The Best Cheap Properties in France in 2014

A selection of ten of the best cheap properties for sale in France in 2014

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 2014. (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
Côte-d'Or

Barn rehabilitation.

24,000 Euros

Bligny sur Ouche within 3 mn, beautiful barn which could make 100m² livable. DIY, get ready! Semi detached; Livable area approx. 100m²; Land area approx. 20m²; Water; Area: countryside.

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Vouvant  Superb building plot
Pays de la Loire
Vendée

Vouvant Superb building plot

30,500 Euros

1316m² building plot with CU. Services nearby.......................................

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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)

39,000 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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Cheap stone house with attached barn 20 min from the beach
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

Cheap stone house with attached barn 20 min from the beach

45,000 Euros

BARGAIN !!! Pretty stone property with attached barn located at only 20 min from the famous mediteranean beach of Leucate La franqui. For only 45 000 euro this house is liveable as it and is ideal as an Holiday home,or can be renovated to be a main residence. quite big, 4 beds,a bathroom plus a barn to renovate don't hesitate !! cherish on the cake , there is a small garden enough to eat outside

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Bussiere Dunoise: House and barn in immaculate condition. Bargain!
Limousin
Creuse

Bussiere Dunoise: House and barn in immaculate condition. Bargain!

55,000 Euros

A really attractive and surprisingly spacious house, in a quiet hamlet surrounded by wonderful countryside and a nearby lake.

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Cheap house in a village location with pretty garden and vice views
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Cheap house in a village location with pretty garden and vice views

65,000 Euros

Cheap small house ideal for holidays, this property is in the centre of a village, within easy walking distance to supermarket, bar/restaurants. The private garden with lovely views really makes this property well worth viewing. Plus there is a huge 100m barn with a good roof. The house is basic and habitable, there is a chimney, entrance to a basic kitchen/ dining room, lounge with doors to back garden, upstairs to 2 bedrooms and shower room, with small bath sink and pull out loo !

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PRICED TO SELL QUICKLY This is a real tardis!
Aquitaine
Dordogne

PRICED TO SELL QUICKLY This is a real tardis!

70,850 Euros

Lovely semi-detached house just across the borders of the Haute Vienne into the Dordogne. Downstairs is a large living with American kitchen, upstairs are 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. The enclosed garden has a decent sized barn, which has conversion potential as guest annex. When you look at the photo of the front, you think this is a tiny house, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you see the inside.

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A beautiful town house at a bargain price.
Midi-Pyrénées
Lot

A beautiful town house at a bargain price.

88,895 Euros

The house has 2 double bedrooms and is laid out over 3 floors. The top floor includes 2 double bedrooms, a newly fitted bathroom suite with toilet, basin, bath and shower. The middle floor has a fire place, large open seating area and makes an excellent room for family or simply entertaining. The ground floor consists of a newly fitted kitchen with gas hob. Tiled flooring throughout, under-stairs cloakroom / closet, wash room with washing machine which leads to an enclosed 2nd toilet.

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This character house has a cheap price
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

This character house has a cheap price

98,300 Euros

This property has a new roof, central heating and a large garden, priced for a quick sale. Old charentaise style house 134m2 habtable area with barn, wine store and hanger. This house has character, the inside needs renovting, the house is habitable. Entrance to kitchen, lounge with fireplace, 2 bedrooms with beams and a shower room, wc. There is room to extend the living space into the barn if needed.

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Village house with attached shop, home with income, cheap
Poitou-Charentes
Charente-Maritime

Village house with attached shop, home with income, cheap

108,000 Euros

This village property is well priced and in a nice location within easy walking distance to shops and bar/restaurant. 6 kms from Montguyon a market town with all amenities. The house needs refreshing, there is a kitchen with fireplace, lounge with marble fireplace, dining room, utility room/boiler room, wc, the downstairs has parquet flooring, upstairs 4 bedrooms and office, bahtroom with double basins and bath.

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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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