The quest for a French house with a soul

Category: Locations

Montpellier, Montpellier, Montpellier !

Place de la Comédie.

On a well know UK expats forum someone recently asked about the best places where to move in southern France. One member somehow emphatically replied “Montpellier, Montpellier, Montpellier !”.

Is actually Montpellier the trendy town to move in? Known as a vibrant city where students can fully exploit their partying capabilities Lo Clapàs as it is dubbed in occitan (the rocky mound) is more than that.
With around 280,000 inhabitants it is the 8th most populous town in France and one of these few French cities with more than 100,000 dwellers that saw their population steadily growing since 1945. As its late mayor Georges Frêche once described it, la Surdouée (the Wonder-kid) has a lot of fancying sides for house hunters looking for sea & sun without missing culture and entertainment. It has also some dark sides.

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Languedoc-Roussillon – The Beach Factor.

Franqui beach (Aude)

How often do we property finders hear the following requirement from house hunters: “One more thing, nice beaches should be no more than a 30mn drive away from the property” ? When searching for a house in Languedoc or Roussillon they are all talking the same. They want to dwell away from the tourist herds while being able to enjoy easy beach leisures from time to time.

Surely enough, Languedoc and Roussillon are God gifted areas with long sandy beaches, snowy mountains not too far, wonderful food, quite decent wines, night life and old cities with character. The issue we’ll discuss here is how to select a place in this area according to the “Beach factor”.

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Finding THE Place For A New Home Is like Piling Up Matryoshkas.

10 good reasons to choose your wallpaper – 7 criteria to select your cat’s basket – 8 worst places to live in No man’s land… Numerals are trendy on house hunters social media, giving a (flawed) impression of completion and expertise.

I suppose this fascination is a kind of brainchild of the Big data. The more data the better the choice is the motto of the day and estate agents websites nowadays are competing in piling up search criteria in their apps.

But does reading a post about France 10 best B&Bs help choosing a good B&B location ? What to do ? Do the same as the Top ten or exactly the opposite ? Be a cautious but smart follower or a risk loving explorer ? 

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