France has been voted the best place to live in the world 5 years running, according to International Living’s quality of life index, and with beautiful weather and stunning scenery it is not hard to see why.
The French’s relaxed attitude to life is also attractive, with some of the best food and wine in the world right on the doorstep. France has everything you could ever want – the beautiful coastline and sunny weather along the Mediterranean Riviera, the stunning mountains of the Alps and acres and acres of open spaces – something we in the UK are not used to!
Exactly where you decide to settle depends on what you want, and there are certainly many options to choose from. Here we go through 3 of the best, in our opinion, to help you get started.
Located in Pays de la Loire in Western France, Nantes was described by Time magazine as the most livable city in Europe in 2004. Nantes is a modest city, with a population of 800,000, and is just 31 miles from the Atlantic which makes it easy to visit the beach. Nantes is a place on the up, being named centre of innovation for France in 2010 and the European Green Capital for 2013, in part for its sustainable transport policy. Because of this, property prices have risen in Nantes over the last few years, but a modern house in the city is still cheaper than you would get in the UK.
The Loire Valley, known locally as ‘Centre Val de Loire’ is located in the heart of France and is completely untouched by tourism and industry. The Loire River runs through its centre and is one of the most beautiful areas in the whole of France. It’s also not too far from Paris if you fancy a trip to the city every now and again. The region is also famous for its culture, being a favourite for artisans throughout the ages who are inspired by the natural beauty. House prices vary a lot across the region, and get more expensive towards the towns, so think about what is most important to you before committing.
Located in the South West of France, the Lot-et-Garonne region has stunning, sweeping landscapes studded with deep ravines that see it continue as one of the most desirable areas to live in France. Property prices have been steadily high for years, because of its scenery and its position between Toulouse and Bordeaux. Its must for any history lovers as there are lots of castles and fortified towns to explore, which are full of personality. The small towns characterize the region and each has its own local delicacy for you to sample.
Take a look on the France Property Shop website for a great selection of properties and a lot of information relating to buying and selling property in France.
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