La Vie Française
Imagine relaxing in the garden of your own French home, a pretty stone cottage set among a landscape of orchards, vineyards, and flowery meadows. It would be fun to go to that truffle festival in the little village perché in the next valley…or maybe now’s the time to go to Paris for a couple of days and check out the new season’s fashions…then again, you might do nothing more strenuous than get out your newly acquired easel and brushes and meander downstream to where the ducks are nesting beside the old mill.
La Belle France seems to have more than its fair share of good things–not least of which are food, wine, and haute couture. If you are contemplating a new life in Europe, you’ll find that few other European countries can match what France has to offer…especially when considering price. And we’re not talking about only ruins and renovation projects, either. The trickiest thing will be deciding which bit of France holds the most appeal for you.
If you’re in the market for real estate, you will find France is enticingly affordable. This is a predominantly rural country, and if you have notions of restoring a cottage, a farmhouse, or even a château, there’s an ample supply to choose from. There are also many drowsy backwaters where ready-to-move-into properties still trade hands for next-to-nothing prices.
Of course, Paris is one of the world’s great cities and many expatriates have found a home away from home here. Parts of the capital are surprisingly affordable, but bear in mind that you’re unlikely to stumble across a large, inexpensive apartment right in its historic heart. That said, a Paris pied-à-terre could turn out to be a great investment, and it doesn’t take huge sums to get on the property ladder.
Another favorite haven for North American retirees is the Côte d’Azur, the French Riviera. Although luxury villas don’t sell for giveaway sums in this part of France, a Provençal home can, in fact, be more than affordable.
If you’re not quite ready to retire, you may want to consider the idea of running a chambre d’hôte, the French equivalent of a B&B. Or maybe you’d like to own your own vineyard and bottle your own vin du pays d’oc.
Whether you’re looking to retire to Europe, relocate, or simply plan an extended adventure, France should be at the top of your list of possibilities. It has all the ingredients that we at International Living look for: a good climate…unspoiled countryside…top-notch culture…excellent health care…colorful traditions and history…
It’s not surprising that France is the world’s favorite destination, receiving in excess of 70 million overseas visitors each year.
Interested in learning more about France? Simply enter your email address below and we’ll send you a FREE REPORT- A Taste of France: All the Ingredients for the Good Life.
This special guide covers covers real estate, retirement and more in France and is yours free when you sign up for our free daily eletter IL postcards below.
Enter your email address below