The Best Cheap Properties in France - 2017

A selection of ten of the best cheap properties for sale in France in 2017

Bargain hunting is very popular in France

Bargain hunting is something of a national pastime in France, with "vide greniers" (literally, "loft emptying" sales similar to our car boot sales) packed with people every weekend, second hand charity shops like Emmaus and Troc becoming more popular than the big, flashy hypermarkets and fancy clothes shops. Perhaps it's just a sign of the times, as in this period of economic hardship Europeans must pull in their belts a little at least, but even so, bargain hunting is definitely cool in 2017. (Second hand France.)

France is still a good place to find cheap property

Little wonder, then that bargain properties are also high on everybody's shopping lists. France has long been a rich hunting ground for cheap property (Cheap French Property), and although some say that the glory days for finding the best bargains are gone, there are still some surprising little gems to be found at amazingly low prices.

Location location - as important as ever

They say it's all about location, and this is as true of France as of anywhere. There are areas of the country where property is known to be lower priced than in others, but there are many factors that can change this in a surprisingly short timescale. Low cost airlines, such as Ryanair and easyJet opening up (or indeed, closing) routes can have a marked effect, as can the development and extension of the TGV rail service. Publicity, with television programmes like "A Place in the Sun" or "Little England" (based on the Dordogne) can boost the popularity of an area to quite an extent, pushing up property prices. (Most Popular TV Programmes about French Property.)

Where in France can you find cheap property?

So, where to look? Traditionally, the lower priced areas include the Limousin, parts of Poitou-Charentes, Normandy and the lesser known inland and central regions of the Auvergne. However, if you keep a close eye on the market, cheap property can be found anywhere, at any time, as the following selection of bargain priced properties demonstrates.

 
 

Barn rehabilitation.
Bourgogne
Cte-d'Or

Barn rehabilitation.

24,000 Euros

Bligny sur Ouche within 3 mn, beautiful barn which could make 100m livable. DIY, get ready! Semi detached; Livable area approx. 100m; Land area approx. 20m; Water; Area: countryside.

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BARGAIN Detached house with garden in picturesque village and countryside.
Auvergne
Cantal

BARGAIN Detached house with garden in picturesque village and countryside.

26,800 Euros

This is a large detached house with lovely views in a beautiful part of France,situated on the edge of a pretty and well kept village, just 20 mins south of Aurillac. The house has mains water and electricity connected already. It is an exceptionally low price for property in this area and the price fully reflects the work needed restoring it. The property was an inheritance property which is why it is being offered for sale at such a low price. Opportunity not to be missed.

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detached stone property with garage in Priziac area. Land 392 sq.m, 700 sq.m (walking distance)
Bretagne
Morbihan

detached stone property with garage in Priziac area. Land 392 sq.m, 700 sq.m (walking distance)

28,000 Euros

Restoration project, detached stone property with garage in the Priziac area. Land 392 sq.m + 700 sq.m (walking distance). This property requires full restoration

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2 or 4 bedroom detached house  bargain price  quiet location
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

2 or 4 bedroom detached house bargain price quiet location

51,230 Euros

Value for money - REDUCED - This Charentais farmhouse, situated in a small hamlet, is ready to move into but needs redecoration and some alterations to make the most of its interesting layout. The ground floor comprises a large lounge diner of 34m, a bare kitchen of 15m, a store room alongside also 15m, an access corridor, 2 bedrooms 18m & 13m, a shower room, WC...

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BARGAIN! Easy to look after 2 bed property
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

BARGAIN! Easy to look after 2 bed property

53,950 Euros

This little house has been completely renovated and has kept much of the original features. There ia a good size sitting room, a fitted kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. The roof is new, double glazing, new wiring and plumbing and also benefits from village mains drainage which is a great advantage.

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Cheap 6 bedroom house for refreshing
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Cheap 6 bedroom house for refreshing

66,000 Euros

Cheap house in a great location! This is a large property with tons of scope, situated just outside of the lively market town of Verteillac. It is in the center of a pretty village with superb countryside views and walks. There are 6 bedrooms, one on the ground floor, kitchen, lounge/diner and huge attic space which could easily be converted into more living space. The house has electric radiators and fireplaces.

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Habitable Village House with Garden Requiring Completion, 4+ Bedroom Potential
Bretagne
Finistre

Habitable Village House with Garden Requiring Completion, 4+ Bedroom Potential

69,000 Euros

This excellent priced village house which sits in quarter of an acre of land has been partially renovated with mains drainage, water, electricity and double glazed windows all in place. You can live comfortable on the premises whilst completing the renovation. The property has the potential for 4+ bedrooms plus additional ground floor rooms by extending into the stone outbuildings connected to the side and rear of the house. A good sized garden of 1,125 m2 completes the property.

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Reduced price - hamlet house/3 BR/500m attached garden
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Reduced price - hamlet house/3 BR/500m attached garden

74,700 Euros

In a peaceful hamlet, lovely semi-detached house just across the borders of the Haute Vienne into the Dordogne. Downstairs is a living room with American kitchen and a second room connecting to the barn. The plumbing is installed here for sanitation. The barn has been adjoined to give a 32m downstairs room with a 19m mezzanine. With the addition of a second kitchen this could be closed off from the main house to rent out as a small gite. Overall the property is 100m.

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A bargain ! Bungalow with pool in a beautiful setting.
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

A bargain ! Bungalow with pool in a beautiful setting.

108,000 Euros

This bungalow is in a truly magical setting. Just under 1 acre of garden which has lots of shrubs and some amazing trees. The property is situated on the edge of a hamlet and is accessed by a drive. If you didn't know the house was there you certainly wouldn't find it as it is so private. In the last year the whole house has had a face lift so there really is nothing to do.

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A  bargain : Beautiful renovated house with apartment
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

A bargain : Beautiful renovated house with apartment

109,000 Euros

This house has been renovated to a really high standard, it is immaculate. And the beauty is that you could have immediate income from the apartment which is renovated to an equal high standard. The house comprises an entrance hall, large lounge, and kitchen downstairs, and upstairs 2 spacious bedrooms, an office and a bathroom.

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Cheap properties are available in France

The above ten properties show the spread of property types and locations where cheap property can still be found in France. Of course, some of the properties are for renovation or are small, but as the above shows there is also a possibility of buying a good sized family home for not too much money.

Additional articles which may be of interest:


The Best Plots of Land for Sale in France
The Best Lakes for Sale in France
The Best Chateaux on the Market
The Best Property Near Ryanair Airports in France
The Best Properties by the Sea in France for 100K

About the author

Joanna Simm moved to the Languedoc area of south-west France in October 2004 having found her property through French Property Links.

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