Monday, November 21, 2005

A Place in France by the Sea






As soon as I can figure out how I'm going to do it, I'm going to up and buy an apartment like this with a view overlooking the harbour in Nice, France.

It's priced at 125,000 euros which is still a hefty price tag for a one-bedroom apartment, but I'm used to seeing Vancouver condominium prices, so this actually sounds pretty reasonable to Jeff and I.

"Hmmmm...let's move there", we said, looking at one another. We really liked Nice. At the risk of sounding trite, it was nice. :)

I've been spending a pleasant evening looking at European real-estate pages. England and Ireland are right out of my budget's range, but France seems quite affordable as long as you don't decide to live in the Paris environs or in, say, Monaco or Cannes.



For instance, the French manor above is listed at 330,000 euros: a pretty penny, but maybe I have some friends out there who would like to go sharesies and move to France with us?

Mind you, my French is rather rusty, but c'est la vie....

20 comments:

blackcrag said...

No, dear, France is out. Frogs legs and strings of onions don't do it for me. However, if you decide to move to Spain, I'll buy in, if I have anything to buy in with.

You know I have a prediliction for Spain. Better wine, more mountains, all the history and a sexier language. Ole!

angel, jr. said...

I love the good ole U.S.A. However, if I pass my medical boards, I may want a summer home!!! Besides, I've always wanted to learn French.

Grant said...

As I just read on another blog, fifteen is the age of consent in France. You could move there, have a midlife crisis, and dump the bf for a younger model.

erikku said...

I'll room with you!

But I only promise to pay 10% of the rent, 10% of the time.

[Mat] said...

french is good.
Wine is good.

But my life here is good too :)

[Mat] said...

And yeah, c'est la vie.

Mais, c'est la belle vie. :)

planteroftrees said...

I'll check out prices of huts in Cambodia for you...There is a strong French colonial past that you may find appealing

Anonymous said...

Go for it. You can make it happen. You'll end up with your French apartment and some hairy French dude also.

Spider Girl said...

I dunno, Ruben, I don't think Jeff would like any sort of French dude for a room-mate. ;p

Connie and Rob said...

If I had the chance...I would jump right to it! You only live once. Take an adventure. That would be so wonderful to live in France. Please tell me you would still be blogging and send pictures.
Connie

Bill said...

Just remember that the euro is about twice the american dollar, and about 2.5 times more than the canadian dollar. So 300,000 euros is about 700,000 canadian dollars. But if I may quote a great movie "Ferris Buellers Day Off"... "If you have the means I highly suggest picking one up. They are so choice."

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

I'm sure they have financing in France. Right now if you apply for a mortgage, you get a free riot.

the Monk said...

zhthe place looks beautiful...

Jeff said...

Bill you're way off. A Euro is currently 1.38 Canadian or 1.18 US dollar. So its not so bad.

[Mat] said...

1.38, Exactly.

still. that's a load of money.

Tai said...

Je ferai le mouvement de glady là-bas avec vous.
S'il vous plaît l'arranger le plus tôt possible !
Mon français est excellent, et je veux vous aider dans quoi que la manière que vous exigez.

And I'm so much FUN to be around!

nisha said...

Je suis SO IN, bebe! Moi et Shawn et la nouvelle Meika, nous voudrons joiner toi dans la pays des baguettes et vin marche!

(yeah, yeah, my french sucks. But can't you just feel the excitement?)

Anonymous said...

The only downside to France is the French. Just think about it for a moment, please, would you ever be able to trust your neighbours?

Anonymous said...

Everyone else tip-toed around it, but the French suck. Don't you watch Conan??

Spider Girl said...

I rather like the French, from the friends I've had who are French anyway.

Did you eat a bad batch of escargot or something, windscreenfly?