Category Archives: Life in France

Collection of articles about life in France from the award winning property specialists, Home Hunts.

12 Of The Best Places To Live in France For Expats (and Why)?

France has always been a big draw for expats. Between the easygoing lifestyle and the beautiful surroundings that France offers, people of all ages often decide to relocate there. But what makes a prime location for an expat? Affordable cost of living, low crime rate, an idyllic climate, and a distinctive, high-quality way of living. Just a few reasons why people choose to make France their new home.

12 Of The Best Places To Live in France For Expats (and Why)?

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What to do in Bordeaux

There are plenty of sites and places of interest in Bordeaux, on top of all the intriguing boutiques and delightful cafés and restaurants that there are to explore. Here are a few ways to spend your time, which are firm favourites with regular visitors to the city

What to do in Bordeaux

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Five up-and-coming locations for property investment in France

With the French property market making a comeback and prices starting to increase across the country, buyers are seeking up-and-coming locations for savvy real estate investments. These five locations are considered to be “ones to watch” by Home Hunts.

Five up-and-coming locations for property investment in France

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The French property market has made an impressive comeback over the last decade. In the first half of 2017, record volumes of property sales were made in France. According to Notaires de France, in May 2017 there were 907,000 transactions made during the previous 12 months from May 2016, beating the record from May 2006 of 837,000. Continue reading

Where to Buy Property in France if You Want a Slower Pace of Life

Rural France is the perfect place if you’re after a quiet life. Homes here are fully renovated, with tons of space for entertaining and hosting guests. Outbuildings provide opportunities for extra accommodation, office space or even business premises. There’s often enough land to build on, plus easy access to lakes or mountains. If you are looking for a mellow lifestyle then consider these picturesque areas in France.

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Paris to host 2024 Olympics, further strengthening the city’s property market

Paris is celebrating its successful bid to host the Olympic Games in 2024, but so are property owners and investors as the decision boosts the Parisian property market

Paris to host 2024 Olympics, further strengthening the city’s property marketA century after holding its last Olympic Games in 1924, Paris has been officially selected to host the 2024 Olympic Games. It also hosted the Summer Olympics in 190, making it the second city to host the Games three times (London is first, hosting in 1908, 1948 and 2012).

The financial investment into the Games and the benefits to the Paris region are going to be hugely advantageous to existing property owners, but this planned modernisation of key areas in the city is also causing buyers who were considering buying a Parisian property to finally make the move. Continue reading

Where to buy property in France

As the French property continues to thrive, where are the best places to buy property in France?

If you are looking to buy property in France, Home Hunts recommends these five locations that would make good property investments and glorious holiday destinations.

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5 Luxurious Things to do in Saint-Tropez

It is difficult choosing the most luxurious things to do in one of the most glamorous resorts in the world, but here are Home Hunts’ top five…

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After being put on the map by Brigitte Bardot in the fifties, the quaint fishing village of Saint-Tropez, with its glitzy reputation, has become a hot spot for the global elite.

Meandering through the Place des Lices, sunbathing on the beach or shopping in some of the local boutiques is part of everyday life in Saint-Tropez – yet you’re also on the doorstep of some of the most luxurious experiences in the world.

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The Ultimate Guide to Retiring in Luxury to France

France is a popular place for Brits to relocate, especially once they’ve passed the age of retirement. With the promise of gourmet food, charming historic villages, affordable living costs, access to great healthcare and close proximity to the UK, it’s a tough opportunity to pass up. Countryside settings with year-round sunshine are among the most popular regions for retirees, as are the Alps with its reliable snowfall, Bordeaux’s wine country and the coastal towns along the Cote d’Azur. Keep these considerations in mind if you’re planning to retire in France.

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10 Interesting Facts About France When Buying Property Or Relocating [Infographic]

There are so many wonderful, interesting and unique features of France, from the types of properties available and distinct aspects of its cities and towns to the French property buying process. Here are 10 facts to know about France when relocating.

10 Facts About France

Picture living in a French castle that looks like it leaped out of a fairytale. There are approximately 40,000 chateaux in France spanning all types of styles. You can also blend life with work by investing in a chateau that can be used as a tourism business, like a B&B.

  1. The French consume 11.2 billion glasses of wine each year – great news for vineyard owners! Vineyard properties can be used seasonally while you’re on holiday or full-time if you plan to relocate permanently and range from small stone residences to sprawling farmhouses.
  2. There are 157,000 UK citizens living in France, the second highest number in Europe. The close proximity to France is a big benefit for UK residents, as is the variety of properties available, from ski chalets in the mountains to high-end, luxury Paris apartments and seaside homes on the French Riviera.
  3. With 82 million visitors a year, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination. A few of France’s most popular areas include Cannes, with its glamorous lifestyle and VIP events; Paris’ worldliness, high fashion and leading gastronomy; and Provence, located close to Italy, boasting unique villages and countryside views.
  4. When purchasing property in France, buyers are allowed a 10-day “cooling off” period during which they can pull out of the transaction without a penalty – they won’t even lose their deposit. Once you’ve signed the compromis, your notaire will explain the conditions of this period, along with your deadline to make changes.
  5. The conveyancing process takes approximately three months and is handled by a notaire. Note that along with property and agency fees, you’ll need to be prepared for conveyancing fees, which are typically 7 to 8 percent.
  6. France has 3,427 km of coastline, which is roughly the same distance from Paris to Luxor, Egypt. There are plenty of choices if you want to live by the sea! For example, the French Riviera’s many villas and apartment have sea views and private beach entry.
  7. France has a welcomingly laidback lifestyle, with meals often lasting for two hours and shops and government buildings (other than those in major cities) regularly closing from noon to 2 p.m.
  8. France is one of the largest wine-producing countries in the world. On average, France produces over 6 million bottles of wine a year. One-third of all French wine is exported and is worth over 10 billion euros per year. More good news for vineyard owners, particularly those in Bordeaux, Cassis, Provence, the Rhone Valley or St-Émilion.
  9. Marseille, the second largest city in France, is also the country’s sunniest locale with 2,801 hours (or 264 days) of sunshine a year. Is there a better place to start your property search?

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