The Good Life in France

By: David Seymour

Buying a property in France is a dream for many people. If you have just started looking for , then read on. You might want to consider the south west of France. Whether you are looking for a grand house in Bordeaux, or an immaculate chateau in Gironde & Charente, or perhaps a watermill in Lot-et-Garonne, or even a magnificent country house nestled into the rolling hills of the Gers, the south west region has it all. The south west region of France attracts home buyers from all over the world, and offers a multitude of choice both in types of properties, and in locations.

Imagine waking up every morning and seeing the ocean from your bedroom window, or the biggest beach in Europe. Maybe you prefer the larger cities? Both Paris and Nice are very popular places to live permanently, despite the extra cost associated with living there. The French capital is of course known mainly because of its romantic atmosphere. The bistros along the Seine river, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Sacre Coeur and the artistic neighbourhood of Montmartre are just a few of the many fascinating things this elegant city has to offer.

Nice on the other hand has a totally different atmosphere to it, one of a perpetual holiday. Located on the French Cote d'Azur, this trend-setting city is chosen by many of the rich and famous for its perfect location between the mountains and the sea, giving Nice its own micro-climate with mild winters and warm summers. The presence of Monaco nearby gives Nice an extra attraction.

If you always wanted to own a large plot of land to keep animals or grow wine grapes, France is a country where you can find the perfect opportunity for a reasonable price. Conditions in many parts of the south west are excellent for farming. And the south west is one of the best areas in the country town a vineyard.

Fancy owning your own castle? In France, you don't have to be a millionaire or royalty to live in a chateau. Dozens of chateaus all over the country are currently on the market, some of the best in Gironde. For what a decent home in the London area would cost you, in France you can own a medieval chateau with land. Often these are built on top of a hill, offering astounding panoramic views over the surrounding valley.

The French life is a very special one, where the emphasis is on relaxation and enjoyment. Stress and haste are not part of the vocabulary here and believe it or not, it doesn't take long to get used to it, even if you used to have a hectic life in London. Imagine yourself sitting with a glass of fine French wine and a delicious baguette and watching people stroll along the promenade from your balcony, or looking at a beautiful sunset over the hills from your chateau's terrace. Make your dream come true: explore the possibilities open to you and examine . Offering a fabulous lifestyle and accommodation to suit everyone's taste, the south west of France is the next big thing.

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