Convert Euros to US Dollars

Always something whacky going on around here. I’ve been looking at cheap properties in France. (As if.)

Mostly just for fun and edification. I’m re-reading A Year in Provence, and generally, when I’m reading a book I really like, I get totally into learning more about the book’s setting.

There one particular glaring fact I notice as I peruse the disused barns, broken down row houses, and cottage homes of Charente, Normandy, Brittany, and Bourgogne – every country has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, homes in France are cheap. Of course, you’re going to make up for that with mountains of red tape, a three-month average contract period, and piles of taxes and fees. (Add about 15% to the purchase price.) But, ya know. Still.

Here’s a selection.

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Here’s one on the low end of the price range. It’s one kilometer from the village of Plessala with boulangerie, bar/tabac, restaurants, banks, florist, Saturday market. The listing apologises for the “limited land,” but to me, a 400 x 400 lot and a neat old stone house doesn’t sound too shabby. Located in Cotes d’Amor. Complete reno though -It’s a shell. $20k.

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In the mid-modest range, this is the kind of place I could totally fall for – just enough reno needed to be a project, but still livable. A garden, fences and gates, terrace, fireplace with a hob and bread oven, original oak beams, wood floors throughout.

At the back of the house, a door opens into what ws an old stable, which could be converted. About an acre of land. It’s in Dordogne – numerous picturesque villages, and an incredible 4,000 chateaux, 10% of all the chateaux in France. $39k

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In the let’s-buy-a-real-house department, here’s a beauty. It’s a newly renovated village house in Brittany with three bedrooms, two baths, and oddly enough for a village home, 2 1/2 acres of garden and woodland. Shops, bars, restaurants are just a few steps away in the village.

The port city of Cherbourg (you might recall the film set there) is close by, along with airports and major rail service. Oh, and there are two more structures on the property – There’s a small barn a short distance from the house and a tumble-down chalet in the woods. Don’t forget you have your own forest for firewood. $87k

Anybody want to take French lessons with me?

 

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6 responses to “Convert Euros to US Dollars

  1. The idea of homesteading in Europe has some novelty. It’s hardly as frontier-forever like the Adks though. I wonder if people over there fantasize about owning a former prison camp in the woods?

    In Spain, entire abandoned villages are available. Really easy to become the Mayor.

  2. *you’re welcome* LOL

    as soon as I saw the title of this post I knew I was to blame

  3. We bought a bargain wreck in France (I come to your blog for homesteading inspiration, because that’s essentially what we’re doing… plus, love the blog!!)
    for 72,000 euros, we got a habitable house (ish… like camping indoors!) with four bedrooms, oil central heating, two big fires… 4 barns and work shops, a spare house, a cabin and two acres of land. It’s amazing. I’m loving it and I’m sure you would too! But yes, it’s a bit more civilised than complete wilderness living, but much of France lives in a land 50 years behind England, and I’m guessing 50 years behind much of American life… outdoor toilets, septic tanks, no mains plumbing or mains gas, re-using grey-water, generators and lots of petrol-based tools and machinery (no electric!) but yet the fastest internet connection I’ve ever used!
    I suspect you’d love it completely. Ours is in the Charente, the breadbasket of France. Love it soooo much. Prices have gone up a bit, but not ridiculously so.

  4. Sandy

    Les maisons est tres bon! Very tempting. I am l’etudiant en francais a l’ecole. Loving all things French. So much fun learning the language, culture, food. Love the French language. 40% of English words have a French origin, so French seems very familiar as you learn it.

  5. Sandy

    America has the slowest internet service in the world among industrialized nations.

  6. Sandy

    Internet comment referring to Ladyjustine’s comment about the fast French internet.

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