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French Property of the Week: Stunning lakeside stone house in south of France

Does a picturesque lakeside property in a woodland setting in the south of France appeal? If so, our property of the week could be your ideal French home.

French Property of the Week: Stunning lakeside stone house in south of France
Photo: Leggett Immobilier
Where is it?
 
The property is situated near the spectacular historic hilltop town of Najac (see below) — unsurprisingly named one of the most beautiful villages in France– in the southern French department of Aveyron. 
 
Photo: AFP
 
The town of Albi, with its spectacular Cathedral, is just 45 km away and the property is also within striking distance of the small, picturesque city of Rodez (79km) and Montauban (64km).
 
It is also just under two hours away from Toulouse-Blagnac airport by car which offers a wide choice of flights around Europe, including flights to the UK and Ireland. 
 
Map: Google Maps
 
How much does it cost?
 
The property costs €985,000 or $1,150,852 or £878,817 depending on exchange rates. 
 
Describe the property
 
The house comprises 230m2 of livable space spread over three floors, with four bedrooms and two bathrooms.  
 
Situated in substantial, mainly wooded grounds, this property sits on the edge of its own private lake 
 
The lounge, which is on the ground floor, has a fireplace and views of the lake. 
 
The master bedroom suite (29m2) also has stunning views over the lake, as well as a balcony and a private staircase to an en-suite luxury bathroom, which has been featured in magazine photo-shoots.
 
Outside, the property has a swimming pool which is near completion and a covered summer dining terrace. 
 
Why buy it?
 
Estate agent Leggett Immobilier says: “With views over the lake from the lounge, kitchen and master bedroom suite and woodland views elsewhere, this is a tranquil spot for relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of a busy life.
 
“Many walkways have been made through the private woods on both sides of the lake. The interior is being finished to a very high standard with high quality tiling and oak fittings throughout. Really must be visited to appreciate this rare setting.”
 
And the pictures
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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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