At just 45 minutes from Paris, it is already a different world. One has the impression on arriving in Essonne, to be in the countryside. There is Milly-la-Forêt with its ancient covered market and wash-house, Dourdan and its market town feel, Gif-sur-Yvette and its park areas on the outskirts of the Chevreuse Valley, the state run forest of Sénart... all this contributes to the complete change of scene and helps to forget, some of the time, the tumult of the capital. Property in Essonne offers a variety of options: many apartments, of course, but also a wide choice of houses or villas with gardens. So up to you to choose: an apartment in Savigny-sur-Orge, or a house with garden in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois? And why not a lovely canal boat moored at Draveil?