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With increasingly busy lives, more people use the internet to find their dream home in France. Catriona Burns looks at the top three regions on France Property Shop and considers why they’re so popular with house-hunters
Explore the three most-searched areas on FrancePropertyShop.com and find out why they’re so popular with house-hunters
Finding your dream home in France can be a timeconsuming business. But the good news is that you don’t have to travel back and forth to do it. With thousands of properties listed on the France Property Shop website, you can search for your dream home whether you’re on your lunch break, waiting for a bus or relaxing on the sofa. There are so many regions in France to choose from when it comes to deciding on the location for your French home, but which ones have been getting the most clicks? Here we list the three most popular regions, along with the reasons why we think they’ve come top of the search list.
Last year, the former regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and PoitouCharentes merged together to form a new region called Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Covering most of south-west France, Nouvelle-Aquitaine includes the Mediterranean Basque in the south, the scenic countryside of Dordogne, Bordeaux’s rolling vineyards and Charente’s sunflower fields. The region’s diverse landscape is just one of the reasons why it tops the ranking of areas where most people search for their dream French property...
TOWNS AND VILLAGES
The capital of Nouvelle-Aquitaine is one of France’s most exciting and forwardthinking cities – Bordeaux. Here, pedestrianised boulevards, a brilliant public transport system and beautiful public gardens along its curling river quays all contribute to the city’s high quality of life.
A high standard of living can be enjoyed in other departmental capitals across the region including Angoulême, perched above the River Charente. There is also Brive-la-Gaillarde in Corrèze that is full of cute cafés, a lively food market and picture-perfect houses along the peaceful river.
A popular seaside setting is the harbour town of La Rochelle on the western coast where people enjoy seafood and the sight of sailing boats in the town’s old port all year round. And if you want to enjoy island life, NouvelleAquitaine has some of the best, with Charente-Maritime’s Île de Ré, Île-d’Aix and Île d’Oléron. On all three you can enjoy sand dunes, forests, leafy squares, long sunny days and good restaurants galore. With such bliss, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to go back to reality or the mainland again.
Main image: Beynac-et-Cazenac in the most popular region on France Property Shop – Nouvelle-Aquitaine Roscoff in Brittany has the title of Petite Cité de Caractère de Bretagne The port of Couillore in PyrénéesOrientales is famous for anchovies