Previously the ancient Marches of Brittany, the Loire Region benefits, thanks to Nantes, to a royal opening to the Ocean, but also the interior is made up of peaceful green countryside. Property in the Loire region reflects this duality. You will find houses for sale which are at the seaside, or almost, as they lie along the coast. However, you could also choose to buy a property in the quiet, temperate countryside, or on the banks of the Loire. If you like, buying a house in Angers, Nantes, Laval or Le Mans will plunge you into the rich past of these ancient medieval cities. There is one troubling detail: in Naples there is a chateau that looks strangely like the one in Angers. But this is not astonishing. The Dukes of Anjou reigned there for some time, then came back here to France. No doubt to take advantage of the mild climate in Angers.
Historically the capital of Brittany, Nantes offers Loire-Atlantique a majestic opening to the Ocean. Wide sandy beaches, small fishing harbors and green countryside are a good mix in this department with its wide variety of landscapes. One should not forget La Brière, nature park with canals, the peat bogs, the many thatched houses, or the Guérande salt marshes. Property in Loire-Atlantique is varied and the prices differ a lot depending on the emplacement. You can therefore choose, depending on your fancy (sea or countryside?) and your budget, between a renovated mill near Châteaubriant, an apartment with sea views in Pouliguen, a villa in Pornic or a beautiful country house, just a few minutes from the centre of Nantes.
Harbor-side houses at Croisic
Mayenne offers restful rolling countryside studded with charming villages like Sainte-Suzanne or Lassay-les-Châteaux. It is a department that will really satisfy those looking for authentic, peaceful countryside. Enthusiasts of old buildings will find what they are looking for as they stroll along the medieval lanes in Laval old town. Property in Mayenne is well priced and one can still come across some real bargains there. Property for sale is plentiful, often in villages, where houses are bigger, along with the gardens. So you just need to find the right place: the centre of Laval, or the countryside near Château-Gontier or Craon. If you like horse riding, why not an equestrian property near Sainte-Suzanne?
Laval old town
With its wide sandy beaches, the rocky coastline, the small seaside resorts, the well-preserved islands and the mild climate of Marais Poitevin, Vendée is a sunny department with a lot to offer. Not to forget the Sables-d'Olonne, with its magnificent beach, the 'Remblai' (break-water), its old fishing quarter and the four-yearly Vendée-Globe yacht race. Property in Vendée is very diversified and one can find all kinds of properties there, for all budgets. So, although it is sure that the prices depend on the area, the property market is so vast that there is something for every budget. An old house to renovate in Sainte-Hermine, a town house in Fontenay-le-Compte, or a seafront apartment at the Sables d'Olonne... there really is that much choice!
Quai de la Chaume, Les Sables-d'Olonne
The 16th century poet, Joachim du Bellay, already spoke about the mild climate here (la douceur angevine), and it is still true today. In fact, everything in Maine-et-Loire is about mildness: with both mild landscapes and a mild climate, it is a department with beautiful peaceful countryside and lovely airy towns that are pleasant to live in, like Angers or Saumur. But Maine-et-Loire can also be proud of a marvelous architectural heritage and well reputed vineyards. If you add that the department has good road and rail networks, you can understand why this a top destination. Despite this, property in Maine-et-Loire remains very affordable and you can choose between a beautiful plot of buiding land in the country, an apartment in Cholet, or a character house near Angers.
The banks of the Loire at Saumur
The magnificent hundred year oaks in the Bercé forest, the steep valleys of the Alpes Mancelles, the imposing Solesmes Abbey, or the medieval city of La Ferté-Bernard make Sarthe a department, while so near Paris, where country lovers and enthusiasts of historic buildings can find what they are looking for. When passing Le Mans on the motorway, how is it possible to imagine the marvelous Plantagenet City hidden away at the heart of Le Mans old town? Property is very affordable in Sarthe and one can find many properties for sale, including many business properties. If your goal is not to run a business, you can choose between a plot of building land in Fresnay-sur-Sarthe, a town house in Le Mans, or a country house in Sillé-le-Guillaume.
Houses in the village of Fresnay-sur-Sarthe