Before the Craziness of Real Life Fell in Our Laps, We were Looking at Buying a House in France.
Testing the Real Estate Waters to See if This Was Feasible or Just a Pipe Dream.
So I Did a Quick Search. With a Max Budget of $50,000 (and help from lenders like https://www.sofi.com/money/), Could We Find a House in France?
An Old House for 4. Almost Move-In Ready. With Charm and Character. Sitting in a Quaint Village.
I Imagined Home Schooling the Girls. We All Would Learn French. We Would Work from Home.
What Do You Think…Is This Possible?
The Short Answer is Yes.
But Then Scary Hospital Stays and Doctors and Treatment and Life Fell Down Around Us.
Even Our June Trip to France Flew Out the Window. And With No Travel Insurance…Adding Insult to Injury. Read About it Here.
So France is On-Hold. Hold On France. Hopefully We Will Be Coming.
And With That in Mind…I Keep Looking for that Magical House in France.
Here are My Latest Finds…Do Any Appeal to You?
HOUSE ONE: $21,000
Big house for renovation in centre of town.
Nearest Sizeable Town: La Trimouille
Location: La Trimouille
|Bedrooms : 4|
|Habitable Size : 90m2|
|Land Size : 10m2|
Charming 2 bedroom cottage in quiet village location in the heart of Brittany
Nearest Sizeable Town: Saint-Nicolas-du-Pélem
Location: ST GILLES PLIGEAUX
Pepto Pink would have to Go. Stone Fireplace Stays.
Decent Size Bath.
Large but Red. Paint is an Easy Fix. One of Four Bedrooms.
Another Bedroom…Love the Cottage Window.
HOUSE THREE: Another $48,000 Home…
Beautiful stone village house, most sought after village in the National Park. Stu…
Nearest Sizeable Town: Bellême
Location: LA PERRIERE
|Bedrooms : 1|
|Habitable Size : 90m2|
|Land Size : Unknown|
Modern Renovated Kitchen.
The Bedroom…Only One. This Won’t Do for a Family of 4.
Here’s the Quaint Village I Think I’m Looking For.
HOUSE FOUR: $60,000
A Bit Over the Budget.
Great little lock up and leave village property with TWO bedrooms, garden. Situate…
Nearest Sizeable Town: Guilliers
|Bedrooms : 2|
|Habitable Size : 73m2|
|Land Size : 212m2|
Bath with Shower.
Bedroom. Wallpaper Says France to Me.
Love this One Too.
HOUSE FIVE: $66,000
Character 3 bedroom village house, walk to the shop, excellent holiday or family h…
Nearest Sizeable Town: Callac
Staircase at the Front Entry.
I Like This One As Well.
And If We Really Want to Dream…Here’s House Six.
OUTSTANDING 17TH CENTURY CHATEAU NEAR SAINT-EMILION – THRIVING BandB/GITE BUSINESS…
Nearest Sizeable Town: Saint-Emilion
Location: ST EMILION
|Bedrooms : 16|
|Habitable Size : 920m2|
|Land Size : 58,057m2|
Outstanding CHATEAU dating back to the 17th century in the SAINT-EMILION – BORDEAUX region. Completely renovated to very high standards, with preservation of its architectural features. Set on the banks of the Dordogne river – with magnificent views –
on its 5.8 ha of land with parc and woodland.
Grand reception rooms on the ground floor, 6 luxury bedrooms each with their bathroom on the first floor and a spacious apartment with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms on the top floor. The bathrooms may need a surrey plumber, or someone of similar skills, to take a look at it. Further set in the parc several outbuildings with 4 apartments and outbuildings which offer scope for the extension as creating large reception rooms for events. Further a fully secured heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, parking. Possibility for a pontoon with a boat on the river. This property has recently had a health check by the local authorities due to its age. It’s important to give your home a health check to ensure everything is structurally sound. If you’re in the US, (I know many of my readers are) then you may want to head over to sites like WDR Metal Roofing for your roof health check. After all, it’s the one thing protecting us from outside elements such as rain and wind, etc.
PERFECT CENTRAL LOCATION on the banks of the Dordogne river, near SAINT-EMILION and its famous wine châteaux as well as its new Golf Course! Further fabulous BORDEAUX at just 35 km, easy access to Atlantic Coast with its Bay of Arcachon and Dune de Pyla as well as the Dordogne region and the Pyreneen!
And the Final Option that’s Not an Option…HOUSE SEVEN
Glorious historic renovated Chateau with moat and parkland (Chalus, 87)
|Bedrooms : 29|
|Habitable Size : 3,500m2|
|Land Size : 1,650,000m2|
Exquisite Chateau with extraordinary history in the heart of the Limousin in south-west France.
Built in 1179 and now fully renovated to an exceptional standard, this fairy-tale property boasts 29 bedrooms, a grand banqueting hall and its own licenced Tavern.
Legend has it that English King Richard the Lionheart died here after a siege at nearby Chalus some 800 years ago.
The Chateau is complete with a moat and Portcullis and the estate comprises of 165 hectares of land with several houses, barns, four lakes and various water wells.
The castle itself has been completely renovated to the highest standard without compromising the authenticity of its history. All windows are double glazed and the wood paneling, decorative work, doors and windows have been made by hand. The ground floor has under floor heating and the upper floor has radiators.
It has satellite services, computer facilities, and a rustic style modern kitchen.
There are 16 bedrooms within the castle itself and most have their own ensuite shower-rooms.
With a total living space of 3500m2 the Chateau contains a house chapel, office-rooms, a music-room and banqueting hall.
There is also a comfortable lounge, a cinema room, a library and servants’ quarters.
Do You Have a Favorite?
I’ll Need a Tad Bit More Magic for This Challenge.
But It Sure Doesn’t Hurt to Look. 🙂