Property for Sale in Basse Normandie, France
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Located on the north-west coast of France the region benefits from some seaside resorts, one of the more popular ones being Honfleur- a popular weekend getaway for the Parisians. The up market seaside resort of Deauville attracts the French and foreigners alike with its polo fields, casinos and turn-of-the-century villas and the less famous but still popular resort of Trouville is nearby. The area of Calvados is also of course known for its production of apples like the rest of Basse-Normandy from which they make their apple-flavoured liquor.
West of Calvados in the Manche department lies a hugely popular island among visitors known as Mont-St-Michel which is close to the border with Brittany. The Guernsey islands are accessible from the port of St-Malo in Brittany.
As you travel southwards and inland you encounter many lush meadows, pasture land and orchards and intermingled with these are small villages containing pretty half-timbered houses. If you follow the River Orne you come across an area known as Swiss Normandy which has wooded hills, crags and cliffs everywhere but in spite of its name no mountains! The Orne department is fairly agricultural like the rest of the region and has plenty of open land but also north of Alencon there is dense woodland popular with both walkers and deer hunters.
The largest communes are Caen, Cherbourg and Alencon. Caen is a busy and youthful city containing a university but there is little in the way of historical sites as most was bombed during the war. Cherbourg is a busy port city while the more visually pleasing Alencon still has many of its 18th century houses.
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Property for Sale in Basse Normandie
The average price of a 2 bedroom apartment property for sale in Normandy is between 140k Euros and 180k Euros while the price of a 4 bedroom house is between 215k Euros and 255k Euros. The best property bargains are to be found in the Orne department which remains relatively undiscovered by foreigners and hence prices are still fairly cheap but a recent surge of interest in the area has sent prices rising quite considerably. The area around Caen offers would be investors a busy rental market coupled with rising prices and is popular with the French buyer but does have quite high prices. More abundant and affordable properties are to be found in the Manche peninsula surrounded by attractive countryside and a short distance from the sea also benefiting from a busy rental market. If you are looking for a bargain then you will need to come inland and look for a period property needing renovation.