France is by far and away the most popular destination for British overseas property searchers. Some regions of course are more popular than others and for a variety of reasons.
The main reasons for Frances popularity are:
The food and drink: France is of course famous for the quality of its food and its wine, it also boasts some of the finest cider in the world and some half decent beers.
The pace of life: Most places in France have a slower pace of life than most expats are used to, of course if you move to the centre of Paris or you come from sleepyshire this may not be the case.
Accessibility: France is easily and cheaply accessed from Northern Europe it is well linked by air, road and rail.
Education: The education system is excellent in France and if you have children this is surely one of the most important considerations.
The Weather: The south of France especially offers a far more pleasant climate than expats from the north of Europe are used to.
So where in France:
Brittany has its own charms chief amongst these are some fantastic beaches and possibly the best cider in the world. A property in Brittany is a very popular choice with expats.
Paris has so many reasons with its vibrant café culture its rich history and superb cultural attractions, it can take a lifetime of site-seeing to explore it properly. A property in Paris is of course expensive but a small journey outside of the cities limits will yeild some options that are more affordable.
Marseille is second only to Paris in terms of population although with a population of one million falls along way short. However Marseille has the advantage of an almost Mediterranean climate and a vibrant economy mainly centred around its huge port.
Toulouse is another southern city that has fantastic weather and a vibrant culture it is not the most attractive city but it has a bustling economy and the surrounding countryside is very pretty indeed. A rural property in Toulouse can be found at very reasonable prices.
So all in all property in France will remain high on the list for overseas property investors, retirees and those persons seeking a new way of life.