A Pied-A-Terre In The Other South Of France?
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
Aug. 8, 2014, Languedoc, France: France’s Languedoc region represents the best of the South of France but with lower prices. It’s still possible here to find attractive property for US$100,000 or less.
I'm on my annual, part-vacation, part-work month in the Other South of France—the Languedoc region in the true south of the country on the shores of the Mediterranean. My chosen summer location is mainly driven by my parents' choice to live here since 2005.
Almost nine years on, they're very happy here but have one problem. Their house is now too big and too tricky to manage for two almost-octogenarians. Last year, I was on a mission to find them a smaller, bungalow-style property. (You can read my first report here...and a follow-up here.)
I did find several properties that fitted their search criteria and budget of around 250,000 euros. I even managed to get both parents to view one of the properties, twice. But, in the end, they both felt a move to another reasonably sized property would not provide a sufficiently great enough benefit to warrant the upheaval at their age. As I wrote last year, "you can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink." However, you can continue making suggestions...
As he drove me to the airport for my return to the UK last year, my father said that he was thankful for my property search but was keeping his options open. What he really meant was that he was considering a move back to the UK, something neither of them were sure they really wanted to do, but they both felt the tug of the familiarity of home soil (a common experience of ageing expats) and more regular family contact.
Why not have the best of both worlds, I proposed: an apartment in the UK and a pied-a-terre in the Languedoc. They could come out here as often as they wished, renting the French property to family and friends when they're away. When the number of visiting family members is too big to fit in their smaller home, the family can rent a summer holiday property (there are plenty of those to choose from in this area), or we can camp, as we've often done, for 20-odd euros a night in the municipal campsite next to the river.