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Find Your Perfect Place to Live Overseas in France

Dreaming of giving up the mundane routine? Want to pack up and move abroad?


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France is a popular destination for those moving abroad, especially for British Expats. The pace of life is slower, the quality of life is higher and the weather is certainly better. By moving overseas, you have the opportunity to live a new life and experience a new culture; France is perfect for this. Famous for its food, wine and architecture, France is certainly the place to live for anyone wanting to start a new life abroad.

Below are 5 of the top areas that should be on your search list, offering something for everyone.


Capital of France and centre of history, beauty and romance. With the charm and sophistication it offers, no wonder more than 80 million tourists visit each year, making it perfect for those who want a change of scene, but not a change of pace. Notorious for having expensive properties, you will be surprised to find that Paris offers a range of properties at a more affordable price. They might not be in the centre of the city, but they won’t be lacking any of the Parisian charm and you certainly won’t be missing out.

With good transport links, the rest of Paris is very accessible, making this the perfect area for the tourist at heart.

Property agency Home Hunts are your choice for this area, being award winning luxury property specialists. They have amazing listings, examples including a converted artist’s studio, a top floor apartment of a 1930s art-deco style building, something a bit chic, contemporary and with a bit of green or still feeling the 1930s Art Deco vibe, but wanting something a bit more mansion like, Home Hunts will definitely have listings for you.


Home to the Futuroscope theme park, Vienne is the place to be to experience parks with a difference. Offering not only the Futuroscope, but also the animal parks of Monkey’s Valley, the Crocodile Planet and even a Centre Parcs, Vienne is the perfect region for families to look for properties. With many places to visit, discover and explore, there is certainly plenty to keep you and your little ones busy! For those who are ‘too old’ for theme parks, Vienne is host to many vineyards and markets, giving the more mature of you, an option for something to do. If this isn’t enough, the region also regularly holds many events that will be great fun to take part in.

So really, Vienne has something to offer for everyone.

Property Sales in France are your agency of choice for this region, because they are a family run estate agent, located between the vineyards of Cognac and the ocean, so they really understand what families need and what is available in this region. Whether you want a picture perfect rural retreat, or you love the countryside, but don’t want to be too far away from village life, want something a bit different with a property within a property or even want a beautiful hideaway with plenty room, Property Sales in France, will definitely have something for you.


Rife with art, history, good food and great weather, Provence has something to offer for everyone. A colourful area bursting with markets and stunning traditional style houses; the aromatic scents of lavender, and the pleasures Provence offer, will surely draw you in. Being in the south of France, house prices aren’t the cheapest, but this is justified by being away from the coast and tourist crowds, giving Provence a more relaxed feel and you the space to explore and enjoy this stunning region.

Perfect for those wanting to experience something a bit different, but still have the ‘French feel’.

Again Home Hunts are your choice for this area, with a beautiful new country house, a contemporary house in a dream setting, a grand villa or something with a bit more architecture, Home Hunts will certainly have something for you.

The Dordogne

Shouting quintessential rural France, this is the place for many prospective property buyers, as it offers the ‘French package’ – slower pace of life, higher quality of life and better weather. Quaint towns and stunning architecture, this region is perfect for those who want to experience life at their own speed. The picturesque countryside offers a variety of colours, sounds and smells, complimented well by the abundance of rivers across the region. Due to the number of rivers, there is certainly plenty to do, including canoeing, swimming and visiting the beaches, but if this isn’t your scene, then boat trips down the Dordogne or a visit to the caves or troglodyte dwellings in the area might be more suitable. Canoeing is a popular activity and a common sight, and each river offers its own challenges, from the Dordogne being smooth but vast to the Dronne featuring many weirs but is great for sightseeing.

Great for the secretly ‘French at heart’.

Property agency Allez-Francais – leading property specialist for south west France, including the Dordogne, have a number of fantastic properties in the region. Fancy a spacious modern 4 bed house, a luxurious house with heated pool, sauna and tennis court, barn conversion, gite and recording studio complex, or even a graceful chateau, Allez-Francais have a property for everyone.


The second largest city in the Charente – Maritime department, this historic town is the economic heart of the centre of the department and is an important transportation hub. Due to its Roman history, Saintes is a tourist destination with several museums, a theatre, cinemas and numerous festivals. It is also a European centre of musical research. If you want to get away from the busy crowds, Saintes also has a well maintained Public Garden or you can walk along the banks of the picturesque river.

With its rich history, great architecture and scenic views, Saintes is a great place for the ‘history buff’ and the more mature.

17 Immo Services, an independent agent providing exceptional property sales service, is your choice of specialist for this area. Whether you want to be near a charming riverside, want a beautiful charentaise house or a magnificent maison de maitre, 17 Immo Services is the agent for you.


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