Your Second Home In France (Could Cost As Little As 45,000 Euro)

“Last evening,” writes France Correspondent Lucy Culpepper, “we sat in the spring sunshine on the main square in Cessenon-sur-Orb watching the swallows dipping and diving over the roof tiles.

“As the family relaxed, I took a look in the window of the local real estate agent’s office. He has some interesting small ‘vacation’ homes on the market. If you are contemplating France as a second or even third home, these could be of interest.

“For example, I saw a listing for an 80-square-meter village* stone house with a wonderful view toward the river and the mountains of the Haut Languedoc, equipped kitchen, three bedrooms, sitting room, and bathroom. Asking price was 150,000 euro (about US$190,000 at the exchange rate as of this writing).

“*’Village,’ by the way, means that it has other properties on two or three sides.

“Also, a 120-square-meter house with three faces (meaning it has only one other property joined to it), including a large garage. In need of complete renovation but listed for only 45,000 euro (US$58,000).

“And a 65-square-meter renovated village house, opposite the river, in a bright situation. Pretty living room, two bedrooms, bathroom, equipped kitchen, big garage (an old ‘cave’ where the original wine grower brought his grapes). Asking 96,000 euro (US$122,000).

“And, finally, a 50-square-meter renovated village home with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room/kitchen, listed for 80,000 euro (US$102,000).

Kathleen Peddicord

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