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Property in the South of France

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1. Posted by thegeegs (Budding Member, 14 posts) 26 May '12 20:53

I am looking to take a month long trip to the South of France next year basing in Marseilles and then going West to the Spanish border returning to Marseilles then going East to the Italian one. I am not interested in Nice, or Cannes etc

Whilst I am there, I am going to be looking for a small property to buy that is at least mostly restored for a holiday and in the future, maybe permanent. Old stone cottage type, not modern like an apartment. I am looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom with 1 bathroom, possibly a garden or outside space and that has an open air market, restaurants and shops nearby...

I am looking anywhere along the coastline in Launguedoc and Provence with a budget of about US$100,000 so I realize I wont get too close to the coast, but maybe within 30 minutes of the Med would be ok.

Whilst I am fairly familiar with the Northern areas of France, I dont know much about the South and would appreciate guidance from Travellerspoint community members as to small towns and villages in that area that might be worth a look

Any suggestions, referrals etc would be welcomed! Thanks! :)

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1722 posts) 27 May '12 06:13

It's a matter of driving around, finding areas you like, looking in the windows of estate agents and asking them what they have to offer.

Prices are still quite high in France, but make an offer and if they won't take it, tell them you have many more houses to look at. The market has been very slow so it's a buyer's market, especially if you find one of the many British owned houses for sale.

You will have to pay quite a bit in buyer's fees on top of the cost of the place, and lawyer's fees so watch your budget. When I bought one in northern France, I got a French mortgage on it with little trouble.

A rural location, not even in a village, can be fairly cheap. It should have a cess pit and no gas. Ask about internet.