Living France - - LES PRATIQUES -

The for­mer French hol­i­day home of Ju­lia Child, au­thor of the leg­endary cook­book Mas­ter­ing the Art of French Cook­ing, has been listed for sale with Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Realty for the first time. Named La Pitchoune (mean­ing ‘the lit­tle one’), the house is lo­cated in a small Provençal vil­lage near Grasse and still has the kitchen that was de­signed by Ju­lia Child in the 1960s ( pic­tured). The house is on the mar­ket for €800,000. sothe­bysre­

A study by real es­tate net­work Guy Ho­quet and sur­vey­ing in­sti­tute CSA has found that more than half of French peo­ple are in­ter­ested in buy­ing property in a dif­fer­ent city to where they cur­rently live, and the south of France was their pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion. Bordeaux was the favourite, with 35% of peo­ple asked say­ing they wanted to live there, fol­lowed by Aix-enProvence (27%), Toulouse (27%) and Mont­pel­lier (26%). The only north­ern city to make the top five was Nantes (21%). the num­ber of new-build projects ap­proved be­tween June and Au­gust 2015 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous three months. Some 26,500 new-build prop­er­ties were re­served in the sec­ond quar­ter of 2015, which was 21.8% more than the same pe­riod in 2014.

If you’re look­ing to take ad­van­tage of lower property prices in France then don’t miss the UK’s largest French Property Ex­hi­bi­tion from 29-31 Jan­uary at Lon­don’s Olympia. With thou­sands of prop­er­ties for sale as well as ex­pert sem­i­nars and a how-to fo­rum, The France Show is a must for any­one plan­ning a move to France. Turn to page 70 for our ticket of­fer. the­ no­

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