France, famed for its boulevards, fashion and food, is one of the most popular areas of Europe in which to buy a second home, and offers a great range of typically French property for sale such as pleasant townhouses, rustic farmhouses and magnificent French chateaux. Its location between the temperate climes of Britain and sun-drenched Spain ensure a variety of climates to match your lifestyle. You are bound to find the ideal French property for sale, whether you long for balmy days on a Cote d'Azur terrace, the sparkling clean air of the mountains or the seasonal ebb and flow of Normandy life played out amongst bustling markets and sleepy country lanes.
France is still a largely agricultural country and, away from the towns, the population density is still one of the lowest in Europe. With a long history of countryfolk leaving for a more cosmopolitan urban life, the potential of much French property lies unexploited and waiting for a new owner with ideas and enthusiasm. With prices rising steadily for both non-renovated and renovated properties, now is the time to look for that hidden gem that is both affordable and a great investment for the future.
Buying French Property
A notaire (public notary) is an integral part of buying a property in France. They represent neither buyer nor seller, but the French Government - and their impartiality is an obligation taken seriously. The notaire oversees many legal aspects of the sale, such as whether the seller is legally entitled to sell what he is offering, whether any future nuisance is likely to impinge on the use and enjoyment of the property and the drawing up of contracts. However, as many notaires speak little English, it may be worthwhile engaging the services of an English-speaking legal consultant who is qualified in French law and who has experience in the area of French property sales.
The notaire can also offer advice on how to buy your French property to reduce the tax implication when you sell or will your property.
You will be expected to organise connection to utilities - gas, electricity, water - and to provide a translator (if required) to help you to understand the documentation. A good French-qualified legal consultant may be able to help with these tasks.
Where to buy property in France
We market over 1500 examples of French property situated in most of the departments, from plots of land to the most exclusive chateaux and villas. We work closely with a number of professional local agents, carefully chosen for their service and after-sales support.
Like many countries, France has some distinctive regional building styles that reflect the materials available, the history and wealth of the population and the age of the local settlement. Many older French properties are built from local stone, quarried and brought the few miles to the site. Other more prominent buildings may be built from more durable or more beautiful stone, quarried many miles away, such as the famous, golden Caen stone from the Normandy region.
Whether your dream French property is a little riverside cottage or a farmhouse surrounded by acres of land, our large database of French property will undoubtedly provide a number of options to consider.
The Poitou Charentes region, incorporating the Charente, Charente-Maritime and Vienne, is an enormously popular location to buy a second home benefitting from one of the highest sunshine indexes in France, a beautiful coastline, forests, lakes and gorgeous villages just waiting to be explored. The rural way of life stills grips the Poitou Charentes, with weekly petanque in the village square, fresh produce at the local market and friendly bistros from which to watch the world go by.
Provence and Cote d'Azur is well known as the capital of sunshine and sunflowers, lavender and luxurious villas and includes the departments of Alpes Maritimes, Var and Bouches du Rhone. The region includes glamorous hotspots such as Nice, Cannes, Monaco and St Tropez where beautiful residences cling to the hillsides amid shimmering azure seascapes.
The Loire and its famous valley, full of stunning manors and chateau estates, offers some of the biggest bang per buck of any area of France as well as a down-to-earth but modern French lifestyle.
The Languedoc Roussillon is an area in the south of France, between Provence and the Spanish border, with a coastal plain that is mainly flat ... More
Villa in Super Cannes
500 sqm (5380 sq ft) floor size
5,000 sqm of land
(0.5 hectares / 1.2 acres)
Super Cannes. The villa overlooks the bay of Cannes, enjoying views of the sea and the Esterel hills. In a secured domain, magnificent in stone provencal style villa consisting of 5 bedrooms with thei...
Villa in Grasse
1,100 sqm (11836 sq ft) floor size
17,000 sqm of land
(1.7 hectares / 4.1 acres)
This is a rare stone property in a peaceful countryside setting. The main house has around 500m2 of living space and is graced with a beautiful living room. On the first floor the main bedroom has a...
Villa in Theoule sur mer
3,000 sqm of land
(0.3 hectares / 0.7 acres)
Beautiful property situated in a residential domaine with magnificent sea views. Just a short distance from the beaches and the fishing port of La Figuerette, this recently modernised property is ex...
Apartment in Cannes - Croisette
142 sqm (1527.92 sq ft) floor size
Cannes Croisette. Magnificent sea and Esterel for this beautiful apartment contemporary and refined decoration. High floor facing south. Terrace, large living room with magnificent sea view 2 bedro...
Villa in La Colle Sur Loup
400 sqm (4304 sq ft) floor size
5,000 sqm of land
(0.5 hectares / 1.2 acres)
Villa in a gated and private domaine, enjoying panoramic sea views, an attractive property with big and light rooms, built on flat and landscaped grounds of 5000 m2 with pool, very quiet, facing south...
Villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat
600 sqm (6456 sq ft) floor size
2,750 sqm of land
(0.3 hectares / 0.7 acres)
Half way between the charm of Nice and the sophistication of Monaco, this Superb property is located in a distinguished residential area of this prestigious peninsula and consists of two villas with a...
Ski Chalet in Courchevel
254 sqm (2733.04 sq ft) floor size
Near the slopes and the centre, chalet with an area of 254m2 with 5 en-suite bedrooms, can accommodate up to 10 people. Level -1: swimming pool, hammam, massage room, bar, TV lounge Ground floor: en...
Villa in Cap d Antibes
230 sqm (2474.8 sq ft) floor size
1,100 sqm of land
(0.1 hectares / 0.3 acres)
This modern villa on the seafront has been perfectly renovated. The property of 230m2 offers 4 bedrooms and bathrooms including an independent studio apartment for guests, a very large living-room a...
Villa in Mougins
300 sqm (3228 sq ft) floor size
2,500 sqm of land
(0.3 hectares / 0.6 acres)
Magnificent views of the old village of Mougins and surroundings. In a residential area, five minutes from the old village, beautiful Provencal villa dating from 1910 partly stone built with a more co...
Villa in Mandelieu la Napoule
702 sqm (7553.52 sq ft) floor size
4,000 sqm of land
(0.4 hectares / 1.0 acres)
Classical property dating from the 19th century of Anglo-Norman architecture with a sea view and magnificent open views over lovely grounds of 4000m2 with swimming pool, tennis court and large pool ho...
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