Is it necessary to present Paris, mythical city par excellence? The city is at the centre of Île-de-France. And the closer one gets to the centre, the more expensive property becomes. This is the case with all capitals. But the rest of Île-de-France, accessible by RER, offers houses for sale at more affordable prices. Certainly, life in Paris is more expensive than in the provinces, but... the pleasure of strolling along the quays of the Seine! It is a magical city where, even if one lives there, one is a sort of tourist because, as Hemingway said: 'Paris is a party'.
What Parisian has not envied the tourists discovering their city for the first time? The quays of the Seine, its cafe terraces, the little quarters which are still villages, the changing colors of the sky... It is not surprising that Paris has inspired so many artists: painters, writers, poets, film makers... they have all felt its effect. So, useless to think about the price of property in Paris. Yes, it is anything but cheap, like all the capitals in the world. There are all kinds of apartments there, from a simple studio, to big luxury apartments. It is just a question of which area to choose. If Henry IV thought that Paris was worth a catholic mass, it is certainly worth, as well, a few sacrifices.
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris
When one thinks of the Seine et Marne, one thinks simply of the Paris area, and, of course... Disneyland. However, here is a department with a rich architectural and artistic heritage. The medieval cities of Provins or Moret-sur-Loing, the châteaux of Fontainebleau and Vaux-le-Vicomte, the gothic cathedral of Meaux are, among others, the proof of its historic past. And then there is charming village of Barbizon, or the Grand Morin Valley, which have been the inspiration for many paintings. Property for sale in Seine-et-Marne is abundant and mostly at a reasonable price. If you are thinking about the house of your dreams, you can easily get a plot of land near Meaux, or why not look for an apartment in Provins, or an old house in Colommiers!
Half timbered house in Provins
A profusion of châteaux (Versailles, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Bretueil, Rambouillet...), magnificent parks and gardens, beautiful abbeys (Vaux-de-Cernay, Port-Royal-des-Champs), the little royal town of Marly-le-Roi and its picturesque old village, the Chevreuse Valley Nature Park..., the list of amazing places to see in Yvelines varies according to the area and the price range is very wide. Property too, depends on your budget and where you want to move to. A house in Bréval, an apartment in Elancourt or Versailles, a house with garden in Jouy-en-Josas... among so many other wonderful places. The choice is yours!
The old village of Marly-le-Roi
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?
The ancient wash-house in Milly-la-Forêt
The Hauts-de-Seine is especially well known for its famous business quarter, La Défense, with its ultra modern towers, contemporary sculptures and famous Grande Arche. But, this is also a department whose historic past reflects in the Château de la Malmaison, or the Parc de Sceaux and the Meudon Forest, essential destinations for hikers and joggers. If one considers the close proximity of Paris, property in Hauts-de-Seine can seem to be relatively affordable. Despite this, the price range is wide. There are lots of apartments for sale and some very beautiful properties. So, an apartment in Courbevoie, Asnières, Boulogne-Billancourt, or a house in Rueil-Malmaison?
The business area of La Defense
Val-d'Oise offers a variety of picturesque landscapes which have inspired many painters and whose traces can still be found in Auvers-sur-OIse. Its rich architectural heritage is reflected in its chateaux, abbeys and beautiful villages. The Vexin Regional Park and Montmorency Forest invite you to strolling and relaxation. As to the riverside beach of L'Isle-Adam and the leisure centre at Cergy-Pontoise, they will make water sports enthusiasts happy. In short, this is a department where a good lifestyle is possible. Property in Val-de-Oise is plentiful and you will have the choice depending on your budget and tastes: a maisonette in Vétheuil, an apartment in Argenteuil, or a smart house on L'Isle-Adam.
Houses in Vétheuil, on the banks of the Seine
Nogent-sur-Marne and its open air dances on the banks of the Marne, L’Haÿ-les-Roses and its magnificent rose garden, Vincennes and its astonishing fortress which seems to have emerged from a fairy tale, Saint-Mandé on the outskirts of the Bois de Vincennes... so many towns so close to Paris and pleasant to live in. Val-de-Marne and its parks, gardens and river cruises is a department where it is possible to relax and unwind a while from the daily stress. Property in Val-de-Marne is varied and one can find everything there: apartments in Champigny-sur-Marne, Sucy-en-Brie or Vincennes, houses in Choisy-le-Roi, Boissy-Saint-Léger or Nogent-sur-Marne. It all depends on what you want, the place you want to move to and how much you have to spend.
Château de Vincennes