Whether you are looking for a get away from it all type of property set in beautiful pine forests or indeed a city pad right in the hub, properties in France are just for you. Delightful villages with their market squares and cafes will serve you delicious treats when you own your property in France.
France is one of the most visited countries in the world with 83 million tourists visiting year on year, Paris alone draws 23.6 million visitors per year with it being one of the favoured cities for sightseeing and long weekend breaks. Paris appeals to lovers, it is the capital of love after all and keen history buffs and people who love the arts. The museums and striking buildings feed their very souls so much so that they often buy real estate in France and in particular in Paris, either as a holiday home or to live on a full time basis. Beautiful old buildings are lovingly transformed in to apartments offering a bright, light space and panoramic views of the Parisian skyline.
France property for sale not only offers delightful homes in Paris, the French Alps are also a favourite for people who love the outdoor life and skiing and snowboarding. Stunning alpine ski resorts serve up ski apartments, chalets and lodges in mountain scenery that will literally take your breath away. Real estate for sale in France ticks all boxes if you are searching for the ideal holiday home, investment or permanent residence. Prices are affordable which may surprise you and of course there is the luxury market offering superb luxurious homes which will cost more.
Paris apartments, houses and a Château
Apart from old buildings being renovated in to spacious apartments there are new builds also offering modern and contemporary designs to suit the young professionals. Apartments start from studios to 1, 2, 3, and 4 bedroom residences. The Latin Quarter in Paris is popular with students and the young and trendy professionals who call it home. This area is home to many universities and would make a superb investment to rent out to students. This is where the rental potential in this area is excellent and will provide you with a decent rental income. Real estate in France for sale offers a selection of good rental apartment’s throughout the country.
If you would prefer to buy a French property in a renovated building you can expect to invest in exclusive apartments in a beautiful baroque style building that keeps its original façade in the heart of the city. One added feature is you will also have parking spaces which are hard to find in Paris. Such apartments can be found close to the lovely Trocadero Gardens and the River Seine which means fabulous views from your apartment. They have high ceilings with large floor to ceiling windows so you can take in the impressive views all day and at night when Paris comes alive. Property for sale in France gives you the opportunity to buy amazing homes in one of the most desirable countries in Europe.
Houses are spacious with beautiful gardens and offer a more traditional theme of Parisian houses. French doors open on to the terrace and lead to south facing mature gardens, these homes are close to central Paris but feels like you’re in the suburbs. Again this would make a wonderful holiday home, investment or permanent residence. Possibly you want to live the dream and buy yourself a commanding property that will take your breath away and it’s perfect for those who want to be king of their own castle! How about a period property such as a Château or what we would call a castle? Absolutely stunning Château’s are for sale across the French countryside and some are just one hour away from Paris, which offers a countryside location with the advantage of being close to the countries capital. You can have acres upon acres of private land with a Château with lakes and moats, drawbridges, courtyards and lots of outbuildings that can be used for various things. There are many foreigners investing in these properties and turning them into family homes and successful businesses. Weddings are big business and many Brides and Grooms from around the world want the perfect day and hold their wedding in a fairy-tale French Château. If you are looking for such an opportunity to invest in a French Château that has already been sympathetically modernised and updated this is the type of property for you. All the hard work has been done, you just need to buy it, make it your home and run your business from there.
These properties are also popular for long weekend breaks and holidays where you can feel part of Frances medieval history. Most of these Château’s were built in the 9th century and if walls could talk they would have many stories to tell, as they have previously being owned by lords, dukes and clergymen and now they could be owned by you. If you are searching to change your job and lifestyle why not take a look at these properties, they have much to offer.
Sightseeing in Paris is a treat for all, with historic attractions including the Eiffel Tower which was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel and construction started in 1887. The 12th century saw the building of Notre Dame Cathedral which is a medieval gothic in design Catholic Church. The city is famously renowned for its culture, gastronomy, art and fashion and is a mecca for artists from around the globe who soak in the atmosphere of Paris and transform it in to art. The Champs-Élysées is a wide avenue and is perhaps the most famous of avenue’s in the world which is 1.17 miles long and is home to designer boutiques, brand name shopping and its expensive! Here is home to shops such as Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Christian Dior, Gucci, Chanel and Valentino are just some of the fabulous shops along with a beautiful tree lined avenue. This is where the wealthy shop and who can blame them, chic and stylish men and women dress impeccably and this is where they buy the latest fashion. No trip to Paris would be complete without a boat trip down the River Seine either by day or by night is magical. The River Seine is a staggering 777 kilometre long river which flows through Paris and in to the English Channel. Paris is the city of lights and it lights up everyone’s life who buys a beautiful property there.
