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Hello,

We are going to take early retirement and re-locate to France in 2021. We will sell our house in Dublin and rent in France initially.

Our issue is we would ideally like to live in the Var but we would like to live in a Maison de Maitre. We have lots of 19 century furniture and I don’t want to off load it and buy new stuff. This type of house seems to be in short supply in this region. We will have a budget of 800,00 euro.

So we are also looking at Languedoc.
We are Irish and detest the damp weather in Ireland. We would like somewhere that has the most amount of annual balmy evenings and not too wet a climate.

We would like to be approximately within an hours drive of the coast, but this is not essential.

Any suggestions of suitable areas (not rural) would be very welcome.

Thank you.

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When the time comes to buy, it will be a matter of determining what comes onto the market at that time. In the meantime, you could start scanning all the various real estate sites - not the ones marketing to foreigners, but the local ones, to get a feel for the market in the various areas you're considering.

Take a look at sites like PAP (Particulier à Particulier) which is where people sell their property (or rent, for that matter) without using an agent. Good practice for your French in any event, and their website has a number of articles that discuss some of the details of buying or renting property in France.
https://www.pap.fr/

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Hello..welcome to our forum.....I'm sure you will get interesting and err, diverse replies.

We have many threads on "where to live in France" ...all proving that one man's meat is another's poison.

FWIW I live in the Pyrénées Orientales 1 hour from Perpignan and the "big blue" the Med. It is hot in summer, and winters are short and not damp and clammy as they may be with you! However, thankfully today it has rained for 24 hours here, and we need the water, the land is very dry.

You can search easily for houses for sale in France, selecting the area is more difficult.

Anyway good luck, feel free to bounce ideas here.

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Agree with Bev!


I add the bon coin www.leboncoin.fr buys and sells everything. You can search by town and département...always interesting. I have bought a house this way!

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When the time comes to buy, it will be a matter of determining what comes onto the market at that time. In the meantime, you could start scanning all the various real estate sites - not the ones marketing to foreigners, but the local ones, to get a feel for the market in the various areas you're considering.

Take a look at sites like PAP (Particulier à Particulier) which is where people sell their property (or rent, for that matter) without using an agent. Good practice for your French in any event, and their website has a number of articles that discuss some of the details of buying or renting property in France.
https://www.pap.fr/

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Hello,

We are going to take early retirement and re-locate to France in 2021. We will sell our house in Dublin and rent in France initially.

Our issue is we would ideally like to live in the Var but we would like to live in a Maison de Maitre. We have lots of 19 century furniture and I don’t want to off load it and buy new stuff. This type of house seems to be in short supply in this region. We will have a budget of 800,00 euro.

So we are also looking at Languedoc.
We are Irish and detest the damp weather in Ireland. We would like somewhere that has the most amount of annual balmy evenings and not too wet a climate.

We would like to be approximately within an hours drive of the coast, but this is not essential.

Any suggestions of suitable areas (not rural) would be very welcome.

Thank you.
A few things to consider.

1) A 'Maison de Maitre' look great from the outside but their configuration inside makes it difficult to live in. That is why a lot have been turned into flats.

2) You will be hard pushed to find a truly authentic one. A lot have literally been destroyed inside over the years along with their original features.

3) Thanks to Mr Trump, France is very hot now in the summer so if you choose to move to the Var or the Languedoc you will need air conditioning. Especially in a Maison de Maitre.

Installing air conditioning in a Maison de Maitre is going involve a lot of holes in the walls and will destroy the look of the house.

Given the change in weather, you can live pretty much anywhere and still be hot. I can't remember the last time it rained here and we are 700 km's from the med.

I personally would not move to the south for the weather. Tooooo hot now.

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Smeg makes good points.

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There are reasons why local houses are built the way that they are- to deal with the climate and enable storage of food etc in the days before refrigeration A Maison de Maitre is a confection really designed to show the owners status and wealth not necessarily built for practical reasons Seriously consider something "local"
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It really depends what you mean by maison de maître. This article is interesting https://www.consortium-immobilier.fr...2/557/649/650/
If it includes all that, I see no point in specifically search for a maison de maître. It might be worth the OP's while to just search for maison ancienne or villa ancienne and perhaps specify size or number of rooms.

However, to my mind a maison de maître is not a form of southern architecture.

Looking for a home that suits your furniture, especially when you have a lot of it and it is from a period that implies very bulky, is not necessarily easy, but sometimes it is possible and can be very aesthetically pleasing to incorporate such furniture into a modern large home that has (importantly) large spaces and high ceilings and is much more likely to be light and airy.
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A 'Maison de Maitre' has a traditional style to it...but new builds can be described as 'a 'Maison de Maitre'.

Our friends live in a very old 'Maison de Maitre' and to be honest it is a pig of a house to live in.

They want to move. I am not surprised.

Forget houses of such type....especially in the south. You will cook in the summer.

Especially going up and down stairs all day.

They have small adjoining rooms that have no purpose.

They look nice from the outside mind you.

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Another thing to bear in mind is that Maisons de Maître often don't have much of a garden, especially those in towns. It's the house that is considered important and they often have several storeys/basement and attics but the ground they stand on is often quite reduced.

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