Click and col­lect

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

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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

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