The Charente department in southwest France has beautiful scenery, brilliant weather and affordable property prices. When looking for a home in France, what more could you want? We take you through the best places to buy in Charente.
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Officially listed as one of “The Most Beautiful Villages in France” since 1993, Aubeterre is very popular with expats. In the summer months, this thriving village is bustling and lively with several restaurants, bars and shops. However, it can feel very quiet during the winter months.
Despite property prices being high here compared to surrounding villages, you can still find a reasonably well priced two-bedroom house for around €100,000.
Barbezieux is in the southwest of the department and is well known for its chateau, Chateau de Barbezieux, which dates back to the 15th century. It has an old town is full of white stone buildings and a market takes place twice a week.
Barbezieux is a fortified hill town of around 5000 inhabitants. Despite its fairly small size, it has plenty of amenities, such as a lido, cinema; sporting, facilities, a high school, a hospital and other essential services. Property prices here average at 1 350€ / m².
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As the capital of Charante, Angoulême has a wealth of restaurants, a historic centre and charming shops. Two annual events also take place here every year – the International Comics Festival, held in January and the “Circuit des Remparts” in September when the streets of Angoulême become an impromptu racetrack for vintage cars. This makes the town a good choice for rental income.
It recently featured in Wes Anderson’s latest film, ‘The French Dispatch’ and is fittingly regarded as France’s cartoonist and graphic arts capital with more than 30 animation studios and many multimedia and digital hubs dotted across the town. The average price of a property here is around €1,130/m2.
A major town providing a busy buzz and plenty of amenities, you can discover legendary Charentais history and culture here. It’s also close to the countryside, so ideal if you’re looking for the best of both worlds.
There are weekly markets here, as well as annual festivals throughout the year. It is situated on the Lien River and the Church of Saint-André dates back to the 12th century. Property prices average at €600/m2.
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