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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!

 
 

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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Beautiful Rural Home... Ready to move into ..Investment potential... NO AGENTS FEES.
Bretagne
Finistère

Beautiful Rural Home... Ready to move into ..Investment potential... NO AGENTS FEES.

135,000 Euros

Will consider PART EXCHANGE of this wonderful ready to move into home The property consists of a 140 sq m house, a large garden, garage and a seperate set of barns with potential to convert. Situated within a short drive of the touristic town of Huelgoat, just 50 minutes drive South of Roscoff. The layout of the house would easily allow for rental potential or for an annexe. All main works to the house have been undertaken in recent years to provide a lovely living space.

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Winegrowers house with 4 bedrooms, garage, attic, terraces, courtyard and lots of potential !
Languedoc-Roussillon
Hérault

Winegrowers house with 4 bedrooms, garage, attic, terraces, courtyard and lots of potential !

209,000 Euros

Winegrower’s house dating from 18th century with lots of charm and great potential, 172 m² of living space with 4 bedrooms, kitchen, lounge/living room, spacious room ideal to create a summer kitchen or reception room giving access to a pleasant terrace of 26 m², several cellars, spacious garage of 100 m², shady outside courtyard of 40 m², covered terrace of 18 m², former barn of 32 m² plus a convertible attic of 114 m². Superb potential to create a gîtes or B&B business, nearby the center !

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Family home with equestrian potential
Basse-Normandie
Orne

Family home with equestrian potential

206,700 Euros

Attractive property in a rural hamlet The property boasts accommodation on three floors. The property overlooks the garden and paddocks. Ideal location for an equestrian property with riding out virtually on your doorstep. Three bedroom accommodation (not including the living room on top floor). Double glazed throughout. Electric heating with substantial woodburner on ground floor. Numerous outbuildings. Additional land and stabling is available with this

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Exceptionally High Standard of Renovation on these Beautiful Houses with Gite Potential
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Exceptionally High Standard of Renovation on these Beautiful Houses with Gite Potential

195,000 Euros

Take 2 old stone cottages add a lot of imagination and hard graft and you get and exceptional high standard of renovation with oodles of potential to move further forward to give the next owners some earning potential from the outbuildings. Set in a lovely quiet little hamlet, just outside the village of Champagne Mouton, which has everything you need for everyday needs including a supermarket.

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Old farm house with outbuildings, in small hamlet with lots of potential
Centre Val de Loire
Cher

Old farm house with outbuildings, in small hamlet with lots of potential

55,000 Euros

This 3 bedroom farm house will need recordation but is currently habitable. It boasts lots of outbuildings (x3) and barns (x2) which have a lot of potential. On the ground floor is a large lounge, kitchen, shower room, toilet and one bedroom. On the first floor there is a large landing connecting the other 2 rooms. With a large barn adjoining the main house which could easily be renovated to increase the size of the house.

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Comfortable 4 Bedroom Renovated House With Gite / BandB Potential Near Villefagnan
Poitou-Charentes
Charente

Comfortable 4 Bedroom Renovated House With Gite / BandB Potential Near Villefagnan

212,750 Euros

A renovated farmhouse on two levels, with several barns and an enticing swimming pool. The comfortable property sits within its own private and mature gardens on 7069m² and it not far from the town of Villefagnan. PVC double glazing throughout and recent efficient heat-pump hot water system. The property would also offer a business opportunity for use as a main house with private guest rooms and kitchen through AirBnB etc. to create an income.

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Big house with big potential
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Big house with big potential

222,600 Euros

This magnificent property has the potential for the perfect chambre d'hote or small hotel. Situated on the edge of the Dordogne in a pretty village, for sale with 2ha of land with a little lake. Building plot also included.

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Hamlet property with gite potential and 9 hectares
Limousin
Haute-Vienne

Hamlet property with gite potential and 9 hectares

304,950 Euros

This impressive property set in a Hamlet and with just over 9 hectares of grazing and woodland could make a good business proposition for B&B, camp site or Gites. It is about 5 minutes by car to the small town of Lussac Les Eglises where there are a good selection of small shops including a baker, pharmacy and mini-supermarket as well as a couple of bar restaurants. It is also only a 50 minute drive to Limoges with its’ international airport.

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Reduced! Amazing price for an 18th century property! Great potential for a gîte business.
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

Reduced! Amazing price for an 18th century property! Great potential for a gîte business.

147,000 Euros

Private and secluded on the edge of a vibrant community with a bakery and café/bar, this 18th C property is in good condition and only needs modernizing. Included are a large house (once a presbytery), a second dwelling (formerly a doctor’s surgery, 47m²), a garage, 2 additional stone buildings, one easily convertible to a 3rd dwelling – and two extensive gardens – all hidden behind tall gates and walls it offers excellent views of the countryside.

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Pretty Renovated Stone Cottage, 2 bedrooms, potential to enlarge, in an isolated, peaceful location
Poitou-Charentes
Deux-Sèvres

Pretty Renovated Stone Cottage, 2 bedrooms, potential to enlarge, in an isolated, peaceful location

65,000 Euros

If you are looking for peace and quiet along with a partial project and investment opportunity, then this renovated stone cottage in an isolated rural situation with views over fields is for you. The cottage is habitable now but there is a little work still to be finished. Prix : 65 000 € HAI incluant 18,18% TTC d'honoraires à la charge de l'acquéreur. Prix honoraires exclus: 55 000 € . Frais de notaire en sus.

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Near Turenne (19) - Can you use your imagination? Great potential
Limousin
Corrèze

Near Turenne (19) - Can you use your imagination? Great potential

472,500 Euros

For me this is one where you need to think outside the box. Until recently, the property has been used as a reception / events centre, including corporate meetings and wedding receptions. This former hunting lodge consists of two buildings carefully renovated with quality materials preserving the authenticity and charm of the domain.

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Renovated 4 Bed Home With Gite Potential
Pays de la Loire
Vendée

Renovated 4 Bed Home With Gite Potential

185,000 Euros

Recently renovated 4 bed detached home set in large gardens with a new below ground heated pool (installed 2010) Presented by the current vendors in immaculate order ready to use with no work required this superb property will make an ideal full time family home or holiday residence.

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Ancient house in stone fully restored, 3 bedrooms, bread oven, outbuildings, potential
Aquitaine
Dordogne

Ancient house in stone fully restored, 3 bedrooms, bread oven, outbuildings, potential

139,000 Euros

On the edge of a tiny quiet hamlet, charming ancient house fully restored with new central heating, drainage, insulation. The house is composed of a spacious living room with open kitchen of 40,7m², wc with hand basin. Upstairs a bathroom with wc, 3 double bedrooms of about 12m², attic The outbuildings comprise a garage a work shop and upstairs of about 85m² offering a very good potential with shed, bread oven in perfect order.

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Renovated farmhouse with superb views, pool and gite potential
Midi-Pyrénées
Gers

Renovated farmhouse with superb views, pool and gite potential

275,000 Euros

Traditional 18th century farmhouse with 21st century living. Fabulous rural setting but 5 minutes drive (3km) to a small town with supermarket, cafe and school. Quality pool installation only 1 year old.

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Best Renovation Property for Sale in France
House Renovations in France

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