Where to live in the south of France.

Mar 21st, 2008, 02:49 AM
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Thanks PETer, we are not looking for a mansion !!

I can't help but get excited , my wife keeps telling me to relax but every property I look at in some typical small french village, just gets me going!
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Mar 21st, 2008, 11:53 AM
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A person could do a lot worse than living in Lunel. I wouldn't mind it myself. That home for sale looks very much like the one in which I had a vacation. I guess they all look pretty much the same. I have to mention that my vacation in Lunel did not cost me a cent. My cousin was working for a French bank in Bahrain, and a co-worker offered to let him use his home in Lunel for a month. My cousin, knowing my wanderlust, immediately called me from Bahrain and asked if I would like to go there. I told him emphatically YES. It was one of the all time great vacations. From Lunel, we went to Montpelier (a fantastic town), Nimes, Arles, Avignon and the best place I've ever gotten lost, MONTELIMAR!! What a great town. We wanted to visit Orange, and some looney conductor put me on the wrong train in Avignon. We went shooting by Orange, and the closest stop was Montelimar. What a great break!! I forgot one thing--The best meal I have ever had was in Avignon. We passed the McDonald restaurant, and next door was a COIN supermarket. Downstairs, they had a deli. We went down there, and saw the most beautiful deli counter ever. The man behind the counter told us where to buy some frsh bread. When we got back to him, he made us fantastic sandwiches, and told us which wine to buy at the wine section of the store. We bought the wine and went outside and down the street to the lovely park, and sat down close to the magnificent carousel and proceeded to have a meal fit for a king!!
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Mar 22nd, 2008, 01:28 AM
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There are so many choices, what makes a GREAT small village. Two town markets a week, 30 minutes to the beach, two (minimum) local restaurants , ?? HELP.
(not that its a terrible problem really !! LOL )
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Mar 22nd, 2008, 03:03 AM
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You'll find all of your "Needs" at thousands of villages along this part of France.

When you find the village you please, I'm sure you'll find a house within your budget too.

When I decided to move this area, I checked for bundles of magazines for properties of this area. Within my budget I wanted to find a place in the montains, with about 25,000 sq. meters of land.

Then I decided to have something right on the beach. The price is still within my means.

Then I could find some properties with watermills on a small river. Wow, they sure looked nice.

With or without Swimming pools~big choice. Village house or country house~again it's a tough choice for what you want.

Try and list what you really need. You last post has a start. Then fine this better until you have a certain choice which you want.

When I focused my choice, I couln't find what I wanted. I did find that I could build a new house for the same price as older homes.

So, take your time and decide what you want.

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Mar 22nd, 2008, 06:19 AM
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when I lived in Montpellier, I remember that we were very dismissive of Lunel, we regarded it as a suburb of Montpellier, IIRC, and boring. But, I don't think I was ever actually there, and this was 30 years ago (Wow, I must have been a little kid then ), so I bet it's actually a great place.

This is a wonderful thread! What websites do you all use to start your research? I, too, will be looking in languedoc/roussillon. Having lived in Montpellier for a number of years, and my ex DH was from outside Narbonne, I know the area and it is next to heaven on earth. I'm thinking that, with the global economy, real estate price trends are similar there, in France, to those here in the States. In which case, it would be a buyers market. Is this true? Although, even if the CAC 40 is depressed, they didn't have the sub prime problems that we have had. I found this site on the French economy: http://www.site-by-site.com/europe/france/astock.htm

Peter, your site is very helpful.
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Mar 22nd, 2008, 08:33 AM
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The French federation of real estate agents has a pretty good site that allows you to check out things by region, city, postal code, etc. More than 300,000 listings from which to choose.

www.fnaim.com
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Mar 24th, 2008, 02:50 PM
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ttt
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Nov 12th, 2008, 02:38 AM
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It would appear that prices are falling, not that the real estate guys will admit it.
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Nov 12th, 2008, 03:43 AM
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People who must sell are dropping prices. Others hold them and hope - but don't sell !

This one sold after the price was dropped a lot, but the sale was needed to fund the next property :

http://the-languedoc-page.com/phpBB2...pic.php?t=1824


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Nov 12th, 2008, 09:41 AM
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we like var....the town of collobrieres is particularily nice and there are several ex-pats living there...
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Feb 1st, 2009, 08:22 PM
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i am still seeing a dip in the prices that are sent to me....anyone agree ?
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Feb 2nd, 2009, 01:27 AM
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you have prices sent to you? Are you working with an agent?
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Feb 2nd, 2009, 01:34 AM
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a few !!! prices every week !
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Feb 2nd, 2009, 04:16 AM
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I think that the prices are starting to drop a little but the expats which must leave, hate to sell the homes cheap. They're looking for a big gain from their French home, which will give them a decent place back home.

Currently it's not a retreat of the expats. Yet, there are plenty who plan to leave. It's tough to live in France when the pension doesn't cover the daily expenses.

Certainly a buyer can find "Bargains" around the country.

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Feb 3rd, 2009, 04:08 PM
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browse these....I know I do regularly
http://www.realestatelanguedoc.com
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