargain' properties are described as being "in need of renovation" - which is real estate speak for a complete wreck.

If you don't mind doing a bit of work you can often pick up property for low prices, but you need to do a clear-eyed assessment of exactly how much work you are willing and able to do, and what the cost is likely to be - there's no point getting a "cheap" house and then spending three times the purchase price on renovations.

READ ALSO 'Double your budget and make friends with the mayor' - tips for French property renovation

That said, there were plenty of properties at or near the €100,000 mark that were perfectly liveable or needed only relatively minor renovations.

You also need to pay attention to the location, as the sub-€100,000 properties are often in remote areas or very small villages with limited access to amenities. While this lifestyle suits many people, bear in mind that owning a car is a requirement and you may end up paying extra for certain services.

Finally remember that government help, in the form of loans and grants, is available for environmentally friendly improvements, such as insulation or glazing.

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