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Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom, 2012/01/04 - 1st for French Property release their survey of the French Property market revealing the top regions, areas of France and the popular towns - 1st-For-French-Property.co.uk.
2011 was the year when France overtook Spain as the most desirable place to buy an overseas property in Europe.
The French Property Review results are a summary of the pages visited on 1st for French Property from 1st Jan 2011 to 31st December 2011. These are the results of 354,078 people visiting the site with just under 5 million page views.
The top region was Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur property but closely followed by Brittany.
Top 6 Regions:
• Lower Normandy
France is split up into regions and then subdivided into departments. This year the most popular department was the Dordogne in the Aquitaine region. Perhaps Dordogne property was popular due to the Little England TV series?
Top 10 Departments:
More about French Departments: French Departments
Then looking at individual towns (cites, villages etc):
Top 10 Towns:
• Dinan, Brittany
• Cotignac, Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
• Plemet, Brittany
• Lake Annecy, Rhone-Alpes
• Bergerac, Aquitaine
• Le Dorat, Limousin
• Pont Aven, Brittany
• Merdrignac, Brittany
• Chabanais, Poitou Charentes
• Dompierre les Eglises, Limousin.
All our properties are categorised by Type, and surprisingly Lakes came out top. and then Gites. Gites are often seen as offering a different lifestyle with an income from the holiday lets.
Top 10 Property Types:
Lakes, Gites, Farmhouse, Watermill, Barn, Farm
In terms of budget not surprisingly the bargain basement was most popular (<50,000 euros) - way ahead of any other price band. Up to 100,000 euros came second.
Locality: Rural properties once again was most popular but closely pursued by Coastal properties.
Rural, Coastal, Village, Hamlet, Town.
Research provided by 1st for French Property.