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?