The Mont-Blanc, French Alps
Nature reserves, lakes and unique sites like Mont Blanc or the Ardeche Gorges are just some of the many assets that this privileged region benefits from. It is a paradise for experienced climbers and skiers. It is also a special destination for lovers of fine food and top class wines. And let us not forget Lyon, ancient capital of Roman Gaul and remarkable capital with a rich architectural heritage. If property in some areas of Rhone-Alpes remains expensive, it represents nevertheless an excellent investment because the chalets in Méribel, or the apartments in Megève can be rented in summer as well as in winter. Houses for sale in Lyon, on the heights of Fourvières are also much sought after, but in other areas of Rhone-Alpes, it is possible to find farms or houses for sale at very affordable prices.
Is it necessary to present Ardèche, one of the favorite destinations for enthusiasts of nature and open air activities? The department has more to offer than its famous gorges, well-liked by canoeists. Dense forests, beautiful character villages, extraordinary subterranean caves and lookout points with breathtaking views are abundant. Not forgetting the picturesque markets where one can try chestnut cream and quality wine. Property in Ardeche is rich in old buildings and houses, as well as an occasional modern villa. So, you just need to decide where: Aubenas, Privas, the charming spa town of Vals-les-Bains, or Vogüé, listed as 'Villages of character'?
Drôme is a big department offering a very wide variety of landscapes where mountains give way to rolling hillsides, forests, olive groves and lavender fields. From the Vercors Regional Park, a favorite spot for hikers, skiers and climbing fanatics, to Drôme Provencal with its marvelous smells of lavender, and where the roads are interspersed with delightful hilltop villages, everyone can find what they are looking for here. Property in Drôme is very rich and offers a range of properties at all prices: land, apartments, old houses, villas... According to one's tastes and budget, you will have plenty of choice: an apartment in Valence, a villa in Montelimar, or an old farmhouse around Nyons.
Village houses in Poët-Laval
When one speaks about Haute-Savoie, one immediately thinks of Mont-Blanc and prestigious ski resorts like Chamonix, Megève or Morzine. If this department is undeniably a paradise for fans of skiing and climbing, it is also an area which is good to live in, maybe in the lovely towns on the banks of lakes like Annecy or Evian-les-Bains. Property in Haute-Savoie offers a lot of properties of all sorts. Some of these properties sell on for huge sums, but the number of properties available means that the choice is very wide. Everything depends on location, view, etc. So between apartments in Annecy, houses in Evian-les-Bains or chalets around Morzine, you should find what you are looking for. Not to mention the number of plots of building land that are available.
Houses in Annecy
With its world famous ski slopes and mythic resorts like Val-d'Isère, Méribel or Courchevel, Savoie is undoubtedly the kingdom for alpine sports. But the Vanoise National Park, with its preserved fauna and flora, is just as great for hikers and nature lovers. All this means that this department really should be included in your property search, as property here is both rich and varied. So why not buy a plot of building land in Bourg-Saint-Maurice, or a chalet in Val-Thorens? Or, maybe an apartment in Chambéry, town of art and history, where it is so pleasant to go for a stroll? Whatever the final choice, a Savoie fondue between friends and a small glass of génépi at the end of the day, will always be welcome.
Mountains and forests, valleys and wooded hillsides, lakes and rivers make Loire a department where the preserved countryside attracts outdoor sports enthusiasts and people wanting to simply relax. The splendid gorges of the Loire are scattered with châteaux and viewing points offering exceptional panoramas. There are also many religious buildings and delightful medieval villages marking out the roads, like Chambles or Charlieu, additional assets in this peaceful, authentic department. Property in Loire has remained extremely affordable. Land, apartments, village houses, villas... one can find all sorts of property here. You almost have too much choice: an apartment in Roanne, a villa in Saint-Etienne, or a character house in Charlieu.
The Loire Gorges in Chambles
Everyone has heard of Lyon, ancient Gallic capital where the Saône and the Rhône meet, as well as Bellecour Square, the Park of the Tête d'Or, of the Festival of Light and the famous 'bouchons', the restaurants where the 'tabliers de sapeurs' (sappers apron, a gourmet specialty from Lyon) and 'quenelles de brochet' (a dish like a dumpling stew made of pike fish), washed down with a glass of Beaujolais are the delight of everyone. To digest all this, there are the marvelous hiking trails of the Beaujolais and Lyonnais hills. Property in Rhône is varied and the price range is very wide. So, an apartment in Villeurbanne, or a wine grower's house near Villefranche-sur-Saône? If you choose Lyon, would you prefer the Fourvière hilltops, the slopes of the Croix-Rousse, or the banks of the Saône?
One of the streets in old Lyon
With its three nature parks (Chartreuses, Vercors and Écrins), along with well reputed ski resorts, Isère is, par excellence, a favorite destination for lovers of the countryside and outdoor activities. But it is also a department where there is a lot to see: the Bourne Gorges, Grenoble or Vienne with their rich cultural and architectural heritage, Pont-en-Royans and its astonishing hanging houses, the medieval city of Crémieu... and so many other places. In short, this is a department where it is impossible to be bored for even a minute! As far as property goes, the choice is very wide in Isère and at all prices: between plots of land around La Tour-du-Pin, apartments in Villard-de-Lans or Grenoble and houses in Vienne... you should be able to find your dream property here!