Although property prices in general are rising slowly in France, the price of 'lifestyle properties' are in free-fall since the financial crisis of 2007/8


Don't expect to buy cheaply in Paris or on the Riviera. The bargains are to be had in deepest France - la France profonde - and especially in the vast tracts of SW France from Dordogne to the Pyrenees.



Cheapest of all are village houses. Often cramped and dark - without garden or yard - these are shunned by local people and sold for very, very little. Take a look at our list...




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Manor house and two gites for sale in Aude near Carcassonne

Manor house and gites - Generville - Aude



This manor house in its own grounds with two gites (holiday houses) and a pool has seen better days. It is in need of a serious overhaul. But the rewards could be immense: it lies just west of Carcassonne (on the road to Toulouse) in the hills with views of the Pyrenees.


The two gites need re-painting and cleaning up .... to insure a steady income while finishing the rest of the renovation work. The main house has three bedrooms and three bathrooms ...but again needs re-decorating and re-thinking. It has a fine wood-pellet central-heating system.


But the best aspect to this property are the 250m² of out-buildings. These were used in the past to house farm workers, as workshops and as storage. Solid stone-built buildings ready to convert into more accommodation.


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