Property for Sale in Poitou-Charentes, France
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Located in the west of France along the Atlantic coast, this pretty region remains largely unspoilt. Rolling hills covered with fields of wheat, sunflower and Maize occupy most of the old region of Poitou. In contrast southwards towards La Rochelle there are very pleasant, if quite busy beaches, islands and working fishing villages.
Poitiers in the north is a historical city containing interesting architecture such as the 14th century Baptistery of St John cathedral, Roman baths and amphitheatres. Surrounding it is the post-modern cinema theme park Futuroscope, some attractive, small villages like Chauvigny and Parthenay and larger riverside Niort containing stone-fronted and half-timbered medieval houses.
Southeast of Poitiers on the coast are the two main beach resorts of La Rochelle and Royan with safe, sandy beaches. La Rochelle is reputedly the most attractive and unspoilt seaside town in France due to its prime location and 17th century town centre. Moored up on its harbour in the vieux port is a grand assembly of pleasure boats and seafood restaurants are nearby. Just off the coast near the mainland resort of Royan are a number of gorgeous little islands with easy accessibility and during the summer are reputedly some of the sunniest places in France. One such island is called the Ile de Re; salt marshes and oysters on one side and sandy beaches on the other with development on the island limited to just 2 storey buildings.
In the southern part of the region, villas, small chateaux and vineyards sweep the countryside, especially around riverside Cognac containing a number of medieval stone and half timbered houses. The medieval cathedral towns of Saintes and Angouleme are just a short drive away from here.
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The average price of a 2 bedroom apartment property for sale in the Poitou-Charentes region is between 135k Euros and 175k Euros while the price of a 4 bedroom house is between 220k Euros and 260k Euros. Properties in this region are still very good value and have been increasing quite dramatically over the last two years with prices more than doubling in some areas and set to continue. A great area to consider is La Rochelle as it is very popular with Parisian second home buyers so will always command good resale prices and easy rental - making it a great investment. The Charente area and Angouleme and Saintes are preferred areas by the British relocators who have seen their properties reap them great rewards as have Chauvigny, Bellac and many others in the Poitou-Charentes region. If you don’t mind spending a little extra then the popular holiday islands of Ile de Re and Ile d’Oleron are also great investments as like La Rochelle are frequented by Parisians and offer great rental potential during the summer. There are plenty of renovation properties to do up in pretty villages and hamlets if you venture further inland towards Charente and like the rest of the region are definitely worth thinking about when buying your second or permanent home.