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Best Habitable Property with Potential in France - 2019

Properties that you can live in while adding value

Move in and improve - adding value at the same time

Buying a property that has the potential for improvement offers the chance to increase the value of your home. And if you are able to live in the property while the work is done, so much the better. Such property can come in a number of different guises. It may be a property with a barn that's ripe for turning into extra living space. Or it could be an unfinished renovation project, or simply a place that's seen better days and needs a lick of paint and some TLC. It might be a house with good sized grounds that's just crying out for a swimming pool to be added.

So much simpler than a total renovation

A "move in and add value" property is so much easier than a total renovation project. It's not as daunting, for one thing. And you don't need to do the work or spend the money on the improvements until you have the time and the spare cash to get on with it. What's more, you won't have to rent alternative accommodation or buy a caravan to live in while you wait for the work to be finished. So you save money on that too.

Putting your own stamp on the property

Another advantage of buying a property with potential that you can live in, is that it allows you to put your own stamp on the property. A fully finished home can seem appealing, but it has been finished to someone else's specification, and often there are things you want to change anyway. That ultra-modern, lime green, high gloss kitchen might be very smart, but if your taste runs to farmhouse pine instead you'll have an expensive time ahead getting things the way you want them. And you probably paid over the odds for the house in the first place precisely because it had that lime green kitchen! With a "move in and add value" property you have the chance to create your dream home rather than live with someone else's taste.

Property bargains galore in 2019

If you've bought a property reasonably cheaply, which you will have done if there's work to be done, you stand to increase your investment by carrying out extra renovation work and improvements yourself. Estate agents can't add much to the price of a property for unrealised potential, and there are some excellent bargains out there at the moment. The recent economic crisis has resulted in a number of previously optimistic renovators having to sell up before finishing their renovations. That's sad, as it's the end of a dream for them. But someone else's misfortune can be your stroke of luck. 2019 could be the year to grab a part finished property at a rock bottom price before the market moves strongly upwards. It's showing signs of getting moving now, so don't hang around.

How to spot a property with potential

Properties in France can be so different it's not always easy to spot a property's potential at first glance. A part finished renovation is one thing, and these aren't hard to identify. But a property with potential may also be one which has a derelict cowshed at the bottom of the garden (ripe for turning into a gite or granny flat), or a terraced village house with an empty, semi derelict house next door that you could buy and extend into your home.

Check out the planning laws

It's important to check out what will or won't be allowed in terms of planning permission, of course. A bargain isn't such a bargain if you buy only to discover that you won't be allowed to make your proposed improvements.

The benefit of primary residence on capital gains tax

Another benefit of buying a property and adding value is that if it is your primary residence then often you'll avoid capital gains tax on any gains you make (Capital Gains Tax in France). You may have to prove that you were resident in France and that the property was your primary/only residence but it may save you thousands in the long run.

Let French Property Links help

French Property Links (FPL) has taken the legwork out of finding the perfect "move in and add value" property. Under the French Property tab on the website there's a new section that gathers together habitable properties with potential. So, finding the right one is easy. And the property details often state if planning permission is or is likely to be granted for certain works. Now, that's useful!

 
 

A beautifully positioned detached house is situated in a peaceful hamlet
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

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A beautifully positioned detached house is situated in a peaceful hamlet

62,640 Euros

This beautifully positioned detached house is situated in a peaceful hamlet. It is in need of some renovation, but is a blank canvas. It is close to the lively little town of Chaillac where there is a selection of small shops and services as well as a lovely swimming and fishing lake. The larger town of St Benoit du Sault with supermarket and more shops and services is around 5 minutes away by car.

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Cosy detached 2 bedroom house with static caravan and land (8428m2 or 2.08 acres)
Centre Val de Loire
Indre

Cosy detached 2 bedroom house with static caravan and land (8428m2 or 2.08 acres)

48,000 Euros

The house is all on one level, with 2 bedrooms, a lounge, a kitchen and a shower room with toilet. There is also a small cellar and an outbuilding with a garage, a workshop and several storage areas. This would make a perfect holiday home or gîte and comes with a static caravan on site, which has a large living / dining / kitchen area, 2 bedrooms, a shower room and a separate toilet.

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House and Large Stone Longere, Longere to Renovate, Ideal for Business,  Lac De Guerledan
Bretagne
Côtes-d'Armor

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House and Large Stone Longere, Longere to Renovate, Ideal for Business, Lac De Guerledan

130,000 Euros

St Gelven: Renovated 3 bedroomed house large balcony with stunning country views and view of Lac de Guerledan. New double glazed windows and doors with electric shutters. Newly fitted kitchen. Newly fitted bathroom with large freestanding bath. Walk-in shower and twin sinks. Toilet. Insulated and pvc cladding to the outside. Off road parking for 3 cars. Working well. New fosse septic in 2012. Large stone longere to renovate, possible gite or bed and breakfast business.

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Renovated wine cellar with garden : a rare find with numerous possibilities.
Languedoc-Roussillon
Aude

Renovated wine cellar with garden : a rare find with numerous possibilities.

