Oh, the French do like to be be­side the sea... and west is best

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At­lantic sea­side re­sorts are ri­valling the Riviera for growth in house prices, new fig­ures show.

While prices have risen only mod­estly in most of ru­ral France, al­most ev­ery coastal com­mu­nity is more ex­pen­sive this year than last, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the No­taires de France. The hottest spot at the mo­ment is St-pierre d’oléron, cap­i­tal of Ile d’oléron off the Char­ente-mar­itime coast, where house prices have risen by more than 22% in the last year. An av­er­age house still costs less than half of what you would pay on the is­land’s more cel­e­brated neigh­bour, the Ile de Ré off La Rochelle, how­ever.

Fur­ther south on the At­lantic coast­line, prices have jumped by 17% in chic Lège-cap-fer­ret, on the edge of the de­sir­able Ar­ca­chon basin, and by more than 10% in Biar­ritz. There have been more mod­est rises on the Riviera, an ex­cep­tion be­ing Hyères where houses are 13% more ex­pen­sive than they were a year ago.

St-tropez re­mains the most ex­pen­sive re­sort in France, with the av­er­age house cost­ing an eye-wa­ter­ing €2.6m.

In Brit­tany, the price of an av­er­age house in the his­toric port of St-malo has jumped by 15% in the past year to top €280,000 while Plerin, a sea­side re­sort along the coast near St-brieuc, has seen a 13% price hike.

How­ever, Bri­tish buy­ers have tra­di­tion­ally sought more af­ford­able prop­erty in­land. For ex­am­ple, an av­er­age house in Rostre­nen, a small town in cen­tral Brit­tany, costs just €47,000, al­most a quar­ter of what you would pay in the sea­side re­sort of Plérin, an hour’s drive away.

Colour­ful beach huts on Ile d’oléron

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