What Are Homes Like in... France?

What Are Homes Like in... France?

Written by Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
19th October 2014 (Last updated on Wednesday 14th March 2018)

Are you considering a move to France? Perhaps you are looking for a retirement home with a slower pace of life or maybe a family escape to the country?

Well, before you make the move it is important to figure out where you are going to live. The property market in France is varied. There is everything from rustic country living, to huge stately chateaux and modern city centre locations in classic terraced properties. We've recently covered how to move to France from the UK, but it's important to look at the types of property available and think what you really want and need. 

Here are a few of the main types of property on offer across the channel:

Chateaux

French Chateaux

(image: Luke Van Grieken under CC BY 2.5)

A chateau is a French manor house or stately home that was once home to nobility or gentry, but in recent years they have often been sold off. These chateaux may also be castles or fortified residences, and if you have anywhere north of a million pound you should be able to snap one up quite easily.

There are thousands of chateaux across France but the following regions have the most:

  • Loire Valley
  • Vaux-le-Vicomte
  • Dampierre-en-Yvelines
  • Bordeaux

If you have a healthy budget then a chateau could become your dream home – heck you could move the whole family over and still have more than enough space.

Country Cottage

Country cottage in France

(Image: Telegraph)

A home in the French countryside is a dream for many. A stone cottage with plenty of character and acres of land to hold animals is idyllic. And if there are a few gîtes on the land to rent out for some extra income, even better.

The idea of knowing everyone in the village and being able to spend more time outside socialising, thanks to an improved climate, appeals to many.

A typical French property in the countryside is rustic and well... shabby chic. Expect exposed stone walls, with shutters and plenty of exposed wood. And as with the UK, the more remote you go, the more likely you are to find a bargain.

This type of property is the house of choice for those looking for tranquillity and to retreat from it all to their own small piece of paradise.

City Flat

City flat in France

(image: Pline under CC BY-SA 3.0)

Paris is known for its fashion, art and great food, so it obviously appeals to many young professionals. But Paris isn't the only great city in the country. Montpellier, Marseille, Nantes and Bordeaux are all bustling metropolitan centres, with stunning streets lined with architectural masterpieces.

These large terraced buildings often contain shops and restaurants at ground level, and as they grow upwards contain flats in increasing size and grandeur. With the top floor penthouses having some stunning city views. Be prepared to walk up many flights of stairs for these sites though!

City centre flats have high ceilings and an airy feeling, but space per square foot here is much more expensive than in the country.

Do you think an apartment like this would suit you, or perhaps the chateau sounds better? Either way, if you decide to move to France remember to use Compare My Move to find international removals quotes. Au revoir mon ami!

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