253,000 Euros

A very large stone building, former wine cave from the 1850's, lovingly restored and converted into a stone masons and sculpturers premises with work shops, a showroom and nice living quarters, ready to enlarge and complete as 2 houses with excellent potential for continued business activity in the existing work shops and a driveway with garden of 562 m².

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Wonderful detached manor house for a great price
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Wonderful detached manor house for a great price

262,500 Euros

Detached character property, a prestigious house, Maison de Maître with 6800m2 of land. Standing proud in the village, this stunning Maison de Maître is full of surprises, with its pigeonnier and double garage, which is far too attractive to be used for storing your cars!

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Attractive habitable 3 bedroomed house with great potential.
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Attractive habitable 3 bedroomed house with great potential.

47,490 Euros

Attractive habitable 3 bedroomed house with great potential. This property consists of a house with kitchen/dining room, lounge, three bedrooms and a toilet/sink along with several additional buildings which could easily be incorporated into the main house to create a large family home.

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Renovated cottage in rural location with attached  garden/land of 2100m²
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Renovated cottage in rural location with attached garden/land of 2100m²

34,150 Euros

Renovated cottage in rural location with attached garden/land of 2100m² This property is situated on a no through road with beautiful Limousin countryside all around. The property is approx 6 mins from the nearest village with grocery store, bakers etc and approx 15 mins from the town of Bellac which has all the amenities of a busy market town. The airport at Limoges which runs daily flights to and from several UK airports is approx40/45 mins.

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Detached stone farmhouse with huge stone outbuildings
Pays de la Loire
Vendée

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Detached stone farmhouse with huge stone outbuildings

101,175 Euros

Stone farmhouse with farm buildings. Comprising a lounge 29m2 with granite fireplace, dining room, fitted kitchen 28m2, bedroom, bathroom with tub and shower, wc, laundry and boiler-room. Upstairs are 2 further bedrooms and 90m2 of loftspace suitable for conversion to further accommodation.

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Farm to renovate in Héry sur Ugine (73400) in the Alps
Rhône-Alpes
Savoie

Farm to renovate in Héry sur Ugine (73400) in the Alps

95,400 Euros

This farm to renovate is located in Héry sur Ugine (73400) and enjoys a superb view of Notre Dame de Bellecombe and Les Saisies. At 15 minutes from the ski resorts of Espace Diamant, nestled in the heart of a field composed of meadows and woods, this farm is to be completely renovated. It has electricity, a kitchen, a bedroom and a very nice potential. Access is by car until about 500m from the chalet, the rest on foot or snowshoes in winter.

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Beautiful Maison de Maitre in the Parc Naturel du Morvan.
Bourgogne
Nièvre

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Beautiful Maison de Maitre in the Parc Naturel du Morvan.

295,000 Euros

Maison de Maitre (1789) in the Parc Naturel du Morvan, in original condition, habitable, not converted, with all original features and outbuildings on more than 20 acres half of it park and meadow and the other half forest. Access via a private driveway of 250 m. Quiet and private, beautiful views of the hills of the Morvan.

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2 bedroom village house
Bretagne
Morbihan

2 bedroom village house

36,000 Euros

Two bedroom village house in Langonnet area in Central Brittany. Just an hours drive from the ferry port of Roscoff. Connected to mains drainage.

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Small Habitable Village House To Renovate With Rear Garden
Poitou-Charentes
Vienne

Small Habitable Village House To Renovate With Rear Garden

26,500 Euros

Small village house with garden at the rear, The property is terraced and needs some internal updating. It is habitable .

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Verneuil (Charente) - Entire hamlet for sale with nicely renovated farmhouse and 13 acres of land
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

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Verneuil (Charente) - Entire hamlet for sale with nicely renovated farmhouse and 13 acres of land

249,100 Euros

A rare opportunity to purchase a complete, small hamlet set within the beautiful rolling countryside of the Haute Charente, close to the borders with both Dordogne and Haute Vienne. With no near neighbours and surrounded by 13 acres of attached land, peace and tranquility is assured. The property offers a fully renovated and well maintained Charentaise farmhouse along with a second cottage to renovate and a number of stone outbuildings that would make fantastic development projects.

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Authentic alpine farmhouse renovation project with outstanding valley views.
Rhône-Alpes
Haute-Savoie

Authentic alpine farmhouse renovation project with outstanding valley views.

285,000 Euros

This a rare, authentic chalet d’alpage only 10 minutes from the market town of Thones and 20 minutes from the entry to the La Clusaz ski area at the Col de la Croix Fry. Geneva airport is only an hour away and the medieval lakeside city of Annecy only 40 minutes drive. This is a complete renovation project with around 300m2 of habitable area possible over 3 levels. The view down the Manigod valley is beautiful and will remain so with no construction possible in the area.

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Exceptional village house near Aime - PARADISKI
Rhône-Alpes
Savoie

Exceptional village house near Aime - PARADISKI

215,000 Euros

This is an exceptional semi-detached 5 bedroom village house in a traditional sunny mountain village close to Aime.The ski resort of Paradiski is easily reached either by La Plagne, Peisey Vallandry or Bourg St Maurice.

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