Ski apartments, chalets and lodges in the French Alps
France real estate in the French Alps gives you a holiday home to visit at any time of the year. The ski season during the winter is not the only time these resorts are open. Many of the resorts are open year round and provide great summer holidays too. The famous and popular resorts of Courchevel, Megève, Méribel and Val d’Isère are amongst the most sought after ski properties not only in Europe but the world too. Ski apartments come in all sizes from 1 bedroom to 2, 3, 4, and 5 bedrooms starting from functional and well equipped to the most luxurious money can buy. Ski-in ski-out apartments are popular with most skiers, due to the ease of getting to slopes and the close proximity to the ski lifts.
Ski chalets and lodges usually start from 5 bedrooms plus and there can be as many as 7 or 8 bedrooms sometimes more are available. These large properties are superb for large ski parties either for big families or large groups of friends, skiing and snowboarding is always more fun in large groups of people. The chalets are well set out with drying rooms for all your wet ski equipment which can be stored to dry out and be ready for the next day’s activities on the slopes. Lockable storage is available to keep your ski equipment and personal belongings in, which is a great asset especially if you decide to rent your chalet or lodge out.
Luxury ski properties offer everything your heart desires, large chalets and lodges offer space and luxurious interiors with big open fires which will keep you comfy and cosy after a day on the slopes. Come home to your beautiful chalet or lodge make a large mug of hot chocolate and toast some marshmallows by the roaring fire to warm yourself up. Or, you could sit yourself in your own hot tub with a glass of wine and relax whist taking in the alpine views. The luxury alpine properties have the most amazing home comforts such as en-suite bedrooms (even if there are 7 or 8) large indoor heated swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzi and treatment rooms for massages for example. They have an indoor garden and relaxation areas and some have atriums which allow plenty of light in to your home.
French properties in the Alps give the owner a fabulous lifestyle and a feeling of wellbeing. The fresh mountain air combined with all the sports activities available make for a balanced life style. Throw in to the mix delightful properties which you can visit whenever you wish, gives you and your family options and that is something we all need in our life. The option to go on holiday, to move and live on a permanent basis or to one day retire to. Life in the French Alps offers a truly enriched life that we all aspire to have one day.
Owning a property for sale in France in the French Alps provides year round entertainment in the ski resorts which allows you a ton of activities, you and your family can partake in such as: skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledging, snowshoeing, dog sledding and tobogganing, husky sledding, ice skating, sleigh rides, bobsledding and snowmobiling. During the summer you can go paragliding, or take a Helicopter sightseeing tour, horse riding in the snow free mountains, there is golf, archery, walking and biking trails, hiking trails, climbing walls, putting greens, squash, tennis and ten pin bowling. There are swimming pools both indoor and outdoor and fitness and wellbeing centres, including spas, with jacuzzi, sauna and treatment rooms.
International flights to France are available from across the world to all the major cities in France. From the UK you can travel to France either by plane, car, train or ferry. Flying from London to Paris is a mere 40 minutes. If you want the scenic route you can drive via Belgium and through France to Paris but it will take from 7 hours. If you prefer to take the train, the journey will take just over 2 hours or if you go via the Eurotunnel it’s about 35 minutes and if you go by ferry it’s about 90 minutes.
There are three types of climate in France, oceanic, continental and Mediterranean. The oceanic climate is to the west of the country with cool summers and mild winters. A continental climate typically has hot summers and very cold winters. The Mediterranean climate is found in south eastern France and has hot, dry summers, with rainfall from October to April but the weather is still mild. The sun shine’s year round on the southern coastline. The average temperature in Paris ranges between 5°C during the winter and 20°C in summer. July is the hottest month and January is the coldest.
The average temperature in the French Alps range from -1°C in the winter to 20°C in the summer. August is the hottest month and December, January and February are the coldest.
If property for sale in France isn’t on your radar it should be!