Mers-les-Bains and Tréport, Picardy
With its many superb state run forests, Picardy is the perfect alternative from the daily routine of Paris. All types of hundred year old trees, as well as different species of animal are abundant. Why not wake up to birdsong while working in Paris? Property here is still fairly affordable if you take account of the natural beauty of the place and the nearby capital. All types of house are for sale, including many farmhouses, renovated or not, because it is a very rural region. And why not mention the astonishing Bay of the Somme, archipelago of sandy islands and veritable reserve for birds of all kinds.
With the Bay of the Somme, a haven of peace for wild birds, and the Somme Valley, a paradise for eel fishing enthusiasts, Somme is a favorite stop-off for nature lovers. Many charming seaside resorts like Mers-les-Bains, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy mark out the Picardy coastline and offer, apart from the beautiful beaches, a wide choice of sporting activities. Its prefecture, Amiens, is a surprising town with its remarkable Gothic cathedral, its delightful medieval quarter and its astonishing hortillonages, those strange floating gardens used for market gardening. Building land, businesses for sale, farm cottages, or town houses: property in Somme is very diversified. What would you choose: an apartment in Amiens, a manor style house in Abbeville, or one of those charming residences in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme?
Saint-Leu Quarter, Amiens
Aisne is certainly not the best known French department, yet... it is one of the richest in terms of architecture and culture. If everyone has already heard of Soissons, ancient capital of the Francs, of Laon, magnificent city of art and history, or Château-Thierry and its medieval ruins, who can find them on a map? But Aisne is also a green country area offering hundreds of kilometres of hiking paths and big state run forests. All of this is within reach of the Paris area. Property in Aisne offers all types of property at all prices. So a big apartment in Soissons or a house with garden in Villers-Cotterêts? Why not a country house near Château-Thierry?
The town of Laon
Oise was previously very much appreciated by the princes and kings of France. The châteaux of Pierrefonds and Chantily, as well as the old royal residence of Compiègne bear witness to this today. The splendid flower village of Gerberoy, the medieval city of Senlis, or the Gothic cathedral of Beauvais are great places to see in this department which so close geographically to the city of Paris. This is not to mention the magnificent state forests where riders of all levels train regularly. If some properties in Oise can seem expensive, we are often speaking about beautiful big estates. So, one must choose according to one's taste and budget. A barn to renovate with land near Beauvais, or a villa in Chantilly?
Houses in Gerberoy